Full Afrika Details Discovered
What is Afrika? Well, thanks to Famitsu and a recent media event in Taiwan as reported on by GNN, we now know.
As you probably could've guessed by the early media, the game is basically a Safari and you will be a photo journalist visiting the great continent of Africa. Your job is to take photos of the vast variety of animals roving the plains in the interest of research, and these assignments will come from "headquarters." After securing the location you wish to investigate, you will be led there by an AI driver or tour guide (no driving on your own), and when you reach your destination, you start snapping. You can either take the photos from the jeep or disembark to get a closer shot. This may sound easy, but ask any photo journalist who works in the field if what they do is "easy," and they'll tell you the truth...
If you get too close, the animals will get spooked and run, and the predators might attack. GNN has said the animals they've seen (giraffes, gazelles, etc.) are "extremely lifelike" and it's similar to "watching the National Geographic channel." Your camera will also be authentic, as you must change all kinds of settings including the focus and aperture. There will be different cameras available to you as well, and if you're shaky with the controller, the shot will come out blurry. The Sixaxis motion sensing can be used to adjust angles, but you'll need a steady hand! The goal is to take the best photo possible, and headquarters will determine the overall quality of your work. They'll base this on "composition, rarity and clarity."
Obviously, herein lies your incentive to do a good job. With better photos comes more funding and with more funding comes money to buy better cameras. We're wondering if you can purchase new modes of AI transportation, but as it's a Safari, your options would be somewhat limited. Anyway, Afrika is now fully detailed, and it's certainly a unique and ambitious project. Nature fans and animal lovers, this one seems to be designed specifically for you.
Related Game(s): Afrika
6/14/2008 Ben Dutka