Alex Phillimore: (alex.phillimore-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-06-22 05:18:28
The Sony Game I'd Most Like to See a Sequel To...
At E3 a lot of cool games were announced - but sadly, few of them were particularly unique or quirky. A lot relied on fairly predictable themes and franchises - Assassin's Creed, The Witcher 3 etc. - and few seemed to really be doing anything 'new'. I can't help but look to Sony and wish they had announced more titles in the vein of Rain or Journey - wonderful exclusives with unique ideas and endlessly entertaining gameplay. While these games will no doubt start coming out once the system has a few years under its belt, the lack of compelling original titles left me feeling a little bit deflated.
If there's one game I'd like to see Sony give a sequel to, it would be Tokyo Jungle, a game I had nothing but good things to say about when it released. The game is one of the most unique and interesting I think I've ever played, and playing it with another person is a frantic experience that gets your heart pumping in a wonderful way. This is a genuine survival game - a game where you cannot stand still for even a moment because something is hunting you, and the threat of extinction looms around every corner. You need to capture territory, reproduce and hunt at a consistent rate or you die. I don't think I've ever played a game before that is so relentless in its design and so rewarding when you manage to wipe out another species on the map as you battle for control of Tokyo.
The game also features a Japanese businessman as a playable character, who forages for food on his hands and knees and vocalises his excitement in a way that never gets old. For a sequel, if the studio could incorporate an online mode, I genuinely think I'd play this game all the time. It's a game that demands to be played in co-op, but with local the only option in the current game, it's not something I can play whenever I want. Playing with other players around the world, who may have drastically different survival strategies, would make this a game I would keep coming back to.
While not a huge IP by any means, I really hope we haven't seen the last of Tokyo Jungle. I would highly recommend it to anyone who owns a Playstation 3 and hasn't yet dipped into it - I can guarantee it's unlike anything else you will have played and while there's a steep learning curve, it's an immensely satisfying and hilarious game that takes risks that the industry at large often neglects to do nowadays.