The lights are on
In a few weeks, the game of the year is going to launch. No,
I'm not talking about Borderlands 2, or Black Ops II, or Assassin's Creed III.
I'm talking about the upcoming PSN survival action game, Tokyo
Jungle. If you're not familiar with the title, prepare yourself for a crash
course in crazy as we take a look at what screenshots of Tokyo Jungle tell
us about the game.
But First, The Plot:
Tokyo Jungle can be aptly summed up in two words, those
words being "totally" and "bonkers." It takes place at an undetermined time in
the 21st century after humans have abandoned Earth, leaving behind its cities
to the animal kingdom. There are over 50 playable species, ranging from the
ferocious lion to the slightly less intimidating Pomeranian. PlayStation CAMP
hasn't released a lot of information to western audiences, but the following
game screens tell us all we need to know.
this first screenshot, we see that the denizens of Tokyo have abandoned their
cars in the road. These gazelles seem to favor standing on top of automobiles.Conclusion: Gazelles
are the party animals of Tokyo Jungle, as they obviously enjoy car
surfing. They also appear to be ostracizing the deer in the right-hand corner –probably because he's telling them to stop goofing around and forage for food. No
one likes a party pooper.
this screenshot we see another gazelle, this time being chased across a rooftop
by a clan of hyenas.Conclusion: Well,
well, well. Looks like someone should have spent less time car surfing and more
time watching out for predators. Next time, listen to the bossy deer.
we see a dog with a fish being confronted by a grizzly bear.Conclusion: While
it may look like these two beasts are about to engage in a fight, the presence
of the fish suggests the animals have actually arranged a sophisticated bartering
system. Here, the bear is taking up Gandalf's classic "You shall not pass!"
stance; odds are he controls the road the dog is traveling on, and is willing
to allow passage in exchange for the fish.
screenshot features a group of cats striking predatory poses. Also, they're
wearing hats.Conclusion: First
of all, where did these cats find cat-sized helmets? And how did they put them
on? The only logical conclusion is that cats have evolved into sentient beings.
However, their superior intelligence won't save them from the likes of bears and
hyenas, hence the hardhats.
feral cat appears to be eating the ribcage of a human being?Conclusion: Holy
crap, I guess cats aren't as wimpy as I thought. And this one isn't even
wearing a helmet! I guess we know where all the humans went...
the dilapidated streets of Tokyo, a dog stands stoically in an unusual outfit.Conclusion: I'm
pretty sure this dog is wearing the traditional garments of a Japanese wizard. Thus
the logical conclusion is that this dog used to be a Japanese wizard. The fact
that he's now a dog suggests that he wasn't very good at wizardry.
what appears to be a sewer system, a beagle stands on the haunches of another
may think these dogs are about to engage in some hanky panky, but the
environment suggests an alternate theory. What are two dogs doing in the
sewers? Clearly they must be lost, and the mounting dog is merely attempting to get
a better view of their surroundings in hopes of finding a way out.
to the last picture, a panda is standing on the haunches of another panda.
Additionally, a heart appears to be emanating from the submissive panda.Conclusion: Okay,
these pandas are totally doing it.
Coming Up Next: The epic matchups you can expect to see in Tokyo
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