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EA cancels Titanfall in South Africa due to bad online performance


I bless the rains down in South Africa, because you don't have Titanfall
Mar 07
// Steven Hansen
According to EA South Africa, Titanfall failed online performance testing in South Africa, so it has, "decided not to release Titanfall in South Africa at this time." "After conducting recent online tests for Titanfall, we fo...

E3 09: Hands-on with Afrika

Jun 04 // Dale North
Afrika takes place in, of course, Africa, where you'll head out on a safari of sorts, doing your best as a photographer to snap shots of African wildlife in their natural environments. Players are treated to photo- realistic graphics and fantastically animated creatures in this game, with support for the imagery coming from National Geographic.  In the wilderness, you'll customize your camera and lenses, check your maps, and then head out to the wildnerness, where you'll carry out assigned missions to photograph various subjects.  Good photography earns you money, but the real reward is photographs to admire, as well as unlocked visual content from the included National Geographic Library. Photography is done in a first-person mode, with you viewing your subjects through a lens, crosshairs and all. Controls let you change everything from exposure to camera position. You'll be able to move and reposition yourself during shoots, and even pursue subjects with a jeep. Animals that can attack you in real life can also get you in this game. You won't necessarily die, but you will lose the progress and photos you've amassed during a shoot. So watch out for the big cats when you're out there. Here's something that might surprise you: Afrika's photography element is like an advertisement for Sony SLR cameras. When you're out on the safari, you'll actually use specific makes of Sony cameras and lenses. All of the control and setting options for Sony cameras are available in game, too. You actually see renders of the line Sony cameras in menus, and pick up, say, the Sony a700. I took on a mission where I had to photograph a cheetah in action. Even though this was a fast-moving subject, the challenge level was low. I followed the cheetah with my lens as he came from the distance of the desert. He was moving closer to my position as he pursued his prey, a gazelle. I was able to continue snapping off shots as he chased after the gazelle, and I managed to impress myself with some of the results. Eventually the poor gazelle was taken down by the cheetah, who then enjoyed his snack.There's much more game play here than what we first thought would be something closer to a tech demo. Or a child's picture collecting game. As you play through the over 100 missions and some 60 hours of game here, you may find that you've learned a bit about Africa's wildlife and photography technique. In all, Afrika is a pretty entertaining title that deserves a closer look.
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People were quick to call Sony's Afrika a high-resolution Pokemon Snap without the Pokemon. I can appreciate that: Both games have animals (or animal-ish things) that run around a field, and both have game play that involves ...

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Pre-E3 09: Here's what Natsume is showing at E3


May 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Natsume has ten games they're going to be showing off at E3 next week, four of which are Harvest Moon games. Yes, it seems people just can't get enough of Harvest Moon. Here's the full list of what we're expecting to see next...
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Natsume officially announces AFRIKA for PS3, sends screens


May 27
// Dale North
As Jim told us this morning, the PS3 title AFRIKA would indeed be making its way to North America, with Natsume stepping up as the publisher for the release. Now we have the official details and some new images from the North...

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Afrika is making its way to North America


May 27
// Jim Sterling
Hakuna Matata, bitches! The PS3's candid animal photography game, Afrika, has been stuck in Japan for far too long. We here in the West have been begging to take photographs of zebras for well over a year, with neither Sony n...
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Funcom CFO resigns after reporting 23.3 million dollar loss


Feb 23
// Brad Nicholson
Funcom keeps slipping. The company responsible for the MMO Age of Conan has reported a 23.3 million dollar fourth quarter loss. The CFO that delivered the bad news, Olav Sadnes, has since resigned.It’s unclear if Funcom...
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[UPDATE] Rumortoid: Afrika coming west according to a Sony representative


Sep 29
// Brad Nicholson
High on many PlayStation 3 owner’s list of “want to import” is Sony’s Pokemon Snap-ish title, Afrika. Despite every gamer’s desire to take pictures of African wildlife, Sony has often stated that...
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New Afrika details, pictures, and Japanese release date


Aug 19
// Dale North
We've been seeing very vague pictures of Sony's PS3 safari title Afrika for some time now, but they've never really bothered to explain the game in detail. And then, all of the sudden, they suddenly drop a Japanese release da...
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It means no worries: Afrika gets a new name outside of the US


Jul 31
// Colette Bennett
Several of our staff members have been hyped up about the upcoming PS3 title Afrika, although I have to admit I was personally a little disappointed to find out the game was a picture-taking odyssey. I try to avoid judging be...
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Epic overkill: the music for Afrika is mindblowing!


Jul 08
// Dale North
My dream is to make a ridiculously epic score for a videogame or movie. Don't get me wrong, I offer up praise to the Destructoid robot gods (and to the various other outlets) for my writing day jobs. I've done the odd scorin...
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The secret is finally out! Afrika details revealed


Jun 04
// Chad Concelmo
The PlayStation 3 game Afrika has been shrouded in mystery ever since some strange (but stunning) footage was unveiled at the Sony press conference at E3 in 2006. While gorgeously rendered, the footage showed nothing more tha...
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Bless the rains: Afrika coming in August?


May 25
// Dale North
Everything I've ever seen of the PS3 safari sim Afrika looks incredible. Granted, I still have no idea what gameplay will be like in this title, but it looks great enough that I find myself drawn to it. I'm hoping it will be...
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New Afrika screens put the 'rocodile' in crocodile


Oct 09
// Earnest Cavalli
Famitsu has a smattering of new screens for the PlayStation 3's upcoming "lions, tigers and bears, oh my!" safari title Afrika. The screens show off the tremendous rendering power of the PS3 -- each of those animals...
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New Afrika trailer reveals nothing, dashing hopes for ivory poaching minigame


Sep 20
// Earnest Cavalli
The above clip is the latest from Sony's almost ethereal safari simulator, Afrika. The video demonstrates the PlayStation 3's much-lauded Fur Engine 9 alongside the until-recently-theoretical Chimæra Haunch Rendering ...

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