PS Plus’s Weirdest Game Is PS3’s Stray


The long-awaited release of the “cat-simulator” Wander topped the hype, shattering publisher Annapurna’s records on PC and making a PlayStation Plus Extra subscription more appealing. Wander won over critics and fans alike despite its short run. It’s even become a favorite among the modding community, with creative gamers replacing its protagonist with classic video game heroes like Spyro the Dragon.

From the time it debuted at a PS5 reveal event, Wander stood out for its feline protagonist, catching the attention of cat-obsessed netizens. However, what makes playing Wander exceptional even once the novelty has passed is its setting. WanderThe post-human world of gives the game a sense of mystery and melancholy. Although it is a unique experience, Wander is not unique in gaming history. A PlayStation 3 exclusive called Tokyo Jungle features a similar, if not much weirder, approach to playing as an animal in a post-apocalyptic world.

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10 years before Wander hit two generations of PlayStation consoles, Tokyo Jungle was released for PlayStation 3. The game is set in a desolate Tokyo a decade after the mysterious disappearance of mankind. Replacing the hectic activity of a thriving human metropolis, this version of Tokyo is populated by a wide variety of animals. This urban animal kingdom runs the gamut from escaped zoo animals like lions to wild domestic animals like one of the game’s starting characters, a Pomeranian.

Tokyo JungleGameplay differs depending on whether players are playing as a carnivore or herbivore. Carnivores, including Pomeranians, must hunt for food and engage in deadly combat with other animals to claim territory. They can use stealth, thanks to the game’s basic tall grass, to sneak past enemies or grab them before attacking. However, they are not as dependent on grass as herbivores, which cannot fight and must instead use grass to sneak up and escape predators.

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No matter which animal players choose, the goal is the same: stay alive long enough to mark their territory and attract a mate. It’s easier said than done. Time flies in Tokyo Jungle, the years passing in minutes. As players attempt to secure their territory and deal with predators, they must keep an eye out for a constantly depleting hunger gauge, which means death if it reaches zero.

Finding a companion means players can pass their skills on to a new generation. Their heir will also run with a pack, which is Tokyo JungleThe extra lives version. Unlocking spawn nests saves players money – but in a move that shows how little the game cares about modern gaming conventions, nests are the only places players can save the game, and they don’t. can be used only once. Once the player’s animal and its siblings die, the game is over. There is no sequel, so determined players must start over from the beginning.

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Tokyo Jungle is a difficult game to categorize. It feels like an unsentimental nature documentary in many ways, with its unflinching depiction of the reality of life in the food chain. However, it’s not without a sense of fantasy. There are several characters that players can unlock through gameplay and DLC, including dinosaurs, robot dogs, and even a Japanese wage earner. Animals can also wear clothes like tracksuits to improve their stats. For a game focused on hunting, its fast-paced gameplay is different from the more deliberate hunting modes of games like Horizon Zero Dawn.

Tokyo Jungle was made in association with the legendary Japan Studio, which has been involved in everything from transmitted by blood to Team Ico games. Although it’s a PlayStation exclusive released by Son, its indie roots shine through, as it was developed by Crispy’s!, a small indie studio. It’s not the most polished game, but it’s hard to maintain sometimes uneven execution against a game that commits so fully to such a bold premise.

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However, Tokyo Jungle Wasn’t the runaway that hit Wander would continue to be. It received strong reviews and was part of a physical compilation of PlayStation Network games, The Best of PlayStation Network Volume 1, which is almost as expensive as a current-gen game on the secondary market. A portable version based on a grid titled Tokyo Mobile Jungle was released on mobile phones and the often overlooked PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation 3 version was also added to PlayStation Plus in 2017.

After skipping a PlayStation generation, Tokyo Jungle is newly accessible on modern hardware, with a catch. It is part of the new PlayStation Plus Premium tier. Unfortunately for gamers with a spotty internet connection, it’s only available as part of the PS3’s streaming library. Anyone who can reliably participate in game streaming would do well to donate Tokyo Jungle a try if Wander got them in the mood for unique animal-focused games.


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