I'm not going to lie, the game hasn't really wowed me in the previews leading up to its release. It goes without saying that it's no great looker and the gameplay always sounded a bit one note. Never the less, the resounding praise and low price point led me to pick this up.
The first thing that sinks in is that the visuals actually are... not that great, they do the job though. More pleasing is the music that thumps away in the background as you control your animal through its journey of survival. Whichever animal you control, the aim of the game seems to remain the same. You can attack, stealth kill, eat and procreate as you cover the streets of Tokyo. Controls are simple enough but there's a requirement to know your timing in order to escape hunter animals and dodge and parry attacks. Some animals are much higher on the food chain and others much lower requiring escape as their means of staying alive.
The two main modes seem to be Survival and Story, Survival so far comes across as more a training mode but you can't select Story till Survival has been accessed anyway. It's quite compelling at these early stages which shows it might well live up to its reputation.
My wife absolutely detests it though, as a massive animal lover she can't stand the sight of the animal on animal maiming