I liked the alternative to violent gameplay that this game offers. If that point alone bothers you, this probably won't appeal - but if you're also looking for something other than the typical combat fare, this is worth a try.
Looking at some of the other reviews, it appears to me that some people didn't play past the first few minutes before panning the game. The gameworld is "wide open" in the sense that you can drive and walk around anywhere, within the areas you've progressed to, and you do the driving yourself, once you get past the beginning.
My only gripe is that the graphics aren't as great as they should be for this sort of game. Seems like it would be able to really shine as a PC game, where they could crank up all the latest technology, for terrain details and weather, as well as giving animals a wider variety of animations, more variety of animals per area, etc, etc. As a console game, I know the devs were probably constricted, and it shows.
Still, I've gottan give the game a pretty big thumbs up. I've been enjoying it.
Afrika was not a bad game by any means. It was exactly what I expected. You are a photographer taking pictures of animals in their natural habitat, nothing more nothing less. My main problem with the game was the speed at which you did your tasks. The other problem I had with Afrika was the skill level needed to take the pictures was pretty much non existent. I would venture to say that all the tasks I completed were too easy. I was hoping this game would transport me to a safari in Africa and to an extent it did exactly that, all be it on a much smaller scale than I wanted. It was a pretty game but to be honest I expected more, I have seen better looking games on the PS3 and this is a game that seemed to be begging to take advantage of all the power of the PS3. The final Thing I can say about this game is it seemed to be a great learning tool for kids, if you wanted an easy game that could quite possibly teach your son or daughter some great animal facts then this game would definitely help you accomplish that. Perhaps that is exactly what this game was developed for but for myself I was expecting a little more.