Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Image

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  • Summary: Embark on an epic adventure created in collaboration with Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson and based on the Universal Pictures' film. Survive as Jack in a world crawling with predators and live the legend as Kong. Use weapons, traps, and your team wisely to survive in first-person as Jack. Break jaws, slam enemies, and throw massive objects in Kong's colossal third-person battles. [Ubisoft] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 41
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  1. A brilliant action adventure that could well be the world's first classic movie-tie in. Innovative and flawlessly paced. [Nov 2005, p.74]
  2. A stunningly atmospheric action-adventure that makes all the right moves. It is intense, scary, exhilarating and pure joy to play. One of the best games so far this year. [Nov 2005]
  3. The most impressive element of the game, though, is Skull Island itself. Grand and gorgeous, the environments never repeat, and the adventure never slackens.
  4. 84
    While the experience is short-lived, the seven or so hours of gameplay you get from it are truly amazing and for once, I can say a film-to-game conversion has successfully been achieved.
  5. 80
    A short but memorable game packed with high-level artistic aesthetics and production values. If you have a stereo system, be sure to play Kong through it. It sounds incredible!
  6. A wondrous game. There is little to be upset about except its short length and no extra content, but the rest of the game is fantastic.
  7. King Kong is perhaps a redefinition of the cinematic videogame – entirely based on peaks and troughs of excitement, and devoid of any sense of choice. Just like a movie, but interactive. [Christmas 2005, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. MartinP.
    Dec 5, 2005
    I just finished this game and WOW, it has got to be the best PS2 game i have played for a long time. Its definately one of the best games i have ever played. The atmostphere is great and so are the kong fights with T-rex. YOU SIMPLY MUST PLAY THIS GAME. Expand
  2. Freakersoft
    Jan 30, 2006
    This is absolutely one of the best games I've played this year in this genre. The atmosphere this game have is amazing. The graphics are beautiful. The way the game played is so natural and easy. The fights with Kong are super, with great power, brute and anymally. To fight as Jack is also great. Basically with a spear and much different fireweapons. The way the makers of this game have put no numbers on the screen for number of ammo or something like that is so cinematic. The sounds and music they use are fantastic. Good in everyway. This game is a wonderful experience! Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2014
    This is the best game i've played on ps2 back when i was little. There was hardly any game to enjoy playing on old consoles but this one was just amazing :D - Unique style combat with kong i still play the game to this day. Would love a remastered version along with a new mode where you can choose your arena and enemies to fight whether you're jack or kong. I'd love to take on four v-rex's at once with kong. Please have a remaster!!!!!!!! A lot of money would be made with a simple remaster and the graphics will already be amazing as the xbox 360 version had amazing graphics. Expand
  4. TheRealReviewer
    Jan 1, 2006
    The atmospher in this game, which is writhed from the minds of Ancel and Jackson, the two killer apps behind this title, is extremly well done. The fact that they can create pure helplessness and fear one moment, and a fit of rage in another, is simply an achievement to be recognized. With that said, Kong is not flawless. The game is riddled with a few mishaps, one of them being with the controls of Kong himself. yes, playing as the king is a strong appeal, but when he plays like hes weighed dow with rocks, and is so sluggish that the gameplay is affected negatively, then we have a problem. The swinging and jungle mechanics are well implimented, but the combat with Kong is broken, to say the least. As for the first person combat and gameplay with jack and his group, we have a game that is awesome. You feel so helpless, yet always feel liek your hanging by a thread, due to the fact that the game is littered with plenty of spears to use. the enemies become a bit repetitive, and making you feel as if you killed this same creature thirty times before and more. The gameplay itself does and will become repetitive. Now, as for washington's review, i find it surprising that he'she found the game so downright appaling that he'she would be able to survive through 4 treacherous hours of gameplay. If the game was that bad, put it down before completion; it wouldnt deserve your time. The game is longer than four hours, take that from me, and with your guaranteed dedication tot he game upon completion, you'll find another few hours to unlocke every secret. Go online on the site yto find some extra goodies as well, for those who want to go that far out of their way for a grea game. But it is hard to find a perfect game, none exist, but a game that is well done, with hardly any gameplay flaws, is a rare commodity. But once found, especially in a movie game, its is an especially delightful treat. Enjoy it while its hot and new, and everyone is discussing what Kogn is up to and where he is to end up. Expand
  5. MarkD.
    Jun 30, 2007
    You're really enjoying yourself; You're marvelling at some of the finest graphics and sound the PS2 has ever seen, you're totally immersed in the thrilling, tense gameplay. Just when you think it can't get any better you get the chance to play as Kong and then you finish it. Indeed, this is a game that shows a big movie licence can be both playable and do justice to the movie but ther's not nearly enough of it. It could have been one of the best games ever but it's just a very good game instead. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2012
    Movie tie-ins have never been a positive in my books. Although I do admit that before 2010, they were all I played; looking back, most of them were just mediocre rubbish. The only one of these games which I ever went back to playing and actually liked was King Kong, or PJKK:TOGOTM. The game was designed by Michael Ancel, who recently cemented my admiration with Rayman Origins. KK has the usual issues with movie tie-ins: the game is stretched despite being 5-6 hours long, several aspects are unrefined and and Kong segments are arguably weaker than the rest of the game. Throughout the game you control Jack, a screenwriter who is probably one of the only FPS protagonists who actually speaks. The story is bare bones: pretty much the film but with little exposition and less complexity. In many ways, King Kong is a survival horror: you are equipped with only the barest necessity of firearms and/or spears which you chuck at a variety of dinosaurs and giant insects. Pacing is an issue, just like the film, and within 5 minutes of landing on the island, you'll find yourself fighting your first boss monster. The interface is bare-bones too, keeping your attention on the action. What I've said may sound slightly negative: but trust me when I say that King Kong is perhaps the best movie tie-in you'll ever play thanks to its brooding atmosphere and engaging design; just don't expect much in story or complexity. Expand
  7. S.Washington
    Dec 28, 2005
    Worst game I've played in years and I owned State of Emergency. I kept waiting for the game to get good.It wasn't anything I haven't seen in other games except for that you could play Kong. By the way you play King Kong for about 10% of the game. I swear rent this game if you must (like I did) you'll hate all 4 hours it'll take to finish it. Expand

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