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

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  • Summary: Play as man or beast in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie. You can be King Kong or Jack Driscoll as you follow a story based on the movie. Peter Jackson, the director of the 2005 movie, also took an active role in developing the game, which expands upon the movie's storyline, adding new creatures and locations. The game employs a cinematic style that makes the game more immersive and less like a traditional video game. Expand
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
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  1. The most exciting, immersive game you will play this year, and almost any other year for that matter. Hopefully, it will set the standards for future movie-based games much as the 1933 film set standards for future generations of film-makers.
  2. There are countless tense moments playing as Jack and my only complaint is not playing as the featured star more than we were given the opportunity.
  3. One of the most enjoyable if short-lived gameplay experiences. The game is practically a work of art, but that may not be enough for everyone.
  4. The sense of immersion is increased by the game's first-person perspective and an absence of on-screen clutter. There is no health gauge blocking your view; if a dinosaur bites you, your vision blurs, indicating that one more bite will kill you.
  5. Peter Jackson's midas touch spreads to the video game, as King Kong impresses us with its cinematic visuals and the great giant ape.
  6. 80
    A unqiue, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable game that provides an experience that you won't get anywhere else. It also happens to be one of the best games based on a movie since "Goldeneye."
  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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  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Lucas
    Nov 30, 2005
    This is great game! I found it really enjoyable, it's very climactic, graphics are great and audio is stunning.
  2. Don
    Dec 15, 2005
    A classic fantasy parable of great horror and beauty.
  3. Finfrosk
    Nov 15, 2005
    Real atmospheric, the first different FPS since Breakdown. Controlls are good, good graphics, and a lot of other cool stuff!
  4. Nov 10, 2013
    King Kong is one of the best licensed videogames out their. The graphics are some of the best on the Xbox Console. The gameplay is actually pretty good, this games enemy A.I actually makes you think before you act, because one mistake could mean death. The T-Rex battles are awesome, playing as kong is a lot of fun. The story is pretty much the same as the movie, but this game adds a lot of more missions and scenes that are not in the movie which is great. I love the King Kong movie its one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time, and i also love this amazing licensed videogame. Expand
  5. Rick
    Feb 28, 2006
    A thoroughly enjoyable game. What there is of it. Its just way too short. By the time I was getting it to it, the damn thing was over. However thats my only gripe. The blend of FPS and Kong fighting mixes up the gameplay well. I felt they could have done more with situation elements e.g. where you have to grab a spear from a certain point then back track to ignite the damn thing with fire, then go forward again to burn the hedges. Most of the time you look around the area you are in and you can see the fire you shoot or throw a spear at it, it falls to the ground, burns your path clear. Too easy and not enough brain power. The parts I did enjoy were the multi-threat elements where you have raptors and pteradactyls coming at you at in the same area. Speaking of which there just wasn't enough "open areas" the majority of the game you felt like you were on a narrow path. Overall very cinematic and they were on the right track, this could have been an absolute corker had the length been longer and as mentioned more situational elements thrown in...the gameplay is good just better attention to level design needed. They had the atmosphere and is a good movie to game title where most are poor. Its a hire game and can fill a weekend, at least a day anyway. Collapse
  6. M.J.
    Nov 15, 2005
    Graphics are average at best. Playing Kong was fun for a bit, but the player loses a sense of control during combat due to their attempt to maintain the "cinematic look". This decision causes the gameplay to suffer and takes the control out of the player's hands somewhat. Expand