Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of
Peter Jackson's King Kong movie adaptation has finally
smashed its way onto the XBox that is probably one of the most
refreshing games of 2005. Although many movie games are a lot to be
desired, King Kong on the XBox is a step ahead of the rest and is not just
your average first person shooter type game. Rather, it has been
carefully scripted and choreographed to mimic the movie that although doesn't
contain as much action as you would find in your standard first person
shooter type adventure game, it makes up for it in wonder and
The storyline transforms gamers into the fearless and daring Jack
Driscoll, a screenwriter who accompanies director Carl Denham (meticulously
played by Jack Black) to a strange and mysterious island that has been
lost by time itself. Fortunately for Jack, he is also accompanied by
the beautiful and sexy Ann Darrow and a few other Star Trek "red coats" in uncovering the mystery
that surrounds this island.
Unfortunately for our intrepid hero, when
his boat crashes on this
dangerous island, his life is soon turned into turmoil and to make
matters worse, his party is either divided or killed and when Ann is kidnapped by the
natives, it's time to use every bit of skill and guile to rescue her.
Although the gameplay is reminiscent of a first person shooter game, it
is far more than your average action game because it has a healthy dose
of adventure that requires you to use all the resources that you can
find on the island from bones to spears, to guns to sniper rifles. The
game also contains a variety of different enemies from giant scorpions
to deadly dinosaurs and of course Kong himself, not to mention a health
dose of puzzle solving.
Interestingly enough, your characters in King Kong have no access to health bars or status bars for your weapons. This change of gameplay style
is an attempt to make things more realistic that assists in really
immersing you into the environment. When things start going from
bad to worse for
your character, your vision starts to blur or your breathing becomes
shallow that helps in forcing the adrenaline of all gamers to flow.
small break will revitalize your character and when you're running low
on ammunition, your character will also tell you how many rounds are left.
Thankfully the gaming environment has various items littered throughout
the island to assist you when you are short on weaponry.
The twist behind King Kong is that gamers
get to play as King Kong himself that really throws a curve ball into
the title. One minute you're playing as the daring hero Jack, the next
minute you are battling tyrannosaur rexes and giant bat-like creatures
with all the latest wrestling moves from Kong the Great!
The move from action to story is a refreshing breath of fresh air on the
XBox and some of the areas that you visit in the title are quite simply
awe-inspiring, thanks to the graphical power of the XBox. Even the
cut scenes themselves are done in real-time which means you can interact
with these scenes and once again helps immerse you into this
environment. Without playing it yourself, the easiest way to explain it
is that you are actually starring in the movie... real-time.
Graphically, King Kong on XBox is amazing as all the characters have been professionally
contain realistic textures and movements, especially King Kong himself with his sheer
All the backgrounds have been professionally designed and
I've seen on the movie previews, they are also true to the film. Match
with a variety of special effects from blurred vision, lighting and bump
mapping and this game is probably one of the best looking titles that I have
been in a
long time on the Xbox. The attention to detail is extraordinary.
In conclusion, the average gamer will complete this title in around 15 -
20 hours but with a huge twist at the end, get ready for another
attempt. Awesome graphics, brilliant gameplay and a kick !@% storyline,
what you waiting for? Go out and get this title NOW!