King Kong Preview

King Kong Preview

Published On October 21, 2005 | By Russ Clow | Previews

King Kong is back. The official game to the latest movie from Peter Jackson (Hairy Director of Lord of the Rings) shows us once more why Kong really is the King of everyone…and everything! The game will complement the film with alternative viewpoints and intense action designed to let you get a true feel of this epic adventure. Based mainly on Skull Island it will have all the settings from the film plus all new content that the guys over at Ubisoft are adding.

In the game you must battle for survival on Skull Island in first-person as you play the lead in the Film, Jack Driscoll. Although this would be a good game just playing him, what makes this game special is the opportunity to play King Kong in third-person as you take on massive beasts with only your big hairy fists for weapons. The two elements are brought together wonderfully in such a horrible place like Skull Island. You won’t find Skull Island in any holiday brochures; you’ve got Kong for company, a tribe of humans that give live sacrifices to keep him happy and then to round off the terror, Dinosaurs, including the cute and cuddly T-Rex.

Because the game was developed with a lot of input from the Director of the film, they have integrated a lot of the film makers assets directly into the game engine, and taking a true cinematic approach, naturally, from both a visual and audio perspective, players are thrown like a bolder directly onto Skull Island smashing through the dark jungles and over-sized environments.

Lets be honest, no one would be bothered about this game if you couldn’t play Kong, he’s one of the most powerful of all the creatures on Skull Island and you soon learn what it means to be feared, respected and dominant. When you play Kong you use both his agility and his raw, brute strength by any means necessary to battle enemies and navigate though the perils of Skull Island. Graphically Kong can’t be beaten, he looks as mean in the game as he would if he were so close to your face his nostrils were breathing straight in your face. The likeness of the other characters is breathtaking, and with the film actors being used as voice over actors, you’re guaranteed a true cinematic quality.

The story of the game mirrors the film, so you journey through the explosive action of all the key moments in the movie, but you also get to explore the beautifully-rendered mysterious jungle environments not seen in the film because of the developer’s dedication in developing a dream of a game that stands on its own.

The fighting in this game is superb. When you play both characters you get to fight all the creatures featured in the film and some that are exclusive to the game.

King Kong looks like a game that could possibly be better than the film, but I won’t be surprised if that turns out to be true. It’s got everything going for it. It looks like King Kong will be smashing, roaring and chest-banging his way to the Xbox 360 soon — and I can’t wait!

About The Author

Russ Clow not only nearly shares his name with one of the best Gladiators around, but he also has a bundle of experience under his belt. Since a very young age he's been playing video games, and has been working in the video game industry for most of his working career. Russ is a secret Sony Fanboy, although he tries hard to hide it so as to keep his position as Editor-in-Chief. When he's not playing games, Russ likes to play football with the "lads".