Games: Peter Jacksonís King Kong: The Official Game of
While I may not agree with Peter Jacksonís reinterpretation of classic
film I am grateful that the 600 hojillion dollars spent bringing the
hairy ape back to the big screen also funded a sweet game.
Glenn! You hate movie-tie ins! Thatís true, little slugger, I do. With
the white hot intensity of a thousand suns, I hate movie tie-ins.
Shakespeare would say that I bite my thumb at them. But PJKK:TOGotM has
snuck itís way onto my XBOX and I intend to keep it.
factors make Kong a keeper. First it was developed by Ubisoft under the
direction of Michel Ancel the director of last yearís best adventure
title, Beyond Good and Evil (possibly one of the best action-adventure
games of the past decade). Ancel kept tight reign on the presentation
and gameplay. You spend the majority of the game as Jack who fights his
way through the deadly environs of Skull Island to rescue Anne Darrow
from King Kong. Jackís play style is distinctly first-person shooter
minus the health meters and ammo readouts that often clutter the field
of play. When Jack gets hurt the screen flashes red and your controller
rumbles. When you need to know how much ammo (and you will need to keep
close tabs on it) Jack has, you ask, and he tells you. Simple choices in
presentation that erase the barrier between player and game. The
immersion in such a well designed environment as WETA digitalís vision
of Kongís homeland is so engrossing that I screamed when the first
freaky bat/monkey thing flew at my face. Donít worry, I stabbed it with
a handy spear.
gets better though.
also get to control King Kong throughout the game. Kong is really strong
and likes to break the jaws of Tyrannosaurus Rexes. Which frankly, they
deserve cause they keep trying to eat Anne. Thatís whack, I mean what
the hell did Anne do to them? Damn Tyrannosaurus. See, itís easy and fun
to empathize with Kong. Especially when he screams and pounds his chest
and your screen shakes along with his temper. Ultimately you, as Kong,
must meet his fate and do your best to swat down pesky biplanes from
atop the empire state building. Pesky biplanes.
controls are smooth and responsive, the puzzles simple, the action
frantic and well tempered with foreboding and anticipatory tension.
Simply put this is a great game for veteran gamers, Kong fans or even
first-time players. It presents a rewarding, exciting and challenging
journey through the superb Kong plot without frustrating the player with
backtracking or unnecessary interface confusion.