I really enjoyed King Kong the movie and normally when games are made about movies they do not always rate that highly but this game is an exception and I think Peter Jackson's remake is really brought to life in this Gamecube game.
The game takes place almost entirely on Skull Island where King Kong lives. So in that respect it's better than the movie as that had an hour or so before they got to the Island itself. You are the character of Jack Driscoll who is the educated and well respected playwright in the new movie.
As Jack you make your way through the hell of the Island in order to save Anne from King Kong ultimately. On occassion you are alone and other times with other characters. You can control the weapons you use by pressing the left and right top buttons on the controller. At first this is a bit tricky but you get used to it in the end.
The only way in this game that you can tell about your health by looking at the screen is by your breathing and heartbeat that get faster and faster the more injured you become. Then if the screen goes read and silent then you are dead!
There are many varied weapons to use which is good. I found that the game is more realistic and believable as you don't have unlimited ammo. You have just a certain amount of bullets and once they are gone that's it until you find another box of weapons that are air dropped in from time to time and at different points on the Island. If you don't have bullets then you will have improvise and use spears or bones of dead animals to attack with.
Every few levels or so you actually get to play as King Kong himself. With him you have immense power fairly obviously which is what you lack with Jack. You can attack with full force and kill your enemies. You get the chance to fight with dinosaurs and other fearsome creatures to keep Anne safe. I actually found these fights the most enjoyable.
Once you get off the Island levels you play as King Kong in New York after he is captured. You are able to rampage through the city streets when you escape your captors and you make your way to the Empire State building and the climax of the game and movie.
However, as an added bonus or twist when you finish the game, you can then go back through levels that have points still available to play. There are also many features to unlock along the way, the best of which is the alternate ending.
Unfortunately the game is pretty short for and adventure game of this sort, but what there is very good and it does have good replay value to be honest with you. Highly recommended if you like the movie or even if you haven't seen it.
I remember the hype around King Kong when it was released with such a huge budget much was expected of the game to succeed and I guess on many accounts it did. I didn't go to the cinema to see it as I heard it was on for over 3 hours and didn't want my backside falling into a coma. So instead I rented the DVD, much like the film the game allows you to play as Jack Blacks character or Kong himself, you go through each level detroying your opponents and anything else that gets in your way.
Graphics - They were excellent, probably the best part of the game is the way it looks, all the characters especially Kong himself are very well rendered and look awesome.
Gameplay - This is where the game takes a dip, the best word for the gameplay would be 'sluggish' you awkwardly move your character around the screen and it all feels very unresponsive.
Sound - With the sountrack to the film incorporated into the game you can't fault the sound effects in the game , nothing to complain about with the audio.
Overall - Well this game just wasn't for me, so much effort was put into the look that the gameplay seems to have been neglected too much. I'm afraid I can't recommend this game too highly.