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      03.09.2009 00:26
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      A somewhat frustrating game with some good moments as King Kong

      King kong has had many movie adaptations and this game has been released to correspond with its big screen counterpart. The game closely follows the movie adaptation with characters resembling those of the movie. The graphics are not amazing but some scenes do tend to suprise you.

      The game mostly puts you in the shoes of Jack (Adrien Brody in the film) though few levels have you playing as the mighty kong as well. Jacks bit often involves moving throughly densley populated island dodging natives and dinosaurs alike. You will have gun though ammunition is very sparse and have to rely on spears and bones. This section is a lot more difficult and quickly gets tiresome.

      Just as you are about to call it quits with Jacks gameplay you play as king kong taking on V-Rexs and other dinosaurs as well as the natives. The gameplay here totally shines as does the visuals of King Kong beating up dinosaurs to pulp.

      The music and voice acting is of average and some effort should have been given into the achievements.

      This game is mostly quite dull though has some shining moments which are nice to have a look at. Achievement fanatics will find this an easy 1000. Worth a play if your a fan of the mighty kong

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      10.05.2009 12:48
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      A good game, which has unfortunately been stereotyped as being a bad movie tie-in.

      King Kong is a video game for the Xbox 360 which loosely ties in with the feature film released in 2005. The game was one of the first games to be released on Xbox 360 and despite having been previously released on other consoles there had reputedly been several updates to the game to make it have that "next-gen" feel.

      The graphics of the game are similar to other games which were released at the beginning of the Xbox 360's life. They are improved from the standards of the Xbox 360's successor the Xbox as well as the Playstation 2. There are some impressive moments such as fights with King Kong himself as well as having some pretty stylish water and fire effects featured in there at times too. The enemies, especially the dinosaurs are designed very well too and give "Skull Island" a haunting, prehistoric feel to it. Despite the graphics being impressive when the game was released in late 2005 the graphics are now somewhat dated, and are easily beaten by titles with a similar feel- such as Bioshock. The sounds of the game are also fairly good, there is some good music which is reminiscent of the type of tracks featured in the movie and all of the noises created by the weapons and by the enemies suit the theme of the game extremely well.

      Gameplay itself is fairly typical of first person shooter games, however it was one of the first titles to incorporate now familiar features of video games, such as health which recharges over time rather than having to pick up health kits as well as a control scheme which is similar to popular games on the console such as Halo and Call of Duty. Some of the most rewarding pieces of gameplay involve the use of the spears which can be picked up around the levels and throwing them at oncoming enemies, as well as lighting them with fire and settling alight to bushes and grass in order to hold off oncoming predators. One of my favourite moments of the game is fighting off two T-Rexs whilst floating downstream on a raft, armed only with spears! There are some really great moments in the game and you even get the chance to play as King Kong in several levels.

      Overall this is a very good game, which is still playable even though by today's standards the graphics and gameplay are a bit weak. I think that this game has been characterised as a cheap, movie tie-in rather than a legitimate game which is actually a lot of fun. Another huge bonus with this game is the ease of which you can unlock the achievements, all 1000 gamerpoints are unlocked by just one playthrough of a game which may only take you 7 or 8 hours to complete and at under £10 that makes this game a complete must buy!

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      12.04.2009 22:30
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      Not worth buying, if you want the points rent the game instead

      We all love big fuzzy Gorillas, and we also love total destruction of cities right? Well if you put two and two together you should get King Kong right? WRONG. This game is simply another way to milk the cash count on the successful King Kong remake, like I always say games should never be made into movies and movies should never be made into games, almost like peas and mashed potatoes.

      The game begins as a group of explores or something, I wasn't sure I skipped the cut scenes. The game play is actually quite good with the simple control layout and there isn't hardly any clutter of pointless information dotted around the screen like in a lot of games. It allows you to freely see the glorious graphics the game actually has, its smooth game flow gives you a great tutorial to start off and it actually throws quite a few surprises at you. For a majority of the game you are Jack Driscoll which is the blander half of the game, then for about an 8th of the game you control the ferocious King Kong. Seems odd how the main character with his big ugly mug and his name printed along the box is hardly even playable in the game. But when you do get the chance to play King Kong destruction follows you, it's finally time to get payback on those damn tribal people for kept killing you on that level like 100 times.

      The biggest advantage to the game isn't actually the game at all, but the achievement system implemented with it. For most games you actually have to work for these "achievements" for when you actually achieve something. However in King Kong you can gain the maximum 1000 achievement points by simply completing the game once which totally destroys all replay value. Okay that wasn't the advantage that's a disadvantage but the free 1000 gamer points is a significant boost for the amount of time you input into gaining them.

      Overall an 8th of the game is good while the other part as Jack Driscoll is dull and repetitive fighting dinosaurs over and over again with your giant bone tooth pick.

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      02.01.2009 17:23

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      Don't waste your money,

      King Kong was one of the first titles released for the Xbox 360 Console, and was also one of the first disappointments for the console (with Perfect Dark Zero taking the top spot).

      The first thing you notice about this game is that it is EXACTLY like the movie... which is a good thing.

      Unfortunately that is about as far as the wow factor goes.

      If you have an older console, one that was brought out around 2005 or 2006, then you will notice that you cannot progress much further than the second level of the game. The reason... the game freezes at one of the most pivotal scenes of the movie. And you end up tied to a stake waiting for a giant monkey that never arrives.

      The next problem you will find is the AI for your team is a bit off. You can't progress to the next level of the game without your team members all present and accounted for. And the game has a tendency to get your AI characters stuck behind rocks.

      All in all a very glitchy game.

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      24.08.2008 05:10
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      Good game.

      King Kong is a first person action game for the Xbox 360 games console.

      In this game you play as a member of the film team who are filming on the skull island, you soon learn everything is not as it seems as you discover the giant King Kong.

      In this game you have guns but your ammo is very limited so you will have to use more basic weapons like sticks and spears.

      The fighting is satisfying as you fight large dinosaurs, they seem genuinely terrifying. As well as fighting you do a lot of puzzle solving, usually bringing fire to a certain area to get rid of A spiky brush so that you cannot pass, but sometimes it is finding levers to open gates.

      The most fun in this game of the short bits where you get to play as the monkey himself King Kong, these bits are immensely satisfying and I would happily have played a game with just these sections.

      You can get King Kong for as little as £5.00 so definitely pick it up.

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      09.04.2008 18:21

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      a bad game which shows nothing special

      King kong was one of the dabuting games out on the xbox 360. It was surrounded by hype and many people predicted as the game to kick of the next gen era. The trailers depicting amazing graphics and action over exagerated this game. The game itself was dark and not very gripping. You could find yourself turning it of and saying youll have something to eat and come back it 10 minutes but end up not playing it again for weeks. its that forgettable. It was slow as the lag in between doors was unbearable. countless times i was tempted to throw it out the window. The game had hardley any special features and gave you nothing in return for hours of play. You spend ages waiting for king kong or thye t-rex to show up and when they do you are less than impressed. A very forgetable game that didnt live up to its hype.

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      29.10.2007 17:19
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      A solid port of an outstanding game.

      Back in around November 2005, Ubisoft decided that rather than make another licensed mess based on a film, they decided to really put some effort into their videogame adaptation on Peter Jackson's King Kong. It was excellent, despite the game having a very short length. It proved that movie tie-ins can actually be better than a mess. In time for the 360 launch, Ubi ported the game onto the 360. Ports can be just as bad as movie tie-ins, as sometimes they're lazy ports that add little new content or have the same graphics as the system they were ported from. Considering Kong on the 360 didn't have too much time in development, this is a good port. The graphics look stunning since being ported to the 360, which is a feat considering the other versions look superb too. Plus, the gameplay and sound has held up since the other versions too. Unfortunately, a lack of new content and lazy achievements mean this isn't worth it if you've played other console versions. That said people who have yet to experience Kong yet should have no fear in buying this version.

      -(The Story)-
      King Kong obviously follows the plot of the 2005 film. Desperate director Carl Denham has hit rock bottom! A film studio is about to decline yet another film project from him, so in a desperate attempt he takes his screenwriter Jack, struggling actor Miss Ann Darrow and other members of his filming crew to a apparently non-existing island called Skull Island. It goes wrong immediately, as a storm causes their boat to crash. But, that's the least of their worries as huge monsters and other threats are causing problems. Now, they must escape from the island and survive the threats. The story is good, and it mostly sticks close to the film, but unfortunately it lacks the emotion of the film. The ending is the same as the film, but i only cried during the ending of the film-not the game.

      -(The Controls)-
      There are a lot of controls of learn here, as you play as two people, meaning two different control schemes. Jack pretty much controls like your standard FPS, except rather than simply shooting you have to hold the left trigger then press the right to shoot. It might sound awkward, but this means if you accidentally press the right trigger you won't waste bullets. The other controls include calling companions (A), checking how many bullets you have (B) and dropping your spear (Y). Kong's controls are a bit like a beat em' up, as you have a a basic attack button (A), a grab button (B) and a run button (X) which also functions as a button which helps you climb surfaces and swing on trees. When Kong can, you mash on either the A or B button to finish off big enemies like V-Rexes. Overall, the controls are responsive and because they are simple, even if there are two schemes to learn, you'll adapt to them quickly.

      -(The Gameplay)-
      In King Kong you play as two different characters. Jack Driscoll's parts are basically first-person shooting. Except this is no standard shooter. It’s more of an adventure, like Bioshock. It feels realistic, thanks to an absence of a health meter or a gun indicator. When you get hurt, the screen goes red which shows you're wounded. Get attacked anymore and you'll die. It's realistic, and takes away the annoyance of finding health packs. Even though there's no target to show where you're aiming, you don't really need it as where ever you're aiming; anything in the way will get shot. This is a good thing because the game would have been broken if you couldn't even hit enemies!

      A feeling you get from the game is that you're really deserted on the island. There are a number of reasons for this. For one, ammo in the game is very sparse. You could count how many times you see ammo in the game on one hand. Basically, a captain who flies a plane will often drop crates around the island and if you can find it, you can take the weapon and ammo in the crate. The game is set in the 60s, and the weaponry suits the time. You'll get a old pistol, shotgun, sniper rifle as well as a machine gun you'd expect from something like The Godfather. But, even though those are the only firearms, you have more weapons than that. Around the island, there are bones and spears you can pick up and throw. If you can find a pile, bones are unlimited. But spears can be sparse too, with about three together. But, you can reuse these weapons. They're helpful if you run out of ammo, as you can only carry one weapon, meaning if you run out then you're out of luck.

      There are some puzzle elements too. They're not things like switch pushing or crate smashing though. These are to do with survival and other things like that. Around the island, there are bugs on the ground or buzzing around in the air. You can spear them and then throw them into an area to distract either spiders blocking a broken off lever for a door or distracting big dinosaurs. There's also moments where there's grass shrubs blocking the way, so you need to find fire to burn them down. But, considering you're on a deserted island, that's not as easy as it sounds. Then again, these puzzles aren't particularly challenging as the game is quite linear, coupled with great team A.I. which show you where you're going. Then again, these provide a feeling of survival, and the enemies won't let you get off easy.

      As mentioned, you'll always have people with you, as whether it's one person or three, there's usually someone with you on your travels. And there's a good reason if there is no one with you. Like I said before, the A.I. is good, meaning that they can easily show you where to go next. But, just like you, they can easily die too. This means that you'll have to cover them, and if in danger, help them. This can happen a few too many times, and is annoying if either multiple people are on death's door, or you're in trouble yourself. Aside from moments like that, though, your company will mostly do a good job of defending themselves as well as helping you too, as they are good at killing too.

      Enemies can be pretty scary when playing as Jack, as not only are they in your face when they attack you, but their designs are scary too. Even defeating a Megapede (a bigger version of a millipede) or a Giant Crab isn't too easy. What's most scary is when you come across a V-Rex. These are giant T-Rexes that are pretty much invincible when fighting them as Jack. They are huge, and roar constantly, shaking the screen violently. It's not so terrifying when you have a firearm, as enemies don't usually stand a chance against guns, but if you come across a dinosaur with only spears, then you'll start to release that surviving may not be easy.

      You also play as King Kong, the giant ape. This changes the camera from a first-person view to a third-person view. These sections are more melee focused, and much more simplistic than Jack's sections. It's not just a mindless button masher though. You'll either beat the snot out of enemies, or do some tree swinging or puzzles. Basically, if there's a tree on the other ledge, pressing the X button will make you swing to the tree. The game doesn't need precision as all you do is press the button as you get to the ledge. This means you don't need to frustrate yourself trying to precisely swing on that tree. Of course, an enemy can damage you and make you drop into a pit of death. The puzzles are simple like Jack's puzzles. They usually need you to put 'damsel in distress' Ann onto a ledge while she burns the grass shrubs blocking the top of a cliff. They add some variety to the action, and swinging from tree to tree can be very thrilling.

      The combat itself is simplistic at worst. He only has an attack and a grapple move. But, that's why the Kong sections are so fun. There's no deep combo system, no jumping drop moves, nothing like that. But destroying dinosaurs and other creatures is just fun, and its so simple anyone can enjoy. You can go into a mode called Fury mode, where you basically tap Y, Kong starts going nuts and beating chest, the screen goes yellow and you go insane. This makes his shots more powerful, meaning he can kill enemies quicker. If you're fighting a small enemy like a bat or a mini-rex, then they'll just die. But if you're fighting big enemies like big bats or the huge V-Rexes, then it will take a little more to kill them. Basically, when you've downed them, tapping A or B will start a button mashy frenzy. Once that's done, you'll finish them off and they'll be dead. These can be satisfying, but they can be repetitive.

      Unfortunately, Kong has to put up with being in probably the worst section in the game. Remember in the film where Kong goes on a mega rampage in the city of New York? Want to relive that destruction? Tough. You play through NY near the end, but this level was just poor. Basically, it's linear, you can't cause the destruction that you'd want to and it lacks the emotional impact of the film. The moot destruction you can cause is overturning a bus and breaking metal fences. Very destructive, isn't it? It's also weird that Jack Driscoll just completely disappears when you get to NY, which is weird considering that you've been playing as him for more than three quarters of the game.

      That's also a problem with the game. The balance between Kong and Jack sections is uneven. We're not asking for it to go in a order like 'Jack-Kong-Jack-Kong' or anything like that, but a little more Kong sections would be nice. It takes a while to introduce the Kong sections, and there's only about 7 or 8 of them, and there's about 30 chapters. See how unbalanced it is? It's not that Jack's sections aren't fun, as they most certainly are, but it's just a shame that there aren't more Kong sections, as they are the most fun parts of the game.

      The game gets the same 12+ rating as the film, and I pretty much agree with it. As mentioned before, Jack's sections can show off some scary beasts, and some may have nightmares about huge, invincible V-Rexes smashing through their bedroom windows and eating them alive. It sounds ludicrous, but it can happen. But, aside from that, it's not actually that violent. Sure, you'll sometimes see dead bodies completely disembowelled as well as spears going through people, but aside from that if you're not scared easily you could play through this and be slightly younger. There's little blood and I don’t think there's any swearing. There are certainly no sexual references (what, on a deserted island?)

      -(The Graphics)-
      Kong looked stunning on the older platforms, and it looks even better on the powerful next-gen console. Granted, you'll see some ugly textures here and there, but everything has been bumped up a notch. Some things look even better on the 360, like the monster designs, the lighting, textures, character models and Kong's fur all look brilliant on the 360. The enemies still disappear when killed though, which doesn't look particularly good. It does when enemies devour their bodies and leave the remains there. The environments have a gloomy feel to them, thanks to a light fog effect that doesn't cover the game in fog, but gives a hazy feel. Unfortunately, the New York level isn't particularly impressive. While the view from the top of the Empire State building, you can't deny NY doesn't look impressive. Buildings look flat and the ground texture is ugly. But, forgetting about that, the monster design is very impressive. From bats to millipedes to huge dinosaurs these designs are impressive thanks to nice details and good animation. Unfortunately, the mouth animation from the people in the game isn't impressive. They don't follow the dialogue, and it just looks off. But, you can't deny this game looks stunning.

      -(The Sound)-
      The sound is top notch. Most of the actors from the film do their game counterparts, and they do an outstanding job, like they did in the amazing film. And even the people who didn't act in the film are excellent. The music is brilliant, and perfectly placed. It's like the orchestral score in the film. Every time you encounter monsters, the music ramps up and become intense. When you are on death's door, you hear a depressing score that makes you sad that you're dying. The effects are also perfect. Whether it's the sounds of rain dripping onto rocks, creatures rustling in the background or Jack panting as he tries to run away, they all add to the game's ambience.

      -(Replay Value)-
      Because this is a port, you have to take into account that there may be new content here. Don't bother-there is none. Whether it's because the game was only ported less than a month after it's release, or because they were just lazy, don't expect any bonus missions or content exclusive to the 360 version. The achievements are lazy. There's only nine achievements, each gaining about 100 (maybe 200) points for simply playing through the game. There's no skill needed, no replaying needed to unlock these achievements, which is just lazy. It's an easy 1000 points. There are actually less achievements than a Xbox Live Arcade game. It also doesn't help that the game was woefully short to being with. 6-7 hours later and you're done with the game. It's worth replaying though, because when you replay missions you earn points. Earn enough and you unlock content, like a playable alternate ending. But it's not nearly enough. That said, it's one of the cheaper 360 games available, so it's good if you've eaten through all the other 360 games. It's still sad though that the game has no 360 exclusive content.

      -(Score)-
      Controls- 10
      Gameplay- 9
      Graphics- 9
      Sound- 10
      Replay Value- 5
      Overall Score- 8.6

      -(Ending Comments)-
      King Kong is definitely a game you need to consider before buying. There are lot of factors to consider. The Xbox version isn't backward compatible with the 360, so if you haven't played this yet then it's your chance to now. There's also the fact that there's no new content with this version, so if you've played the other versions already there's no point in buying this. Then again, if you're super bored or haven't played this in a long time then you may want to give this a go. But, whether you buy it or not, you must know this is an excellent shooter with top notch visuals, excellent gameplay, outstanding sound and a survival feel to it, making it one of the best movie tie-ins ever made and one of the 360s finest.

      -(Extra Info)-
      This was published/developed by Ubisoft
      This was released on December 2nd, 2005 and is also on PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Gamecube, DS and Gameboy Advance
      This is available on Amazon for £22.47

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        20.03.2007 20:40
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        Good film to game conversion

        Having already played this game on the standard x-box I was interested to see how it performed on the 360 and although I was not disappointed to be honest apart from the sharper graphics there was little difference to be noted.

        This is a great game, based on the updated film the main entertainment is to be had playing as Kong and smashing everything to pieces. It combines both first and third person game play however playing in the first person is by far the best.

        The main criticism that I have is that the game is not very difficult which means that it does not offer a great deal of game play time and there is little by the way of repeat play to be had.

        In the game you get to play as both Jack Driscoll and Kong and it is the latter that have most enjoyment as you battle your way off Scull Island. There are some interesting screen controls, health is signified by a flashing red screen when you are close to deaths door and rather than have a visible ammo counter you rely on Jack announcing how much ammo he has each time you reload, this keeps the screen clear from clutter and you able to concentrate on the excellent graphics and attention to detail that has gone into the game which is visually very appealing.

        The choice of weapons is pretty good and plentiful which is a good thing as the monsters on the island are pretty vicious if not all that intelligent which helps make the game easier to play.

        This is an entertaining game limited only by the fact that it is not that difficult, there are a few problem solving sections as well as the fun of swinging through the trees as Kong or getting to lay waste to both other monsters and buildings.

        It is certainly worth getting hold of but more as a rental rather than a purchase due to the lack of game play time to be had. If you do want to buy then it can be picked up from Amazon for £9.99 in the new and used section.

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