Peter Jackson's King Kong (GameCube) Preview

By Mike Mason 02.11.2005 12

Everybody knows who (or rather, what) King Kong is. The 25-foot tall gorilla was the inspiration for Miyamoto's Donkey Kong and is about to star in a film remake of the 1933 classic later this year. Can the King stand up to Nintendo's very own simian on gaming grounds?

Jurassic Park, eat your heart out. The new movie of King Kong is looking like it could be raising the acceptable bar of amount of dinosaurs to shove in a film by a lot, and the game is no different. A movie licence may frighten some, ourselves included at times, but this time it seems like it could be very dissimilar indeed. Michael Ancel and his team, of Beyond Good & Evil fame, are behind this one - if that doesn't make your ears prick up about the prospect of the game, then it's possible that little will. Peter Jackson himself handpicked the team, after enjoying the abovementioned game, to create the ultimate King Kong gaming experience.

Taking place on Skull Island, an island full of prehistoric beasts and tribesmen ('the land that time forgot' as it were), there are two entirely different styles of play. The first is a first person adventure where you play as Driscoll, part of a film crew who have come to this island to try and get footage of (and possibly capture) the legendary ape. Driscoll's mission is to try and get back Ann, an archaeologist who comes along on the trip with them and is promptly captured and offered as a sacrifice to the game's namesakes

Screenshot for Peter Jackson's King Kong on GameCube

Driscoll's journey looks very exciting, and extremely dangerous. Since you're playing as a puny human those dinosaurs are a bit more of a threat, them being walking killing machines and all. Thankfully, you get some limited weaponry

Screenshot for Peter Jackson's King Kong on GameCube

What's striking is the lack of a display showing your details (health and ammunition in the case of Driscoll, the former only in the case of Kong), and it's bound to confuse a lot of people at first. In an effort to create a more cinematic experience, Ancel and his team have decided to omit them entirely from view, forcing players to examine their surroundings and listen out for any clues about their current health. When you're hit, flashes of red appear in first person mode, while blood spills off in third person, and members of your crew shout out how much ammunition you have left. This looks like it'll create a more engaging experience than many of us are used to, and could make the game far better for it. The superb graphics look to help with the immersion as well, pushing the Gamecube close to its ever-expanding limits

Screenshot for Peter Jackson's King Kong on GameCube

The intelligence of everything could be another aspect that separates this wheat from the chaff, too. When playing as Driscoll your crew members act like they really are your companions, with them helping you out of sticky situations and passing you useful items

Screenshot for Peter Jackson's King Kong on GameCube

Final Thoughts

Ancel and company look like they'll be delivering a candidate for 'best game of film' ever unless anything goes disastrously wrong before release. Ubisoft could be on to a winner of gigantic proportions with this one...

Developer

Ubisoft

Publisher

Ubisoft

Genre

Adventure

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1

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Comments

I just passed an absolutely hilarious section with the Hammer Bros talking in computer geek speak:

'We R teh R0x0r l33t Hammer Bros - time 4 total pwnage!'

You know, stuff like that ^^ :-D Very funny stuff, and totally unexpected! Smilie

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The game is a gem. That scene is particulary funny. Gets funnier though!
The game feels a bit hull based though, with a lack of any exploration.

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yea ive had this since xmas, and i havnt played the game since boxing day, however im liked of what i played but at the mo im trying to finish other games that i have. Its a good game though, i think its better than Paper Mario as well

I do have to say that I've had one major boss battle that bored the hell out of me...I don't know why, but the fun of the battles seems to have been toned down somewhat. Perhaps that's something that will change as the game goes on, but it's not a good sign.

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comparing it to paper mario is hardly a fair comparison. On that thought, Paper mario for the DS would be amazing. Considering Paper Mario for the N64 has pretty neat graphics, the DS could easily pull it off.
Oh, and even though I said you can't really compare them, Paper mario is a lot better than this game. At least the "Fun-o-meter" suggests so.

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Oh, and Raz, I sort of felt the same about the battles. I think it is the lack of bros attacks or something.

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Paper Mario, despite being part of the Mario RPG series, seems to be completely different in 'feel'. Just for reference's sake, and those who don't know, here's who makes the various games:

- Super Mario RPG (SNES, Squaresoft / Nintendo)
- Paper Mario (N64, Intelligent Systems the guys behind Fire Emblem and Advance Wars)
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA, AlphaDream the team behind the Hamtaro games)
- Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door (GC, Intelligent Systems)
- Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (NDS, AlphaDream)

So all we need now is for Nintendo and Square Enix to bring a new one to the Revolution... :-D

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Out of those I need Mario RPG and Paper Mario 64.

For some reason Mario and Luigi:PIT felt more like Paper Mario then Superstar Saga.
I think it may be because of the Shroobs (Aliens) being similar to the X-nauts (Also alien like).

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EDIT: Sorry about the unintentional smiley.

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Mario RPG is a brilliant game. Having palyed it after both Paper Mario and Superstar Saga, though, you can see why certain gameplay aspects have been changed for the future versions...

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