Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: 11/21/2005
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The Good: Great presentation, and “feel like the movie” experience, the movie cast is in there, decent graphics
The Bad: Too much Jack, not enough Kong, extremely short, linear to a fault
I watched the movie when it first came out now I’m late playing the game. While there is an Xbox 360 version out this is NOT a next-gen game mind you. The game does sport decent graphics but now in 2007 they feel pretty dated and there are a lot of collision detection issues and the game is very…green. While you spend 70% of the time playing as Jack you wish you could play as Kong more. There are a decent variety of enemies such as giant centipedes, bats, T-Rex, raptors, crabs and so forth you just wish there were more. When you play as Jack you in a first person perspective and there are no health bars, no ammo meters just you and your instincts. Ubisoft made it this way so the game feels more cinematic like the movie and it works.
I was surprised how well you can aim with the spears and guns without a reticle and it’s very easy to do. Playing as Kong, though, is the best part. You are in a 3rd person POV and the camera sweeps around dramatically while you beat up giant T-Rex and fend off dozens of bats. There are moments where you run along giant cliff sides and swing on huge pillars. While this is good and all it does get repetitive and it’s the same thing over and over.
The game isn’t very well paced and there aren’t any clips from the movie at all. This made things a bit disappointing but then again that’s the whole “feel like a movie” experience. While Ubisoft did a good job in the short time they had it could have been a lot better. The game also ends very abruptly and it feels like they took huge shortcuts. Despite all this, you’ll get a kick out of the game on any console and it’ll sure to please the movie fans.