Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is a 2005 video game developed by Ubisoft as a tie-in for the film, King Kong. It was released on various consoles, including PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox and Xbox 360. The game was released on November 17, 2005 in Europe, November 21, 2005 in North America, and on December 15, 2005 in Japan.
While playing as Jack Driscoll, the game uses a first person perspective, with sections of Skull Island divided into separate levels (displayed as scenes on a roll of film in the main menu). The player must survive against the creatures of the island using various methods such as guns and ammunition dropped in crates by Captain Englehorn's sea plane, spears crafted by the island's natives, and fire. The environment can also be used to the player's advantage, such as setting the tips of spears on fire to burn a patch of tall grass to kill creatures lurking within (or simply impale the creature with the burning spear), smaller animals being used as bait for larger predators as a means of a distraction or to lure into a trap, or simply using stone structures as cover to hide from, evade, or sneak past the creatures.
When playing as King Kong, the game takes a third person perspective, and becomes more focused on combat. The player can now confront larger predators head on, and use features of the environment such as tree trunks, a wall of vines that allow the player to climb, and ledges to swing, as a means of gaining the upper hand in combat, or simply progressing through the level. In most levels as Kong, the player has the responsibility to keep Ann Darrow safe, either by keeping her in hand, or placing her in a safe location when the situation calls for use of both Kong's hands, such as battling a Vastatosaurus rex or pushing a larger pillar out of the way to continue the level.
The crew of the SS Venture are preparing to land on the shores of Skull Island, however the ocean's currents are strong. The rowboat carrying Preston, Jimmy, Lumpy, and others, is carried off into a different direction, and then an several boulders fall onto the rowboat carrying Jack, Ben Hayes, Ann Darrow, Carl Denham, and another sailor. Later, Jack is awoken by Ann, who informs him they crashed onshore, and the sailor was killed. She, Jack, Hayes, and Carl then leave the wreck of their boat to find higher ground, where Captain Englehorn, dropped them some supplies from the ship's plane while searching for a place to land. They encounter a group of Cunaepraedators, which Jack and Hayes fight off before heading deeper into the island. They arrive in a system of catacombs, where they are attacked by Scorpio-pedes. They narrowly escape, and are separated after a narrow bridge collapses, leaving Jack and Ann to continue alone. Hayes shouts from across that they'll meet up further down at the top, and instruct them to call the plane. Ann and Jack continue on, encountering more creatures. Unfortunately, they are both captured by the Island Natives. One of them knocking Jack unconscious with a spear. When Jack awakes, his hands are tied to a pillar, and his weapons are gone. He then witnesses Ann being lowered unto a platform, being offered as a sacrifice. Then, from off into the distance, through the smoke, a giant ape appears, and takes Ann into the jungle. Carl then arrives, and unties Jack. Carl also witness the monster carry away Ann, describing the natives chanting the name "Kong". Carl also explains that he and Hayes got separated when they were attacked by the natives. Jack and Carl manage to sneak out of the village, but are spotted by the natives, and run off into the jungle as torched spears are hurled at them. Jack and Carl have a run in with a Venatosaurus and other creatures before catching up to Kong. They briefly see him travel through the jungle, however Kong leaps across a trench to large for Jack and Carl to cross. Carl is then abducted by a large Terapusmordax, who brings him to her nest as food. Jack peruses, and is able to kill the giant flying rodent. Carl and Jack continue, and meet up with Hayes again. After dealing with a several Venatosaurus, the three continue searching for Ann. They then hear Preston's crew screaming, followed by a roar. Hayes believes the roar came from Kong, but Carl corrects him, saying "that was something else." The three then meet up with Preston, Lumpy, Jimmy, and more sailors, who are standing above on a wooden bridge. Preston explains that they just escaped "some kind of monster", however the creature is still in the area. A roar is then heard, and a large Vastatosaurus rex appears from behind a stone wall. The creature catches Lumpy in it's jaws, and destroys the bridge. Some sailors fall into the trench below, and others escape. The Vastatosaurus then turns it's attention to Jack, Hayes, and Carl. Jack draws the creature's attention away from Hayes and Carl, who are at work opening a door built by the island natives. After the door is open, the three run through, seemingly escaping the large predator. The creature then makes it's own entrance by smashing the stone wall, and the three take cover. When it seems the Vastatosaurus has them cornered, Ann's screaming is heard. The creature turns it's attention to the direction of Ann's screams, and walks away.
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- November 17, 2005 (PAL; GameCube, PS2, PC, & Xbox)
- November 21, 2005 (North America; Nintendo DS, GameCube, PS2, PC, Xbox & Xbox 360)
- December 2, 2005 (Europe; Nintendo DS)
- December 2, 2005 (PAL; Xbox 360)
- December 15, 2005 (Japan; GameCube, PS2, PC, & Xbox)
- December 15, 2005 (Australia; Nintendo DS)
- December 16, 2005 (PAL; PlayStation Portable)
- December 20, 2005 (Australia; PlayStation Portable)
- December 20, 2005 (North America; PlayStation Portable)
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