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10 First Minutes of King Kong

10 First Minutes of King Kong

Bump your chests, here are the ten first minutes of King Kong (Xbox). Those who were expecting the worst can take a breath, the videogame adaptation of Peter Jackson's blockbuster totally kick ass. Sorry, you need to know more ? Right then, I give you more.

Developed by Michel Ancel, creator of Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman, King Kong is a special game. Half FPS, half third person 'swing'n-smash", King Kong is the kind of game that makes your eyes sparkling, from the first image to the very last name of the ending credits. Yep, just that way. I'm not gonna take three pages about it, but the way Ancel designed a living, almost concrete playground is just prodigious. As well as the directing and the graphics really show how the guy and his team totally mastered the technologic and artistic sides of their game.

Sometimes, the game let you control Kong. So, you pass from the skinny Jack, trying to save his life from some big monsters, to the gigantic King Kong, who beat the hell out of two T-Rexs with a hand in the back. The gameplay reversion provides so much fun, it's just a total enjoyment. Controlling Kong as he swings from tree to tree, knocking dinosaurs and big pterodactyls with his huge hairy arms is extremely gratifying and give a lot of satisfaction. Anyway, to end this little critic, let's just say that, more than an great adaptation, King King is simply a great game. And, believe me when I say, that's not half of a compliment.

10 first minutes of King Kong EN
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Commented on 2005-11-17 00:05:30
Got good reviews in Finnish gamemagazine 'Pelit' too.
Commented on 2005-11-17 00:09:37
Commented on 2005-11-17 00:10:30
My bad ;) Should be fixed now.
Commented on 2005-11-17 00:17:19
Wouldn't it be amusing if the 360 version is actually just the xbox disc with an included emulation profile to bump things up to 720p like with Halo2?
Commented on 2005-11-17 00:28:48
Ive played the 360 one and its quite a nice graphical improvement, same game yea, but better update for 360 than Gun!

Downloading the video...
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:03:25 In reply to thies
Posted by thies
Wouldn't it be amusing if the 360 version is actually just the xbox disc with an included emulation profile to bump things up to 720p like with Halo2?
The 360 version looks vastly superior than even the PC version. You can download the PC demo and check it out.

I took some pictures of both versions and the big difference is in the lighting:

PC version:

Xbox 360 version:
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:06:32 In reply to JonesCK1
Your comparison isn't saying much...
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:13:13
I hate 2D, and I hate her hair
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:22:03 In reply to Snoopers
Posted by snoopers
Your comparison isn't saying much...
What about these, they're from the same exact locations:

PC: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b367/jonesck1/Co...
360: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b367/jonesck1/Co...

PC: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b367/jonesck1/Ro...
360: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b367/jonesck1/Ro...
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:29:34
this game looks ok... the characters dont really look that great, but the sceneries are real nice.

-- tommy
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:41:43 In reply to JonesCK1
That's better :D
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:53:11
The 10 minutes was great one could think that the whole thing was Machinema , very cinematic style.
Commented on 2005-11-17 01:55:40 In reply to antvent85
Machinema ? What is that ?

edit> ok, found. Very interesting, by the way.

Commented on 2005-11-17 02:04:03
Oh, and also seems like the voices arent sincronized with the movement of the lips in the characters
Commented on 2005-11-17 03:33:28 In reply to chewbacaattack
They are, but in this scene with Naomi Watts talking, there is indeed a lipsync problem.
Commented on 2005-11-17 03:45:10
I'm not impressed. The only thing I like is that the gameplay is unique, in a sense. Like the style of gameplay.
Commented on 2005-11-17 04:17:57 In reply to amerakindesi
Posted by amerakindesi
I'm not impressed. The only thing I like is that the gameplay is unique, in a sense. Like the style of gameplay.
And so ? Isn't that sufficient enough ? :)
Commented on 2005-11-17 05:06:46
I'm impressed by those 360 shots. Wow.
Snoopers, get us some HQ 360 footage. =)
Commented on 2005-11-17 05:11:43
Thanks for those great comparison shots, Jones.
Commented on 2005-11-17 05:13:38
Hey Jones,whats you calibration for that samsung lcdtv? I have the same one. I just want to have the perfect calibration for it. Thx in advnace. The comparison shots are really good too.
Commented on 2005-11-17 05:51:31 In reply to Snoopers
Posted by snoopers
And so ? Isn't that sufficient enough ? :)
I meant, I like how they incorperated new ideas, but they weren't sufficient enough to keep the game exciting. It seems like playing the game is a lot like choosing your actions through a movie (Peter Jackson), but I don't think that's really good enough, when comparing to other games.

I mean to say, that I don't feel it's polished.
Commented on 2005-11-17 07:45:25
holy crackers those screens to each others look like night and day, stupid GUN is just a port.
Commented on 2005-11-17 09:38:21
I just played King Kong yesterday on the 360. It's impressive....

But there will be two PC-Versions. One is like the PC-Demo (Xbox1 Graphics with higher Res) the other version will look like the 360 and is called "Gamer"-Edition... but who the hell is not buying the nice lookin Gamer-Edition anyway and why did they make the demo with the normal Version for the PC? Who cares, I'll buying the 360 Version....

Commented on 2005-11-17 09:53:15
btw. the gamer-version is only available on the ubi shop online!!! http://shop.ubi.com/Prod_ExtDesc.asp?catalogid=349
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About the game
  • King Kong
  • Xbox, Gamecube, Ps2, Pc, Xbox360,...
  • Published by Ubisoft
  • Developed by Ubisoft
  • French release: Available

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