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News for Nov. 18, 2005

Spike TV Awards Tonight

11/18/05, 3:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Spike TV's Video Game Awards show is tonight (Friday, November 18) in Los Angeles, it will air later next month on...Spike TV where else?! The show praises the best in the business, as voted on by industry vets, and is accompanied by celebrities and musicians. As for the games, Ubisoft's not-yet-released Peter Jackson's King Kong thumped its chest by leading all nominees. [More] [spiketv.com]

News for Nov. 17, 2005

King Kong Game Ships (in the UK?)

11/17/05, 3:58 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at Ubisoft have sent along a press release with the details on what I am assuming is the UK only release of the King Kong game on all formats. I am slightly confused since I heard the game was being released on November 22nd. Anyone know if they've seen it on their favorite gaming store shelves? Follow the link for the Press Release. [More]

News for Nov. 16, 2005

Thomas' Kong Game Score Review

11/16/05, 10:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Chance Thomas is a highly accomplished composer whose recent projects include multiple installments for the Lord of the Rings video game series. Along that trend, his most recent work is for Peter Jackson's King Kong game. For this project, Thomas composed a score that is on the scale of an epic motion picture with a 70-piece orchestra, choir, and soloists. In addition, Ubisoft has just released an unprecedented website specifically for Thomas' score which features, among many other things, over a half hour of music from the two hour score. This is a good thing - this is a score that people should be aware of. [More]

King Kong Actors Appear in & Voice Game

11/16/05, 10:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Today Ubisoft and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group announced that Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts and Jack Black will appear via likeness and provide voice talent for the videogame "Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie". Academy Award winner Adrien Brody has also lent his voice talent to the game. All three stellar actors star in Universal Pictures' upcoming motion picture King Kong, directed by Academy Award winner Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy). The videogame, rated "T" for Teen, will release worldwide on most major platforms in November, making it the biggest movie-licensed launch in videogame history. [More]

News for Nov. 15, 2005

King Kong The Official Mobile Game of the Movie Launches Today

11/15/05, 10:08 am EST - Xoanon

Triple Academy Award winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) directs the dramatic adventure King Kong, bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate. [More]

News for Nov. 14, 2005

King Kong Final Version Hands-On

11/14/05, 11:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Ubisoft's giant-ape adventure game is finally in the can, and we plowed through the first two hours of the Xbox 360 version right from the title screen. Translating a big-budget film to video game form is no exact science, and over the years we've seen one developer after another fail to fully capture the essence of a particular movie in the licensed game of the same name. In other words, a lot of movie games suck. So when Ubisoft recently plopped us down in a dark room with the final version of King Kong on the Xbox 360, we understandably went in with a little skepticism as to the effectiveness of the translation from the yet-unreleased film remake. The game's pedigree is strong enough, what with the involvement of famed Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel--but has the team been able to re-create the excitement of a big-screen action movie in playable form? [More]

News for Nov. 11, 2005

'King Kong' game raises emotional stakes

11/11/05, 11:29 am EST - Xoanon

Ubisoft game producer Xavier Poix is hoping for a certain response from gamers when they play the video game based on Peter Jackson’s eagerly awaited film remake of “King Kong.” Well, two responses, actually. Poix certainly wants gamers to scream “Whoa!” when the ape first thunders across the screen. The other one he's looking for, however, is a doozee: “I’m hoping that when they finish the game the players will cry.” [More]

Ubisoft Unveils Unprecedented Music Site for King Kong

11/11/05, 10:45 am EST - Xoanon

Ubisoft has unveiled a massive new music site for Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie. Music fans will revel in the sheer volume of Kong content available, including full-length MP3’s of Chance Thomas’ orchestral score, an exclusive new game music video, documentary footage and candid behind-the-scenes anecdotes. [More]

News for Nov. 10, 2005

Ubisoft to Host New York City Consumer Launch Event for Kong

11/10/05, 8:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Consumers are invited to play Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie video game on 11 interactive gaming kiosks in a life-like Skull Island environment, for the upcoming release of the video game. The event will feature hands-on game play sampling of Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie before its release, highlighting the Xbox 360 version of the game on a jumbo screen. [More]

King Kong game built to conquer

11/10/05, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

A week from the release of King Kong, the most eagerly awaited video game of the year, it seems Peter Jackson is on the verge of doing something that this year has eluded game developers - coming up with a decent film-to-game adaptation. King Kong, which will be released in stores next Friday on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, has already gone gold in the United States through pre-sales. With a release also planned for Microsoft's next-generation console the Xbox 360, the game's momentum is likely to carry over into the first three months of next year, during which Microsoft expects to sell three million new 360 consoles. [More]

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