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News for Dec. 26, 2005

Best of 2005: Game — Peter Jackson's King Kong

12/26/05, 12:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Games based on movies are generally avoided if one wants a solid gameplay experience. Peter Jackson knew this, however, when he selected Michel Ancel to direct the adaptation of King Kong. Ancel is a name that won’t be familiar to many, except those who played the amazing Beyond Good and Evil. His excellent talents, combined with Jackson’s hands-on approach to the game, combine to make one of the best movie games to date. When playing as Jack (played by Adrien Brody in the film), the game takes on a first-person shooter perspective. Upon landing on Skull Island, you’ll spend much of your time exploring with Carl (Jack Black) and Ann (Naomi Watts). Things quickly go downhill as Kong gets his hands on the girl, dinosaurs attack, and you spend much of your time on the run. [More]

News for Dec. 23, 2005

Play: Monkey see, monkey do

12/23/05, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

The Playstation 2 version of King Kong is an exciting albeit slower-paced adventure for fans. FAIZUL AZIM SAIFUL is engrossed. There's no doubt about it. King Kong is IT as far as cinemagoers in Malaysia are concerned. People are lining up at the cineplexes to watch this giant gorilla bond with a blonde! Well, now you can re-live the whole movie experience with Playstation 2’s latest offering, Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of The Movie. While most games cast you (the player) as a powerful hero, King Kong casts you as the quiet screenwriter Jack Driscoll (played by Adrien Brody in the movie). Jack doesn’t say much, partly because he isn’t given the chance since director Carl Denham (the inimitable Jack Black), the filmmaker who brings everyone to Kong’s island in the first place, won’t shut up. [More]

News for Dec. 22, 2005

Ubisoft Ramps Up Customer Service For A King Kong Christmas

12/22/05, 9:37 pm EST - Xoanon

SLOUGH, U.K. (22nd December, 2005) - French gaming giant Ubisoft is working with RightNow Technologies to ensure it can give fans of "Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of The Movie" a seamless gaming experience. Released on November 17th, the $30m King Kong video game is expected to become an international bestseller across all eight gaming formats. To counter any associated growth in customer enquiries to the call centre and the website over the extended Christmas period, Ubisoft has fortified its customer service operation to cope with the increased pressure. [More]

News for Dec. 20, 2005

Kong Lives in Ubisoft's Peter Jackson's King Kong: the Official Game of the Movie

12/20/05, 8:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Video Game Creator and Three-Time Academy Award(R) Winner Create Exclusive Alternate Ending for Video Game

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2005--Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, revealed that its critically acclaimed game of the year contender, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie features an un-lockable, exclusive alternate ending in which players can save the giant ape from his cinematic death, pilot an airplane and discover Kong back home on his native Skull Island. The game, rated "T" for Teen, based on Universal Pictures' release, King Kong, from three-time Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), is positioned to be the top-selling title for the holiday season and is currently available nationwide. [More]

For the Love of the Game

12/20/05, 8:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Joachim sends along this amazing 'super-trailer' with tons of gameplay footage from Ubisoft's King Kong Game. Take a look! (21MB WMV) [More]

Order 'Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie' on all formats today!

News for Dec. 14, 2005

New 'Kong' monkeys with game industry

12/14/05, 3:08 pm EST - Xoanon

When Peter Jackson's new film "King Kong" opens nationally on Wednesday, fans of the original 1933 movie won't be the only ones with an advance sense of the story line. Thousands of people have been playing the "King Kong" video game since late last month. And while the game and the film by the hit-making "Lord of the Rings" director didn't come out on the same date, the releases were close enough to be seen in the two industries as a tandem launch. Kong is the latest example of an evolving trend in Hollywood that many see as the future of filmed fiction. With some Hollywood films like "King Kong" costing as much as $200 million or more to make, the film business is desperate for ways to recoup some of those expenses. And it is turning increasingly to its video game licensees as a way to do so. [More]

News for Dec. 12, 2005

UK Phone Kong Goodies

12/12/05, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Chris from Ubisoft UK writes: Text "KONGGAME" to 83040 to see the game trailer, download game images, see reviews, order a demo to be sent to your house, or to enter a competition to win a PSP. If you own a 3G phone, then video call 83040 and you'll be able to see a game trailer and movie trailer on the 3G Video Channel. Please be aware that this is UK exclusive!

News for Dec. 10, 2005

Kong Creators Discuss Making the Game

12/10/05, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Friday's Game Daily Biz features this article and interview with Michel Ancel, Xavier Poix, and Chance Thomas: While Peter Jackson's King Kong has yet to hit theaters, Ubisoft's adaptation of the movie has given gamers a glimpse into Kong's universe weeks in advance. Making a movie-based game is not terribly difficult for most publishes, but making one that's actually good is quite another matter. We speak with Kong's Producer (Xavier Poix), Creative Director (Michel Ancel) and the game's composer (Chance Thomas) in this exclusive interview. [More]

TV Watch: Spike TV Awards Tonight

12/10/05, 4:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Spike TV's Video Game Awards air tonight on the network. Ubisoft's King Kong game was nominated for several awards and did indeed win 2 (this show is pre-tapped). Ubisoft won the following awards: Best Game Based on a Movie & Best Performance by a Human - Male: Jack Black. Tune into the show at 9PM est on Spike TV to watch. [More]

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