Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game Of The Movie, WWE SmackDown! Vs. Raw 2006, Call Of Duty 2: Big Red One, Gun

Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game Of The Movie

Ubisoft

GameCube/ PlayStation 2/ PSP/ Xbox/ Xbox 360

****1/2

Overview: King Kong is the “official game of the movie, so it obviously follows right along with Peter Jackson’s epic remake.

Gameplay: You’ve got two modes to choose from—play as the hero Jack Driscoll or King Kong. Controlling Kong is awesome, and the game is worth playing based on that alone. The game only takes a few hours to conquer, but the combat scenes are suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Weapons are minimal, but pulling a bone off a dead carcass and using it as a spear is pretty cool.

Graphics: The graphics are beautiful, and the animations of King Kong and the other inhabitants of Skull Island are well thought out.

Sound: The music can be eerie at times, but that’s what makes parts of the game so tense. The animal sounds give you the feeling of being in the jungle, and Kong’s roar will make your surround sound vibrate.

Entertainment: Even though the game is short, it’s hugely entertaining to play.—Eric Sentianin

WWE SmackDown! Vs. Raw 2006

THQ

PlayStation 2/ PSP

****

Overview: Put on your best spandex, enter the ring as your favorite wrestler, and fight your way to the top.

Gameplay: There are tons of options—Steel Cage matches, Backstage Bar Brawls, and Fulfill Your Fantasy matches for the female wrestlers. The more matches you win, the more money you’ll earn. In the new General Manager mode, you can draft your own show roster, balance finances, decide match cards and feuds, and run promotions as you grow your fan base.

Graphics: The visuals are almost too good. All of the wrestlers look completely lifelike, including their bulging veins and greasy mullets.

Sound: As you beat the shit out of your opponent, the crowd will go crazy, so turn it up and bask in your manhood.

Entertainment: If you like to hurt people while wearing Speedos, this is right up your alley.—Daxter Lussier

Call Of Duty 2: Big Red One

Activision

PS2/ Xbox/ GameCube

*****

Overview: You’re on the front lines of World War II with the U.S. Army’s Fighting 1st Infantry Division, pushing your way through a variety of land, sea, and air combat missions.

Gameplay: The fighting action is intense, and your objectives require you to cooperate with the rest of your squad during combat. It’s easy to get confused and lose track of your men, but that’s what makes this game so realistic.

Graphics: These are some of the best graphics ever on PS2 and Xbox. Every squad mate is in full detail, and the scenery looks like it’s straight out of a WW II documentary.

Sound: Call Of Duty 2: Big Red One was given an original soundtrack by famed movie composer Graeme Revell (Sin City, The Crow). Also, the machine guns, explosions, and airplanes are completely lifelike.

Entertainment: Put on your camouflage ’cause you’re gonna be camped out in front of the TV for days.—Daxter Lussier

Gun

Activision

GameCube/ PlayStation 2/ PSP/ Xbox/ Xbox 360

****

Overview: Experience the rough and rugged lifestyle of a Wild West gunslinger by capturing bounties, fighting outlaws, gambling, rustling cattle, and mining gold.

Gameplay: It’s a free range, and you can pretty much gallop along on your horse shooting at anything that your little heart desires. The story line is interesting enough, but the side missions of capturing bounties, hunting animals, fighting outlaws, and playing tournaments of Texas Hold ‘Em are most entertaining. The slow-motion quick-draw feature was useful for gunfights with enemies, but the missions can be overly difficult.

Graphics: The modeling of the Old West was good, but the horse-riding animation is the game’s crown jewel.<

Sound: The voiceovers were gritty and realistic, and the score sets an accurate tone of the Wild West.

Entertainment: Highly entertaining, because of the novel Old West open environment. —Eric Sentianin