Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005)

I wanted to do a short little post as an appreciation for this game. I played the Hell out of it after I got it for Christmas back in 2005, and I recently finished another playthrough a few weeks ago - my first in many years. Let me tell you, this game holds up. It does take a bit to settle back into 2005-era previous-gen graphics, but I had an absolute blast plaything through it again. This game has always given me a wonderful experience in not only exploring Skull Island (as so many of us have wanted to), but surviving it. It’s a thrill to walk among a herd of Brontosauruses (which you can make stampede), and trying to slow down an advancing V-Rex (which, while playing as a human, you cannot kill), is extremely tense and nerve-wracking.

Plus, there’s the never-ending novelty of picking up a spear and the satisfaction of launching it at an attacking creature.