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Revision as of 00:58, 27 September 2021

Peter Jackson's King Kong Gamer's Edition
Peter Jackson's King Kong Gamer's Edition cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montpellier
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Jade
Release dates
Windows November 17, 2005
Peter Jackson's King Kong Gamer's Edition on MobyGames
Peter Jackson's King Kong Gamer's Edition on Wikipedia
King Kong
King Kong 2: Yomigaeru Densetsu 1986
Peter Jackson's King Kong 2005
Peter Jackson's King Kong Gamer's Edition 2005

Key points

Gamer's Edition is an enhanced PC port featuring visual improvements from the Xbox 360 version like high resolution textures, bump mapping, higher quality 3D models and 32-bit color rendering.
Game has many issues from poor mouse controls to rendering bugs and crashes.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
DRM-free
Windows
Was only available digitally (as High-Res Edition) and on some OEM discs.

Version differences

Standard version is a PlayStation 2 port with low quality 16-bit textures and 16-bit color rendering. It uses StarForce DRM and is not playable on Windows 8 and later.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename files[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\.
  2. Delete or rename mov1.BIK, mov2.BIK, mov3.BIK and mov4.BIK.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\KingKong\

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\KingKong.sav[Note 1]

Video

Settings application - graphics settings.
Settings application - graphics settings.
Settings application - advanced settings.
Settings application - advanced settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Vert-. Use ThirteenAG's fix and in scripts/KingKong.WidescreenFix.ini change the FOVFactor.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in the GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
When using ThirteenAG's fix vsync will be disabled, playing the game in window will remove screen tearing.
60 FPS
See Crashes at 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
Limit FPS to 60 to prevent game breaking bugs; use ThirteenAG's fix or RivaTuner Statistics Server.

Widescreen resolution

Supports 16:9 resolutions (select 16:9 aspect ratio in video option menu to prevent stretching), but the FOV is Vert- and letterboxed.
Use ThirteenAG's fix for Hor+ FOV and to remove letterboxing[2]

Windowed

Enable windowed
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\KingKong\{2C391F94-B8B9-4832-9C57-3AFC332CC037}\Basic video
  3. Change the WindowedMode value to 1.

Notes

If the game crashes during the intro videos, remove or delete them.
If the game stops responding during level loading, just give it some time to load, it's only the loading screen that isn't being updated correctly.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Forcing MSAA or SSAA in the GPU control panel will cause graphical issues, use post-processing AA methods like MLAA.
Alternatively ReShade or injectSMAA can also be used to force FXAA or SMAA.
Using injectSMAA[1]
  1. Download and extract injectSMAA.
  2. Copy the files from the d3d9 folder to the game installation folder.
  3. Open injector.ini to change the settings.

Notes

ThirteenAG's fix uses its own d3d9.dll to limit the framerate, remove it and use RivaTuner Statistics Server instead to avoid conflicts.

Input

Settings application - Jack controls.
Settings application - Jack controls.
Settings application - King Kong controls.
Settings application - King Kong controls.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Remapping is only available outside the game.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Use ThirteenAG's fix to further increase it.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Triggers aren't recognized and the right stick sensitivity is all over the place.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Keyboard and mouse button prompts only.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
The vibration setting has effect.[3]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Mouse seems to have a dead-zone and camera is constantly being centered vertically during player movement.

Audio

Settings application - sound settings.
Settings application - sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Norwegian
Spanish
Swedish

Issues unresolved

Blurry levels

Several levels are rendered all blurry, like a strong post-processing blur effect is applied over the whole screen. The levels affected are: Necropolis, Brontosaurus, In The Mud, In The Streets Of New York and the final level.

Stuttering

The game is constantly stuttering making it feel like it is running at 30 FPS, even with constant 60 FPS and stable frametimes.
Partial fix[1]
  1. Disconnect all game controllers/joysticks, both physical or virtual (vJoy).

Notes

Game will still occasionally stutter in some areas when looking around, but it will be significantly reduced and it will feel like an actual 60 FPS game.

Low framerate

This issue mainly effects the following levels: Swamps and In the Mud (however in the latter mission, the lower framerate is only present at the start of the mission).

Camera shaking

After the first encounter with King Kong and after V-Rex encounters in V-Rex and Call Kong levels the camera keeps shaking constantly.
The camera shaking can be stopped by reloading the game after the next checkpoint, but the problem is that those are not marked in any way in the game.

Player camera spin

Whenever the game loads a new part of the level it will stutter a bit and if the player was turning in that moment the camera will turn fast and the player can even completely spin around.

Getting stuck on stairs

In level The Wall player can't climb up the stairs that lead out of the water near the end of the level.
In level Hayes players can't climb up the stairs that lead to fire before the big door.
Push forward and keep moving left-right along the stairs until the player climbs up eventually (the edges seem to be the easiest spots to climb).

Issues fixed

Game not launching and Rundll32 high CPU usage

Games located in Games Explorer try to connect to Microsoft servers that were shut down and it causes Rundll32 process to run in a loop.
Instructions[4]
  1. Follow the instructions here to edit the registry.

"No BigFile Specified as First .exe Argument" error message on startup

The game can not be started directly using the KingKong8.exe.
Instructions[1]
  1. Run the game using the <path-to-game>\CheckApplication.exe or <path-to-game>\SettingsApplication.exe.
Alternative[2]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.

King Kong not properly installed

Instructions[5]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix (this removes InstallPath registry dependency).

Crashes after loading screens or using Alt+Tab

Run game in a window[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Game breaking bugs at high frame rate

High frame rates will cause some enemies to freeze, some enemy attacks will not be triggered, NPC scripting will break in certain areas, it will break the screen when the player takes damage and King Kong will not be able to lift pillars off blocked doors preventing further progress.
Instructions[1]
  1. Use RivaTuner Statistics Server to limit framerate to 60 FPS.
Alternative[1]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Edit d3d9.ini to limit framerate to 60 FPS.
Alternative[citation needed]
  1. Use d3d8to9 and set monitor to 60 Hz.

Crashes at 60 FPS

In Chased by V-Rex level the game may crash after climbing the initial wall and following the river.
In Kong To The Rescue level the game may crash during the fight in the final area.
Limit framerate to 40 FPS[1]
  1. See instructions above and limit framerate to 40 FPS.

Objects have broken geometry or no textures

Hide untextured objects[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Open KingKong.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Change HideUntexturedObjects = 0 to HideUntexturedObjects = 1.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD 3000+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported.

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Verified by User:Antrad on June 16, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 king kong fix update · ThirteenAG/WidescreenFixesPack@d7eb194
  3. Verified by User:Pedrof on 2019-07-28
    Although there is indeed a vibration setting in the menu, even with said option activated neither my Xbox 360 controller nor my DirectInput controller rumbled.
  4. https://www.gog.com/forum/general/old_games_not_launching_and_eating_100_of_the_cpu_on_windows_7/page1
  5. https://www.patreon.com/posts/rel-king-kong-7267888