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King Kong

by Ubi Soft/Mecca
Windows XP

Price: £15.98 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: Video Game
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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
By Mitchell Cassman - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A lot of PC gamers have joined together, and decided not to purchase any PC games that use the Starforce copy protection method.
I will provide a list of games that install the Starforce device drivers, as well as a list of publishers that incorporate Starforce.
What is Starforce?
Starforce is a software copy protection tool installed by PC game publishers, which is designed to prevent the casual copying of retail CDROM applications. It installs as a hidden device driver, without the end-user's knowledge or consent.

Why are we boycotting it?
Starforce has received criticism for installing its own device driver onto computers. The Starforce drivers are often linked to system instability and computer crashes.

For example, here's one of the common problems brought by Starforce: under Windows XP, if packets are lost during the reading or writing of a disk, XP interprets this as an error and steps the IDE speed down. Eventually it will revert to 16bit compatibility mode rendering a CD/DVD writer virtually unusable. In some circumstances certain drives cannot cope with this mode and it results in physical hardware failure
Update: It has been reported by many users that the slowdown caused by StarForce on some recent multiformat DVD writers can cause irreversible hardware failures on those drives (they aren't recognized anymore), as they aren't supposed to write at slow speeds.

Moreover, the Starforce drivers, installed on your system, grant ring 0 (system level) privileges to any code under the ring 3 (user level) privileges. Thus, any virus or trojan can get OS privileges and totally control your system. Since Windows 2000, the Windows line security and stability got enhanced by separating those privileges, but with the Starforce drivers, the old system holes and instabilities are back and any program (or virus) can reach the core of your system by using the Starforce drivers as a backdoor.

Is my system concerned?
Starforce installs itself as an hidden IDE driver, during teh installation of a game, without letting the user know about it. It's not displayed in the add/remove program.


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The games listed below do not have Starforce included anymore. The editor of the game released an official patch to remove the Starforce protection, and thus fixed all the problems related to Starforce. Thanks to your support everywhere ! Keep spreading the word !

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the alert about Starforce on this game! 27 Jun. 2006
By J. Renner - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I appreciate everyone letting the public know this game installs Starforce on your PC. I'm sure not everyone is experiencing the problems some have reported with this - that it slows down your drive speed when attempting to burn a CD/DVD, or possibly leaves you vulnerable to a virus or trojan that knows how to exploit the installation of this driver.

However, there ARE a couple of things that may potentially affect everyone. First, uninstalling the game will NOT uninstall Starforce. Second, and most importantly, it has been discovered that Starforce is NOT compatible with Windows Vista. So if you upgrade your PC with Microsoft's new operating system coming early 2007, you will no longer be able to play this game! That alone is enough to make me never buy this in its current state.

There is also a high resolution version of this game available only by download. I considered purchasing that one, then discovered that even gamers with high-end computers are reporting it to be very slow and buggy on their machines. Even more disappointing is how the high resolution version doesn't even support SLI! (Talk about lazy code writing.)

Man - I would LOVE to play this game, but even the DEMO installs Starforce! Come on, Ubisoft. Release a patch that fixes these issues with either the retail version or the high resolution version so I can gladly give you my money. Until then, I'll have to join in with the boycott.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Virus included 31 Jan. 2006
By J. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This software contains copy protection that will slowly ruin your cd drive. Thank Star-Force for their copy protection that does this. It slows down your CD/DVD burner until the hardware stops working. Do not buy this game
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks great but.... 18 Jan. 2006
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This game looks great but it isn't. The graphics are awesome. Unfortunately, that is all that is awesome in this game. Controls for Jack and especially for Kong are awful. The game is extremely linear. You must follow in the direction of the game. Forget about exploring skull island.

Save yourself forty dollars or try Serious Sam 2 (way more bang for your buck).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful-Linear-Short 5 Nov. 2006
By J. Mirabello - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
There's actually not much of a game in this one. It's basically a play-through-story in a lot of cases, and the entire game feels like it's on a rail. This is especially true of the kong levels..which are pretty much just narrow lanes to jump through with a small boss arena at the end.

This almost gives the game an arcade feeling--with the camera scripted to react differently almost every single second of a kong level.

The Jack levels are a lot better, and in most cases are actually fun. The game is still linear, but the game does fall back on open-spaces-then-chokepoint-then-another-openspace design principles, which can get old.

Still, there's a real nice beauty about kong. If you've seen the movie, you know how 'moody' Jackson strove to make Skull island--the gray wall, the dense jungle, the thick swarms of insects--it all translates VERY well. Constant rainstorms, the roll of thunder, the maze of corridors atop the wall, the alley of dinosaurs to dodge and run through, the bleak, dense, and dangerous swamps...though it's a linear ride, it's a very very pretty one--worth the budget price even in my opinion.
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