Before man climbed down from the trees to shop in megastores and drink cappuccino, before the Earth wadded itself into a cool blue ball, before the Moon even existed, there was the Island. The Island, a massive fragment of a long-lost planet, hurtling blindly through space. Upon the surface of this paradise wanders the giant, Kabuto. Little does Kabuto know that the Island was home to others before him. In the oceans, there dwells a matriarchal race called the Sea Reapers. In their pride, they created Kabuto, as a defense against intruders. But Kabuto became conscious of himself, his loneliness, his pain - and he went berserk.
Space castaways, the Meccs piloted their ship through space, looking for their missing friends. If you haven’t guessed already, they ended up on the Island. Faced with yet another unscheduled layover while on their way to Planet Majorca, the Meccs decide to make the best of their temporary home. Just their luck - the natives are already embroiled in their own little war, and the Mecc visitors are most unwelcome!
Meccaryns... Sea Reapers... Kabuto... One island isn’t big enough for the three of them.
Hungry for more? Check out the Giants editorial - an indepth look at the development process of the first game by Planet Moon Studios.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Animated Violence, Animated Blood.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), NVidia or ATI/AMD 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Compatibility notice: Intel graphics chipsets may work with this game, but we can't guarantee full compatibility. Using a discrete graphics card is strongly recommended.
Patched to version 1.4
Posted on 2008-09-10 20:14:49 by Klink:
Before I had the internet many, many years ago, I walked into a store and saw this game staring straight at me. Thinking it looked like a very serious FPS action title I didn't hesitate to pick it up. To my surprise however, this was one of the funniest and most innovative titles that I had ever played at the time. It's fun, it's action-packed and it will have you laughing all theread more way to planet Majorca.
As great a game as it is (and critically acclaimed mind you), it's unfortunate that a lot of gamers have never even played it, let alone ever heard of it. Whenever I mention 'Giants: Citizen Kabuto' to a group of gamers, the same stunned-mullet expression appears on their faces and they all utter the same line - "What the f*** is a Kabuto?"
Thank GoG that those who have missed out on this game now have a chance to play it once more.
The single player game is separated into three different sections based on the characters/race you play as - the Meccaryns (or Meccs for short), the Sea Reapers (more specifically the beautiful Delphi) and the big beast itself, Kabuto. The storyline progresses through these three races in a very linear fashion but in all honesty, you wouldn't have it any other way. As the storyline progresses, you'll find yourself meeting strange and hilarious characters (Timmy's Father sticks out in my mind for some reason) that guide you throughout the game, giving you hints as well as introducing you to new weapons and items.
One of the first things you might notice is that the game can be played through either a first-person or third-person perspective. It is easy to switch between the two so finding what you prefer best is quite simple. What is surprising however is how the game switches to an FPS/RTS hybrid about half-way through both the Mecc and Sea Reaper campaigns. The interface is simple to use and easy to understand. You'll build up your base, collect Smarties to build any buildings and collect Vimp meat to feed the annoying buggers in no time.
This of course leads into the multiplayer aspect of the game. It is a team based affair having three races to play as - yes, you can play as Kabuto and yes, it is just as awesome as it sounds. Each race has their own distinct look, feel and play style. The Meccs are more technologically advanced, thus using a lot more gadgets and weaponry. The Sea Reapers are more magically inclined and Kabuto, well, he just smashes things.
The musical score for the game is fantastic and will be playing in your mind a long time after you've finished playing. All the sound effects sound beefy too. On the graphical side of things, it is pretty good for the time it came out. Then again, we are on GoG, so complaining about a game's graphics is pretty ridiculous. Gameplay is what counts and Giants: Citizen Kabuto is full of it.
Giants: Citizen Kabuto really is one of a kind. If there ever was a game that deserved a second chance, this would be it. Plus, at $5.99, why wouldn't you want this under-appreciated, innovative, fantastic game?
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Posted on 2008-09-13 11:59:54 by GTLC:
My most indelible impression of playing Giants for the first time all those years ago was of just how FUN it all was. A great sense of humour (British, naturally) coupled with gorgeous graphics, lively characters, a host of play styles and topped off with THE best creature-stomp levels ever presented in gaming.
Presented in three campaigns, each told from the perspective of oneread more of the 3 races, it weaves a tale of mayhem and madness that will challenge your gaming instincts as much as it delights your senses. My personal favourite was playing as Delphi, Blue-Skinned princesss of the Sea Reapers. Trust me, once she acquires the landscape hopping 'turbo boost' ability, you'll have so much fun with it you'll wonder why nothing similar has appeared in a game before or since!
Giants was a tour de force of imagination and coding mad-skill from late, lamented developers, Planet Moon, and is an essential purchase from this site.
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Posted on 2008-09-24 04:36:48 by orionreplay:
As I recall, Giants was the game we all wanted to play 8 years ago (was it really that long ago?) but almost no one had the system requirements to play it. It was the game that dominated all game reviews and was used for screenshots to sell video cards. It demonstrated the latest and greatest game making technology at the time and made you realize that you might have to buy orread more build a whole new PC to play a single game.
When we finally all had systems that were actually capable to play Giants to its fullest, the game had been forgotten to the bargain bin. But play it I did... and it really is a fantastic game full of great graphics, shooter (or 3rd person) action, and humor.
At $5.99 you can't really go wrong with this title.
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