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WindowsGameGenie (2000)
Giants: Citizen Kabuto is an intriguing and magnificent game. Its differences in game style and in the cast of characters are Giants's biggest draw; no wonder it took so long to finish. For beautiful graphics, grand sound, and assorted gameplay, look no further than Giants: Citizen Kabuto.
WindowsGamer's Pulse (Jan 02, 2001)
Giants is one of those hybrid games that people will walk by because they cannot figure out what kind of game it is. Part RPG, part RTS, part Action and part Adventure it is all game and one of the best out there. Do not let this one get by you as it is one of the most original games ever done and work like this should be supported, clones are cool in science but in the gaming world it’s the originals that rule and Giants will rule for a very long time.
WindowsArmchair Empire, The (2001)
At the end of the day, Giants: Citizen Kabuto is a great game. The humour is consistent right from the start and nearly always borders on ridiculous, which is a nice parry to the action. The graphics are beautiful, especially if you have the latest hardware. But the reason you should buy this game is the chance to wreak havoc as a huge spiked monster and squash things! You’ll enjoy the ride and come back for more.
WindowsGame Informer Magazine (Feb, 2001)
In multiplayer, up to five Meccaryn, three Sea Reapers, and one Kabuto can duke it out with each other in an intriguing online multiplayer game. Each has an exclusive set of resources and style of base design (Kabuto is his own base). The imagination that went into this game is impressive and the scope amazing. Three totally different approaches to problem solving and smashing things are all wrapped into one game engine to create a diverse experience. It's a little buggy, but still highly recommended.
WindowsIGN (Dec 15, 2000)
Even with its bugs, Giants is still one of the most creative, innovative, and entertaining games I've played in years, and it's a worthy addition to anyone's software library. I'm still going through a little withdrawal sitting here writing this review as I'd rather be playing Giants than writing about it. While it's not perfect and it could have used a little more time in the Quality Assurance department, Giants is still a winner, and you'll be sorry if you miss one of the wackiest, inventive, and just plain fun games of 2000.
PlayStation 2GameZone (Jan 15, 2002)
Finally, with this next generation of console systems it has become possible to play all those PC games that, before, were too much for the Playstation to really do justice to. No longer will us console owners be forced to gaze longingly at the PC games that needed a state-of-the-art computer rig, while those dirty PC owners got all the best console games. One of the first wave of PC conversions is Giants: Citizen Kabuto, a game that I've been hoping to play since last year. And for the most part, this game lives up to all the hype from its PC days, albeit looking a tad dated by today's standards.
WindowsGameSpy (Dec 20, 2000)
It's fun, it's funny, and raises the bar on the strategy genre.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Mar, 2001)
But, like any great PC game, the technological problems are worth the hassle. GIANTS breaks through the typically rigid constrictions of the action genre with a rare combination of gaming elements, bizarre settings. and consistent humor. Additionally, it supports a full range of multiplayer options, including the aforementioned real-time strategy game. Expect this one to surface in the coming onslaught of Game of the Year awards.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Dec, 2001)
It is a shame the game is not quite as sharp as its PC counterpart and that the multiplayer game is absent, but once you start playing you quickly forgive these little flaws. If you didn’t get a chance to play Giants on PC, I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s solid through and through, with a lengthy quest, lots of challenge, a great story, and plenty of variety.
WindowsGame Informer Magazine (Feb, 2001)
Here we have the classic investment game. If you buy it, prepare to invest a lot of time into beating it. The missions are misleadingly easy when you begin. After the third mission, you’ll realize that not only do you have a long way to go, but damn, it's a hard game. Giants will definitely tax your patience, but you’ll find yourself thinking about the most recent mission you can’t pass when you’re having some cereal at 4:24 in the morning because you forgot to eat dinner. Aside from that, this game is absolutely hilarious. Get it for the humor value alone, I say. References to testicular maladies in any game can only add to its draw. The writing for the voice acting is also particularly well done. Giants never takes itself too seriously – the greatest test for a game that tries to be funny. Yeah, there are the requisite bathroom references, but who doesn’t use that? A refreshing mix of gameplay and scripting makes Giants a game worth owning.
WindowsPower Unlimited (Feb, 2001)
Een ronduit prachtig spel dat op zichzelf een eerbetoon aan gamplay is. Iedereen die altijd loopt te zaniken dat er geen originele games meer uitkomen, verplicht ik Giants aan te schaffen. Nu!
WindowsGameSpot (Dec 13, 2000)
Giants is bizarre and funny without ever letting the silliness distract or annoy the player. Some of the jokes and dialogue do sometimes fall flat, but that's a small price to pay for a game that's generally so innovative and entertaining. Giants plays very differently, depending on which of the three races you're controlling, and this adds a lot of replay value to the campaign that would otherwise be missing because of the lack of single-player difficulty settings or a skirmish mode. Ultimately, the truly unique premise, coupled with stunning graphics and exciting gameplay, makes Giants: Citizen Kabuto one of the best action games in years.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Jan 31, 2001)
Giants is oogverblindend mooi, heeft een subliem design en uitzonderlijk knappe gameplay. Wat wil je nog meer?
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer (Feb, 2001)
Så, sitter ni på en genomsnittsburk - låna spelet av en polare och testa det först. Sitter ni på en värsting - köp Giants direkt. Detta är stor underhållning, för den som besitter kraften.
WindowsGame Over Online (Jan 01, 2001)
Overall, G:CK is one of those games that should please most everyone. Unfortunately pleasing may come at a cost, a high-end video card and a fast computer. There's so much in this game that it'll remain entertaining to go back and replay some of the missions and then you can move along with the multiplayer. With the unique balance of the game, it should be a game for a memorable online experience. The gameplay differences between each species make this one of the most innovative games to come out in awhile.
WindowsPC Player (Germany) (Jan, 2001)
Egal, ob ich nun als egoistischer Söldner Saz, als Nudistin Delphi oder als noch textilfreierer Kabuto (Empörend. So ein großer Kerl sollte sich was schämen.) meine Runden drehe: Giants ist einzig! Eine so gute und abwechslungsreiche Handlung bieten nur die wenigsten Spiele. Und dazu noch diese traumhaft schöne Grafik, die zusammen mit „Sacrifice“ und dem bald erscheinenden „Black & White“ ein neues Zeitalter einläutet. Ich persönlich stehe auch genau auf diesen eigenartigen Humor, der immer wieder durchscheint und kaum Tabus kennt. Giants als Spiel für jedermann zu preisen, liegt mir allerdings fern. Mütter werden beim Anblick Delphis vermutlich um die Moral ihrer Kinder fürchten. Aber dem Titel ist anzumerken, dass er von Leuten entwickelt wurde, die schon lange dabei sind, sich gut auskennen und selber gerne spielen. Ein Spiel von Experten für Experten.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Dec, 2001)
There’s a lot of game to be had here, although the replay is severely limited – once you make your way completely through there really isn’t anything left that would hold your interest. Replay notwithstanding, PS2 owners shouldn’t hesitate to add this awesome game to their collection.
85 (Jan 23, 2001)
Giants n'est pourtant pas parfait en dépit de l'éloge que l'on serait tenté d'en faire. Certes le bilan est globalement très positif mais on regrettera finalement qu'il ne nous propose pas plus, afin de devenir un titre véritablement incontournable. Son originalité et son excellente réalisation en font cependant un titre sans précédent qui devrait séduire de nombreux joueurs. Ajoutez à ceci des possibilités en multijoueur qui relanceront les conflits et surtout l'intérêt de ce titre et vous obtenez tout simplement un soft hallucinant.
WindowsActionTrip (Dec 27, 2000)
Of course, by now you must be thinking - what the hell is this guy on about? He says no editor's choice award, but all he does is sing praises about the game -- how it features several different genres, the incredible eye candy... yada, yada, yada... Well, I can hardly argue with you there! The only thing that I have found wrong with Giants is that it didn't hold my attention. Simple as that! A small thing that nearly outweighs all the words of praise up to this point... And it's not like I'm this turn-based strategy fan who shies away from great action gameplay. Far from it!
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Dec 21, 2001)
Utterly clever, entertaining, and action-packed, Giants is an absorbing romp through the lives of well-rounded comedic entities on a weird alien land. It's a shame its up against such stiff console competition.
83 (2000)
Man erkennt sofort, dass es sich bei den Planet Moon Studios um Ex-Shiny-Mitarbeiter handelt. Über so verrückte Ideen wagen andere Entwickler nicht einmal nachzudenken. Pluspunkte konnte Giants viele sammeln während des Test-Laufes: drei abwechslungsreiche Charaktere, eine total abgedrehte Story, viele interessante Ideen, herausragende Grafik und Technik und 1A-Synchronisation. Zudem hat Virgin das Spiel im Gegensatz zur UK - und US-Fassung in Deutschland völlig ungekürzt auf den Markt gebracht. Warum es mit dem absoluten Toptitel nichts wurde? Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist streckenweise unfair hoch. Sogar Profis werfen entnervt die Maus an die Wand. Und das Speicher-System hat seinen Namen nicht verdient. Unterm Strich bleibt ein tolles, aber verdammt schweres Spiel.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2001)
Am liebsten würde ich sofort in die Welt von Giants einziehen! Inzwischen kenne ich da ein paar Traumstrände und lauschige Dörfer: schöner geht’s fast nicht. Auch die Mischung aus herzhafter Baller-Action und abwechslungsreichen Missionen funktioniert prächtig. Per Jetpack über Monster hinwegflitzen, sie dabei mit Raketen beharken, wilde Gefechte mit teils atemberaubenden Zwischengegnern – einfach toll. Spielspaß pur kommt bei mir vor allem mit den Aliens im ersten Abschnitt auf. Da mag Delphi noch so hübsch sein, die unpräzise Zauberspruch-Ausführung nervt gelegentlich. Kabuto ist zwar eine schräge Augenweide, sein Haudrauf-Kampfstil auf Dauer aber ein wenig eintönig. Und zur vergeigten Speicherfunktion erspare ich mir lieber jeden weiteren Kommentar. Trotzdem: Insgesamt hatte ich jede Menge Spaß! Wenn Ihnen das krasse Szenario gefällt, sollten Sie zugreifen.
83 (Dec 15, 2000)
Giants war auf den ersten Blick grafisch atemberaubend und spieltechnisch faszinierend. Am Ende bleibt jedoch ein zwiespältiger Eindruck: Das innovative Spielprinzip und die ungezwungene Fun-Action auf der kunterbunten Insel können vollends überzeugen. Und die taktischen Möglichkeiten bieten aufgrund der total verschiedenen Kreaturen langanhaltenden Spielspaß; auch die Grafik ist in der Tiefe eine reine Pracht. Doch irgendwie wirkt Giants im Vergleich zum absolut überzeugenden Sacrifice nicht ganz ausgereift: Bei den Grafik-Details wurde teilweise geschludert, und das fantastische Gameplay wird durch Frust fördernde Optionen gestört: Warum darf ich nicht überall speichern, sondern nur nach absolviertem Level?
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Jan 02, 2002)
Though Giants: Citizen Kabuto was originally released for the PC about a year ago, there's little evidence of that in the newly released PlayStation 2 version--this quirky, genuinely funny 3D shooter feels right at home on Sony's system. The only notable feature Giants lost in translation from the PC is its multiplayer mode. Otherwise, Giants for the PS2 offers the same uniquely enjoyable shooting action that the original offers--you'll get to control three distinctly different characters through a diverse series of action-packed missions.
WindowsPC Action (Feb 20, 2001)
Perfekt gewachsene Palmen, idyllisch-schmucke Dörfer, viel zu saubere Sandstrände und eine freundlich strahlende Sonne vermitteln derart viel romantische Glückseligkeit, man muss einfach misstrauisch werden. Zu Recht, denn hinter dem pastellfarbenen, surrealen Friede-Freude-Eierkuchen-Ambiente verbirgt sich Mord und Totschlag.
MacintoshMac Addict (Feb, 2002)
The game isn't perfect, of course. We can't wait to try Giants in multiplayer mode, but we'll have to wait; according to MacPlay, a patch is under development. Also, like a growing number of today's games, it lacks an in-mission save. That's OK in some of the shorter missions. If you goof up, it's easy enough to play through again. But when missions get longer, dying inches short of the final goal is maddening. The game's strenuous requirements may frustrate you as well: The stated system requirements are definitely minimum requirements, and Giants is built exclusively for Mac OS X. But hey, maybe that's a plus. If you've been putting off upgrading, start digging for your wallet. Giants may be your best excuse yet.
MacintoshmacHOME (2001)
It takes a powerful system to make Giants: Citizen Kabuto shine, and the game would have worked better with fewer similar levels. Even with those drawbacks, the detailed graphics, irreverent humor, and complete action make Giants worth recommending. The inventive and fun gameplay more than makes up for any complaints.
PlayStation (Jan 29, 2002)
Nein, ganz so hübsch wie auf dem PC ist Giants PS2 nicht, dafür spielt es sich aber besser. Außerdem dürft ihr jetzt speichern wann ihr wollt, was nur fair ist. PS2-Besitzer und Fans von schneller Action, die mit einer Brise schwarzen Humors vom Feinsten gepaart ist, sollten zugreifen.
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com (Dec 09, 2001)
Giants: Citizen Kabuto is one of those games that people will either love or hate, I suppose. There's not a lot of middle ground here, mainly because the developers threw so much into it and apologized for none of it. It's not that anything's offensive, really, but that it's a very specific taste. Me? I loved it...or at least parts of it. I was wildly entertained by the Meccs, I cooled off a bit on Delphi, and then got back into it in a "big" way in the later Kabuto levels. I had a lot of fun with Giants...for what more can you ask from a computer game?
WindowsGamekult (Jan 19, 2001)
Enfin un jeu qui justifie la puissance des cartes graphiques et des processeurs les plus récents ! Giants va réjouir les riches et faire hurler les pauvres, mais pour une fois qu'un jeu réussit à exploiter correctement quelques-unes des fonctions 3D les plus avancées du moment, il serait malvenu de faire la fine bouche. Non, les vrais défauts de Giants tiennent davantage à ce qui est plus important que l'enrobage graphique : le gameplay. Avec sa difficulté très inégale et son humour basé sur le zapping permanent, Giants risque d'en agacer plus d'un.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG) (Nov 20, 2001)
I suppose I could go on about how gorgeous Giants is, how great it sounds, and how varied it is. I could also point out its flaws, including low frame rates and a weak soundtrack. However, all of this is pretty meaningless in the face of one overriding thing: This game is FUN.
80 (Jan, 2002)
Au final on peut dire que Giants marque un grand pas dans l’histoire du jeu mac. En dépits de ses quelques défauts, le jeu est captivant, beau et maniable. Que demandez de plus ? La durée de vie sera le principal regret, une fois finie, le jeu restera une très bonne expérience ludique. Vous l'avez compris, Giants Citizen Kabuoto est à posséder absolument . Chez Jeuxmac, on aimé et on se prive pas de vous le recommander!
WindowsGamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
Der Spieler kann zwischen einem der drei sehr originellen Charaktere wählen: Die Seareapers und Ihre Verkörperung Delphi, die sich mit weiblichen Rundungen und mit viel Magie repräsentieren. Die Meccaryn, die die Technologie auf ihrer Seite haben und mit bis zu vier Kollegen in den Kampf ziehen. Schließlich der Gigant Kabuto, der ein grausames Eingeborenenleben führt und sich aus der Gefangenschaft der Seareapers befreite und nach einem eigenständigem Leben strebt. Alle von diesen Rassen kämpfen, um die Kontrolle über die wundervolle Welt aus persönlichen Gründen zu erlangen. Kabuto, der einst von den Seareapers zur Verteidigung erschaffen wurde, hat sich über ihre Befehle hinweggesetzt und kämpft für seine Unabhängigkeit. Die unglaublichen Kräften, die ihm zur Verteidigung gegeben wurden, sind einfach zu brutal, um mit einer anderen Rasse zu koexistieren.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Jan 05, 2001)
No game is perfect. That certainly doesn't stop Giants from trying though, and Planet Moon does a fine job at jumping the genre fence to create a product that is appealing to fans of many different genres. While the gameplay in Giants is certainly unique, it will not be intimidating to most players since it uses concepts familiar to fans of other genres and effectively combines them without sacrificing entertainment for innovation. That's not to say you'll be able to jump right in and expect a zero learning curve; some aspects of gameplay, such as the jetpack and the sniper mode, may take some getting used to. Put simply, the gameplay is fun, although the game is so short -- due largely to the shoddy, easily manipulated AI -- that some players will feel somewhat robbed. Still, combine the humorous and effective storyline with the gorgeous graphics and sound, and Giants becomes the hit that its creators were obviously striving for, and a worthy addition to any player's collection.
PlayStation 2GamersMark (Dec 27, 2001)
Long before man ever had the chance to shop in malls, or drive around in fancy cars, before even the creation of the earth, there was a place known as "The Island". The island is a beautiful asteroid like planet. The world, filled with lush vegetation and many different creatures, is ruled by Kabuto. Kabuto is the only one of his kind, a giant whose soul purpose is to defend the life of the island. Everyone attacks Kabuto giving him little room for trust. However, the island was home to a completely different type of creature.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Nov 01, 2001)
A quirky combination of Monty Python and Starship Troopers, the PC version of Giants: Citizen Kabuto garnered critical acclaim for being challenging, imaginative, and hilarious. In the PS2 version, the game?s depraved humor is intact, and the gameplay is still a refreshing variety of action and strategy, though the RTS aspects of the base-building missions have been simplified.
80 (May 26, 2006)
Après la sortie de MDK en 1997, Planet Moon revient pour nous offrir un jeu unique : Giants Citizen Kabuto. Le concept est simple : une île, trois races, un affrontement inévitable. Ces trois ingrédients sont la base d’un jeu qui risque de faire recette.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Jan, 2001)
Warum beharren die Giants-Entwickler - wie viele ihrer Kollegen - darauf, dass eine gescheite Speicherfunktion unnötig sei? Ist es Arroganz? Oder die Angst, ihr Produkt könne zu kurz erscheinen, wenn der Spieler jede Mission nicht mindestens acht Mal beginnen muss, um sie zu bewältigen? Wäre ein Abspeichern jederzeit möglich, hätten wir uns für eine mittlere 80er-Wertung entschieden. Giants ist ein witziger und kurzweiliger Baller-Spaß, dessen drei Kampagnen jeweils neue Herausforderungen an den Spieler stellen. Zart besaitete Zeitgenossinnen und -genossen sollten sich allerdings von Kabuto & Co. fernhalten - selbst wenn demnächst ein Speicher-Patch erscheinen sollte: Smarties, die gegen Bäume pinkeln und Meccs, die sich mit frivolen Frauen im Gebüsch vergnügen, sind die richtige Dröhnung für ballersüchtige Jecken und Fans des Shooters Kiss: Psycho Circus. Die derben Scherze und nicht immer geschmackssicheren Dialoge dürften anspruchsvolle Deus Ex-Spieler abschrecken.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Dec 22, 2000)
Giants: Citizen Kabuto is bizar en grappig, maar de humor slaagt erin zich na veelvuldig spelen nog steeds staande te houden en de speler niet te irriteren of af te leiden van een fantastische gameplay.
WindowsGry OnLine (May 09, 2001)
Jakkolwiek nie zamazuje to pozytywnego obrazu całości. To pewny kandydat do najlepszych gier tego roku. A o klasie i elastyczności enginu graficznego niech świadczy fakt, że ulepszona wersja gry będzie pokazywać możliwości najnowszego dziecka nvidii, czyli GeForce’a 3. Zdecydowanie polecam i niecierpliwie czekam na drugą część, jeszcze lepszą i jeszcze zabawniejszą.
PlayStation 2PSM (Dec, 2001)
While fun and enjoyable to play through, Giants: Citizen Kabuto just lacks that spark which would make it a truly great game. You'll definitely have fun playing it, but you aren't going to walk away with that sense of awe. It's got a great sense of humor, though.
MacintoshGame industry News (GiN) (2002)
I was disappointed with this game. I found it annoying that I had to finish one whole storyline before I could play as a different character. I wanted to play as a Mecc when I was in a shooter mood, as Delphi when I was in a mystical mood and as Kabuto when I wanted to watch carnage in the view from my mouth. I also found the base building missions tedious, although I can see how they would be useful in the multiplayer mode. The frustration for me was that the game has so much potential that just wasn't fully realized. I give it 3.5 GiN gems.
WindowsGame Revolution (Dec 01, 2000)
Have you ever had the pleasure of enjoying a well-seasoned pot of Creole jambalaya or gumbo? If not, you have no idea what you are missing. Leave it to our history's impoverished ethnic groups to persevere and make something incredibly tasty out of an amalgam of foodstuffs that would normally never come in contact with each other, much less share the same broth. Ingredients can include prawns, chicken, rice, sometimes barley, oysters, ham, crab legs, clams, sausage, hot-dogs, okra, beef-stock, fish, garlic, cayenne and deluge of other spices. Bear with me. I actually do have a point. Giants is the gumbo of video games, the jambalaya of interactivity. And much like the aforementioned cuisine, it's a scrumptious meal packed with many varieties of gaming goodness.
PlayStation (Mar 02, 2002)
Malgré son lot de qualités et son excellente ambiance générale, on ne peut s'empêcher de voir les nombreux défauts que renferme ce titre. L'animation paresseuse, les graphismes parfois bâclés, la jouabilité inégale... Autant de points qui nous font encore préférer la version PC. Dommage pour les joueurs PS2 qui ont attendu longtemps cette version qui s'annonçait plus aboutie...
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Jan, 2002)
When Giants was first introduced several years ago at E3, it looked to revolutionize multiplayer gaming with an intricate balance of three distinct playing styles mashed into one cohesive effort. But when it was finally released a year ago, its myriad successes were matched by its plethora of bugs. The result was exciting and frustrating and a total nightmare to grade.
MacintoshMac Gamer (Nov 27, 2001)
Giants: Citizen Kabuto is one of those games that is such a huge helping of good and bad that it's hard to know which way to sit on the fence. On the one hand, the graphic excellence and balanced gameplay make it an automatic gem, while on the other hand the buggy software and insane system requirements mire what would otherwise be a pretty fun experience. There is one thing which is completely inarguable, however; this is an ambitious game brought to you by MacPlay and The OMNI Group, and the PC version from which the Mac game has spawned is saddled with some of the same challenges while boasting some of the same victories. Let's get under the hood of the three races gathered together on The Island for a common purpose: To wipe each other out.