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Giants: Citizen Kabuto (Windows)

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Description

On a far away planet, three races fight for control of the few landmasses available: the marooned Meccs, who specialize in firearms and other things that go boom, the mystical and cold-blooded Reapers, who were the original inhabitants of the planet, but were forced to live in the sea by Kabuto, the third character; a truly gigantic monster with a ravenous appetite and a fondness for performing wrestling maneuvers on those the size of his hand.

You can control any of these races (although in the single player mode, you have to progress through the storylines of the Meccs and Reapers first) in their bid to be the dominant species. Each species various in the way they play the game and have vastly different types of attacks available to them.

Giants: Citizen Kabuto is an action/real-time-strategy game that emphasizes action. While there is base-building and resource management for most of the races, it is a done through a simple to control interface and one or two keystrokes. The majority of the game is spent in a third person view (first person mode is available) jet-packing/warping/leaping about the 3D landscape. Single player sessions consist of missions with specific goals, such as rescuing Smarties or recovering lost items. Multiplayer options include standard deathmatch, capture the Smartie (flag), the above with basebuilding as an option.

Other creatures also inhabit the islands. From the meek Smarties (who are employed to build your bases or eaten as a primary source of protein, depending on your species), to the cow-like vimps to the deadly rippers, the fauna of the planet will either try to kill you or avoid being killed/eaten/captured. While not so energetic, the floral of the islands can be crushed, knocked over, or burned in careless combat (or by Kabuto not paying attention).

Game controls are similar to Shiny's MDK and can best be described a simplified shooter interface. You can run, jump, turn, shoot, and strafe. Beyond that, a half-dozen keystrokes are all you need to play (and some, like Kabuto's howls, are for fun and show).

The alien world in the game is bright and presented with vibrant colors. In addition, the game tries to maintain a humorous streak. The single player game has goofy dialogue and a few jokes spread along its story line and even the multiplayer is lighthearted, with Smarties cheering you on as you carry them on your back, among other little sounds and nuances.

Screenshots

Giants: Citizen Kabuto Windows The Meccs have a nasty encounter with the local Fauna
Giants: Citizen Kabuto Windows Humor abounds in Giants, as these Meccs with British accents get themselves in more and more trouble because of their little Smartie friend.
Giants: Citizen Kabuto Windows Your first meeting with Kabuto does not go at all well
Giants: Citizen Kabuto Windows Let's fight!

Alternate Titles

  • "巨人:公民Kabuto" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Giants: Obywatel Kabuto" -- Polish title

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The Press Says

GameGenie 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Armchair Empire, The 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Power Unlimited Feb, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 23, 2001 17 out of 20 85
Gamesmania 2000 83 out of 100 83
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 8 out of 10 80
JeuxVideoPC.com May 26, 2006 16 out of 20 80
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 22, 2000 77 out of 100 77
Game Revolution Dec 01, 2000 B- 67

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PC version of Giants: Citizen Kabuto appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

Giants: Citizen Kabuto was developed over many years by Planet Moon, one of Interplay's "studios". However, it took so long to make that it became Planet Moon's first and last product for Interplay. Programmer Andy Astor passed away from cancer during the production of the game.

Extras

From the readme.txt:

If you pre ordered Giants from one of the participating stores like, "http://www.interplay-store.com" you will also receive the additional Lost World multiplayer maps. Only players with this bonus CD will be able to host multiplayer games with the bonus maps. You can still join Lost World map games without this CD.
However, some copies sold direct from retail stores shortly after release also contained the bonus CD.

OEM version

Creative Labs' Audigy Gamer sound card shipped with a copy of Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

Title

"Kabuto" is Japanese for helmet, often describing the great war helmets of the samurai, which sometimes had decorative antlers and spikes.

US version

Due to concerns about the game's ratings, the topless Sea Ravens got a bra. It can be removed by deleting a file from the HD. However, the game was rated "M" anyway.

The bra was also added for all PlayStation 2 releases.

Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Kasey Chang, Scott Monster and SDfish.

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Giants: Citizen Kabuto (Windows) on Dec 16, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10779) and Terok Nor (18401)