PK: Out of the Shadows

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PK: Out of the Shadows
Disney's PK - Out of the Shadows Coverart.png
North American cover art for PlayStation 2
Developer(s) Ubi Soft Montreal
Publisher(s) Ubi Soft
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2
Release PlayStation 2
  • EU: October 4, 2002
GameCube
  • EU: November 29, 2002
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Sound Daniel Masson[3]

PK: Out of the Shadows (also known as Donald Duck PK or simply PK) is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubi Soft Montreal and published by Ubi Soft. It stars Donald Duck as Paperinik or "PK" as he battles the Evron Empire. The game is based on the Italian comic book series PK – Paperinik New Adventures.

Plot[edit]

Donald Duck works as a security guard in the Ducklair Tower. He falls asleep and starts dreaming of Daisy Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie teasing him. He wishes he was a superhero. An artificial intelligence known as One agrees to help him. He is given a future technological weapon, a new voice, and the new name PK. Before PK can begin his training, they are alerted to the Evronians attack on Earth, prompting One to send PK out to defeat them as 'on the job training'.

Gameplay[edit]

Players assume the control of PK, navigating 3D levels from a third person perspective.

PK uses an 'X-Transformer' arm device throughout the game, which functions as a utility for defense and movement, primarily firing laser shots and to hover over large gaps. More abilities are unlocked for the X-Transformer as the player progresses, unlocking a super punch for shattering weak ground, a supercharge to break enemy shields, a remote X-Transformer to navigate tight spaces and a more powerful costume variant.

As players traverse the levels, they will collect 'Activation Stars', green circular icons sporting One's face. These function as to power checkpoints for the player, requiring 15 to activate it so that should the player die, they'll return to that previously active checkpoint. The player will also find other weapon variants that give the X-Transformer a limited amount of more powerful shots such as fire bullets or rockets.

Also during certain level portions, the player will encounter captured scientists that must be found and rescued before the timer counts down, otherwise they will be teleported away, requiring the player to try again another time. There are six scientists per level (excluding boss battles and the Evronian Mothership), and 40 scientists must be rescued in order to access the final mothership levels.

Voice cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(GC) 53.68%[4]
(PS2) 51.41%[5]
Metacritic(PS2) 49/100[6]
(GC) 46/100[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer4.75 / 10[8]
GameSpot3.2 / 10[9]
GameSpy(PS2) 62%[10]
(GC) 2/5 stars[11]
GameZone(GC) 6 / 10[12]
(PS2) 5.4 / 10[13]
IGN4 / 10[14][15]
Nintendo Power3.3 / 5[16]
Nintendo World Report4 / 10[17]
OPM (US)2.5/5 stars[18]
PSM7 / 10[19]
X-Play2/5 stars[20]

The game was met with mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 51.41% and 49 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[5][6] and 53.68% and 46 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[4][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows Release Information for PlayStation 2". GameFAQs. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows Release Information for GameCube". GameFAQs. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Masson Video Game Credits and Biography - MobyGames". MobyGames. 
  4. ^ a b "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Mason, Lisa (March 2003). "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows (GC)". Game Informer (119): 85. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ Tracy, Tim (January 17, 2003). "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows Review". GameSpot. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ Steinberg, Steve (November 21, 2002). "PK Out of the Shadows (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 12, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ Steinberg, Scott (January 28, 2003). "GameSpy: Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows (GCN)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 20, 2006. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bedigian, Louis (December 27, 2002). "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows - GC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Knutson, Michael (November 13, 2002). "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ Smith, David (November 7, 2002). "Disney's PK [Out of the Shadows] Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ Smith, David (February 10, 2003). "Disney's PK [Out of the Shadows] (GCN)". IGN. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows". Nintendo Power. 165: 155. February 2003. 
  17. ^ Shih, Ed (February 4, 2003). "PK: Out of the Shadows". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ Steinman, Gary (December 2002). "Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 158. Archived from the original on June 29, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Review: Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows". PSM: 42. January 2003. 
  20. ^ Kane, Brad (December 16, 2002). "'PK: Out of the Shadows' (PS2) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 22, 2002. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 

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