The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 0
Homepage N/A
USA
Date 2004-06-02
Publisher V.U.G.
UK
Date 2004-08-13
Publisher V.U.G.
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtAs far as can be ascertained from its response in America, the movie of The Chronicles of Riddick is a bit of a turkey which is rather odd, because the game is actually really good. Although essentially a first person shoot ‘em-up, the game makes a very spirited attempt to add some deeper role-playing elements to the concept so that you spend a decent amount of your time just talking to people and performing sub-quests. The game is actually a prequel to the film Pitch Black, which means that Riddick is still a highly unpleasant serial killer and there’s none of the naff, sub-Dune style mumbo jumbo from the newer movie. The only problem with this is that pretty much the whole game is set in an extremely murky and often rather monotonous looking prison. Monotonous in the most attractive way possible though, as this is certainly the most graphically impressive Xbox game yet seen. The use of light and shade is superb and the models for the all the characters and monsters are some of the best ever seen in a video game. Perhaps the biggest surprise though is that the now ubiquitous stealth sections are actually the best bit, with Riddick’s showpiece ability to see in the dark implemented extremely well. This more than makes up for the odd dull sub-quest, and the relative lack of gunplay, and adds further variety to what is easily one of the Xbox’s best games yet. --David Jenkins

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- This intense, epic storyline will reveal secrets of Riddick's past and drop hints about his future
- Groundbreaking graphics technology creates vivid, ultra-realistic harsh environments
- Exciting combination of frenetic 1st-person shooter action with stealth and hand-to-hand combat
- Riddick's trademark eye-shine enables players to see in the dark, for a new kind of stealth gaming
- Features voice and likeness of Vin Diesel
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