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You are Richard B. Riddick, the star of the best Xbox game released to date, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Starbreeze Studios (Enclave) has not only managed to break the bad movie-based video game stigma, but has also made a legit contender for Game of the Year in the process. But enough of this lovefest; time to break the game down and find out why it's so dang good.

Story
Butcher Bay is the prequel to the first Riddick film, Pitch Black. The game begins with the bounty hunter Johns (Riddick's nemesis from Pitch) delivering Riddick to the previously inescapable triple-max security slam Butcher Bay. But things aren't as they seem, and we are treated to one of the most original opening sequences I've ever seen in a game. I won't spoil it, but needless to say that the rest of the game deals with Riddick's dramatic escape from Butcher Bay. Filled with interesting characters, sub-plots, and breathtaking story driven action sequences, Riddick more than manages to draw the player in and absolutely refuses to let go.

Gameplay
Let's not kid ourselves, gameplay is the most important aspect of a game. If it wasn't, then Atari's E.T. would be considered a masterpiece. Riddick's gameplay on the other hand is a perfect mixture of the First Person Shooter and Stealth genres, with a little bit of the blossoming First Person Fighter genre sprinkled on top.

Lighting, room layout, and the number of guards pretty much determine how you will approach each situation. If there are a number of guards in a well-lit area, you could shoot out a light nearest to the entrance, and proceed to snipe each guard from the shadows at your leisure. But if the enemy count is rather low, and there are some poorly lit areas, you can use stealth and sneak up on each guard dispatching them how you will (neck breaking, throat slitting, etc.) using Riddick's trademark "eye-shine."

But what if you don't have any weapons, or are out of ammo? No problem. Rush an armed guard, and with a carefully timed pull of the R Trigger you will relieve the guard of his weapon and his life. But if you find yourself confronting an unarmed guard, then you'll just have to take him on hand-to-hand. While the fist fighting isn't as elaborate as Breakdown (the granddaddy of the FPF genre), it manages to get the job done well enough not to feel hollow like most brawlers are nowadays.

But these are just a few of the numerous gameplay elements found in Butcher Bay that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear.

Graphics
What can I say that one can't see for themselves? Butcher Bay is the best looking game on the Xbox and easily equals the PC's best efforts.

Sound
The sound is also superb. The Hollywood caliber cast of voice actors includes Riddick himself, Vin Diesel, and cult favorite Ron Perlman (Hellboy). The Hollywood-esque musical score is equally impressive. Butcher Bay is a feast for the eyes and ears that all will appreciate.

Play Time/Replayability
I managed to get through it on Normal in twelve hours. This may seem short for a FPS, but Butcher Bay is such an incredible experience and has so much to offer that you won't feel cheated in the least. There are a number of hidden items in the form of packs of cigarettes spread throughout the game, which will keep second timers busy enough. Of course being the best game on Xbox doesn't hurt the replayability either.

Overall
Butcher Bay soundly defeats Halo and takes it's place as FPS of this generation. You won't find a better reason to buy a Xbox than The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay.

Final Recommendation
BUY! BUY! BUY! Or if you don't have the cash, RENT! But whatever you do, do it now!

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

 

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

ESRB: Mature - M
Platform: Xbox
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You are Richard B. Riddick, the star of the best Xbox game released to date, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Starbreeze Studios (Enclave) has not only managed to break the bad movie-based video game stigma, but has also made a legit contender for Game of the Year in the process. But enough of this lovefest; time to break the game down and find out why it's so dang good. Story Butcher Bay is the prequel to the first Riddick film, Pitch Black. The game begins with the bounty hunter Johns (Riddick's nemesis from Pitch) delivering Riddick to the previously inescapable triple-max security slam Butcher Bay. But things aren't as they seem, and we are treated to one of the most original opening sequences I've ever seen in a game. I won't spoil it, but needless to say that the rest of the game deals with Riddick's dramatic escape from Butcher Bay. Filled with interesting characters, sub-plots, and breathtaking story driven action sequences, Riddick more than manages to draw the player in and absolutely refuses to let go. Gameplay Let's not kid ourselves, gameplay is the most important aspect of a game. If it wasn't, then Atari's E.T. would be considered a masterpiece. Riddick's gameplay on the other hand is a perfect mixture of the First Person Shooter and Stealth genres, with a little bit of the blossoming First Person Fighter genre sprinkled on top. Lighting, room layout, and the number of guards pretty much determine how you will approach each situation. If there are a number of guards in a well-lit area, you could shoot out a light nearest to the entrance, and proceed to snipe each guard from the shadows at your leisure. But if the enemy count is rather low, and there are some poorly lit areas, you can use stealth and sneak up on each guard dispatching them how you will (neck breaking, throat slitting, etc.) using Riddick's trademark "eye-shine." But what if you don't have any weapons, or are out of ammo? No problem. Rush an armed guard, and with a carefully timed pull of the R Trigger you will relieve the guard of his weapon and his life. But if you find yourself confronting an unarmed guard, then you'll just have to take him on hand-to-hand. While the fist fighting isn't as elaborate as Breakdown (the granddaddy of the FPF genre), it manages to get the job done well enough not to feel hollow like most brawlers are nowadays. But these are just a few of the numerous gameplay elements found in Butcher Bay that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear. Graphics What can I say that one can't see for themselves? Butcher Bay is the best looking game on the Xbox and easily equals the PC's best efforts. Sound The sound is also superb. The Hollywood caliber cast of voice actors includes Riddick himself, Vin Diesel, and cult favorite Ron Perlman (Hellboy). The Hollywood-esque musical score is equally impressive. Butcher Bay is a feast for the eyes and ears that all will appreciate. Play Time/Replayability I managed to get through it on Normal in twelve hours. This may seem short for a FPS, but Butcher Bay is such an incredible experience and has so much to offer that you won't feel cheated in the least. There are a number of hidden items in the form of packs of cigarettes spread throughout the game, which will keep second timers busy enough. Of course being the best game on Xbox doesn't hurt the replayability either. Overall Butcher Bay soundly defeats Halo and takes it's place as FPS of this generation. You won't find a better reason to buy a Xbox than The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Final Recommendation BUY! BUY! BUY! Or if you don't have the cash, RENT! But whatever you do, do it now!








 
 

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