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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
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User Reviews

The Chronicles of Riddick is a game best appreciated with no expectation. diglot.net (28) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall MobyScore (52 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Short, but sweeter than a pack of cigs and a clean pair of undies.
100
Just Adventure
The only caveat I can offer is that this game is definitely for adults. It’s grim, violent, even sadistic at times. There is one sequence, for example, during which after knocking foes out, it is required that you literally stomp on their unconscious bodies until they’re dead. (I just pretended they were each Linda Tripp or Rosie Perez.) The game’s language is appropriately salty as well, with use of The F Word even (amusingly, I thought) in the tutorial!
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UOL Jogos
"Riddick" oferece algo para todos os gostos, e a execução de todos os momentos faz com que jogadores possam experimentar todo esse espectro sem preconceitos. Fica claro que os anos gastos na produção do game foram bem utilizados. O grau de polimento de cada aspecto do game é óbvio - algo raro nessa época em que muitos games são lançados incompletos para cumprir um cronograma.
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Cheat Code Central
What you've got here is a game that doesn't have a lot of high impact hype surrounding it, but it's just as good, if not better, than most FPS shooters available. Doom 3 can't even touch the class that exudes from this Director's Cut. If you have a PC that can handle it - even the high end ones might experience a hiccup in framerate or two - then I demand that you play it, even if you've played the Xbox version. Hats off to Diesel himself who had a hand in the development and to Starbreeze who are destined to create great things to come.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Да, «персональщики» ждали дольше. Зато в качестве компенсации за задержку нам преподнесли два подарка. Один вы обнаружите в «Башне-19». Его рост — под три метра, громко лязгает при ходьбе, обожает палить почем зря. Второй — особая кнопка в меню уровня сложности, впервые в истории позволяющая пройти игру с комментариями её создателей. Правда, в DVD-фильмах закадровая речь звучит на протяжении всего просмотра; в TCoR пришлось сделать интерактивные «горячие точки». Игрок подходит к такому месту и, наслаждаясь покоем, вкушает очередную порцию подробностей о ходе разработки игры, сдобренных жутким скандинавским акцентом.
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Game Watcher
The only minor setback apart from the lack of multiplayer is that there aren’t too many different enemies and weapons in CoR. You will mostly be killing the prison guards. But it’s really almost not worth mentioning as all the characters and weapons that appear are truly rich and detailed. Nothing really has any value when standing against such a warm and inspirational game. If I ever wrote any review to help anybody decide to buy any game or not then I hope this review will make you walk to the shop and make the purchase.
93
FiringSquad
Christmas is over, you're probably sick to death of Half-Life 2, Doom 3, Pirates! and half a dozen other games that were released in time for the Christmas rush. Why not pick up the best game you never heard of, to keep you busy through the slow, lonely months of January and February? There are very few games I recommend outright to anyone without hesitation. So let me just qualify: if you have any interest in first-person shooters, go get Riddick. Now.
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GameSpot
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay is one of those exceedingly rare types of games that delivers exceptionally high quality through and through and single-handedly ups the ante for all similar games. The fact that it also happens to be based on a movie franchise--something that's usually a bad sign for a game--makes it all the more incredible. You could call it a first-person shooter, but that would be selling it short. This ambitious game is played mostly from a first-person perspective, and it effectively and innovatively combines excellent shooting, hand-to-hand combat, stealth, and adventure elements with a solid story and truly outstanding, highly atmospheric graphics and sound.
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Gamesmania
Ich gebe es zu, ich bin Riddick-Fan. Der Charakter von Vin Diesel und seine düstere SF-Welt hat es mir seit Pitch Black angetan und der jüngste Kinoausflug gefiel mir ebenso. Die Xbox-Version von Escape from Butcher Bay gehört für mich zum besten Spiel auf dieser Plattform - klar vor Halo 2. Doch auf dem PC treten Shooter gegen andere Konkurrenz an: Far Cry, Doom 3 und Half-Life 2 haben die Messlatte dieses Jahr ziemlich hochgeschraubt - grafisch wie spielerisch. Ist Riddick also besser? Die Antwort ist sicherlich jedem selbst überlassen, da jedes dieser Spieler seine individuelle Stärke hat. Riddicks Stärke liegt im abwechselungsreichen, intelligenten Gameplay und der dichten Atmosphäre - hier zieht vor allem Doom 3 den Kürzeren. Fazit: Auch auf dem PC ist Riddick einer der besten Ego-Shooter, den sich Genre-Fans nicht entgehen lassen sollten!
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GameZone
This little gem of a game is brought to us by the kind folks at Starbreeze Studios, a team that ought to be commended for taking a big movie license and making a more-than-respectable game out of it. The Chronicles of Riddick debuted in theatres this year as a sequel to 1999’s Pitch Black – both films giving major screentime to action star Vin Diesel - and Starbreeze’s game, Escape from Butcher Bay, is a prequel to the events in Pitch Black. One doesn’t necessarily need to have seen either movie to appreciate the game, but there are of course allusions to the films that fans will undoubtedly notice.
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ActionTrip
In all, Starbreeze did a very good job of porting this game to the PC. If we look past the minor bugs, the combat feels intense and the controls feel perfectly natural. The Chronicles of Riddick just feels right on the PC and it's as if this was a PC game from the get-go. Bottom line is any self-respecting PC shooter fan should play Escape from Butcher Bay: I've enjoyed every minute of the original, just as I'm enjoying the PC iteration. The only downside to it--and this is really something that bugged it and me about the Xbox game as well--is that it offers very little long-term replay value, and leaves things wide open for a sequel, as well as not being very long. But even so, it's still a shooter experience you won't want to miss, trust me.
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Fragland.net
Last May when I was at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, one of the games that really blew me away was Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. The graphics looked great, the atmosphere seemed just right, and there was only one downside to the game for me: it was only going to be released on Xbox. However, a couple of months after the original Xbox release, a PC version saw the light and now I was able to step in the shoes of Riddick while being in front of my very own PC. If you want to know whether Riddick is still as cool as he was on Xbox, I suggest you read on.
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4Players.de
Man kann von Vin Diesel und seinen schauspielerischen Gehversuchen halten, was man will: Was er aber mit seiner Spielefirma Tigon in Zusammenarbeit mit den Entwicklern von Starbreeze hier abgeliefert hat, ist Sonderklasse: Die Action ist ansprechend inszeniert, abwechslungsreich und grafisch derzeit das Beste, was auf der Xbox weit und breit zu sehen ist. Namcos ähnlich gelagertes Breakdown kann sich hier ein paar dicke Scheiben abschneiden. Natürlich kann man Riddick vorhalten, ein etwas kurzes Vergnügen zu sein. Doch ich persönlich sitze lieber zehn bis zwölf Stunden gebannt und vollkommen involviert vor dem Bildschirm als 20 Stunden, in denen ich mich immer wieder langweile. Langer Rede, kurzer Sinn: Wer auch nur den leisesten Hauch von Begeisterung für Action aufbringen kann, sollte sich die Riddick-Chroniken schnellstmöglich zulegen.
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Just Games Retro
Escape From Butcher Bay’s reputation as one of the best movie games ever made feels rightfully earned. Like – dare I say – Deus Ex, it’s genre blending at its finest, taking the best parts of each system and making them accessible and smartly integrated. A beautiful engine and some excellent writing and acting don’t hurt either. You’ll need to keep in mind that it’s a stealth game more than it is a shooter, and there will be quiet sections where you won’t be snapping necks or breaking faces, but it’s a great time if you’re prepared to spend some time in Riddick’s shoes.
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GameStar (Germany)
Die Atmosphäre in Butcher Bay lässt für mich sogar ein Half-Life 2 meilenweit hinter sich. Große Worte, die ich da in den Mund nehme, oder? Das Spiel mag nicht lang sein, aber entfaltet in dieser kurzen Zeit mehr Abwechslung als alle aktuellen und wesentlich längeren Genre-Vertreter zusammen. Gerade, weil es sich keinem Genre unterwirft, sondern die Genres der Handlung anpasst. Action, Rollenund Schleichspiel bilden eine homogene Masse. Riddicks Handlungen sind stets glaubwürdig. So glaubwürdig wie er selber, die Mithäftlinge und Wächter. Ich bin zwar mittlerweile vier mal aus Butcher Bay geflohen, aber immer noch darin gefangen.
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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Den enda egentliga nackdelen är smärre back-tracking, lite väl många laddningspunkter och att spelet kan bli lite enformigt efter ett tag. Man slutar dock inte att förundras och tvekar definitivt inte att spela det i många timmar i sträck. Vin Diesel gör verkligen att man rycks med och trots min skepsis mot skalliga män (fördömde Kojak!) så kan jag inte göra annat än att tycka om Vin Diesel. Han är perfekt i rollen som benhård mördare och utan hans röst hade spelet inte varit alls lika bra. Som det är nu är det en superb kompott av äventyrlig action, njutningsfullt för både öra och öga, som kommer hålla dig sysselsatt ett tag framöver. Leve Riddick, leve Vin Diesel och leve svensk utvecklaranda!
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Playback
Omawiana przeze mnie gra jest na pewno jednym z lepszych FPSów w jakie ostatnimi czasy grałem. Jej głównym atutem jest posiadanie, ciekawego, mrocznego klimatu. Na uwagę zasługuje też bardzo dobre wykonanie i wizerunek całości. Końcowym argumentem, przemawiającym za zakupem jest cena - 19,90zł. Dlatego uważam, że powinna znaleźć sie na półce każdego domorosłego fana nietuzinkowych strzelanek FPP.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Faire l'un des meilleurs FPS du moment à partir d'une licence, qui plus avec un jeu issu du monde console, ce n'était pas un pari gagné d'avance, mais grâce à Starbreeze et à un Vin Diesel qui s'est lui-même investi dans le projet, le résultat est là. Nanti d'une réalisation à couper le souffle et surtout d'un gameplay pas banal, The Chronicles Of Riddick est une véritable réussite et se hisse dans le top des shooters du moment.
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Yahoo! Games
Released on the Xbox back in January, Escape from Butcher Bay gathered significantly better reviews than the movie it's based on -- a very unusual phenomenon. The PC version of this action-stealth first-person shooter is even better, thanks to improved graphics and a ton of DVD-style extras. Both a licensed game and a port (a title that's been converted to another platform), it's outstanding and well worth your time.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
To anyone who has played The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay it seems like stating the bleedin' obvious to conclude that it's one of the best five games of the year. A bit short compared to some of the epic games we've played lately, but the ten hours of entertainment packed in are probably as concentrated as we've ever seen. Never a dull moment; rich, constantly varied and surprising, technically excellent, well crafted and feeling somehow more imaginative and forward looking than probably any game sporting a film licence ever. And yet thanks to the film's late summer tanking, nobody cares. Sometimes licences work against games, and here's an example if ever we've seen one.
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GameSpy
Wait, wait. I know what you're probably thinking about The Chronicles of Riddick - Escape from Butcher Bay, especially if you didn't pay attention to the Xbox version released earlier this year. Games based on movie licenses are safely ignored by discriminating gamers, I know. That's a good instinct you should go with most of the time, but The Chronicles of Riddick is a rare exception. The folks at Starbreeze Studios based a first-person shooter around a character from a summer popcorn flick, but they also made it a really fun, really polished amalgam of action, RPG, and adventure genres.
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FOK!games
Riddick is simpelweg een topgame. Als je de Xbox-versie aan je voorbij hebt laten gaan, dan wordt het nu toch echt tijd om deze game te halen. Riddick verslaat veel andere games in dit genre al meteen door de graphics en het geluid vult dit beeld dan ook zeer goed aan. Deze game knalt uit je speakers en van je scherm, je zit er dan ook meteen middenin. Het enige minpuntje is natuurlijk de beperkte levensduur, aangezien het spel vrij kort is en de multiplayer-optie echt mist. De extra's maken dan wel iets goed, maar dat is toch vooral voor de Riddick-fans en niet echt interessant voor de gewone gamer.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Als de samenwerking tussen Hollywood en de spelindustrie meer speeltjes als dit oplevert, ziet de toekomst er geweldig uit. Het spel is minstens even intens, brutaal en duister als de film. Het komt helemaal niet over als een opgeblonken vertaling van het consolespel, maar het gaat perfect door als een puur PC-spel. Zonder meer een der betere actiespelen van 2004!
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Niet geheel onverwacht maakt dit spel ook brokken op de pc. Misschien wel de verrassing van het jaar!
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IGN
When Pitch Black was released in 2000, I loved the vicious alien sci-fi adventure despite its strict adherence to a well-traversed formula of action horror flicks. Who knew the quiet debut of Vin Diesel as the next super bad-ass would kick off an entire universe around its indifferent murderous anti-hero? What's more, certainly nobody expected a knockout first-person shooter starring the now notorious anti-hero to sneak its way into stores and stab the delighted hearts of gamers. Which is exactly why The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay was so well received on the Xbox and has now been transferred over to the PC in good style and with new content.
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PC Action
Vin Diesel hat den Längsten. Zumindest garantiert den längsten Spielenamen im Portfolio. Der gute Vin ist hier nicht nur Hauptdarsteller seines eigenen Spiels, sondern auch Produzent. Er hat sogar eine eigene Spielefirma namens Tigon gegründet und war maßgeblich am Entwicklungsprozess dieser Perle beteiligt, aber das nur am Rande. Viel interessanter ist die Tatsache, dass es sich bei The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Developers Cut um das bisher beste Actionspiel mit Filmlizenz handelt.
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Jolt (UK)
Arriving on the Xbox in the middle of last year, Riddick was one of those genuinely pleasant surprises that turn up from time to time. It was a console FPS, and a movie-based one at that, yet it was full of gaming goodness and treated both the subject matter and the audience with the right level of respect. Oh and it had some real fancy graphics, yes indeed. Of course, now that the game has rather stealthily made its way onto the true home of the FPS, we can tell once and for all how it measures up against the rest of the crop.
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PC Games (Germany)
Computerspiele bringen ja regelmäßig lässige Helden hervor, aber Riddick ist - verzeihen Sie bitte meine Ausdrucksweise! - die coolste Sau des Universums. Vin Diesel spricht seinen Charakter mit einer Stimme, für die Subwoofer erfunden wurden. Ich habe mich gern durch die dunklen Korridore von Butcher Bay geschlichen und geschossen, aber die recht spärlich gesetzten Zwischensequenzen schlagen einfach alles. Dass die Story etwas lose in der Luft hängt, wenn man die dazugehörigen Filme nicht kennt, ist dank der charismatischen Besetzung auszuhalten. Stärker schmerzt die mit zehn bis zwölf Stunden zu kurze Spieldauer.
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PC Powerplay
Interaktives Popcorn-Kino, wie es besser kaum sein könnte. Vin Diesel grummelt im Sekundentakt lässige Sprüche. Und wenn er mal den Mund hält, dann ist auf dem Bildschirm die Hölle los. Da ist mir die kurze Spielzeit egal – die passt zum knackigen Spielablauf wie Arsch auf Eimer. Gestört haben mich dagegen die teils zu verwinkelten Levels und die aufgesetzt wirkenden Rollenspiel-Quests. Ansonsten ist Riddick eine glänzende Lizenzumsetzung.
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Giery.eu
Jeśli nie przeszkadza Ci długość zabawy, lubisz FPP`ki, nie mogłeś trafić lepiej. Świat, w którym przyjdzie Ci spędzić te kilkadziesiąt godzin, przyciąga swoim okrucieństwem. Zapomnij o swoim ulubionym misiu pluszowym, którego nazwałeś Ferdynand, poznaj Riddicka. Zapewniam, że po sesji w Zatoce Rzeźników spojrzysz inaczej na świat. Może zauważysz, tak jak ja, że misio Ferdynand nie potrzebuje pary oczu, gdy wokół jest tak ciemno...
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Game Freaks 365
Although the system requirements are a little bit high, this really is the game for everyone. It's got the intensity of the best of the FPS genre, and a lot of creativity. If you are a fan of good games, give this game a good look.
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Game Revolution
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is good for about 12-15 hours of compelling single-player gameplay, but unfortunately there isn't much keeping you coming back for more. A few other difficulty settings are here alongside some unlockable movies and commentary mode, but that's not much, and amazingly the game features no multiplayer at all. It's a shame. But despite the fact that The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut is a somewhat short, linear romp with few enhancements over the Xbox version, it still makes a good addition to any PC game collection with its awesome environments, savage melee combat and smooth pacing. So drop the soap and grab this game.
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2404.org PC Gaming
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher’s Bay finally eliminates the stereotype that games parallel-marketed with movies are doomed to the ash bin of history. EBB begins its story by showing the player a few in-engine movies that basically tell you two things: Riddick is a classic movie tough-guy with a superpower--glow in the dark vision--who somehow gets captured for a bounty and is presently being delivered to a penal institution on a desert world known as Butcher’s Bay.
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Factornews
Pourvu d'une plastique irréprochable et d'un gameplay varié, ce Chronicles of Riddick : Escape from Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut qu'on n'avait pas vu venir jusqu'à sa sortie sur Xbox l'été dernier séduit, et ce malgré une durée de vie ridiculement courte (notez l'absence de jeu de mots facile). Les fans de FPS auraient tort de passer à côté de cette petite perle, véritable première bonne surprise de l'année.
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Joystick (French)
Un peu de combat à mains nues, un peu d'infiltration, un peu de massacre à l'arme lourde, le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est que le gameplay est varié et rythmé. Si on ajoute les dialogues bien sentis et l'ambiance incroyable grâce à des graphismes au top, Riddick ne déçoit que par sa durée de vie très faible. L'original sur Xbox était déjà très bon, la version PC est encore meilleure : si seulement toutes les adaptations de film pouvaient être aussi réussies !
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videogamer.com
Riddick is a game that will be passed over by many gamers, expecting it to offer nothing more than under-par console FPS action. While the game is a console port and pretty short, it is an experience to remember and the additions made to the PC version make it a worthwhile purchase for any serious FPS fan.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Il y a des jeux qu’on n’attend pas forcément. Des produits qui se gardent bien de montrer un bout de bas avant le jour de leur sortie, souvent parce qu’ils sont plus que filés et qu’il est préférable d’éviter toute critique antérieure à l’arrivée dans les étals. Mais parfois, une bonne surprise pointe le bout de son nez. On appréhende un peu, surtout quand c’est une adaptation d’une production cinématographique, mais au final la bonne nouvelle de la journée, du mois, de l’année peut-être, est bien là, et on se délecte du plaisir inattendu qui nous est tombé dessus.