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

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

The Great Escape Classic Nigel (150) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (26 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
Gamereactor (Sweden)
Jag skulle med enkelhet kunna fortsätta hylla det här spelet i all evighet, det tänker jag dock inte göra. Istället tänker jag uppmana dig att göra som följer: Lyd mitt råd, köp det här spelet, spela det, lev det, njut av det och överraskas av Starbreeze kriminellt lyckade genremix och av den oerhört varierade spelbarhet som detta mästerliga äventyr innehåller. Escape From Butcher Bay gör inget helt nytt, inte heller något helt häpnadsväckande oväntat. Däremot är det spelmässiga smörgåsbord som levereras så fyllt av läckerheter, som också smakar så bra tillsammans, att man flera gånger under spelets gång stannar upp för att njuta av ögonblicken, fnissa av förtjusning och förundras över komplexiteten.
GamePro (US)
You may not have seen Pitch Black or you may not think too warmly of Vin Diesel as an actor, but none of that matters. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay stands comfortably alongside Halo and Splinter Cell as one of the Xbox?s best games.
To conclude, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay sets new standards in gaming. It turns around the annoying truth of movie based games always being a let down & accurately gels the two media types into an experience never seen before. If you have an Xbox you need to own this game.
Game Informer Magazine
The tiny flaws in the visuals are a great analogy for this title as a whole. While excellent, Escape from Butcher Bay could have been a bit better. Since the main quest is short (I beat it in less than 15 hours) and there is no multiplayer, it's not a ton of game for your money. Had it included any additional modes of gameplay, Riddick might have been the absolute best title for the Xbox. But as it is, Escape from Butcher Bay is one title that every Xbox owner simply must buy. It's that good.
Game Chronicles
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a wonderful mix of action and stealth. It’s got more action than Splinter Cell and plays better than Breakdown, plus you have the character of Riddick, crass, egotistical, and tough as nails. He’s a villain cast into a world of even worse villains ultimately making him the unlikely hero he is destined to become in Pitch Black and the recently release sequel. If the gameplay isn’t enough to grab you then the audio and visual presentation will certainly make this a showcase title for your Xbox collection, one that will wow your friends. It’s a definite must-have addition to any Xbox gamer’s library.
Buy this game. There really isn’t anything more to say than that. Every facet of the gameplay is brilliant, and it’s wrapped in the best looking graphics on the Xbox to date. I’ve used the word ‘immersion’ in this review several times, and really it really is the aspect of Riddick that truly separates it from the pack. The game simply does a phenomenal drop of bringing the player into the game and making them feel as though they are actually experiencing everything on screen. The fact that this game is a based on a movie license and made by an – before the advent of this game – unproven company makes the fact that this is my front runner for game of the year (sorry Ninja Gaiden) even more wonderfully bizarre. As a fan of the Pitch Black universe, playing this game the equivalent of a 6 year old finding a new puppy under the Christmas tree – the sheer joy makes you want to laugh and cry and the same time, but neither is really possible since you’re so out of breath.
It's easily one of the most-impressive games on the Xbox and seems destined to be remembered as the most inspiring collaboration between Hollywood and the gaming industry yet.
Game Informer Magazine
It's not perfect, but I loved every moment I played Riddick and I highly recommend it. Keep in mind, it's not a first-person shooter - though it can be at times. It's a stealth adventure game at heart, and a very good one at that.
Wow, das hätte ich den Starbreeze Studios gar nicht zugetraut: Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay ist nicht nur die mit Abstand beste Filmumsetzung, sondern auch das derzeit beste Actionspiel für die Xbox - das Konsolen-Gegenstück zum PC-Hit Doom 3. Das Gamedesign, die Grafik, der Sound oder die Atmosphäre - bei diesem Meisterwerk stimmt einfach alles, größere Mängel hat Riddick nicht. Selten haben wir einen solch abwechslungsreichen, innovativen und vor allem makellos umgesetzten Shooter gesehen - da verzeiht man gerne, dass der Titel ein wenig kurz geraten ist. Für mich ist Escape from Butcher Bay jedenfalls ein Kandidat für das Spiel des Jahres und verdient eine klare Kaufempfehlung: Xbox-Besitzer, die auch nur entfernt was mit Actionspielen anfangen können, kommen um diesen Titel nicht herum.
Daily Game
What’s most interesting about even this game, though, is that in spite of its being single-player only, we’re just as eager to go back and keep playing. With the exception of a few linear and otherworldly levels (which, by the way, out-Doom Doom), there are enough ways to try to escape from Butcher Bay that it’s hard not to think about playing again. Riddick is an incredibly pleasant surprise, both in its mix of stealth and shooting gameplay and because it’s tied to a movie license. If Riddick is the future of movie-based games, then buy me a one-way ticket, because I’m never coming back.
Gaming Target
I expected very little of Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay when it first started getting hyped up, but it winds up being one of my favorite games on Xbox so far this year. The whole game compliments each other; the beautiful graphics help out with stealth (as well as paint the urgency of needing to get the hell out of there), as does the sound effects, and the variety in gameplay, and different paths to reach the same goal mean it’s possible to play through this game a second time, to complete sidequests, find hidden cigarettes, and just experience an intense game again. Some people might find it a bit short, and of course, even more will lament at the lack of neither on or offline multiplayer (despite the Live stripe, which only is for Live Aware), but if you can put that aside, this is a great first person stealth/shooter hybrid that lives up to the hype.
This is a terrific game. If you like action, combat, adventure, then pick this one up. Chronicles of Riddick as enough of each to keep you enthralled and excited.
XBox Front
Vin Diesel. Bei diesem Namen schlagen vielleicht nicht gerade die Herzen der holden Weiblichkeit höher. Der coole Glatzkopf ist eher der Anti-Held, als ein strahlender Mr. Nice Guy wie Kollege Brat Pitt. Doch bei der Männerdomäne gibt es wohl kaum jemanden, der nicht die Toughness und die lockere Ader von Vin Diesel bewundert.
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Film-to-game conversions have reached a milestone. Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a finely crafted gaming experience that will not soon be duplicated. The action, script and presentation are all worthy of the highest praise. First person fans will have plenty to occupy them until Doom 3 and Halo 2.
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.
games xtreme
Regardless of the length of the game though I should point out that what you do get is a perfect addition to the Riddick Universe and it should be noted that in some ways it outperforms Doom 3 for atmosphere and downright scariness. It’s well worth getting especially if you’re a fan of Vin and the whole Riddick mythos, it answers many questions the movies don’t and provides a good insight into the penal system of Riddick’s future.
Niemand had het op voorhand verwacht, maar Chronicles of Riddick is een ware topper geworden voor iedereen die van single player actiegames houdt ! Een verplichte aankoop, vind ik zelfs, wanneer het spel midden augustus in onze regionen in de winkels belandt. CoR is één van die zeldzame games die ik niet meer kon neerleggen eens ik eraan begon, het is verslavend en technisch zo goed als perfect. Een deeltje van mij hoopt dat er snel een vervolg komt, een ander deeltje denkt : wat kunnen ze hier nog aan verbeteren ? Resultaat is dat ik dit spel nu al van harte aanraad, dus begin maar al te sparen, want augustus wordt ongetwijfeld de maand van Riddick !
Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Chronicles of Riddick : Escape from Butcher Bay isn't an overly difficult or lengthy game and all up it took me no more than about 8-10 hours to get through it. What it offers are next generations visuals as good as we've seen in Doom 3 and Halo 2 screenshots, excellent audio, top production values, a cool story and is excellent fun from start to finish with barely any flat or boring moments. It might be hard to justify spending up to $100 on a game that can be completed in a weekend but if you're a FPS fan then you have to experience this game. The immersion factor is off the chart and is easily the best looking Xbox game yet. Whether you're a Vin Diesel fan or not, this game has to be experienced and is easily a contender for many game of the year awards.
Thunderbolt Games
Though the movie might have been sketchy in some people’s minds, the inevitable video game tie-in, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay turned out to be one of the best games for the Xbox.
Christ Centered Game Reviews
As a game, TCoR is nearly perfect, albeit far to short. But from a Christian perspective, this game could be greatly offensive to you. If you can put up with the violence, etc. then I totally recommend playing this game but just rent it (You can beat it 2 or 3 times in one rental period). But, if you are a parent, in no way should you even think about giving this to a minor, PERIOD. This game draws you in and never stops to let you catch your breath.
Those who still question the power of the Xbox take note: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is the best looking Xbox box game ever released, but this slick first person shooter isn't all eye candy. It's a pulse-pounding thrill ride full of intense gun play, wrapped within a hot movie license that features superb voice acting (Vin Diesel is perfect), and a cool soundtrack. Though some glitches rear their ugly heads, they don't hamper the gameplay at all, and while its abrupt conclusion is bitter sweet, Butcher Bay is the game of the year candidate gamers have been clamoring for.
I'm proud to have beaten the snot out of Butcher Bay, and I've not enjoyed a video game as much as EfBB for quite a long while. Xbox owners should be proud of the fact that EfBB is only available on their system, just as they should try and ignore that fact that the game would have been perfectly suited to Xbox Live in terms of multiplayer action. And, if you haven't already seen Pitch Black, rent it. I advise checking out the new film, too, but gamers simply shouldn't let The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay pass them by. It's simply too good and too tasty to ignore. Not to mention it's the first decent step towards next-next-generation visuals. I'm sure Vin is very proud.
90 (UK)
Being greeted with The Chronicles Of Riddick for the first time back at a Vivendi press event in April created the kind of exasperation rarely seen in a sequel/me-too obsessed business where excitement can be in short supply. "Where the hell did this come from?" we all muttered as the best looking Xbox game ever played out in front of our disbelieving eyes. And then to find out the game was practically finished and being released in the US in just a few weeks time - we almost fell off our chairs. How on earth had such a top notch title just fallen from the skies like this? Did Vivendi not realise how obviously superb this was? In an era of bloated five/six-year development projects, to be told this game had been put together quietly in around two years seemed unfathomable. It put things in perspective, that's for sure.
Games based on movies must be bad… It’s just one of the prejudices I sometimes struggle with. But as with many of them, it’s one that has its groundings in facts. You’ll understand then that I started up my Xbox with some hesitations. However, as you will find out by reading the review, it soon showed that I was wrong questioning the quality of this Vin Diesel game.
Next Level Gaming
You have to hand it to Vivendi. They know how to take a movie license, and make a good game out of it. And now that I waited to see the movie before reviewing the game, I can also say playing the game will NOT ruin the movie. Nor will it ruin Pitch Black for you. That is a good thing. And by the way, it is Xbox Live Aware so your friends can catch up with you while you're playing it. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay has only two issues; lower res graphics, and a somewhat short length. Other than that, it's a rush, and a very solid game. I like it. I think you will too.
A lot of first-person shooters take the attitude that more is better: more guns, more levels, more destruction. But The Chronicles of Riddick isn't so convinced of that. Instead, it takes a minimalist approach. There is little text to read through, the overall game doesn't last very long, and there aren't many guns to choose from. But you know what? The game's better for it.
Ce titre est un mélange intelligent entre le cinéma pour le côté implication et fascination et le jeu vidéo (évidemment) pour le gameplay novateur et octroyant une liberté d'action fantastique. Bien que sa durée de vie heurte violemment notre plaisir intense, il n'en reste pas moins que Chronicles Of Riddick demeure un très grand jeu, et le meilleur FPS existant sur Xbox, en attendant Doom 3. Pour tous ceux qui aiment la science-fiction réfléchie insérée dans une atmosphère glauque et pessimiste, le titre de Starbreeze sera à n'en pas douter l'un de vos softs fétiches. Je vois vos yeux briller.
A first-person shooter that blends equal parts blasting, hand-to-hand combat, stealth attacks, and even some platforming into the mix, Riddick takes noticeable risks in a crowded genre and succeeds. From its movie-inspired presentation to its minimalist HUD and the deadpan delivery of Diesel's likeable killer, Riddick is saturated with a sleek kill-or-be-killed atmosphere that pervades all. The combat is sharp, the AI smart and relentless, and the level design deft.
Maar zoals met elk spel zijn er ook een aantal minpunten: de speelduur is extreem kort, ongeveer 8 uurtjes maar. Er is niet veel replaywaarde vanwege het lineaire verhaal. Je kan wel op zoek gaan naar alle pakjes sigaretten of alle submissies afronden maar dat brengt de totale duur nog steeds maar op 10 uur. Een ander minpunt is het ontbreken van de multi-player functie. Dit had kunnen zorgen voor een hogere replaywaarde. In dit geval wegen de minpunten niet op tegen de pluspunten en is dit een geweldige single-player game op de Xbox. Deze game krijgt van mij een 8,5.
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 stills and whatnot, 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 is a somewhat short, linear romp with limited replayability, it's about as good as Xbox action gaming gets, from its fantastic delivery to its fun combat. Definitely an escape worth taking.
Console Obsession
The Chronicles of Riddick should make other developers take note, and we hope the game has paved the way for other movie tie-ins to follow. The visuals are stunning and the gameplay isn’t too shabby either, if only the game had been that little bit longer and had provided us with some multi-player options, we would have had very few complaints.
Riddick is a game that seemingly came from nowhere, but is easily one of the best games available for the Xbox. While the game is short, it is an experience to remember and is a showcase title graphically. Had the game weighed in a little longer it would be easy to recommend as a purchase. Those of you who want a more substantial offering for your money may want to give this a miss, but it should be experience by everyone, even if it is just for a weekend.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Overall, this is a wholly unique shooter with great production values and immersive story. This is easily one of the best movie licensed titles in a long time and will likely be the best one of this console generation. Any fan of first-person shooters needs to play this game and if you enjoy games like Splinter Cell for their stealth gameplay, this is also a must-play. The lack of any real replay value is obviously going to make or break your decision on a purchase though.
Gameplay is a little innovative and more importantly runs very smoothly. The fact that the shooting mechanics are great but not at all overdone, playing an equal or lesser role as other gameplay elements, tells you something about the quality of the game. The only area that falls short is the replay value. The game is short. And while going back to collect packs of cigarettes, which unlocks material from the game and movies, and trying the few alternate paths gives the game a bit of extra life, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay will be done within 15 hours. Makes for the perfect rental.
Gaming Age
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay combines elements from many different styles of games in an attempt to please all types of gamers. The end result is a game that is interesting and fun to play but lacks the polish that puts games like Splinter Cell and Halo into the gaming halls of fame.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay could have been a classic in the world of gaming if it had better AI and been quite a bit longer. Unfortunately, like most movie games, parts of it fell short. Overall, the game still presented an entertaining, story driven shooter that is well worth a rental.
It may be true that Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay takes the lazy option in a number of instances and features a few gameplay discrepancies, however the movie-like production values and occasional inspired sequence carry this enjoyable adventure right through to its satisfying conclusion.