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

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Written by  :  Classic Nigel (150)
Written on  :  Dec 14, 2007
Platform  :  Xbox
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Summary

The Great Escape

The Good

The Chronicles of Riddick is a movie tie-in to the film of the same name but unlike the movie this is an excellent stealth action adventure game instead of a bland action movie and the game is actually a prequel to the movie and the original Pitch Black the story follows Riddick who has been recently captured by Johns a bounty hunter and is being taken to Butcher Bay the most secure prison in the galaxy no one has ever broken out at least not until Riddick shows up first you start out in low security prison and must do some things for the various prisoners in the joint to progress like find a missing item, or kill another inmate that is causing problems for you or another prisoner later in the game you can also do side missions for the prisoners not required to proceed the story.

The graphics in this game are astounding even with Xbox 360 this game still looks good it uses the same mapping technique as Doom 3 and Halo 2 which also have astounding visuals and the controls are perfectly mapped it manages to allow for a lot of actions with overcomplicating the controls due to the stealth Gameplay and impressive graphics this game kind of reminds me of Thief 3 and even though at first glance some might think this is a FPS you actually spend more time sneaking around even though there is a fair share of action parts to.

There is a surprising amount of depth to the game considering that this game is a movie tie-in and the games only location is a prison albeit a big prison but still its amazing how many things you can do. The music works well in the game playing mainly at cues like being in an intense firefight or being discovered by one of the guards. There are also some interesting and funny dialogue that can be overheard and people you can talk to the voice acting is also excellently done with real actors and well known voice actors providing the voice work.

The Bad

Now the bad the games lack of different surroundings can be a very bad thing at times even though most areas of the prison look at lot different the length is average about 20 hours but lack of multiplayer will be a deterrent to some and some parts of the game are a bit too frustrating considering most of the game is pretty easy.

The Bottom Line

Overall the game is a great action adventure title worth a look for Xbox owners but you might want to wait because there is a Xbox 360 version coming out soon new features like improved graphics and new story mode in addition to the old one.