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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

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Gameplay 9
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Graphics 9
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Sound 9
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Lifespan 6
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Review

IGN Entertainment
11 March 2010
  • Conclusion: Escape from Butcher Bay is a difficult game to get a grip on because it tears me in two directions. On the one hand, the story is fantastic, presentation is amazing, the gameplay solid, and the visuals are some of the best to date. On the other hand, the game isn’t very difficult, it is extremely short, there are no multiplayer modes, and there is very little replay value.
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Review

VideoGamer.com
3 September 2005
  • Excerpt: Feeling down? Work sucks? No free time? Things could be worse. You could be in a high security prison where guards carry more than batons and pepper spray and where playtime consists of fights to the death with other less than amiable inmates. Even worse, you could be in a movie tie in game. Unfortunately for Vin Diesel, his character Riddick is in such a situation in the game prequel to the movie Pitch Black.
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay – Review

GameCritics.com
12 August 2005
  • Excerpt: I consider myself pretty in-tune to the gaming world, so it was with some surprise that Starbreeze AB's Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay managed to fly completely under my radar until word of mouth hit the internet. Licensed games are notoriously bad, with the notable exception of Rare's Goldeneye in 1997. Usually competence is the most gamers can hope for. But Escape from Butcher Bay is far more than competent—it's innovative and brilliantly executed.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

RewiredMind.com
23 June 2005
  • Excerpt: Butcher Bay, with its dreary facilities and rough clientele, sounds quite like a holiday camp near Grimsby. The vacations here, though, are permanent and far more unpleasant. Even Richard B. Riddick, our sociopathic anti-hero, can’t wait to escape. Despite his complete lack of redeeming qualities, I have to say that I empathise with him. Chronicles is first-person based with the addition of hand-to-hand combat and stealth, all built around a sturdy adventuring skeleton.
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Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (Xbox)

ccgr.org
1 June 2005
  • Excerpt: The 2004 summer movie hit is the basis of a video game, is it a typical movie game bust, or did Starbreeze make a good movie-based game, a rare feat indeed.
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Overall 9
9.1

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The

Into Liquid Sky
24 May 2005
  • Excerpt: With the surprise success of the sci-fi movie Pitch Black , Vin Diesel's antihero, Riddick, quickly became fodder for a film sequel. It's a shame that the movie sequel tried to make Riddick into some lonewolf savior, weakening his violent antihero image. To counteract this dilution of what could have been a prime bit of intellectual property, VU Games and Starbreeze have developed Escape From Butcher Bay , a videogame prequel that puts players in control of Riddick...
  • Pros: Awesome graphics, Solid voice cast, Melee and stealth gameplay is well implemented, Sidequests add to the main game
  • Cons: No multiplayer, Short length
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

swapgame
17 May 2005
  • Excerpt: Experience life behind the eyes of Richard B. Riddick as he sets foot inside Butcher Bay, the toughest prison this side of hell. Set before the events of both Universal Pictures' upcoming summer release The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, and the 2000 cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick, the game tells the story of Riddick's dramatic escape from the previously inescapable triple max security slam Butcher Bay,...
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Overall 9
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Gameplay 9
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Graphics 9
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Sound 9
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

Game Boyz
25 April 2005
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

The Armchair Empire
25 April 2005
  • Conclusion: Starbreeze Studios had a huge hand in the production of the game, Tigon did an incredible job. The second is that the game takes place during another time than the movie itself. Expanding on the character and story of Riddick, the game takes place before the first film of the movie franchise, Pitch Black.
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Overall 10
9.5

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

The Gamers Temple
25 April 2005
  • Excerpt: OK, you’ve got a game based on a movie license, and a movie that is of questionable quality at that. Recipe for disaster, right? Not in this case. You also have a first person shooter that first appeared on a console system – a fact that may cause PC FPS fans to turn up their noses at the game and walk away. Hopefully you don’t make this mistake because you’d be cheating yourself out of a unique and enjoyable game.
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