The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from
So, Chuck "The Daddy" Longer and I saw
Chronicles of Riddick" in theaters last year and really liked
it. At the time, there was a game out that was based on the
Riddick character (played by Vin Diesel), but me being me, I said
"Hell, no!" because unless you just started playing games, you
realize that anyone who makes a game out of a movie ought to be
killed on the spot.
Then I popped in this game a couple of weeks ago. As a
great man once said...
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay" is set in
the months before the first Riddick flick, "Pitch Black." In
the game, Riddick (voiced here by Diesel himself) is initially
brought to the galaxy's worst prison, Butcher Bay, by Johns (Cole
Hauser), the bounty hunter that is trying to sell Riddick to the
highest bidder in "Pitch Black." After spending time in
General Population, Riddick must find a way out of the prison any
way he can, and that's where you come in.
Besides the great sci-fi plotting in this game, Escape from
Butcher Bay's best asset is the stunning look of the game, which
even now is a top-five graphics engine on the Xbox. The
characters all look crisp, slowdown is nearly non-existent, and the
voice work adds a lot of depth to the visuals. Much like
"Grand Theft Auto:
San Andreas", you will really have to push to find a more
profane, more violent game than this; Riddick always seems to find a
way to kill prison guards or other assailants in the most graphic
way possible, which is strange given that the last flick was rated
PG-13 and had almost nothing in the way of foul language or bloody
The game mixes stealth with normal first-person action, but the
big change here is the first-person hand-to-hand combat mode.
Riddick has a block move and a punch combo to work with, but combine
that with some knives, shivs and clubs and things start to get
interesting; for the first time, fighting in a FPS (first person
shooter) feels just right. Plus, Riddick has a few "stealth
attacks" (much like the "Tenchu" ninja games) that are automatic
animations that trigger if you get close to a guard...again, some of
these are just flat-out wrong but make for a fun gameplay
experience. The game knows its limitations, and therefore is
not a very long game since the designers clearly knew more than 15
hours would be too long for what's going on here.
I wish it was slightly longer, but otherwise, this was a solid
game. You can find it on eBay at most places for around $20
Rating: Opening Weekend
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience