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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (Developer's Cut)

by Vivendi Universal
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews) 90 / 100

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Platform: PC
Edition: Developer's Cut
Developer's Cut
  • Player controlled Riot Guard--get in and attack
  • Two new areas packed with high-action gameplay
  • New enemies including inmates with body armor and other defensive equipment
  • Exclusive “Developer’s Commentary” allow players to hear what the developer of the game has to say
  • Compelling full in game voice-over by Vin Diesel and other critically acclaimed voice talent

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Platform: PC | Edition: Developer's Cut
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002MQG36
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,353 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC | Edition: Developer's Cut

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, includes player controlled Riot Guard, two new areas packed with high-action gameplay, new enemies including inmates with body armor and other defensive equipment, and new melee and ranged weapons in the Riot Guard area. It also includes an exclusive “Developer’s Commentary” allow players to hear what the developer of the game has to say, and game voice-over by Vin Diesel and other critically acclaimed voice talent. It features a hybrid of game-play elements--classic FPS, stealth, strategy, and fighting. Unbelievable cutting-edge technology places you in an ultra-realistic world. Plus, free-form level design lets you explore and escape at your own pace.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could...Not...Stop...Playing! A Masterful FPS! July 24, 2004
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Developer's Cut
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Chronicles of Riddick- Escape From Butcher Bay(2004). Released on the XBox and PC(Since I couldn't find the XBOX one I'm doing the PC review).

In the past few years, the movie 'Pitch Black' has been hailed as a masterpiece from Sci-Fi fans everywhere, so it's no surprised that a sequel was made, starring, once again, Vin Diesel, entitled 'The Chronicles of Riddick'. In sort of a movie marketing scheme, Starbreeze decided to release a video game that would be a prequel to 'Pitch Black', entitled 'Escape From Butcher Bay', which chronicles(pun alert) Riddick's tenure at the Butcher Bay prison facility, and how he eventually escaped. Deciding to release it as a First Person Shooter, like the game 'Halo', I was enclined to pick 'Escape From Butcher Bay' after reading good reviews, and also that my favorite genre is First Person Shooters. So, did 'Escape From Butcher Bay' live up to my expectations, or fail miserably? Read on to find out....

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Graphics- Could they be any better? The dark, gritty atmosphere dominated by bump-mapping and beautiful character designs make this one big piece of eye candy. 5/5

Play Control- The control is top-notch, as moving Riddick around, not to mention shooting, is a breeze, and I never found myself frustrated over the controls, except for the last segment where you piloted a Heavy Guard, but I didn't care because it was so fun! 4.5/5

Challenge- 'Escape From Butcher Bay' is definitely a challenge, at some points making you face multiple guards with only your fists, but at other times you can find yourself breezing through the game. There are very intricate puzzles, and that's what makes 'Escape From Butcher Bay' tough.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! This game is a gem!! January 20, 2005
By Vappour
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Developer's Cut
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I just happened to be looking through Amazon.com, and I came across Escape From Butcher Bay. Thank God I did. This game is a real gem...one of the best action titles I've played all year. It holds its own with Far Cry, HL2 and Doom 3 or anything else for that matter. I've never been much of a Vin Diesel fan and didn't know much about the "Riddick" character, but this game changes everything. It's a perfect combination FPS, action game and RPG which comes off very, very well (I didn't even know this could be done).

The graphics are amazing -- an incredible depiction of stark metal, rock, concrete and dirt in a "max-max" security prison of the future. Some of the scenes look like the sci-fi portion of 3Dmark03 benchmark.

To add to the game's cinematic quality, Escape is the first title I've seen which has absolutely no HUD on screen. You can bring up information like missions, inventory, ammo, weapons, etc., but it disappears after a few seconds. There is no on-screen reticle (just use the weapon's red laser sight -- and a weapon like a minigun doesn't really need a sight). Health just shows up as white squares which quickly disappear.

Escape has great replay value too. Do you go for stealth (with a few snapped necks from behind or drop them with a non-lethal tranq/TAZER gun and stomp their heads after they go down) or do you try shooting it out (like an RPG your strategy requires some thought/choices)? Do you fight your way "up the ladder" (ever harder "cockfights" to the death against other inmates) to acquire the head guard's key card or do you buy some drugs and get busted on purpose? And there's usually more than one way to get from point A to point B.

The AI is pretty good - both for the guards and the other inmates.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a video game should be December 18, 2004
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Developer's Cut
I always thought Vin Deisel was a cheesehead and that games made from movies were mostly crappy and thrown together in 10 days. But THIS GAME IS TOP NOTCH!

I'd say this hands down beats DOOM 3, which is too dark most of the time to enjoy the scenery on my newish video card. With Chronicles, I had time to really notice the real-time lighting and shadows. Whats the point of having the amazing character models in DOOM 3 if you have to shoot everything before you can get a good long look and appreciate the art?

This game has a really cool storyline, it's really amazing to look at, it's not watered down for children, and it's pretty open ended as far as what you can do. You can even drag corpses around to hide them from guards. I really haven't enjoyed a game this much in years. You can tell this game was made by people who love good video games.

If your video card can handle it, and you want to play a game that involves more then just shooting zombies, this is it.

This is what a first person action game should be. As entertaining as a good movie, and as interesting and fun as a well made video game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but too short. May 22, 2005
By SicVic
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Developer's Cut
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
C.O.R: Escape from Butcher Bay is an excellent game. Ironicaly, it is far superior than the movie that it shares a title with. Overall gameplay is excellent, and for a console-PC port it plays less like a console game and more like a PC. The lack of the ubiquitous third-person POV was refreshing, as I half expected the game to play solely from that POV. The smoothed out stealth/combat mix is an interesting and innovative change for someone who is accustomed to Thief-style stealth games, the two are equally balanced in Butcher Bay, and the stealth option becomes more effective once the player gains Riddick's infamous ability to see in the dark. Graphics-wise, this game is good looking, however, if you expect to get the best out of it then you must have an especially high-end machine. Otherwise, you'll have to put up with choppy battle sequences (with two or more enemies) and running the game at a resolution of 800 X 600. Sound is superb, as are the weapon and environment design.

There are no real negative aspects, the voice acting is superb, gameplay innovative and excellent. However, as mentioned prior, "find the key" missions exist in abundance, and this becomes tedious. Also, the action really doesn't pick up until Riddick gains his eyeshine ability, and then the stealth option becomes a no-contest option. The adventure-style inventory system is great, as is the mission objective stats screen. However, the map section is laughably useless, as it shows just a rough outline of the area and no other details, not even a "you are here" note. The assault rifle is worthless in a long range fire-fight, walking up behind an enemy and emptying a clip on them is the only efficient means. Apparently accuracy hasn't improved in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really liked this game had it for xbox when i was ...
really liked this game had it for xbox when i was little and got it for pc worked perfectly my computer kept closing but it was unrelated to this game and still worked smoothly
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Published on January 23, 2008 by Gary S. Widders Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Patch required to play
If you have an n-vidia you're going to need to download the patch to play. The game itself is awesome and if you like the Riddick saga, you need to get this this.
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