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  • Summary: The most wanted man in the universe comes to your neighborhood in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Set before the events of two movies, The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black, the game tells the story of Riddick's escape from the previously inescapable maximum securityThe most wanted man in the universe comes to your neighborhood in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Set before the events of two movies, The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black, the game tells the story of Riddick's escape from the previously inescapable maximum security prison Butcher Bay, which is home to the most violent prisoners in the galaxy. Battle your enemies in first-person or third-person views using shooting, stealth, or hand-to-hand combat. With Riddick's eye-shine, you can easily see through the dark to take out your foes. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 84
  2. Negative: 0 out of 84
  1. 100
    Enormously high production value adds to the pleasure of playing this game. It's no exaggeration to say that these graphics are the best you've ever seen in a console game...A masterpiece.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine
    95
    This cracking game also proves the Xbox truly is the only console capable of running games with this level of immersion...Riddick should be waved in the face of every PS2 fanboy with a taunting "nyah, nyah." [Aug 2004, p.72]
  3. 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.
  4. Often masterful, rarely boring, and beautifully presented - from the minimalist HUD and maximalist visuals to the reactive Gregson-Williams-inspired scoring and conversational feel of the dialogue. It is a critical darling because it dares to keep changing and still manages to maintain a high standard in spite of this. It satisfies our lust for variation and our lust for technical excellence.
  5. The average length of the game showcases the only real drawback to the game: its lack of substantial replay value. However, the open-ended structure, combined with the fact that every minute of the game is a satisfying experience, warrants at least a second time through.
  6. Each non-playable character was highly unique in their appearance, voice, accent and behaviour which helps to get across the notion that the prison is truly teeming with life, individual personalities, groups of friends, rivals and enemies.
  7. Unlike many other games, there is little satisfaction in the subtle degrees between the player's success and failure, only the obstacles in the way of the next point in the plot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
  1. Jun 1, 2013
    10
    Been a Riddick fan since the film Pitch Black and this game doesn't disappoint at all! Great stealth mechanics, good story, and an awesomeBeen a Riddick fan since the film Pitch Black and this game doesn't disappoint at all! Great stealth mechanics, good story, and an awesome prequel to the Riddick franchise! Expand
  2. LeighM.
    Jun 15, 2004
    10
    Awesome Shooter. Very Well Made. A must Play!!!
  3. Nick
    Aug 8, 2006
    10
    Amazing, definatly one of the best games evermade, this game, made in mid 2004, has enough graphics capability to be on the xbox 360, i am Amazing, definatly one of the best games evermade, this game, made in mid 2004, has enough graphics capability to be on the xbox 360, i am amazed, it is up there with halo and oblivian, and the weapons are sooo fun. Expand
  4. TimB.
    Jun 6, 2004
    9
    I just bought this game and previously played the demo. The frame-rate problem seems to have been fixed and the choppy animations smoothed I just bought this game and previously played the demo. The frame-rate problem seems to have been fixed and the choppy animations smoothed out. I personally prefer a stealth game to be in 3rd person, but despite this, the game seems to conpensate with new ideas in 1st person control. The only real problem I have with the 1st person perspective is jumping and grasping, which is more difficult when you can't see the character you control. I would also like to address the fact that no one seems to be conserned with the bias of those who have judged this game as bad. A rating of 1, Ken E.? Whatever concerns you may have with frame-rate or awkward animations, very few games deserve a rating of 1. Expand
  5. NickT
    May 16, 2005
    9
    If this game had been a few hours longer and the different abilities had been put to a bit of more use, CoR could have been the GotY for If this game had been a few hours longer and the different abilities had been put to a bit of more use, CoR could have been the GotY for XBOX. This game, with its amazing graphics and easily accessible controls sets THE precedent for games based off of movie licenses. Considering that it can be bought for lower $20, it can't be missed. Play it and enjoy it. Expand
  6. JMAN51
    Jul 8, 2004
    9
    Awesome game, its short but its enjoyable several times through like Halo's campaign.
  7. KenE.
    May 25, 2004
    1
    Judging by the demo which I'm sure won't change a bit before release uh...Stiff Control + Jerky/Awkward Animations + Inconsistent Judging by the demo which I'm sure won't change a bit before release uh...Stiff Control + Jerky/Awkward Animations + Inconsistent framerate due to a graphics engine being used that is too much for the xbox to handle = Big pile of poop!!! Thanks but I'd rather play Nightcaster 2....yeah right this game will make the wait for Halo 2 more bearable. Chronicles will get the sleeper hit of the year award Expand

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#7 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#25 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004