I spent more than 15- 20 hours to finish the Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay on Playstation 3. If you have watched the 1999 sci-fi horror movie Pitch Black, then you are familiar with Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel), who is the main character of this game. However, you don’t have to spend your time watching these two movies in order to understand what’s going on in the game. The game has no multiplayer mode. So, you will play only the single player mode.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay is played mostly from a first-person perspective. The game combines excellent shooting, hand-to-hand combat, stealth, and adventure elements with a rich story and high quality graphics and sounds. The events of Butcher Bay are placed years before those of the feature film, Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, and expand the story from the movie. In Escape from Butcher Bay, you play as Riddick and his attempt to escape from Butcher Bay, an Alcatraz-like jail surrounded by a huge desert. It is a highly-secured prison, so you should keep your eyes on, or you will be killed by the guards. No prisoner has ever been known to escape from Butcher Bay.
The plotline of the game is strong, and dialogue is well used. The Butcher Bay blends some of gameplay elements including stealth action, melee combat, gunplay, environmental puzzles, and dialogue-based quest initiation. At first, you will learn how to kill the guards using your bare hands. You will also investigate the histories of other inmates. You will have to fight with melee weapons, explore Butcher Bay, climb the wall, hanging on the rope to sneak past guards, or perform missions given to you by fellow inmates. You can also use knives or clubs to add some extra damage to your blows. You can’t use all guns in this game because each gun is DNA encrypted. If your DNA doesn’t show in the prison database, you’ll get an electric shock that will decrease your health status. The best part is when you sneak behind a guard, silently break his neck and then drag his body in a dark corner. That was cool!!!
For the graphics, I can say that the Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay share similar graphic qualities with Far Cry, Doom 3 or Half-Life 2. Very smooth.
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) of the game’s characters is good. The guards are reacting automatically when they met Riddick and try to capture him. Riddick is a human with an extremely strong, hardy, and fast ability. His shining eyes allow him to see in the dark. You’ll gain this special-vision mode during the course of the game.
The Chronicles of Riddick is actually not a highly anticipated first person shooter but if you like the Riddick series, including Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, and the animated video The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, then you should try this video game. It has a solid gameplay and a good storyline.