For all of you who didn't like the movie, don't worry, it doesn't have that much to do with the game. The game's graphics are very good, especially the cutscenes. But then again you are only in a prison for the entire game, so the graphics better be good for that limited space. The story is decent. Gameplay is pretty good. If you're expecting an action-packed non stop shooter experience look elsewhere. Throughout a lot of the game you will not have a gun and when you do there's not a lot of different styles. One interesting twist is when you get your "shiny eyes", which allow you to switch to a night vision when things get too dark. The voice acting was solid and each character had there own different look and personality. Overall this is a good game. I give it a 7, out of 10.
posted by Seenuram (HENDERSONVILLE, TN) Dec 19, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
I was stunned that this game wasn't written by David Twohy, who wrote and directed both Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick (and got story credit for the Dark Fury anime) because it fits so seamlessly into the world he and Vin created. I could tell you how unique it is to play- part shooter, part stealth, with a few rpg character elements- but its the story that kept me going. I just wanted to know what was going to happen next, and I was never let down. It defied my expectations and gave me twists, turns, atmosphere, action, and most of all- characters. The way KOTOR perfectly captured the essential spirit of Star Wars and managed to tell a truly great stand-alone adventure story, Butcher Bay absolutely nails the world of Riddick and manages to stand on its own. Vin Diesel did a great job, but having Cole Hauser playing "Johns" again really made the story gel with Pitch Black in the best possible way. It would've been easy to skip over him (and not even address the larger world of Chronicles) but the game totally sets up both films without giving anything away or assuming you're familiar with what's to come. In fact, I'd bet that if you'd never seen the movies and started out with this game, it would just wet your appetite for more and flow like the perfect prologue to the stories that follow. In a market saturated by "neat ideas" but kind of by-the-numbers story-telling (i.e. "you killed my relative and/or world, now I'm out to get revenge and fulfill the prophecy blah, blah, blah), its nice to see something that really works on its own and delivers both the story and the playability in such a perfect way. I'd love to see another stand-alone adventure set between Dark Fury and Chronicles. Can't wait for the next feature film. I'm betting Riddick's going to take a trip down south to find a girl. To the Underverse- and beyond!