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This is by far the best first person shooter game I have played on the xbox. The graphics are amazing. The sound is very solid with nice voice acting. Collecting all the smokes is fun after beating the game. I played it through twice, once on normal then hard. The game is a little short though but definitely never a dull moment. The enemy AI is very good, making it easy to die if you dont use steath tactics as much as possible. Amazing game!!!
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!