The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

Butcher Bay has fun gameplay and interesting concepts, but is ruined by pervasive strong language and a lack of morality.
Colonel Link - Staff Reviewer

Content at a glance:

Violence: You attack enemies with firearms (bloodless), screwdrivers and clubs (some blood spatter), and you can break their necks (bloodless but disturbing).

Language: The F word and other harsh profanities are used constantly throughout the game, and you also see them written on walls.

You play as the enigmatic anti-hero Riddick, the most wanted man in the galaxy. The game begins as you are brought to Butcher Bay. You immediately start causing trouble, and each time you get thrown deeper and deeper in to the prison complex. Most of the game is spent trying to escape, hence the title.


Story: Although a very mysterious story is partially started at the beginning, it never evolves, and you never see much of it again. The story is simple: You get thrown into prison, you try to escape from prison.

Violence: Although not overly bloody in nature, it is very much present. When you shoot someone, a little bit of blood splashes on the walls. The melee battles involve screwdrivers, knives, etc. But where the violence really stands out is in the stealth. The easiest way to kill and enemy is to sneak up behind him, and break his neck. You can also break his neck more “silently”, but then he will struggle and convulse, which is quite disturbing.

Language: This is where the game really gets bad. The Language is HORRIBLE! The F-Word is everywhere, and is the third word you hear after starting a new game. Even worse than in audio, you constantly see it written on prison walls (F all blueskins, F-ers corner, etc).

Sexual Content: None.

Spiritual Content: You meet a “preacher”, but he is not portrayed in a good or bad light.

Positive Material: To tell you the truth, none; at least not morally or content-wise .


Gameplay: The game would have been extremely fun if not for the content. The stealth adds a great tactical element, the melee weapons are good, and eyeshine adds a lot (works well when you pop out the lights). The guns aren’t terribly varied though, as you only have one assault rifle and a pistol.

Conclusion: The gameplay is excellent, it’s the content that ruins it. So I can’t honestly recommend it to anyone.

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