Butcher Bay, one of those gems that makes you wonder why is just so hard to make good games based around movie franchises. I am hoping that if there is a new Riddick game, it sets the player in a horror situation like in the film Pitch Black. Imagine the contrast of using stealth to mercilessly beating an enemy at one moment, and in the next using stealth to get away of murderous bio raptors.
Technically, The Witcher 2 earned one more vote, but for some reason jg4xchamp's double vote during my Rage review made me laugh. Fortunately, Butcher Bay isn't terribly long, coming in at most like ten hours or so, which will get me to The Witcher 2 sooner since it technically won. Though I didn't see the final Witcher 2 vote until after I started Butcher Bay, so there's also that. Whatever.
Butcher Bay is sick. I remember as a kid I played it on Xbox for like half an hour, maybe an hour at most and thought it was cool. My stupid friend never let me borrow it though. Jackass kid. Here I am now playing it fully for the first time. Let's get one thing straight, coming right out of Rage into Butcher Bay I can say this is how everyone in Rage should have been voiced. Fast, gruff and in your face. Butcher Bay's got that tough guy dialogue down and it works for it. Not every game/movie/show/whatever needs tough guy dialogue. Others take it too far to the point where you're rolling your eyes. Butcher Bay gets it right. The game's production values are insane and hold up really well for a 2004 game. They spruced up the graphics a bit on The Dark Athena version to where it looks noticable better, but you can still tell it's a 2004 release.
While it is mainly a stealth game, the actual gun mechanics are rock solid as well. I really just want to shoot people but I try to conserve ammo and just surprise attack people with a shiv. Gunfights are solid though. They are on par with some of the best gun mechanics. The pacing is spot on. So far it all just feels like an adrenaline ride. The characters, the attitude and the violence all make up a pretty spectacular package. Butcher Bay is a hell of an action game. If you haven't played it, just grab Dark Athena for your PS3/360/PC and go for it. It's DRM-free on GoG so you don't have to worry about any ridiculous programs being installed. If you're feeling nostalgic I guess you can hunt down the original version released for Xbox and PC in 2004. Great game, glad I bought it.
I also bought Final Fantasy VII. Yeah, we can add that to the list of games. I couldn't resist. I installed it immediately and tested it to see if it was working properly and.... yup. Watched the opening movie, played a battle, and than quit. I think it will be an entertaining game. With the exception for FFXIII, it will be my first 3D FF title. So yeah, let's see how this game holds up after the years.
Excellent choices, my man.
Butcher Bay remains one of my most fondly-remembered games (It helped me get through a period of time where I was sick for literally two months). You really can't go wrong with it. It's a great title.
Ah, FFVII. It remains one of my favorite games ever, so I'm interested to see what you say about it.
Butcher Bay is the t!ts man. One of my favorite shooters of all time without a doubt. It's still to this day the only game I've ever played 3 consecutive playthroughs, one immediately after the other.
Dark Athena isn't bad either, doesn't hold up to Butcher Bay but if you're craving some more Riddick after BB, DA should tide you over just fine.
CoR : EfBB is an awesome game. I remember the first time I played the game with my cousin and there was that one scene where Riddick tackles a guard into a pit and while they're falling, Riddick yells, "It ain't the fall that gets to you!" *crash* "It's the sudden stop at the bottom."
We were like : 0___0
FFVII gets off to an entertaining start. The first section of the game in Midgar can easily be likened to that of Cocoon and once you move outside Midgar, the pace kinda dips to a stroll, which is what it was like in Pulse. However, the shift happens sooner in FFVII. Since this is a digital-only game, I can't use "discs" as a reference anymore.
You'll enjoy it alright. I played FFVII about 2 years back and I still enjoyed it. Fun game. Makes some surprising changes from FFVI which end up becoming staple for the series in the 3D era.
Butcher Bay is fun too. I never finished it and stopped playing it for some reason about half-way through. I'll have to keep in mind to pick it up from GOG someday and finish it.
You know you never see Vin Diesel in movies outside of Fast and Furious anymore. Weird.
Anyway, enjoy the game.
Really? I'll have to see if it can hold up then. I'm still in that prison area right now.
I've had this game for awhile now, but haven't played it yet. Currently replaying DMC3 to see how it holds up. Answer: extremely well!
Funny I've been thinking of picking this game up for PC(Dark Athena). Butcher Bay, even though it's relatively short, was still awesome fun I replayed it countless times to find all the Collectibles. I loved the stealth-mechanic in the game and I like how you can potentially a situation guns blazing, or stealth. Hence why I love Deus Ex: HR to death right now :)
Call me nostalgic but I miss the old-school stealth genre (Thief, Splinter Cell 1-3, etc.) I hate how the new Splinter cell looks. I'm ecstatic on the announcement of Thief 4 and Dishonored looks to fill in that void.
Vin diesel before he was super lame>the voice actors in Rage. It's a shame he was only good enough to get us Pitch Black, and picking up Michelle Rodriguez by her butt cheeks.
Seeing your praise for the gun mechanics make me glad you went with the Dark Athena version. They polished the shooting mechanics up greatly in this version, while greatly improving the control layout on the console version (original XBOX version is pretty clunky by todays standards, so it's for the best you didn't get that version after all), but they improved the AI and stuff to make the game a bit more difficult to balance it out. Not sure how the PC port of the original version handled. Talking about Rage and Butcher Bay makes me feel bad for id, Rage suffered since it came out too late, and there was too many games that took away from its impact. Then Butcher Bay was the game that stole Doom 3's thunder, with it's superior corridor level design and better production value, and similar graphics (Doom 3's higher quality texture work didn't matter in the long run). id's really got to get that balance between tech building, and game developing speed down. Anyway don't worry about conserving ammo, you lose your guns a lot so blast away with no worries. Also the first half of Dark Athena is okay, I recommend at least playing that, can quit when you get on the brown planet of browness.