About This File
Throw a tough guy in prison sans backstory and have him kick the asses of sadistic guards, brutal inmates, the occasional alien, and finally the effeminate warden. The developers at Starbreeze know enough to break up the action, parceling out bits of adventuring, stealth, and balls-to-the-wall shooting and punching along the way. And just as the action varies, the tone jerks from funny one moment to brutal the next.
The voice acting features a cast of actors like Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Ron Perlman, and Cole Hauser, and it makes a difference. Clever dialogue is rare enough in gaming, and well-acted clever dialogue is even rarer. It just goes to show how much added value a big publisher like Vivendi Universal brings to the table. Vin Diesel himself plays the part perfectly, and the acting in general is above the regular quality you see in action games.
Riddick is riddled with shifts in tone and action that keep the pace snappy and engaging. It’s even got a completely over-the-top distinct finale that makes it worth playing to the end. It’s only unfortunate the end comes much too quickly, offering little replay value outside of the aforementioned commentary mode. But as a video game it’s certainly better than anything you’d expect from a washed up B-movie license. One can only wish most movie-to-game adaptations could be this good.