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Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Old and new engine in comparison

In Escape from Butcher Bay Richard B. Riddick already escaped from the namesake high-security prison anno 2004. In the new edition of 2009 he repeats his escape with better graphics. PC Games Hardware shows how the graphics has changed within the past five years.
Riddick - Escape from Butcher Bay
 
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Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Engine comparison:
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was released for PC in December 2004 and had phenomenal graphics: Sharp textures with bump maps, soft shadows, an authentic illumination and very realistic characters made Escape from Butchers Bay a delicious and atmospheric treat.

Five years later a graphically tuned version of Escape from Butcher Bay is enclosed in the chronologic successor The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. There are no soft shadows anymore but excessively used post processing in the form of depth of field, motion blur as well as ambient occlusion. Though the heavily flickering textures have more high lights, they are slightly fuzzier but the characters (among others Vin Diesel and Xzibit) present much more details.

The following 720p video demonstrates the visual differences of the old and new engine in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Furthermore we present three comparison screenshots. In our gallery you will find more pictures.





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Author: Marc Sauter (Apr 29, 2009)






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Ar.Pi Re: Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Old and new engine in comparison
Senior Member
10.05.2009 07:14
Quote: (Originally Posted by Unregistered)
It sure looks more "realistic" but I don't really know if that means "it looks better" to me.
FX are not everything - especially not when looking like my glasses are fogged. And is there less blood on the floor and walls...? hmmm... I really don't know...


Yeah I agree. It doesn't "look better" for me either. And I also think it looks less greety and much more shiny.
connos Re: Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Old and new engine in comparison
Senior Member
30.04.2009 14:28
The new engine looks much better. I will buy this game definitely (finished the first one twice) but i hope for steam release.
Yapa Re: Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Old and new engine in comparison
Senior Member
29.04.2009 15:00
It looks more "real" but some parts dont look as "cool".... still unsure if I want to play Butcher Bay again or go straight to athena.

I played Butcher Bay in 2004 but these days dont really have the spare 8 or 10 hours to play it again... still trying to finish damn GTA IV! Its a damn huge game but a lot of fun.

Yapa

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