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The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena (includes Escape From Butcher Bay)

Released on 24 April 2009

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena brings the hit first-person shooter to a new generation of consoles. The action-packed game, a hi-definition re-imagined version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Assault on Dark Athena features an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first time, intense online multiplayer combat.

The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures' films The Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick. In Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror.

'The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay' has been re-mastered and will be included along with The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Multiple forms of combat: Unique blend of first-person range and melee combat with stealth kills and counter-attacks.

    Atmospheric and cinematic first person shooter: Great story telling in Sci-Fi environments handled with AAA Hollywood treatment for an immersive journey through Vin Diesel's blockbuster universe.

      Multiplayer modes: Variety of fast-paced multiplayer and online options available for the first time in the Riddick franchise.

      customer Reviews

       Average rating (29 reviews)

       Trial and error

      | | See all bosseye's reviews (62)

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      The trouble with revisiting and re-releasing old games is that despite the visual facelift they receive, essentially the core mechanic of the game remains the same, which can often remove the rose tinted specs therefore exposing certain elements which have become dated or irritating. Its been 5 years since Butcher Bay was first released and there are elements that haven't dated particularly well which drag the whole experience down slightly.

      Visually, its looking awesome, as you perhaps might expect. Textures are noticeably better, lighting is more dynamic and interesting, sky boxes are more detailed etc etc - but its a sexy skin draped over fairly old level design, so although looking lovely you're stalking fairly simple corridors and non interactive areas which often offer little to relieve the linearity. Not a huge problem in 2004, but we all expect a little more from our games these days.

      Too often, although Starbreeze would apparently really like you to employ stealth, theres simply no way to carry it through, resulting in a corridor trawl based entirely on trial and error. An inability to find or use dropped weapons means that stealth is the ultimate goal, but often you don't have the tools to accomplish this, a fact compounded by the simplicity of the level layouts - the corridors are pretty but not hugely functional, with often not nearly enough in the way of alternate stealthy routes, or hiding places. Numerous times you'll have no choice but to walk boldly down a corridor taking on gun toting enemies with nothing but your fists. Being forced into confrontation feels completely at odds with how you feel you ought to be playing the game and it happens far too often. Rather than rely on the environment, eg the audio clues, the visual clues etc to assess and neutralize the threat, generally its down to trial and error, die and reload, to scout many areas and find the best way through. Why for instance have the ability to turn off/shoot out lights to create the darkness you require to progress in a stealthy fashion, when this is entirely negated by the fact that the guards simply turn on their torches and compounded by the fact that the simplisitc level design has you in a corridor devoid of nooks or crannies for you to hide in leaving you no option to avoid detection, forcing you into a firefight. In the dark.

      Essentially you don't have enough ways to make the Stealth approach work, yet you're often forced to try by an inability to make the shooting work.

      In many places everything descends into a straightforward shooter, which although nicely kinetic simplifies things even more until you're just rushing from A-B pausing to admire the lighting. Occasionally you'll hit further trial and error design where stealth would appear to be the way forward, but often its a simple case of blasting your way through - its not until the stealth route has failed a few times that you resort to the brainless shooting that generally works.

      The result is a game which often isn't half as clever as my pink spectacles would have me remember and often feels like two unreconciled halves which sit unhappily alongside each other.

      Its not all bad news though. When it does work, its fairly compelling - when the envinronments expand slightly to give you the element of choice, and the design is such that there is a wealth of hiding places to scuttle between as you snap necks, its happily engrossing stuff, giving you that 'bad ass' emotional connection that playing as Riddick should engender. Its just a shame that its not clever enough to make stealth work, and too simple and not adequately designed to make shooting a satisfying alternative.

       2 games

      | | See all kickass112's reviews (3)

      This is actually two seperate games of the riddick saga, The first one was on the original xbox and it is an amazing movie tie in(The only one) and the other one is a whole new campaign which sounds awesome. Escape from butcher bay is most well put together game on the original xbox buy it you wont be dissapointed

       Love it or hate...I love it!

      | | See all CrippledHooba's reviews (18)

      This game definitely has the marmite syndrome, of you either love it or you hate it. I loved every minute of this game, from the amazing story to the great gameplay. This also has the best voice acting I've ever heard in a video game. Just an amazing franchise has been created here.

       INCREDIBLE

      | | See all fernandomag's reviews (1)

      This game is the best game to which i could have played you eat.... It is the best game give 360 combine caution with trepidant action(share), the perfect music, graphs and lighting, incredible, so many butcher bay like dark arena they are the better(best) thing of the better(best) thing, if you like the shooters this one is " the best game " five stars!!!!! If you do not buy it, you were sorry about it (i sit my english, it is bad)

      Now in spanish: Jjjaja

      Este juego es el mejor juego al que he podido jugar jamas.... Es el mejor juego de 360 combina cautela con trepidante acción, la música perfecta, gráficos e iluminación, increibles, tanto butcher bay como dark arena son lo mejor de lo mejor, si te gustan los shooters este es "el mejor juego" cinco estrellas!!!!! Si no lo compras, lo lamentaras

       Outstanding Single Player experience.

      | | See all KTroopA's reviews (2)

      Not since Half-Life on the PC have i played a shooter that feels so well designed and cinematic. The combination of Action and stealth is spot, on. Cant get thru a section - shoot the lights! The music and graphics are excellent for what is a remastered xbox game. Truly a superb game from start to finish. The closing levels especially ramp up in true hollywood action style ala MGS. buy and you will not regret.

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      Rating15+ (BBFC)