The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena (PC)
- Contains the first episode of Riddick games : Escape from Butcher Bay
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- Platform: Windows XP
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a First-person shooter/stealth video game with some basic RPG elements thrown in, developed by Starbreeze Studios and published by Atari. Originally, the game was released with a restrictive DRM that only allowed up to 3 irreversible activations. Now however, Atari has solved the problem (after immense protests by angry customers, mind you) by changing the system to allow for unlimited activations, provided one waits for one month after every third activation.
The game disc not only contains Dark Athena, the 2009 sequel to its 2004 predecessor, Escape from Butcher Bay, but a remake of the latter as well, using the new Athena engine, resulting in improved lighting, distance and motion blur, barely noticeable film grain, anti-aliasing, SSAO, as well as more detailed character models. However, the game tends to crash when Post processing is turned on.
Apart from the above, nothing else has been changed. No gameplay bugs have been ironed out, no new content is added, absolutely nothing. For its time, Escape from Butcher Bay was already a graphically stunning game, easily on par with Doom 3. Five years later, the engine used for Dark Athena is certainly superior, but not by far. So why did they bother to do a remake? Perhaps because they knew from the beginning on that the sequel itself wouldn't be enough to please gamers...Read more ›
Now onto the game itself...
I'm a big fan of the Chronicles of Riddick movies(those of you who are unfamiliar with the series may not get the same enjoyment out of it) and being able to play through some of Riddick's back story as the man himself is great! One of the other great things about this game is that you get a free, updated copy of "Escape from Butcher Bay" making this effectively two games for £6 (at time of purchase) and who can say no to that?
My only complaints are the controls are a little 'clunky' and do take a bit of getting used to and for some reason this game is a resource nightmare. My PC can run Crysis quite happily on full, 1080p graphics and yet this has to be run at 720p with the advanced lighting turned off (even then the frame-rate still struggles to break out of the 30s. Hopefully there will be a patch or fix for this somewhere out there...
Overall, if your a fan of the movies, this is a great game, but if your just looking for an FPS/Sci-fi adventure game then this may not be for you...
my thoughts on the game ...
The first game in this twosome. Escape From Butcher Bay is ace. Exquisite pacing, never a dull moment. The best ten hours you will ever have. The second is a bore, and a chore to play. Not the worst game ever, Just a disappointment.. Fetch mission , after fetch mission .. Then to add a bit of spice, stealth section . Then more fetch missions . No. If i had a choice over again i wouldn't play the, Assault on Dark Athena again ...... Yes there is a online mode , but it's a after thought only and not very good .. If you haven't ever played "Escape From Butcher Bay" then buy the original on PC.. and save your money ..
First, let's go through the con's.
- Dark Athena story line not long enough.
- Doesn't leave some metaphoric breadcrumbs for the player to follow, to keep him on a path.
- Some voice acting is done by total mooks.
- Hard to find information about it. E.g. modding tools, engine name, how-to's etc...
- Brilliant animations.
- very fun and luring gameplay elements.
- brilliant boss battles!
- exhilarating, fast paced action!
- Really good graphics
- A directors mode, for making machinima's, like so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGjfWzI3Ubw
Overall, I'd say 4.5/5. Enjoyed it SO much.
You have to install a drive that helps your system install some unknown files. I wouldn't download them if I didn't know! http://www.tagesprotection.com/main.htm
Any other error, I just plugged in my ethernet cable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought for my son for Christmas two games in one whats not to he loved itPublished 21 months ago by Mr. P. A. Crook
have played this before on pc and ps3, love the game,they could have limited the swearing, but I suppose it is realistic! Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by stanza
The game is ok but dont bother. its not that good because its to slow and you seem to go over thing's more than once..Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Old Gamer
I love the first game of riddicks, so I had to get the next one and the good thing with this game you get the remastered first game as well, so you get 2 games instead of one.Published on 10 Jan. 2012 by Psychotic Devil
Assault on Dark Athena is extremely mediocre and not worth your time (the pacing is terrible and the first half of the game is dull fetch-quests) but the main issue has to do with... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by Dominic
I have just finished playing through Assault on Dark Athena. It is a very high quality game with excellent graphics, absolutely stand-out voice acting, a good story and excellent... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by C. Jackson
DRM aside, the story line for Dark Athena is dull compared with the original Rissick (escape from Butcher's Bay). Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2009 by William Hudson
The game is awesome, it's even better than 'Escape from Buther Bay'!
Since I'm not going to hand my hardcopy to anyone, I don't care about DRM
One star. And the reason? I'm sick of trying to get hold of a copy of this game. Everywhere you look it's out of stock, what's that about? Read morePublished on 23 May 2009 by Mr. L. J. Armstrong