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The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena (PC)

Platform : Windows XP
2.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • 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 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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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B001LNNJFS
  • Release Date: 24 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,757 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Platform for Display: PC
We all know and love Riddick - the tough hero with those shiny eyes and that amazingly raspy voice. Ever since Pitch Black, the Riddick franchise has gained a large fan base - apparently, enough to spawn a series of games as well. But can the games hold up to the movies?

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...
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First things first - because this game is getting a little old now, those of you using windows 7 64-bit may encounter a few issues getting the game up and running. The game uses a piece of software called "Tages" to try and prevent piracy, however the version of this software supplied with the game doesn't work so well with windows 7. This is thankfully easily fixable, simply download the latest drivers from Tages and you'll be up and running in no time!

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...
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If I ignore the DRM issue witch I hate.
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 ..
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Apart from having a few technical issues with the instalment (Will get to some fixes later) and a few improvements here and there, this game is absolutely brilliant.

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...

Pro's

- 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.

Installation issues:
Error(13:6)
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.
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