Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena | Review

Synopsis: The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is available now on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. Escape From Butcher Bay, which many Xbox and PC gamers are familiar with, was the original Riddick game released by Starbreeze Studios, and is included in this release as a polished high definition revamp while including the gameplay that made the original so successful. Along with the original, for those of us that missed it the first time around, is another chapter to the Riddick Saga, Assault on Dark Athena, where you play as Riddick and have to escape from the Merc-ship, Dark Athena, which is led by Captain Rivas, and she is out for your bounty. The Chronicles of Riddick is a first person shooter with melee combat, which emphasizes on tact and stealth skills. Another feature introduced to the player this time around is a much anticipated multiplayer.

Praise: Because I have not played the original Escape from Butcher Bay, I am not complaining about the sixty dollar price tag whatsoever. The gameplay is extremely fluid and takes some time to learn and get used, but once you do, stealth killing prison guards and drones is a LOT of fun. We have seen voice acting in a lot of current games, but there is a superb cast in The Chronicles of Riddick which brings a strong Hollywood feel to the game that helps engross the player. The multiplayer games were quick to get into, fast paced, and had no lag for me. There were a lot of people online playing so there were full games readily available. I think one of my favorite things about this game is that both Butcher Bay and Dark Athena both had a unique aspect to the gameplay to them, and doesn’t feel like you are playing the same game with just an added chapter to it.

Gripes: The biggest problem a lot of gamers may have is that they are paying sixty dollars for a game that was released 5 years ago. I think a forty dollar price tag would have boosted sales for those that previously played through Butcher Bay. There are a few little glitches that were frustrating at times, but were so miniscule that they were easily forgotten. The difficulty of trying to see your enemies in the dark before you get “eye shine” made getting through the beginning of Butcher Bay taxing.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed playing through Butcher Bay, then going on to Dark Athena, and finishing up with the six different types of multiplayer games to play online. Even though this is a remake of a five year old game, Butcher Bay is very polished in the form of high definition graphics and fast fluid gameplay. Adding a new episode to the game keeps gamers engrossed in the Riddick Saga, and multiplayer gives many fans something that they have been waiting for since the beginning. gives the Dishwasher 8.5 out of 10

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