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16 May 2009 3,690 views No Comment

logo-riddick-assault-on-dark-athena-logoSo how can I sum up this game really quickly for you? How about violently fun? Yes, that will do nicely. Even though this game is not as impressive graphically as I am used to, the game and game play more than make up for it.

I would also like to mention that the entire Chronicles of Riddick – Escape from Butcher Bay has been re-mastered and is included on the disc as well. That’s right, two games in one. I have not had a chance to play it yet, but who cares? It’s like getting a game for free!

One more thing I would like to say before I talk about the game is that the menu screens are really cool. Never seen it done like that before, nice and quick but still very animated.

So like I said, this is not going to win any awards for graphics. Seeing as we don’t play games simply for the graphics, we can easily get past that right? Right? With this game we can for sure.

Some other reviews have stated that the controls don’t feel right, or are ‘swimmy’. I have to say that I like the controls very much. It feels more real than most first person games like this. It’s hard to explain. It is not instant when you push forward. It almost feels like you would really move. Like you need half a second to get moving fully. Very fluid, not like a game at all.

Assault on Dark Athena starts off with Riddick’s ship pulled in by the tractor beam of the huge ship Athena. Captain Revas is the primary bitch, I mean antagonist of this 10+ hour campaign. Her ship is full of mercs and drones, which are former humans who are now more like zombie borg with built in remote controls. Yes, you eventually get to pilot some yourself. Let the bodies hit the floor…

So what about the gameplay? Violent and fun with some very liberal language thrown in. Skulking around in the dark using your ‘eye shine’ to sneak up and kill someone is very fun. There are lots of fantastic death animations depending on how you kill someone and with what weapon.

You will find a lot of Drones all around. I won’t spoil too much for you, but they are sort of mindless guards, kind of like the borg. When you kill one, you can pick it up and use it as a shield and can use it’s weapons on other enemies.

The story line will keep you interested, especially if you are a fan of the Riddick universe. Plus, hearing Vin Diesel doing the voice over is awesome. He does a great job play Riddick in this. Actually, all the characters have very good voice actors and you will enjoy almost all the conversations you have. From enemies to other prisoners waiting to be turned into drones, all the voice acting is great.

So what are my final thoughts? Great violent game where you control an awesome character, mixed in with tons of different things to do and great story and voice acting. Yes, that sums it up nicely. I am not sure if I have ever recommended a game on this site before, but I am giving this game a ‘Buy’ rating. Great game, and great value with Escape from Butcher bay thrown in for free.

I will leave you with some screenshots and a trailer to check out.

 

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 156 user reviews.

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