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Chronicles Of Riddick – Assault On Dark Athena Review

Posted by TurtleGirl On May - 31 - 2009

Chronicles of Riddick Dark Athena introduces itself as a challenging game for me…The game begins with a compelling storyline where you start out as Vin diesels enigmatic character Riddick in which your mission is to use your stealth and action moves to overcome the merciless crew of the Merc ship Dark Athena, which is waiting for you in the silence of deep space. Taking you through a series of battles and events, Riddick will fight for his survival in the horrors of space . The game offers a unique blend of first person action coupled with a combination of melee attacks and counter attacks.

The environment in which it is set in I thought was superbly illustrated through the detailed graphics that this game has to offer, in fact I would go so far as to say that the whole feel of the introduction cut scene felt quite cinematic. A nice touch I felt. There is the option of selecting multiplayer mode and online play too. Another thing that was quite striking and appealing to this particular game is that they’ve included in the bonus material the first game ‘Escape from Butcher’s bay’ for you to also try out. We like it when the gaming companies include previous titles so you can get a feel of how these games run.

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Your character Riddick comes across with rippling biceps and a very husky masculine voice as a man you’re going to like to play. He is overwhelmingly intimidating and manages to pull out some classic one liners. Oozing with testosterone and seemingly like he wanted to take over the world, I embarked on my journey onto the Mech ship. On your mission you encounter a various number of characters who are going to help you, as long as you help them of course. You’re given the task of collecting a selection of tools for each character, who will then in return reward you with another tool to help you on your journey. Now in hindsight I thought this was going to be a relatively easy thing to do. You move around the ship, blast your way past enemies that are obstructing your way and then success, but it didn’t quite pan out like I thought it would. For starters I seemed to spend a great deal of time just looking everywhere for these particular tools, only to find that they were actually being carried around by some of the enemies. So when I tried to run past enemies and ended up in the toilets, I thought I maybe doing something wrong. You have to kill all the enemies to gain access to the tools, where I was just rooting around everywhere expecting them to turn up on the floor.

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As you continue effortlessly around the mech ship you will find the occasional bounty hunter cards that you collect and these allow you to gain access to hidden extras in the game. They are scattered around the ship and your find them in the ventilation shafts and hidden away. I think they are worth getting as it’s always nice to have a little bit extra from a game like this. I managed to collect the right amount of tools and give them to the characters that were being contained in the prisoner cells of the mech ship. You find the right tools and you can help the prisoners escape. When being first introduced to the different characters of this game, I felt an overwhelming desire to fall asleep. I didn’t find them interesting at all and the only person I found vaguely interesting was Riddick himself. Also when you first start talking to the characters you have the option to ask them a variety of questions and for some reason unbeknown to me they all felt like they were talking for ages and I was already getting bored at this point. I guess I just want a game to start up and get on with it, rather than be bogged down with drones and drones of speaking.
The game also provided a selection of weapons that you could use in attack, some of which included a hairpin…I‘m looking puzzled at this point.., a shotgun, tranquilizer gun, Ulaks and a whole host of different weapons to aid you. As you walk through the dark corridors of this creepy ship, you will encounter droids of which can be shot many times or you can just whip out your tranquilizer gun and give them a quick zap with that and then you can finish them off while they are being stunned. I quite liked that as it gave me enough time to find my bearings a bit. This game is quite dark, although Riddick’s eye shine does shed some light on some dark areas. I would go as far as to say it’s probably not one of the easiest games I’ve played as throughout the game I frequently had trouble pulling myself out of various holes and felt the controls were not as responsive as I hoped they would be, until at one point I was just continuously jumping up and down like some crazed woman. I found that increasingly frustrating and at various points just wanted to throw my control pad at the television.

 
Riddick is a good game, although slightly tiresome in some areas of the game play. Many times as I was racing down the corridors I felt like my heart was pounding as I anticipated a nearby enemy which I found exciting and exhilarating at the same time. It get’s the old adrenaline pumping. . Overall the game play is good and the storyline is solid.

Name Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Darl Athena
Format PS3, Xbox360, PC
Release Date 24th April 2009
Age Rating 15 years and over


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