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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
80
3.1
Macintosh
...
4.4
Xbox 360
81
2.9

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Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 1 4.4
PlayStation 3 6 3.1
Windows 15 4.0
Xbox 360 5 2.9
Combined MobyScore 27 3.6


The Press Says

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95
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Many of the gamers I talk to have never played the original Xbox title Escape from Butcher Bay that anchors this value-packed release. With Dark Athena releasing on all high-powered consoles, there is absolutely no excuse not to play this incredible game.
95
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Many of the gamers I talk to have never played the original Xbox title Escape from Butcher Bay that anchors this value-packed release. With Dark Athena releasing on all high-powered consoles, there is absolutely no excuse not to play this incredible game.
95
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Many of the gamers I talk to have never played the original Xbox title Escape from Butcher Bay that anchors this value-packed release. With Dark Athena releasing on all high-powered consoles, there is absolutely no excuse not to play this incredible game.
90
WindowsGamesVault
Fani Riddicka grę powinni sprawić sobie od zaraz (jeśli jeszcze tego nie zrobili), inni zaś.. cóż, jak dla mnie nie powinni mieć większych zawahań nad zakupem, jeśli tylko lubią klimaty sci-fi, ostrą akcję oraz skradanki. To naprawdę porządny kawał bardzo dobrej gry!
90
PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
But when you step back and consider the entire package, you start to appreciate Dark Athena for what it truly is. Don't think of it as a full-blown sequel because, as Bill the Butcher Cutting said in Gangs of New York, 'that way lies damnation.' Instead, look at Dark Athena as a flawed yet enjoyable way to extend the thrill ride that is Escape from Butcher Bay. And that's not a bad thing at all.
90
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
In the end, AODA is a great package well worth its asking price. Getting two excellent single-player campaigns as well as a sizeable online offering should please fans of the original game and newcomers alike. While there are some minor graphical issues that can be found throughout both games, they thankfully never adversely affect the gameplay. If you happened to miss EFBB the first time around, you shouldn't make this same mistake twice, especially since it now comes with the addition of another full new game and online multiplayer on the same disc.
90
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
In closing the remake they did on the original was absolutely amazing. It was great to not only play this game again, but this time run around in HD to boot. So getting both these games on one disc is great, you have your original and a sequel no need to wait 3 years for part two. The other thing that I didn't talk about is multiplayer, yes they did add it and the Pitch Black mode is nice but to be honest there are better multiplayer games out there. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a very solid game, with some excellent features, and a badass main character. For your hard earned sixty bucks you can't ask for a bigger package, two full games and multiplayer. I just hope that the sales from this game inspires them to complete The Chronicles of Riddick movie trilogy, because after seeing another side of this character in these games you will want to see more of him.
90
PlayStation 3Vandal Online
En definitiva, Las Crónicas de Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena se trata de un sobresaliente juego de acción, una compra más que recomendable para los usuarios que no tuvieron el placer de disfrutar del original, pero también estos encontrarán en el juego una buena excusa para vivir las andanzas de este letal pero carismático asesino. Los nuevos contenidos no llegan al nivel del original, y hay detalles como la inteligencia artificial de los enemigos que podrían haberse pulido más, pero no hay dudas de que éste se trata de unos de los lanzamientos más interesantes del momento, un título que nos mantendrá pegados a las pantallas durante horas y que además, cuenta con unas opciones multijugador más que aceptables que aumentarán considerablemente la duración del mismo.
90
PlayStation 3NZGamer
Players looking for a pure stealth game will be disappointed, but everyone else will find in Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena a healthy mix of action, stealth and heavy weapon gameplay.
90
Xbox 360JustPressPlay
The game as I said before employs a great switch between shooting and stealth options where you can use either or but one will make life easier and in your opponents case death quicker. Your enemies are not easy take downs most of the time so your hope of sitting back with an MG is a rough hope at best most of the time that and it is way more fun to stalk and assassinate your enemies and make them bleed everywhere. The fun thing is to let another soldier see the dead body and watch the panic ensue. I’m kinda perverse eh? Either way the game is solid and a great addition to any FP lover and this is a game that requires you to use strategy as well as tactics in the field and makes you prefer the low profile over the hit and run oh shit there’s someone here that most FP style games contain. Riddick is one of the more fun and open games I have played in a long time and is a worthwhile buy considering your 2 for 1 you’re actually getting.
90
Xbox 360Deeko
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena manages to bring the best of Riddick together. Fans of the original or even new comers will find that Butcher Bay has aged incredibly well, delivering top notch narrative wrapped in some amazing game play. Dark Athena while not as revolutionary or impactful as Butcher Bay was but it still manages to bring the same action packed stealth play of the original with an intriguing story and characters that make a hell of an impression. Looking at both games as a package, Dark Athena is an amazing deal: two solid action games for the price of one. Who wouldn't want to jump on that?
88
WindowsGameZone
With any luck, the developers will learn from the weaker bits of Dark Athena to create a truly incredible third game for the franchise; the potential is certainly there. Although clearly too gruesome for younger audiences, Assault on Dark Athena provides more than enough entertainment for FPS lovers, even if the total package feels a little on the small side.
88
Xbox 360GamePlasma
If you liked Escape from Butcher Bay then you should have no trouble diving right into Assault on Dark Athena. It is merely a continuation of the storyline presented in Butcher Bay and manages to provide excellent stealth segments and action gameplay. Characters are well written even if a few of them aren’t utilized fully. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena would do well for a multiplayer upgrade with Pitch Black getting a bit more polish to it. Other than that, the package as a whole is worth the price at face value if just for that sake that it’s Riddick and that’s all you really need to know.
86
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
With the economy on the ropes and gamers finding it harder to purchase game, you will not find a better deal than Assault on Dark Athena, which gives you two single player campaigns and a multiplayer component for one price. While the Dark Athena campaign struggles with its balancing and fighting mechanics, Butcher Bay is still as great as it ever was and with Pitch Black mode added to the multiplayer, there is sure to be something here for anyone to enjoy.
86
WindowsGamer 2.0
With the economy on the ropes and gamers finding it harder to purchase game, you will not find a better deal than Assault on Dark Athena, which gives you two single player campaigns and a multiplayer component for one price. While the Dark Athena campaign struggles with its balancing and fighting mechanics, Butcher Bay is still as great as it ever was and with Pitch Black mode added to the multiplayer, there is sure to be something here for anyone to enjoy.
86
Xbox 360Console Monster
By no means is Dark Athena a bad game; in fact it's the exact opposite. It's everything I expected from a sequel to Butcher Bay and more. It's just that Butcher Bay just had that little something to make it an fantastic game. Luckily, it's included with Dark Athena as I mentioned earlier and for that alone this game is worth the full price tag.
85
WindowsGood Game
Well really this is 2 games in one. Skills will vary but there’s over 20 hours here. 8.5/10 from me.
85
PlayStation 3Play Magazine
Never mind that Dark Athena doesn’t quite stand up to Butcher Bay. Why should it? As a package, this is an easy sell for someone looking for a moody experience of stealth, action and adventure. Nice to see a game that understands dialogue too.
85
PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Escape from Butcher Bay is still the belle of the ball here; Dark Athena and the multiplayer don’t really even hold a candle to it. While all of the work that went into Dark Athena is appreciated it doesn’t change the fact that the pacing and level design in the original game far outshines that of anything that the expansion really brings to the table. This could be something of a shame but the whole package itself is definitely a worthwhile buy.
85
Xbox 360Game 2.0
Το The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena είναι ένας άξιος διάδοχος του Escape from Butcher Bay. Περιέχει ένα ολοκαίνουριο campaign, το original βελτιωμένο σε όλους τους τομείς, καθώς και multiplayer. Και παρόλο που το multi δεν αποτελεί κάτι το ιδιαίτερο, συνολικά τα τρία αυτά μέρη εκτοξεύουν την αξία του παιχνιδιού σε πολύ υψηλά επίπεδα. Τιμήστε το!
85
Xbox 360games xtreme
If you missed Butcher Bay the first time around or you're a fan of the old game then this 360 outing is tremendous value for money. You get the Escape from Butcher Bay and Dark Athena chapters of Riddick's story, with the Dark Athena chapter weighing in for me at around the 10 or so hour mark. I can imagine both chapters taking a player around 12 hours each to finish if they're looking to play it sneakier than I did and find a lot of the bonus items. You get a solid but essentially lack-lustre multiplayer mode as well, all for the price of just one game.
85
Xbox 360XboxAddict
I forgot how great Butcher Bay really was even though I’ve completed it years ago. Even if you’ve completed it before hand as well, it’s worth experiencing again even if it’s only for the achievements. So get comfortable, turn off the lights, hide in the shadows and experience the best Vin Diesel game made to date as the voice acting will truly surprise you and prove that games can have real acting included.
85
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
If you've not played the first game, then you'll no doubt be well pleased at having two chunks of fresh gaming to satisfy your hunger. For anyone else, the return to nostalgic realms is pleasant, but the over-familiarity of Dark Athena, might leave you burned out. Still, what's here is a very well produced and an exciting game to play which should be picked up immediately if no nonsense stealth is your calling. For action fans, there's enough of that here too, in Dark Athena at least, but with other more tailored experiences available, you might find the gunplay less than agreeable with your tastes at times. Overall Assault on Dark Athena is well recommended for purchase, Riddick is a cool as beans character, and the games he appears in are equally as dark and intriguing.
85
Xbox 360gameZine (UK)
Apart from these quibbles, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a great package. There’s loads of variety and every genre it tries to tackle is done very well. It may get frustrating occasionally, especially in some boss fights where you’re given no clue about how to take them out, but there’s nothing wrong with having a challenging game. And did I mention that it’s two great games in one? I enjoyed almost every minute of it, and frankly in the end I didn’t want to escape. I suspect you won’t either.
83
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Riddick is a fine first person shooter and I'm glad that throughout its troubles (losing Vivendi as a publisher after Activision's buyout), it found itself in the shelves of stores nationwide. There are a number of annoying problems with the game, but they aren't large enough for you to look away and not consider this purchase. With two adventures on one disc, both of which boast superb story telling, great audio, and nice visuals, The Chronicles of Riddick is a worthy purchase. The multiplayer may not be the most in-depth, but hey, at least it's there and there's some fun to be had with it.
82
PlayStation 34Players.de
Wer Escape from Butcher Bay noch nicht sein Eigen nennt, sollte zuschlagen, denn er bekommt nicht nur zwei Spiele zum Preis von einem und einen neuen Mehrspieler-Modus, sondern auch einen echten Klassiker, der selbst heute noch eine Atmosphäre bietet, von der manche moderne Actionspiele nur träumen können. Alle anderen müssen abwägen, ob ihnen der Schwerpunkt auf Action in der neuen Kampagne zusagt, die technisch zwar die Qualität des Erstlings übertrifft, aber inhaltlich nicht erreicht.
82
Xbox 3604Players.de
Wer Escape from Butcher Bay noch nicht sein Eigen nennt, sollte zuschlagen, denn er bekommt nicht nur zwei Spiele zum Preis von einem und einen neuen Mehrspieler-Modus, sondern auch einen echten Klassiker, der selbst heute noch eine Atmosphäre bietet, von der manche moderne Actionspiele nur träumen können. Alle anderen müssen abwägen, ob ihnen der Schwerpunkt auf Action in der neuen Kampagne zusagt, die technisch zwar die Qualität des Erstlings übertrifft, aber inhaltlich nicht erreicht.
82
WindowsFragland.net
Assault on Dark Athena is certainly a strong game but the big surprise we got from its predecessor is absent here. Still we get variation in gameplay and good action which bring an urge to keep playing. The voice-acting remains of equally high level and Vin Diesel puts down a strong performance as Riddick. The game has some downpoints but these never take the upper hand. Definitely one to check out thanks to getting both games for the price of one and for the Playstation fans it's finally their chance to meet Richard B. Riddick!
82
PlayStation 3Fragland.net
Assault on Dark Athena is certainly a strong game but the big surprise we got from its predecessor is absent here. Still we get variation in gameplay and good action which bring an urge to keep playing. The voice-acting remains of equally high level and Vin Diesel puts down a strong performance as Riddick. The game has some downpoints but these never take the upper hand. Definitely one to check out thanks to getting both games for the price of one and for the Playstation fans it's finally their chance to meet Richard B. Riddick!
82
Xbox 360Fragland.net
Assault on Dark Athena is certainly a strong game but the big surprise we got from its predecessor is absent here. Still we get variation in gameplay and good action which bring an urge to keep playing. The voice-acting remains of equally high level and Vin Diesel puts down a strong performance as Riddick. The game has some downpoints but these never take the upper hand. Definitely one to check out thanks to getting both games for the price of one and for the Playstation fans it's finally their chance to meet Richard B. Riddick!
81
Xbox 360411mania.com
Overall, the game provided a good amount of fun in a time where good games are sparse. Including the original game was a stroke of genius. If you were a fan of the original or just a fan of first person shooters in general, give Riddick a try out. Its unique multiplayer modes give a welcome change, and could tide you over until the next big wave of games hits.
80
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
You can't go wrong picking up Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. While you might feel a little shorted on the single-player story for Dark Athena, your mood will soon improve when you realize that you can just boot up Butcher Bay and relive that experience. Getting two games for the price of one is something that you shouldn't pass up. Just steer clear of the multiplayer and it should be an enjoyable experience.
80
MacintoshAppletell
Enough of interest happens throughout the game to compensate for the boring lead character (the interactions with other prisoners can be entertaining). The stealth gameplay may be too slow for some players, but the combat is satisfying enough when it happens to compensate for all that sneaking around. In other words, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena is a well-balanced, surprisingly entertaining game considering its source material.
80
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Assault on Dark Athena är ett närmast gammaldags actionäventyr och känns på flera sätt nästan föråldrat. Vilket jag dock trivs med, även om jag misstänker att många kommer tycka att det är lite för segt. Men Riddick är fortfarande den hårdaste saten jag haft nöjet att styra omkring på min TV och att få hela två äventyr med honom att slå sig igenom gör ändå att det blir en rejäl köprekommendation i slutändan.
80
PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Sweden)
Assault on Dark Athena är ett närmast gammaldags actionäventyr och känns på flera sätt nästan föråldrat. Vilket jag dock trivs med, även om jag misstänker att många kommer tycka att det är lite för segt. Men Riddick är fortfarande den hårdaste saten jag haft nöjet att styra omkring på min TV och att få hela två äventyr med honom att slå sig igenom gör ändå att det blir en rejäl köprekommendation i slutändan.
80
Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Assault on Dark Athena är ett närmast gammaldags actionäventyr och känns på flera sätt nästan föråldrat. Vilket jag dock trivs med, även om jag misstänker att många kommer tycka att det är lite för segt. Men Riddick är fortfarande den hårdaste saten jag haft nöjet att styra omkring på min TV och att få hela två äventyr med honom att slå sig igenom gör ändå att det blir en rejäl köprekommendation i slutändan.
80
Xbox 360Game Captain
Assault on Dark Athena selbst wirkt auf mich eher wie ein Add-On als ein echter Nachfolger. Es ist seinem Vorgänger einfach zu ähnlich und wirkt beim Leveldesign weniger ausgefeilt als Riddicks erstes Knastabenteuer. Zudem kann es von technischer Seite her einfach nicht mehr diesen Wow-Effekt auslösen wie Butcher-Bay damals auf der Xbox: Dark Athena sieht dank verbesserter Engine zwar gut aus, aber eben nicht mehr hervorragend. Das soll aber nicht heißen, dass es ein schlechtes Spiel wäre, denn nach wie vor macht das Schleichen und Ballern mit Riddick Laune. Wenn man dann noch bedenkt, dass der Vorgänger und ein Multiplayermodus mit dabei sind, muss man sagen das hier ein wirklich starkes Paket geschnürt wurde. Beide Spiele bieten jeweils etwa 7-8 Stunden gute Unterhaltung. Wer den Vorgänger noch nicht gespielt hat, sollte spätestens jetzt mit Dark Athena liebäugeln, sofern er etwas fürs Genre übrig hat.
80
Xbox 360Play.tm
It may not offer a vastly different experience to its predecessor in terms of gameplay, but packaging the two games together gives every gamer the chance to enjoy them as one cohesive whole. Even if you enjoyed Butcher Bay five years ago, you'll undoubtedly relish the chance to go back to its filth encrusted walls. But it's those who missed the original game who will get the most out of Assault on Dark Athena, with up to twenty hours of grade-A gaming to be enjoyed. Only Valve's Orange Box trumps it for sheer value and quality. For that reason alone, Assault on Dark Athena is nigh on essential.
80
PlayStation 3Pelaajalehti
Vaikka itse Dark Athena osuus ei olekaan aivan yhtä hyvä, sekin on enemmän kuin pelattava toimintakokemus, joka laajentaa mukavasti alkuperäistä peliä. Kun yhden pelin hinnalla saa yhden erinomaisen ja yhden mukiinmenevän kokemuksen, miten voisin valittaa?
80
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
In the end, it’s a little disappointing that Butcher Bay is the better game included in the package. Dark Athena is by no means bad, but it’s a bit like coming on after Bill Hicks at an open mic; no matter how good your set was, the performance in front of you set the standard. Still, it’s a great deal having both campaigns on one disc, as each one clocks in at a fairly lengthy 12-15 hours. Unfortunately, after finishing both adventures, there’s only one online mode worth playing. Granted, it’s a fantastic experience, but it’s too bad that the rest of the offerings are so bland. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena is a great package that is sure to please fans of unconventional gameplay. It’s just a tad annoying that the star of the show came out four years ago.
80
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Assault on Dark Athena mag zwar nicht die Größe seines Vorgängers erreichen, aber es ist dennoch ein gelungenes Spiel, das mich über zehn Stunden an den Rechner gefesselt hat. Denn sie ist wieder da, diese Mischung aus bösen Buben und Gutmenschen, die Riddick in seinem eiskalten Universum zu einer Besonderheit macht. Blöderweise hat's Vin Diesel mit der coolen Stimme dieses Mal übertrieben. Da ist es fast schon tröstlich, dass er nur wenig von sich gibt und die anderen durchweg brillanten Sprecher deutlich längere Texte haben. Weil's das geniale Escape from Butcher Bay als Zugabe gibt, ist die Riddick-Kombo vor allem für Neueinsteiger rundum empfehlenswert.
80
WindowsClick!
Assault on Dark Athena to produkcja warta polecenia wszystkim miłośnikom krwistej akcji, Riddicka oraz samego Vina Diesla (więcej atrakcji dla fanów talentów tego aktora na str. 48). Gra ma co prawda kilka niedoróbek, lekko postarzała się również jej oprawa graficzna, jednak niesamowity, mroczny klimat i bardzo brutalna rozgrywka – zwłaszcza walki wręcz – zapewnią ci ogromną dawkę adrenaliny. To zabawa tylko dla największych twardzieli!
80
WindowsGood Game
Yeah for me this was one of those where once I was playing, I didn’t wanna stop. Didn’t matter if I got hungry, had to go to the toilet, it’s like, just deal with the pain and keep playing. 8/10 from me.
80
Xbox 360Blend Games
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena has obvious flaws, and it doesn't really try to hide them. That's totally okay, in my book, though, because I had a lot of fun while playing it. In fact, "big, dumb, manly fun" pretty much summarizes AODA. That's not an insult, just a description. So if you don't have the cash to buy the game, at least rent it. You won't regret it.
80
WindowsValhalla
Dark Athena to solidna i dobrze zrealizowana porcja rozrywki. Wraz z ulepszoną wersją Ucieczki z Butcher Bay Dark Athena stanowi świetny duet, z dobrze rozłożonymi proporcjami strzelania i skradania. Mroczny i sugestywny klimat zadowoli każdego fana filmów z Riddickiem, jak i fanów cięższych gatunkowo gier komputerowych. Jeśli jednak jesteś fanem serii Splinter Cell i szukasz skomplikowanej politycznej fabuły i gry półcieni, to raczej nie masz tu czego szukać.
80
PlayStation 3Impulse Gamer
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena is a well made action title. Though on it's own it falls short of the full Riddick experience. Having the Original Escape From Butcher Bay included makes for a nice book end experience. With everything in the package, The Chronicles Of Riddick Assault On Dark Athena is must have for any sci-fi gaming fan.
80
PlayStation 3Eurogamer.pt
Alguns Bosses deixaram-me à beira do desespero de tão difíceis que eram. Por mais que tentasse estes enchiam-me de pancadaria até ficar KO. Mas isso já sou eu a desabafar, pois eram realmente duros como aço.
80
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
When the entire package is examined, however, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is one hell of a deal. On the disc there’s one fantastic game -- presented in shiny high definition graphics -- and another good, if somewhat similar adventure. It has a few faults here and there, but Dark Athena doesn’t disappoint.
80
PlayStation 3GameDaily
Dark Athena's linear gameplay, confusing mission objectives (we spent too much time wandering around) and simple AI (it either shoots or retreats), however, left us unimpressed. Developer Starbreeze attempted to add longevity with a multiplayer mode, but only the Pitch Black match type (one player is Riddick and the rest hunt him down) kept us entertained. Overall, however, both games offer plenty of action and the inclusion of Butcher Bay makes this a potential must buy, depending on how much you love the character.
80
PlayStation 3videogamer.com
With two great games that will take somewhere in the region of 15-20 hours to complete, superb presentation and a sense that you're playing something different to the norm, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena comes highly recommended. If it weren't for a few unfortunate bugs and the odd strange design decision that score below this paragraph might even have been a notch higher.
80
PlayStation 3Gameplanet
If you, like us, look forward to each new video game that has you playing as some variation of the man stallion that is Vin Diesel, then The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, is worth a look, but it feels more like a cheap shine job than a sequel worthy of its predecessor.
80
Xbox 360Giant Bomb
The real attraction in this package is the one-two punch of Butcher Bay and Dark Athena, which combined will take you quite a while to complete and offer plenty of value on their own. This game went through some turmoil when previous publisher Vivendi shed some of its projects after the Activision merger, but I'm glad Atari swooped in to save the day and I'm glad the developer took the initiative to revive Butcher Bay and give it such a thorough spit-shine in the first place. The more people who get to find out what made--and still makes--Riddick special, the better.
80
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena" não inova nada além do que já havia mostrado em 2004, e ainda assim indispensável, principalmente àqueles que não jogaram a versão original. O acréscimo da nova aventura e modo online aumentam a longevidade do título que passará, ao menos uma semana, na bandeja de seu 360.
80
PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena" não inova nada além do que já havia mostrado em 2004, e ainda assim indispensável, principalmente àqueles que não jogaram a versão original. O acréscimo da nova aventura e modo online aumentam a longevidade do título que passará, ao menos uma semana, na bandeja de seu console.
80
Xbox 360Game Couch
The thing that impressed me most about Butcher Bay is the pacing of the game. It plays like a well edited movie, rising to an epic conclusion. In contrast, Dark Athena’s pacing drags the game down. Much of what worked in Butcher Bay has simply been transplanted here, with the setting shifting from a prison colony to a prison ship.
80
Windowsvideogamer.com
With two great games that will take somewhere in the region of 15-20 hours to complete, superb presentation and a sense that you're playing something different to the norm, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena comes highly recommended. If it weren't for a few unfortunate bugs and the odd strange design decision that score below this paragraph might even have been a notch higher.
80
WindowsImpulse Gamer
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena is a well made action title. Though on it's own it falls short of the full Riddick experience. Having the Original Escape From Butcher Bay included makes for a nice book end experience. With everything in the package, The Chronicles Of Riddick Assault On Dark Athena is must have for any sc-fi gaming fan.
80
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena has a lot of content to shuffle through, especially if you’ve never played Escape, so it’s totally worth getting. The dreary and convincing world Starbreeze has crafted is worth experiencing, and the unflinching violence still incites awe. As a history lesson, Escape is important, and as a design lesson, Assault teaches what not to do with a 3-hour game. Oh, and the voice acting. Totally awesome. I am not sorry for bringing this up again. As a sequel, the game stumbles a bit, but when attached with a free version of Escape, the product as a whole is much better. You know, the whole more than the sum of its parts thing.
80
Xbox 360Console Obsession
With two campaigns and a multiplayer mode, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is good value for money. People wanted a multiplayer mode in the original release, well, as late and laggy as it may be, here it is in this re-release. The game was also originally too short, well here’s a new single player campaign to go with the old one. When all comes to all, it’s quite the package then, and one that shines brightly in the darkness.
80
Xbox 360Gameplanet
If you, like us, look forward to each new video game that has you playing as some variation of the man stallion that is Vin Diesel, then The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, is worth a look, but it feels more like a cheap shine job than a sequel worthy of its predecessor.
80
Xbox 360AceGamez
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a great game. It has a few bumps and is a bit rough round the edges in terms of visually uninspiring environments and a ropey multiplayer mode, but its stealthy single player gameplay and combat are both wonderfully well executed. The amazing voice acting, fantastic animation and superb concept for the Drones are all outstanding too, adding up to make the other disappointments easy to bear (but still impossible to ignore altogether). Only those who didn't enjoy the original Escape from Butcher Bay (which is hard to imagine) should steer clear of Dark Athena; if you've never played the original Xbox game or played it and loved it, then this is a real bargain. Providing two high quality single player games for the price of one, with multiplayer chucked in for good measure, this one is well worth a look for shooter and stealth fans alike.
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WindowsUOL Jogos
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena" não inova nada além do que já havia mostrado em 2004, e ainda assim indispensável, principalmente àqueles que não jogaram a versão original. O acréscimo da nova aventura e modo online aumentam a longevidade do título que passará ao menos uma semana em seu gabinete.
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MacintoshGames4Mac
Während der erste Teil ein klares Pflichtabenteuer für alle Actionfans ist, bleibt dem zweiten Teil eine solche Empfehlung versagt. Nicht etwa das mich die dünne Story gestört hätte. Auch nerven mich die gelegentlichen Clippingfehler oder die auf Dauer ermüdende monotone Stimme Vins keineswegs. Vielmehr geht dem Spiel nach einem spannenden Einstieg auf dem Planeten die Luft aus. Denn statt mit neuen Herausforderungen lähmen die Entwickler mit langweiligen Wegen und routiniert und einfallslos ablaufenden Kämpfen. Doch wer sich wie ich an der antiquierten KI nicht stört, wird auch mit Assault on Dark Athena ungefähr 12 Stunden seinen Spaß haben.
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PlayStation 3GameZone
Assault on Dark Athena is a great deal for players, as it gives those PS3 owners who missed out on the phenomenal Escape from Butcher Bay the chance to check it out in HD, with a host of perks. However, based solely on the strength of these perks, it’s a bit harder to recommend for those who played through Riddick’s first console game.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Assault on Dark Athena is een geslaagde remake en uitbreiding met ruige en sterke actie, doch biedt geen verrassingen.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
Even with the inconsistencies between the game modes, it's still hard not to recommend the game as Butcher Bay is so dang good. If you've never played the original game, it's well worth your time to pick it up and while Dark Athena doesn't compare, it's still fun—up to a point. If you played the original, well, it's worth your time too as you'd be surprised how much fun going back to Butcher Bay can be. If all you're interested in is the new content, both single and multiplayer, give this one a rental as unfortunately the new stuff can't hold a candle to the original content.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Escape from Butchers Bay is nog steeds een uitstekende titel, en daarom is het jammer dat het nieuwe Assault on Dark Athena niet niet aan kan tippen. Toch is ook dat een vermakelijk gedeelte, en het totaalpakket is dan ook zeker het aanschaffen waard.
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PlayStation 3InsideGamer
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is een mooi filmisch science fiction-avontuur. Het combineert elementen uit verschillende genres op natuurlijke wijze. De game blinkt echter in geen van deze elementen uit en kent enkele flinke missers. Toch is het geheel meer dan de moeite waard en fans van de films, de originele Xbox-game en/of Vin Diesel worden op hun wenken bediend.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
It’s fun to feel like a ridiculous badass sometimes, and Riddick has it down to a thickheaded science.
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Xbox 360Lawrence
It strays too far from the stealth-and-melee roots of the original, and at times resembles a generic shooter. Athena Bay may be a disappointment, but the new multiplayer modes offer a few thrills. The best is certainly Pitch Black, which features one player as Riddick and the rest as guards with flashlights. You'll have a distinct advantage playing as Riddick thanks to his ability to see in the dark, and it's genuinely scary to play as the guards. It may be nice to go back to Butcher Bay and try out the new multiplayer, but the full package doesn't offer up enough intriguing new material.
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PlayStation 3IGN
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a difficult game to judge. The first half of the game, Escape from Butcher Bay, certain shows its age, but is still an innovative game. The sequel, however, comes off as a poor imitation. It's far more frustrating and seems more shooter than anything else. It's not a terrible game for a sequel, but it's inferior to Butcher Bay. If you played the original back in 2004, then there's little reason to pick this game up. However, if you never played Riddick's first adventure it (and its modest follow-up) are worth checking out.
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WindowsGaming Target
At the end of the day Dark Athena doesn't stand next to the original title. It lacks the innovation, and on top of that, the new campaign missed much of what made Escape from Butcher Bay so grand. The focal point moves away from stealth and tactics and towards an action FPS flavored game. This is only compounded by the inclusion of the title's multiplayer component, something that Vin Diesel demanded be added to the game. Despite what Atari claims, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena certainly feels like a remake, rather than a full blown sequel they proclaim it to be. However, if you missed Escape from Butcher Bay the first time around, then the double whammy of Assault on Dark Athena covers the cost.
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MacintoshMacLife
Though parts of the game are a bit rough around the edges, the fact that the game comes with a revamped version of the terrific Butcher Bay means fans should waste no time picking it up. It’s a killer package that executes gritty stealth-shooter with ease and style.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Ultimately, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a decent overall package that succeeds more due to the remastering of quiet classic Butcher Bay than the somewhat disappointing more recent episode Dark Athena. For those who have yet to experience the game outings of Richard B. Riddick this is an enjoyable package which is definitely worth trying out, but for those who played through Escape from Butcher Bay last generation, it’s hard to recommend the same game yet again, along with its largely forgettable sequel.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is many things: an attractive rerelease of an amazing game, a mildly disappointing sequel, and a forgettable online experience. If you haven't played Butcher Bay, it's a must-play. If you have, be aware of the sequel's abundant shortcomings before making a purchase. Nevertheless, though the new content lets in far too much sunlight, those that crave the darkness will still find plenty of inky crevasses in which to lurk.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
It all adds up to just enough to be a recommended purchase, but one that comes with more caveats than fans will be comfortable with.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is many things: an attractive rerelease of an amazing game, a mildly disappointing sequel, and a forgettable online experience. If you haven't played Butcher Bay, it's a must-play. If you have, be aware of the sequel's abundant shortcomings before making a purchase. Nevertheless, though the new content lets in far too much sunlight, those that crave the darkness will still find plenty of inky crevasses in which to lurk.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.es
Como conjunto, el producto es bastante recomendable. Por un lado tenemos Escape from Butcher Bay, uno de los mejores y más sorprendentes juegos de la anterior generación. Por otro, tenemos un interesante modo multijugador, en el que el modo "Pitch Black" es su principal atractivo. Pero, irónicamente, lo que debía ser el plato fuerte, Dark Athena, es su punto más flojo, con una jugabilidad derivativa que poco tiene que ver con lo novedoso que resultaba su antecesor en 2004. Lo que entonces era arriesgado desaparece para dejar lado a un juego lineal y que no aporta nada a lo visto en los últimos años. Si jugaste a Butcher Bay, quizás debas meditar si realmente merece la pena comprar Riddick: Dark Athena, pero si no lo jugaste es una oportunidad de oro para disfrutar de uno de los mejores juegos de acción en primera persona de esta década.
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PlayStation 3Armchair Empire, The
Despite these flaws, Riddick’s story and setting work well enough that the outdated mechanics can be forgiven for experiencing a mature and intriguing experience that easily eclipses Vin Diesel’s biggest “blockbusters”. For players who missed out on the original Butcher Bay, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in the interstellar jailbreak and the following pirate raid making up its second half. Just don’t drop the soap…you never know who may be lurking in the shadows.
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PlayStation 3Game Positive
In the end, you get a great game and a solid sequel in the same package. There is a lot to be said for that combination, and the multiplayer only adds to the overall value of this two-for-one deal. Escape from Butcher Bay is as good as it ever was, and the improved presentation makes is more approachable in a gaming generation of high definition displays. Assault on Dark Athena is a solid game in its own right, but is definitely not good enough to warrant a purchase on its own. The unique combination of gameplay elements in these two titles has not quite been replicated since, making this collection even more attractive. If you've never played Escape from Butcher Bay, this update is a must buy. However, if you're only after Assault on Dark Athena, a rental might be the smarter choice.
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WindowsGameSpot
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is many things: an attractive rerelease of an amazing game, a mildly disappointing sequel, and a forgettable online experience. If you haven't played Butcher Bay, it's a must-play. If you have, be aware of the sequel's abundant shortcomings before making a purchase. Nevertheless, though the new content lets in far too much sunlight, those that crave the darkness will still find plenty of inky crevasses in which to lurk.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena doesn't know what it's supposed to be. It shifts from being an intense, yet frustrating shooter, to a buggish sneaker. Starbreeze didn't make the most out of this recipe. There's so much wasted potential.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
Giving a game like this a score is difficult. If you haven’t played Butcher Bay before then that will surely be the highlight and the graphical overhaul really disguises the fact that the game is nearly five years old. However, if you’re a fan of the franchise and looking for a true sequel, then it’s ultimately a let down. The AI simply isn’t intelligent enough in order to provide you with challenging stealth sections, and the gunplay just feels extremely generic with no real personality to the weapons. Hopefully if we are treated to a third game in the series then we’ll see these issues ironed out as all the cast, the graphics, the ideas are there its just the fundamental mechanics seem to be a little off in this, our bald assassin's second outing. Shame really, we like being Vin, and we especially like talking to Lance Henriksen.
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Xbox 360GamersGlobal
Es fällt uns nicht leicht, Assault on Dark Athena eine passende Wertung zu geben. Prinzipiell haben wir hier kein schlechtes Spiel, aber besonders im Vergleich zu seinem genialen Vorgänger kann der Titel die hohen Erwartungen zu keiner Zeit erfüllen. Es bietet zu wenig Abwechslung, zu wenig Ideen, zu wenig Liebe fürs Detail. Nachdem man Butcher Bay beendet hatte, gab es dieses schöne Gefühl, etwas erreicht zu haben. Nach Assault on Dark Athena fühlt man ungefähr so viel wie Riddick, wenn er einen weiteren Gegner erledigt: nichts! Das liegt vor allem an dem sehr abrupten, enttäuschenden Ende. Aber auch sonst will man im Spiel zu keinem Zeitpunkt wirklich wissen, was als nächstes passiert oder welches Schicksal die anderen Charaktere erwartet.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Российский локализатор игры, компания «Акелла», сделала финт ушами: помимо обычного релиза, озаглавленного «Хроники Риддика Gold», она продает по отдельности Escape from Butcher Bay и Assault on Dark Athena. Сначала я думал обругать жадных маркетологов, но теперь понимаю, что такое дробление пошло на пользу: вы покупаете римейк лучшего экшена-2004 и забываете про ущербный шестичасовой довесок. Навсегда.

NB. Итоговый балл — среднее арифметическое. Складываем EFBB (85%) и ADA с любопытными, но мертвыми сетевыми режимами (55%), делим пополам…
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PlayStation 31UP
Which brings us to the messy clarification of the score. As a product, this package is recommendable to anyone who hasn't experienced the first game, or wishes to add it back to their current library. It also includes a surprisingly fun multiplayer suite, with the Riddick vs. Everyone Else mode "Pitch Black" as the main attraction. But as single-player games, the unsatisfying Dark Athena should be played as a curiosity and then put back where it belongs: in Butcher Bay's shadow.
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WindowsCheat Happens
For all of its faults, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena can be a decent first person shooter, but following its predecessor, Escape from Butcher Bay is similar to following the Beatles or rolling Stones – you’ve got to do something new and exciting to make your audience forget about what came before. Sadly, Dark Athena tries nothing new and gives us a hackneyed version of a much loved game engine. Hey, at the very least it’s better than Wheelman…
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MacintoshMacworld
I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to get a screwdriver in a game than in Escape from Butcher Bay. In Riddick’s hands, even a simple screwdriver is a lethal weapon that you can use in melee attacks or bloody stealth kills. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the somewhat linear Butcher Bay as you navigate the various gangs, guards, and tunnels of the complex prison. You never achieve that moment where everyone starts panicking because they can’t find you and know you’re stalking them, but I still really enjoyed picking off the foul-mouthed boisterous guards one by one, even if I wanted them to fear me more. The Chronicles of Riddick games aren’t high art and they don’t break new ground, but they do have more refinement than your typical prison shiv. Being bad can be oh so much fun.