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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.