The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was the one of last of the great games to be released on Microsoft's previous console, the Xbox. Butcher Bay captured the grit of a fictitious intergalactic prison, threaded it with tense stealth action gameplay, then served it on the finest graphical canvas of its time.

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was graphically marvelous... for its time. Nowadays the average gamer expects better and sharper high-definition quality. To remedy this, the developers of Dark Athena have been hard at work trying to bring Butcher Bay into the current standard of eye-candy. This bodes well for the characters in the game as their highly detailed bodies wont stand out against a previous generation background.

 
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The basic story for Dark Athena launches off where Butcher Bay finished. For newcomers to the Riddick series there is also the option to play through the remade Butcher Bay or lunge straight into Dark Athena. After escaping prison you find your ship has been picked up by a mercenary vessel known as 'Dark Athena' and the mercs on-board have taken a liking to Riddick. Your mission is to take out the hostile crew including their ruthless leader who turns captured humans into mindless 'drones'.

Gameplay for Dark Athena will almost exactly mirror the style of Escape from Butcher Bay with the focus on the same two elements: stealth, and brutality. The shadows are where the player must lurk in order to get the advantage in Dark Athena. Enemy soldiers (Drones) have the upper-hand of superior firepower but you must use cunning and vicious melee take downs to progress through the hordes of baddies; kind of like Rugby League.

Dark Athena will not only feature a vast and fantastic single-player experience but also the first multi-player mode in the Chronicles of Riddick series. Game modes include your standard deathmatch in the form of six prison inmates versus six prison guards, Butcher Bay Riot where teams must steal a power cell and charge up their designated zone to win the game, and the all new 'Pitch Black' which pits a single player as Riddick against six player-controlled soldiers. This game variant will definitely redefine the term “Game of Cat and Mouse”

Chronicles of Riddick Dark Athena is sharpening up quickly and turning over on its good side. The gameplay is original, the graphics are crisper than ever, and the new multiplayer mode adds so much more playtime onto the purchase. Keep an eye out for a review on NZGamer.com soon and also an eye for whatever is lurking in the shadows.


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- Can they rebuild Butcher Bay to a current graphic standard?
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Comments Comments (14)

 
SaVag3_MiNd
Posted by SaVag3_MiNd
On Friday 6 Mar 2009 10:09 AM
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I remember back in the day the only reason I wanted an xbok was so I could play butchers bay but, alas sony ruled our household with an Iron Fist so its pretty cool seeing as its comming to ps3 chw.
 
 
 
Lisa3x3x3
Posted by Lisa3x3x3
On Saturday 7 Mar 2009 12:21 PM
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Excellent! this shud be a gr8 game!
 
 
 
Mach1_9pants
Posted by Mach1_9pants
On Saturday 7 Mar 2009 12:58 PM
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I am so looking forward to this, what an EXCELLENT bonus having a graphically updated original for free! Even if it is not perfect free is FREE!!!!
 
 
 
Posted by twisterjamz
On Saturday 7 Mar 2009 5:42 PM
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the graphics look cool but don't know if the actual game will be any good
 
 
 
Posted by shadowbandit
On Sunday 8 Mar 2009 5:28 PM
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grr... R18 FTL!
 
 
 
PotatoLegs
Posted by PotatoLegs
On Monday 9 Mar 2009 1:30 PM
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heck i didn't even know the previous game was meant to be any good
 
 
 
Posted by The Host of Chaos
On Monday 9 Mar 2009 8:11 PM
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I remember reading over and over how good the original was but there was never anything on Xbox that warranted shelling out for that console. This time around I might get to play the game. Can't be as bad as the second movie can it?
 
 
 
Nefarious
Posted by Nefarious
On Friday 27 Mar 2009 4:59 PM
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vin diesels the man
 
 
 
swordoflight
Posted by swordoflight
On Thursday 9 Apr 2009 1:02 AM
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Great a game worth playing!welcome!
 
 
 
Barnicals
Posted by Barnicals
On Sunday 12 Apr 2009 5:24 PM
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So getting this...
 
 
 
dman
Posted by dman
On Wednesday 22 Apr 2009 7:06 PM
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man ridd*ck is awesome i so wanted butcher bay - another descent game of a movie
 
 
 
dman
Posted by dman
On Friday 24 Apr 2009 2:42 PM
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hey they blanked out Ridd*ck
 
 
 
Posted by Munkah
On Sunday 26 Apr 2009 12:29 PM
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8 March 2009, 05:28 PM Reply to shadowbandit
grr... R18 FTL!
It's rated MA 15+ according to my press issue.
 
 
 
axis
Posted by axis
On Tuesday 8 Sep 2009 8:02 PM
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Looks like a great game