does this tattoo make me look fat?
We really wish we didn't have to post this review of the new Riddick game, because that means we have to stop playing it.
This is one addictive shooter. We have two Xbox 360's set up here for reviews, and we keep sneaking the game out and swapping it into whichever one has OUR saved progress on it.
We're all, "Oh, man, you HAVE to play this part!"
"DON'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!"
"Are you done yet? My turn. Dude? Dude! DUDE, my turn."
me so scary
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena consists of a hi–definition re-imagined version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and also adds on an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga.
And, on top of all that new hotness, for the first time, players can take part in intense online multiplayer combat.
In the original (but now HD re-mastered) game, although darkness is your friend because of your stealthy ninja skills, you don't start out with the super eyes that glow, and so it's worth playing just to go through that whole metamorphosis when Riddick becomes godly.
The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures' films The Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick. In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror. via
Or schizophrenic. Dude hears voices.
As Riddick himself notes at the time his vision changes, "I thought it was the pain talking. But then, it always knew its place before..."
That's another great thing about the Dark Athena game, by the way: the voice talent. Vin Diesel again lends his voice to the role of Riddick, and I don't think anyone else could have given that same gritty intensity to the character. It's really pivotal to the game, that dry, ultimately chill tone of utter badass.
In the new Dark Athena chapter, you are once again the prime target for bounty hunters, who want to pick you up and lock you away for good, yada yada yada. When will they ever learn?
The Dark Athena prison is seriously rough, though. It's really a step abobe Butcher Bay in that regard.
You're down in the mines, there's cage fighting, it's typical cut-throat Riddick material.
As in Butcher Bay, you can't use the DNA-coded weapons--but there is a loophole in that prisoners have uncoded stun guns they wrestle from others. Getting one as soon as possible, as well as the iconic prison shiv, is a wise tactical move in the game.
A couple additional hints as you go along the game:
If you've never played the original Butcher Bay campaign:
Remember that not only are you at your best in the dark, sometimes you have to actively bring on the darkness to gain that extra advantage--shoot out lights and even look for light switches to turn them off in some levels.
In what seems counter-intuitive, the guards in the big robotic suits are NOT weakest in the tiny face mask. Think backpack.
For the new chapter, Assault on Dark Athena:
Yes, weapons are frowned upon in the cage fights. But since when have you worried about what people think? And shivs are easily concealed...
Good luck playing Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena. Obviously, the game is highly recommended, and we haven't even tapped into the online play yet.
Now we have to go back to kicking some Dark Athena ass.