You keep what you kill. In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, players find themselves hurled into an incredible Riddick action adventure game that sets moods on fire and gives meaning to a new messenger with acerbic blue eyes and polemic personality. In the latest chapter to the chronicles, players engage various new enemies in environments that are just made with gorgeous visuals, and while some gameplay elements have issues, the journey of Riddick is a largely satisfying and exhilarating one to anyone too eager to wait for the third film.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena places players at the epicenter of an unbalanced but intense storyline as enigmatic protagonist anti-hero. Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is very distinct from the style that Dead Space presented with itself. There is no engineer running around a tension-filled environment where the every clamors and sounds are heard, and there is AI ready to scare the living frights out of you. When you think of Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, think over-the top intense action on a Merc-ship called Dark Athena which is just nestled in the dark reaches of space in all malevolence and horror.
The storyline in Riddick is quite possibly and no doubt a work of the talents behind Starbreeze Studios (The Darkness), and Tigon Studios (Wheelman) combined to create an intense and vivacious experience. You believe the characters, and moreover what is happening in the world. The gamplay matches right in, and most of the time as many Riddick fans will guess, you use your hands and your trusty blade. The game features melee combat with ‘stealth kills’ and counter-attacks that are no doubt impressive and different every time you start the game. To complement this, enemy AI is not always in the same position give or take a few enemies, and this is quite possibly a thankful experience of Riddick that would not play out in the films.
In Riddick, melee is not the only thing you will be engaging with. Long-ranged weapons such as different science fiction guns are available, but most of them are grounded to the genre of sci-fi reality that does not overdo aspects of the future. Expect some guns to be the same at the core and relate to a lot of guns in our time zone. Riddick gun combat for the most part is essentially not needed, but there are sadly a few areas where the design requires a gun to fight off multiple enemies. As most of anyone having seen Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, gun concept gameplay is not that great for a Riddick game. There are not many guns that Riddick uses but the films certainly have guns to them. In a way it seems the design choice for using guns and making this game too first person has been a little undermined to the actual point of Riddick: tough melee and unique melee
Multiplayer modes come as a first after Escape from Butcher Bay back in 2004. There are a variety of modes across even newer maps that involve the darkness of space. There is unfortunately not enough unique variety in the modes. Most of them are similar to what you expect in any multiplayer game nowadays.
There is one great thing about Riddick that makes it worthwhile, putting aside from faults in gunplay and multiplayer from Dark Athena. Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena comes packaged with a remastered version of the first game with Escape from Butcher Bay. The visuals are very comparable to Athena, although Athena is clearly the best one in terms of visuals. The gameplay has not changed, but there has been a significant overhaul in visuals and some HUD aspects.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a tremendous game that unfortunately comes with some design and gameplay structure flaws such as gun combat and mediocre multiplayer. Luckily, players will still experience a hollow but very satisfying deep space adventure before the third film releases, and there are a lot of tie ins to what happens to Riddick well after the second film, which is worth seeing as a kind of precursor to the actual third film which will not pick up after the incident of the second. Cheat death and win battles at events as you fight for your life in a storm of malevolence and horror as Riddick, the Furian that makes this game valuable to buy in the end.