gamers (72%) found this review helpful
Many years ago, in the distant time of 2004, a game known as The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay debued on XBox and blew the minds of players everywhere with its dark story, rich characters, amazing graphics, and most of all its astounding mix of genres, including ACTION, STEALTH, RPG, SUR. HORROR and a variety of others. Assault on Dark Athena is no different. Butcher Bay is still an amazing (and perhaps even better) gaming experience, and a treat for both players of the original and newcomers alike. As for Dark Athena, the gameplay remains the same as its predescessor (and that's a good thing). Multiplayer is very un-original and nothing special, seemingly tacked on as a gimmick; all except the fast-paced Pitch Black mode, where 5 soldiers hunt for Riddick in total darkness with nothing but flashlights mounted to their weapons. Riddick (naturally) can see in the dark, hunting his prey with his razor-sharp Ulak blades. A tense and frightening experience for both sides made surprisingly deep with Riddick having no true safe place to hide and the guards helpless without a team-mate to back them. Also, a minor weapon-balancing system makes no single gun supreme (ie the better the gun, the weaker the flashlight). Only 3 maps limit the experience, but no one should go without playing this unique online slaughter. in fact, no one should go without playing through the entire Riddick experience as a whole.
"Worthy of rent or buy, none should pass this game by!"
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
So far I'm half way thru Escape from Butcher's Bay which I've never played. First of all, I'm totally impressed that this game was made in 2004. The gameplay and story is first class. The upgrade in graphics makes this game look like it was made in 2009. I'm totally enjoying this game so far. The truth is, it is better then most new games out now. Surprised that more people are not renting it. Man, they're really missing out. The best part is that when I finish Escape from Butcher's Bay I get to play a sequel on the same disk.
Many of the new games coming out these days are trash but this game rocks. Believe me, rent it and you will also be sucked right into a joyful gaming experience.
I will return and review the sequel. Rent this game people.
gamers (58%) found this review helpful
The thing that will keep you hooked is the story of Dark Athena. Riddick is an awesome character and is portrayed well in this video game. The graphics are awesome and the voiceover is done very well.
With that said you will find yourself annoyed with the gameplay from time to time. First of all, the imbalance of health stations. Sometimes there's a whole lot close together, while sometimes you will be wandering around trying to survivor with one cube of health, frustrated that a health system hasn't appeared in the last twenty or thirty minutes of gameplay.
The weapons are fun, but again, the health system seems imbalanced. While it takes a small spray with an Assault Rifle to kill one drone, it seems sometimes it takes an entire round to kill another drone no different than the first. It works the other way around too. Sometimes you will find yourself amazed about how much health you have lost in a small gun or fist fight.
The shooting system and hand to hand combat needs work if they're going to make another sequel, but overall, this game is worth the rent if you're willing to overlook the few frustrated times you might have.