With games like Call of Duty, Resistance, Killzone, and Fallout on the market, Dark Athena simply doesn't have what it takes to keep up with the pack.
Its graphics are subpar compared to all next gen games and its gameplay does little to help it out.
A cheap stealth system tries to hide an awful first person shooter, with boring, single-functional, guns, and unrealistic sound effects. Even shooting a person just doesn't feel right the way it does in other AAA First Person Shooters.
Vin Diesel's monotone one-liners do little for developing Riddick into an actual character.
Unless you're a diehard fan of this series, do yourself a favor and rent another game. I spent a day on this before mailing it back - when I could've been playing something better.
posted by Senator (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL) May 29, 2009
Member since May 2009
This game is nearly identical to its predecessor - so much so that they include the original on the disc. For fans of Riddick, this is a good thing. For fans of games that don't boast 5 year old technology in their graphics and gameplay, this game simply disappoints.
It has some interesting dynamics and some interesting gameplay, as the original did. However, don't expect anything new, and definitely don't expect much of a story.
Starbreeze is a talented bunch, but I'd rather see a sequel to their early '00s fantasy game Enclave than another ho-hum Riddick outing. Unfortunately, they're stuck chasing corporate bucks, which means doing dull Vin Diesel franchises and a Jason Bourne game. What a waste of talent.
The action here is light, no pun intended, with your character having to switch to night-vision frequently for stealth maneuvers. I found this constant switching between day-and-night hard on my eyes. Besides, it has dubious gameplay value. Much more fun to take on opponents from the front, isn't it, than to sneak about like a sissy -- er, a big, bald tough sissy with freaky eyes -- in the dark?
Starbreeze has designed brilliant levels in the past, but many places here look generic and, frankly, rushed. There's not much heart in this effort; it's a contract job and it shows. Most of the enemies are dead ringers for the Star Trek Borg. For that matter, weapons are fairly generic; it doesn't seem to make much difference what you use. Gameplay is often slow, plodding and unexciting. It's quite an accomplishment to make a journey across the outer hull of space cruiser in a mech suit boring.
Surely there was something good here? Three things: Diesel is an unintentional hoot, taking his husky-voiced badazz Riddick wayyyyyy too seriously. We're talking MST3K territory. Seriously, dude, go easy on the 'roids. Second, there's at least one cool idea tucked into all the cliches: during one sequence you have to do a little wall-climbing while enemy spotlights rake you -- it works for all of five minutes. And thirdly, there's some seriously good writing and voice talent spent on the minor characters -- far too good for a mediocre game like this.