|The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
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Expanding on the blockbuster prequel videogame in the Riddick franchise, this expanded version brings back the proven gameplay and adds in a number of new features for next-gen consoles. Starring Vin Diesel as the titular anti-hero Riddick (who has heightened sensory abilities that allow him to see and hear beyond normal human ranges), you must break out of the galaxy's most deadly prison in this compelling 1st person action experience.
Return to the frenetic, edge-of-your-seat universe of the Chronicles of Riddick film series with The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. In the title role played in the films by Vin Diesel, you'll fight your way through an environment filled with malevolence and horror. Take part in both range and melee combat in your attempt to escape the dark fate that awaits you, and don't hesitate to execute stealth kills and counterattacks. Become fully immersed in Riddick's world, which is rendered with cinematic and atmospheric intensity. And for the first time in the Riddick franchise you can participate in a variety of multiplayer and online options that let you share the adrenaline-pumping excitement with friends.
Riddick is back
| Overcome predators|
Multiple forms of combat
|The Story |
In the dark corners of outer space, the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena bides its time, waiting for its prey. But the ship's merciless crew has little idea what they're up against in the rugged and ruthless man known as Riddick. Get ready for a journey into an intense and dangerous science fiction world as you assume the role of this enigmatic antihero, relying on your stealth, speed and strategy to overcome the Dark Athena crew and do your best to cheat death. Key Game Features:
- Go deeper into the compelling science fiction universe depicted in the films The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black
- Assume the role of the enigmatic antihero Riddick, played in the films by Vin Diesel, as you attempt to overcome the crew of the Merc-ship Dark Athena
- Employ multiple forms of combat, including both ranged and melee, complete with counterattacks and stealth kills
- Shoot your way through Riddick's world, depicted with Hollywood-quality cinematic intensity
- Share the horror with friends in new multiplayer and online options, available for the first time in the Riddick franchise
- Experience the excitement of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, now remastered and included as a bonus
The Return of Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a new, action stealth First Person Shooter set in the rich, futuristic, sci-fi world of the Riddick film saga. The game features a rich storyline, intriguing, developed characters, and the voice acting of Vin Diesel. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena follows up the story from the original game title as Riddick must now flee the Dark Athena, following his harrowing escape from the notorious Butcher Bay prison. During the adventure, Richard B. Riddick must escape the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena using stealth and action to overcome its merciless crew and challenge the nefarious Captain Revas.
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. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena brings the hit first person shooter to a new audience and a new generation of consoles released on PLAYSTATION?3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360? and Windows? PC. The action-packed game, a hi–definition re-imagined version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first time, intense online multiplayer combat.
- Brutal hand-to-hand combat & explosive firepower
- Featuring a brand new campaign with Multiplayer (2-8 players) modes
- Stealth Mode abilities included
- Unique `Capture Riddick?
- Complete with remake of the original Butcher Bay title
- Rental, not a purchase
This game limits you to a lifetime maximum of 3 activations.
Wow, it's simply unbelievable how some companies can't learn. Note to all PC game publishers: STOP INCLUDING LIMITED ACTIVATIONS! Changing the DRM scheme from Securom to Tages but still requiring activations still ticks us off just as much!...more info
- Fight back!
Fight back against SecuRom. Invasive and annoying. But the xbox360 or playstation version instead.
Fight back against "renting" games you buy....more info
- You are not buying this, you are renting it
With only 3 installs EVER, you are not buying this game, you are paying a hefty rental fee. If you format your computer and have to reinstall the game, upgrade OS and have to reinstall, whatever the case you only can install the game THREE time.
Thats unacceptable. I want to own this, not be controlled by some big brother. ...more info
- 3 Installs: Piracy wins again.
Buyer beware - only 3 installs TOTAL. So when Windows 7 comes out in a few months, or you want to try RC1, that will take up an install. Atari insits on a case by case basis to "extend" the number but who knows.
This is so troubling. It is already cracked to play by pirates and they are going to hurt people who want to buy and support the game.
AGain, what not adopt a simple Steam or itunes model (steam is per user basis, itunes lets you "uninstall" and activate a new machine).
Having pirated games 10x easier to use is simply crazy. They wonder why we get so upset on the PC side and do they realize how often people add ram, change video card, install Windows 7 beta etc?
What are they thinking when STEAM powered models work SO well and the recent GDC shows EVERYONE is moving that way.
- Excellent Riddick game
I played the original Escape from Butcher Bay and this game is a good follow-up. I'm not usually a fan of games that emphasize sneaking around, but Dark Athena makes it work well. The inclusion of a remastered version of Butcher Bay is a big bonus as well. I'd recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the Chronicles of Riddick series....more info
Atari has taken the step of including a three install limit variety of DRM with AoDA. At this time, this DRM is non-revocable (meaning once your three installs are used up, you have a frisbee until you call Atari requesting more use from the product you have purchased). Worse, the packaging for the game does not in any way describe this system or make mention of it. Don't endorse this type of corporate practice - I have the utmost respect for the developer (Starbreeze), but the publisher (Atari) in this instance has poisoned an excellent product through this assumption that consumers are criminals. ...more info
- Awesome floowup to Escape From Butcher's Bay!
I loved the first game, and my only complaint is that it took so long to make the next installment. The addition of the first game remastered was a very nice touch. I went back and replayed it with the upgraded graphics to see the difference and to get a grasp on what happened 5 years ago! This game is not just for Riddick fans, but for anyone who love's intense action sequences, 1st and 3rd person combined with killer graphics and puzzles to boot!...more info
DRM protection that will only cause buyer pain. Since you don't "own" the game, enjoy the rental.
Very bad decision.
- Crippling DRM
If you want to play this game, please do yourself a favor and purchase it for a console or pirate it. You will be wasting your money on the PC version.
- DRM Blues
I don't need to preach the horrors of DRM, being as so many others before me have already done that. I will say that I will buy a copy of the game for the Xbox (a console I don't even own) because I support the Riddick franchise, but I will not support Atari's decision to use DRM protection. I am being forced to acquire the game for my PC through other means because (like so many others) I don't want to buy a rental game. ...more info
- DRM warning! If you buy this game you will not be able to play it after 3 installs! No way around it at the moment!!
Because of the DRM limiting me to installing the game THAT I PAYED FOR three times (I have reinstalled Windows once in that time, and have now used up my three installs). I honestly cannot believe this. Once again, a company has decided to punish the people who actually pay for their game by NOT ALLOWING THEM TO PLAY IT. I would have thought that if I paid money for a game, that I could decide how many times I wanted to install/uninstall. I hope that anyone reading this DOES NOT BUY it and I can assure you that I will never buy another product from Atari because of this. I will also research games before I buy them to see if they have DRM. ...more info
- Sigh, not this mess again
Okay, I liked the first Riddick title. It was a great game, and I played through it several times and still have the disc so I can play again in the future. I've seen enough gameplay from Dark Athena to know I'd enjoy this game, but man, this limited install business is a deal-killer for me.
Three installs and then call the vendor. Really? I game from 2 machines, desktop and laptop, at a minimum. If I install it on my employers laptop to enjoy while I'm on the road for business, then that's 3 already. Windows 7 is practically around the corner, so there's a 4th and 5th install for home. I'll be rebuilding my desktop, and likely replacing my laptop over the course of this year, so there's a 6th and 7th install already, and we haven't even considering having to reload due to spyware infections or other failures. Seven in the next year to year and a half. Now then, I can gamble and hope that I can get someone at Atari (a company struggling to even exist these days) to deem me worth of some additional installs, but 4+ (could always get a new work laptop, making it 8)? I'm not willing to take that gamble, nor do I feel I should need to. T
his was another canceled pre-order for me. I've had only three of those now: Spore, Alone in the Dark (first in the series I've simply skipped altogether), and now this title.
Gentleman, your DRM is killing you. People are starting to come around to what a small minority have been preaching. You are punishing your legitimate customers chasing those piracy numbers the been counters throw at you. More and more, people are wising up and simply saying "NO".
Potential customers looking to buy this game, consider this. The economy is terrible. When the economy was good, Atari were barely afloat. Do you want to gamble that Atari will still be around to grant you, a paying customer, the ability to enjoy your investment a year from now? Two years? Companies that are cornerstones of our economy are failing. Atari is very nearly renting games for 50 bucks +/-. That's not the kind of customer focus I'm looking for in a company I expect to weather the storm.
I'm sure I'll pick this up once it's a 5-10 dollar title. As I said, it looks like a great game. This is of course assuming Atari is still around to activate my installs by then. After all, it's just a coaster if Atari doesn't say you can play the game you purchased via online activation....more info
- When Atari goes out of business in a year or two (if not sooner) you will be unable to play this game
I played Escape from Butcher Bay on the original Xbox a few years ago. That was a fun game. Unfortunately, Atari (a company that is already in terrible financial shape) has decided to saddle their newest release with a "copy protection" scheme so insane it's amazing they're even allowed to market the game as a product you buy.
I'll break it down quickly: you are limited to installing this game three times, and once you hit that limit, there's no way of resetting the number. It looks like you'll probably have to call up Atari and beg them to reset your install count once you've used it up. And that's if you're lucky.
The simple fact is Atari is treating its paying customers like criminals and you shouldn't cop to them. Besides, someone's going to figure out how to pirate this game anyway... in fact, I'm guessing a lot of people will pirate it even if they could afford to buy it just to send a message to the publisher.
Lastly, Atari have been in a state of financial decline for some time now. They were delisted from NASDAQ a year ago. They could close up shop any day now. Then how will you be able to play this game? The simple answer - you can't.
Not worth the disc it's pressed to....more info
- DRM nightmare
Sadly, this COULD have been a very good game. But apparently, Atari utterly failed to learn the hard lesson EA did about treating paying customers like criminals. I made the mistake of buying this game before reading reviews, or even researching it, simply because the first one was so enjoyable. It is a mistake I will not make again.
The draconian DRM Atari shackled this game with makes it completely worthless, IMO. It is a great, terrible shame that the widely available pirated version is a superior product, because it lacks this DRM garbage; garbage that was supposed to prevent piracy. Of course the game was hacked and put up online for free download within hours of its release anyway. In other words, you can pay fifty of your hard-earned dollars to purchase a crippled, buggy version of the game, or you can go online and get a far better version...for free. The DRM does NOTHING to prevent piracy, but does a fine job of punishing ANYONE WHO DARES PAY FOR IT. Nice work Atari. Guess they haven't been paying attention to current events in the digital world. :/...more info
- Would love to play this game, but can't because of DEAL-BREAKER DRM
3 installs??? If there are any bugs whatsoever in this game (and there probably are since it's a new release, which wouldn't normally be a problem!) or the customer has any hardware issues, the customer could easily go through all 3 installs in less than a week! This is completely unacceptable!
Butcher's Bay was one of my very favorite games of the last few years, and I can't wait to play this next chapter, but I'm not about to purchase a disk that may be completely useless in a matter of days. I feel really sorry for StarBreeze right now, but Atari has just shot everyone in the foot with this DRM plan. This game needs to be released on Steam and other safe digital distribution platforms ASAP (WITH NO INSTALLATION LIMITS!!!), and the disk version users need to be given a revoke tool immediately!
Atari, you know what you have to do - we are waiting on an acceptable resolution....more info
- when will you learn?
wow, didn't anyone learn from Spore? fix your drm and stop assuming your paying customers are going to share this with the whole neighborhood....more info
- Wow, they never learn.
This is going to be short. Was looking forward to buying this game, guess I'll just download it now since I would rather not have a rented copy....more info
- Riddick: AoDA installs but wont run
I'd give this game a fat zero if I could because on my Vista 64 system it installs but won't run. I was pleased to hear this was coming out as I liked the 2004 Riddick game and really bought this for the remix of the old game rather than the new version. But when I try to launch the game, the mouse arrow changes to the loading circle - and then nothing happens (I've tried several different sets of drivers including the latest 185 beta which is supposed to be optimised for this game). This is really a disgrace for Atari; they are dragging a great name through the mud.
I also thoroughly agree with all the complaints about the DRM and the 3 machine install limit, which is *not* stated on the box (at least in Singapore where I live). Either patch this mess quickly so that it a) starts and b) has some less restrictive DRM or I won't buy another Atari game in future....more info
- Exactly what I expected!
This game is fun and the graphics are good, not Crysis good of course, but well into the next generation graphics. Shading, lighting, and texture details are all fantastic. For some reason I cannot activate Anti-Aliasing and the ultimate lighting detail, but I guess the game engine can't push that much detail. I have a 9800 GTX+ Overclocked edition, so I should be able to handle it. The game still looks good with either detail turned on. As for the DRM's, what do you expect when people constantly rip off company through pirating....more info
Unfortunately, DRM restrictions have left this game unplayable. Don't waste your money on it.
P.S. It isn't even any good....more info
- Another Malware installer to skip
Product contains SecuRom.
Basically, when you install the game another program(SecuRom) will be installed with it. Here is a simple list of why this is bad.
1. The SecuRom program may cause problems with your computer(Slow downs, and some have had parts of their computer break)
2. The publisher can use SecuRom to download information about you and your computer
3. You cannot delete SecuRom(very easily) even if you delete the game the SecuRom program still is running on your computer.
4. SecuRom can/may open up security holes on your PC. ...more info
- messed up my computer
I haven't been able to get this game to load once. Furthermore, it has installed some kind of spyware on my computer that constantly tries to access the internet and freezes my whole computer so that i have to reboot!
i contacted the company and they refused to help!...more info
- Say no to DRM
Dark Athena is another game that I was considering purchasing, but after reading about the anti-consumer DRM, 3 activations, no revoke tool, I canceled any plans to own the game. Some publishers just don't learn. Any intelligent business would be able to look at EA's Spore debacle and think 'Hmm, that really hosed sales of their game. Maybe we should try a different approach.' But no, Atari marches on like the lemmings off a cliff....more info
- The end of PC gaming draws nigh
I payed good money for the hassle free "Escape from Butcher Bay" and really enjoyed it. I agree with most of the reviews here. This is the 4th game I've decided not to buy because of the DRM. It's sad that Atari has gotten on the DRM bandwagon. In there greedy attempt to fight piracy they most likely create more of it. I suspect it has alot more to do with preventing PC Gamers from selling there used copies than anything. Let them know how you feel though I doubt it will do any good. Game consoles are taking over the video game world anyway.
- Enough with the DRM!
Well, I had to jump on the bandwagon of anti-DRM, having suffered from many problems in the past with DRM-related issues. It shames me to think that a publisher, even after the EA/Spore fiasco, still tries to hamstring the legitimate owners of a game just to try to stop a percentage of piracy that has proven to not even be effective. As a previous reviewer has mentioned, I'm sure that there are cracks already and that the DRM is already worked around for those intent on trying to own this game without having bought it.
As a consumer who enjoys buying and owning games, I have no choice but to not even consider buying something that clearly doesn't deserve my dollar, especially in an economic climate as dangerous as what we experience in our day and age. Really a shame, too, since I enjoyed the source material and the original game enough to consider buying this product.
Please don't support DRM with your purchasing power....more info