The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Anti-hero of our time

As John Carmack (John Carmack) boasted workability of the new engine, but Gabe Newell (Gabe Newell) has demonstrated the possibility of Havoc on the example gravipushki, modest Swedish guys from Starbreeze working on the game, offered a surprisingly fresh look at familiar gameplay elements. Forgive me fans of id and Valve, but I think The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bayluchshim shooter of 2004.

Picture better than Doom 3, the gameplay is much more diverse than in Half-Life 2. In this amazing cinematic, although the storyline is weakly associated with the canvas of the same movie. Instead beaten formula "see a movie - play the game" the creators chose a different (and I want to add - correct) way, making Butcher Bay prequel films. In the winner turned out to be everything: the creators, fewer restrictions in constructing the plot and gameplay, and players got a chance to read another page biography of Riddick. Tired of ordering the correct characters in between times to save the world, the public readily accepted the murderer and escaped convict, whose actions surprisingly logical and actions forced to exclaim: "I believe!". Short and succinct comments of Riddick only enhance the effect - they just wanted to pilfer quotes, and from baritone Vin Diesel (Vin Diesel) in the body shivers run. Welcome to the world of darkness.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena RISE AND SHINE, RIDDICK
Initially, "The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena» was conceived as an improved re-release of Escape from Butcher Bay, which includes a set of additional missions and multiplayer mode, and had to leave last fall. Then right at the game belonged to Vivendi, but after the merger with Activision publisher to abandon the project, and at the end of 2008, he was bought up by Atari. Replacing the publisher, Starbreeze Studios has enough time to create additional content. Thus, a few scattered episodes turned into a full-fledged sequel - the passage AoDA takes about ten hours. Now it is a remake of Escape from Butcher Bay was a bonus to the new campaign. Rare case when a change of publisher to the development process has achieved a better result.

The original "The Chronicles of Riddick" in Russia does not officially come out, so Akella has released just three versions of the game. The first two include only the storyline campaign with the appropriate name is "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay» and "The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena». Edition of "The Chronicles of Riddick GOLD» contains EfBB, and AoDA, that is similar in content to the original English The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, issued by Atari.

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The plot of the previous game at first glance surprisingly prosaic and tells how Riddick escaped from Butcher Bay - the colony, away alive from a failed anyone yet. Another thing is that this bald anti-hero had to go through all the circles of prison hell. Fights with other inmates, "peekaboo" with the guards, meeting with underground inhabitants of the planet, damaging equipment treasury, killing hundreds of monsters, unknown to science and a walk on fighting the fur - just part of the adventure. Escape from Butcher Bay is constantly peddling the player something new, and therefore are at one breath. Assault on Dark Athenarazvivaet original ideas.

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Later you the chance to smash a bunch of enemies, driving one of the drones.

Getting out of prison, Riddick not become closer to freedom - in deep space, his ship was captured by the spaceship "Dark Athena". Former mercenaries, and now just thugs under the command of Captain Gale Revas seek only for our own benefit, without compunction ruining colonies on remote planets. Worst of all accounts of their inhabitants. All the surviving population was converted into a cyborg: a single operation - and the newly-drone is sent to patrol the decks "Athens", join the army of weak-willed puppet. But Riddick is not afraid: by the time Revas learns about his presence on board, it will be too late.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena About Us
2001 Founded in 1998 by a Swedish game development company O3 Games merged with a smaller Starbreeze Studios, and takes its name.

2003 The PC goes first game combined Starbreeze. Slasher third-person role-playing elements c Enclave gets warm press reviews and the recognition of the players.

In the spring of 2004 out Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade - another slasher from Starbreeze. And in December, appears on the shelves of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Director's Cut.


Compared with Escape from Butcher Bay game became even more focused on stealth (hello Thief and Splinter Cell!), Good enough to ship dark corridors and ventilation shafts, and Riddick well see in the dark. Once you hide in the shadows, as the screen turns a dark blue color, making it clear that at this moment you are difficult to detect. In some places you can slip in unnoticed, in other situations have to eliminate the enemy. Despite the absolute linearity of the plot, often the game offers a variety of reprisals against the enemy: it is allowed to kill by jumping on top of him, deal a fatal blow, he crawls up the back, or else to attack head on (at a high level of complexity is fraught with loading a save). Finally, you can use weapons defeated the droid to shoot the other cyborgs or break the glass, blocking the way forward. Just keep in mind that the limited number of bullets, and automatic implanted into the body of the droid - with a pick it up will not work.

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Get the hand, alpha-drone to kill quite simple. However, the first meeting with him puts into shock. Among other things, you have to walk in the fur of covering the spacecraft.

Do not have time to enjoy the stealth part of the game, as the authors suggest a new recreation - melee fighting with teammates. As in EfBB, accessible only two buttons - attack and block, but this is enough for the eyes. Riddick spectacular breaks enemies noses and hands, demonstrating the excellent work of animators Starbreeze. The game has a good selection of knives, but no competition here, "Ulak" - a hybrid of a knife and brass knuckles in which Riddick furiously shred enemies. But this stage is passed in one breath: here you find a tranquilizer and then an assault rifle, shotgun, machine ...

However, even here the battles do not get the same type: for example, in the room with the generator of gravity and you and the enemy gradually attracted to the center of the room, and shooting constantly diluted with stealth elements. Among other things, you have to ride in an armored fur and shoot crowd of opponents, controlling the drones. Will not be bored.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena IN THE END, EVERYBODY BLEEDS THE SAME
In Assault on Dark Athena appeared online mode, which fans have asked since the release Escape from Butcher Bay. In addition to classical and team deathmatch, capture the flag and the arena (like a team desmatch, but the losing team flies out of the game) in AoDA presented two multiplayer modes.

In Butcher BayRiot involved three teams (security guards, mercenaries and prisoners), according to four people each. To win you want to grab a battery and deliver it to the enemy base. Weapons can be bought for money, which give for killing enemies.

Pitch Black is, in our opinion, the most interesting on-line. The action takes place in absolute darkness, and involved six people: five of them play the role of mercenaries who must kill the sixth, Riddick. Well, for him the game turns into an analog single-player campaign, but now armed opponents managed real people, rather than artificial intelligence. In all other respects as well: lurking in the shadows, Riddick attempts to eliminate opponents, as they have not found it (the enemies have lights) and not shot.

Despite an interesting concept, multiplayer is not popular. Perhaps it into a bug that prevented to join the server (fixed in patch 1.01). Maybe it was just not interested. In the end, the network mode - only supplement to the main dish.


The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Spectacular narrative inserts display excellent camera work.
Riddick is not the only one who got to the "Dark Athena" against their will. Characters who you meet along the way, not only will provide useful information, but also help in the best of my ability. Prisoners, mercenaries, and even the colonists did not cause sympathy (in Riddick's for sure), and they all want the same: to save his life and avenge the team hated "Athens". Motivations and actions of these people do not cause a shadow of doubt, however, one developer made a blunder - having played its part, the characters stand like statues. But it is necessary only to advance further on the subject, friends and sufferers come to life, delighting you with new replicas. Do not lag behind them and the mercenaries, discussing his captain and a future reward for the capture of Riddick, not knowing how he is close. Incidentally, the levels of hidden cards with a description of the perpetrators. Like a pack of cigarettes in the Escape from Butcher Bay, the card in Assault on Dark Athena offer various bonuses: for example, concept art character or team photo with Vin Diesel. This is not the only nod to the console: all in "The Chronicles of Riddick" is achieved. How very simple (pass play to take an episode or drone control), and more zamorochennye (wade through the cargo bay unnoticed or defeat the enemy in a fair fist fight). Such trivia only added to the game charm. It and so want to go again, and the prospect of finding all the cards and carry out to achieve just reinforces their interest. Set out to conquer Assault on Dark Athena at a high level of complexity? Well, good luck - an inhuman accuracy of opponents (in general, not sparkling intellect) and the system saves at checkpoints will not leave you indifferent, but Riddick does not get off some scratches. But we believe that even in this case, he'll be back.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena YOU KEEP WHAT YOU KILL
"The Chronicles of Riddick" - not the first game with a bald hero. His debut was in Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, was issued in 2001. The character appears in a random battle called Pitch Black - the eponymous film came out in 2000.Just like in the movie film, there was a need to fight hordes of monsters in the dark. If a player is able to save from the clutches of death of Riddick, the character becomes available for hire. In Fallout Tactics Riddick is also able to see in the dark, silent movement and is very strong melee. He does not mind to fight with people (which does not experience warm feelings), but prefers to punish the monsters inhabiting the wasteland.

In 2002, Riddick came to the Xbox in Deathrow - simulator fictional sports blitz, which combines elements of hockey, fighting and games with a Frisbee (frisbee - a flying disc). There Riddick was the strongest and most aggressive player in a team of prisoners, but had the lowest ranking team play.

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Mimics the characters much better than the Escape From Butcher Bay. Too light? Not a problem - most of the bulbs can be broken.