You are Riddick, the most wanted man in the universe. The enigmatic anti-hero of Riddick is famous, of course, from the runaway sleeper hit of 2000--Pitch Black--and its sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick. This game takes place before either of the movies, filling in some of the backstory of Riddick’s dark and dangerous past. Make a dramatic escape from Butcher Bay, the galaxy's deadliest prison, in this intense fusion of first-person shooter, fighter, and stealth adventure.
There is a rule that licensed games based on movies are typically, well, not too good. The Chronicles of Riddick does not simply break this rule, it obliterates the rule and dances on its still-warm ashes. Some even say that this game has greatly exceeded the movies it was based upon. David Twohy (the scriptwriter for both Riddick movies) and Vin Diesel both contributed to the game’s development, assuring a maximum level of consistency with the world shown on the big screen. The level of polish is astonishing throughout the entire game. The stealth/adventure/brawler/RPG gameplay is slick and intuitive, characters are interesting and “alive”, and the combat is fun and visually realistic (which is a nice way of saying “bloody”). So find for yourself it you have what it takes to not only survive in Butcher's Bay and assault the Dark Athena, the most dangerous places in the universe, but also make them bow to your will.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Bad Language, Violence, Online gameplay.
Minimum system requirements: Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows 7®, Processor: Intel Pentium D 805 or AMD Athlon X2 +3800, RAM: 1 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista, Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra or better, Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, Hard Drive Space: 11 GB
Posted on 2012-07-06 09:50:16 byKainKlarden:
Escape from Butcher bay was a surprise hit. It looked great, it played great, it sounded great. It mixed FPS, first person brawler, stealth, adventure and RPG elements in a very fun and thought out way. And it's PC release was, albeit slightly strange in few technical things (the highest shader settings were tied to one generation, and only that generation, of nVidia cards), butread more had several exclusive bonuses, such as Director's Commentary (with floating markers like in Valve games), had great 5.1 surround support a level and, more importantly for PC gaming, had the ability to quicksave.
And for some strange reason, both quicksaving and director's commentary are completely missing from this release. And it's not the only thing, that Dark Athena did wrong. New visuals, for example, looked great, but made several levels look worse because of the new lighting system and darkness being incredibly dark. Health and damage system seems to be slightly rebalanced, making several sections of the original unnecessarily more annoying. And the new section, the Dark Athena, is dissapointingly bad and boring, throwing out pretty much everything that made the original great, instead almost exclusively focusing on action and much less interesting stealth sections.
Still, the original section is amazing and, given the inability to buy the original release anywhere digital, it's the only way to enjoy it now. Especially, since this release is finally DRM-free (and multiplayer, from what i saw and tried, wasn't really that good anyway, btw).
It would've been amazing if the original EFBB could be bundled here as well, though. I would've preffered to play it over this release.
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Posted on 2012-07-06 09:17:54 bycoldfire777:
Not having the stupid TAGES DRM is reason enough for me to get this :D
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Posted on 2012-07-06 09:27:23 byTrueLovecraft:
The grumble of machinery as you round a darkened corner, crouched low and out of sight. Out in the light you spot a piece of meat whistling tunelessly, unaware of your prescence. He thinks his gun makes him invincible. He's dead wrong. Effortlessly you approach from behind. His neck breaks like balsa. You drag his body away into the shadows. Another day in the life of the universe'sread more most dangerous criminal.
I've owned no fewer than four copies of this extraordinary masterpiece of atmosphere and design. From it's original release on the Xbox, to its PC rerelease, its remastering for the 360 and now again for the PC.
Riddick is an extraordinary melding of many gameplay styles; it's a stealth game, a shooter, a social RPG, an open world puzzler. Everything it attempts, it nails sublimely. To boot, its devastatingly bleak atmosphere and sharp narrative (not to mention sense of humour) make it simply one of the greatest adventures ever undertaken in a video game.
This remastered version features a host of visual improvements and a couple of meaningful gameplay tweaks. That, bolstered by GoG's gutting of the awful DRM it came bundled with, make it by and large the premier version to play.
The titular "Assault on Dark Athena" sequalspansion seen here is a far lesser prospect. It passably recycles gameplay elements from its predescessor, occassionally tripping over them, and introduces a few new concepts of its own, stylish, but ultimately lacking. You'll be more impressed by its excellent motion capture and cinematic voice work.
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