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Gold - Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Atari announces The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is gold, and will be released for Windows and Xbox 360 on April 7 in North America and on April 24 for the rest of the world. Here's a portion of the small-print filled announcement:
Developed by the acclaimed team at Starbreeze Studios in conjunction with Tigon Studios and Universal Pictures, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features a brand new 11 hour chapter in the Riddick saga with six intense online multiplayer game modes including the unique and thrilling Pitch Black mode. In addition to the full Assault on Dark Athena campaign, the disc includes a stunning HD remastering of celebrated title The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

The game is scheduled for launch on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft ($59.99), PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system ($59.99) and Windows PC ($49.99) on April 7th in North America and April 24th worldwide.

In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick, as played by Vin Diesel, using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror. 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.
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41. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 29, 2009, 13:13 KilrathiAce
 
Btw, for those folks that always cry about PC piracy. This game is already out and pirated for xbox360. Thats almost a full month ahead of release date. Enough said. thanks.

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40. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 22, 2009, 04:03  Reactor 
 
No, I mean it the other way around. I didn't like Pitch Black, but loved the sequel. A lot of the reason why was because of how I first saw the movie. I watched on my computer, in Power DVD, with Vivid colour mode on. It really made a huge difference to the atmosphere of the movie.  
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39. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 21, 2009, 14:36 infekt
 
...but loved the movie (strange, I know)...

Not so strange, Pitch Black was an awesome movie. The sequel not so much.
 
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38. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 21, 2009, 10:02  Reactor 
 
I never did play the original, but loved the movie (strange, I know) so I'm interested in this.  
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37. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 21, 2009, 06:24 Optimaximal
 
As for the campaign, how long is it in actual playing? How well does it integrate the new campaign? Will it really stand on its own or will it be a shallow rehash?
The game started as a true sequel (of decent length too, apparently) but they were playing around remodelling the original levels with the updated engine and decided to release those too. Basically, you're getting 'two games for the price of one', although if you have the original game, it's more 'a new game with the remastered prequel as a bonus'.

WRT to the quality - short of any of the usual Atari QA fuck ups - this won't be a 'poor' release. The fact that the original PC release was a proper 'directors cut' and even pioneered the in-situ commentary that Valve so decently stole shows that they know not to make it a quick and dirty port.

Can't say I'm sold on that awful KOTH multiplayer video though.
 
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36. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 21, 2009, 03:17 Surf
 
"Ahhh PC gaming, where you can download the full game, enjoy it, then retrospectively make up excuses why it wasn't worth paying for in the first place. "

Ahhh, PC gaming where people smart enough not to get fucked in the ass by impulse buys, buggy initial releases, broken promises can try a game and see if they really like it. Then, if they do, they can go out and buy it when its all fully patched and working.

Or, you can be like the asshole that posted the quote above and believe that game companies genuinely have your best interest in mind, go buy an Xbox and watch your wallet get drained by micro transactions.

Fucking DUMB ASS!
 
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35. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 21, 2009, 02:26 KilrathiAce
 
Can't wait for this baby.  
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34. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 21, 2009, 01:50 Jerykk
 
This will likely be the only game I buy without playing first. I think I owe to them since I liked the original but never paid for it.  
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33. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 23:28 Ray Marden
 
Aye, a remake that I have frequently seen described as graphics, sounds, and some minor tweaks. Will the gameplay be changed or vastly improved upon? I am not particularly interested in spending $50 for prettier graphics on a game (at least not this one and not at this time.)

As for the campaign, how long is it in actual playing? How well does it integrate the new campaign? Will it really stand on its own or will it be a shallow rehash?

Looking at multiplayer, the single-player game does not immediately stand out in my mind and lending itself to a multi-player environment. Will it play the same? Will it stand up on its own?

As I said in the first post, I will definitely wait for reviews and/or the demo. I just have my reservations about this expansion/update of the original game in place of a true, current sequel or completely new property. People are more than willing to buy the game on day one sight unseen, but I will not be doing that. Not, mind you, that it would take much to get me there if I do hear some good things in conjunction with my opinions of the original game. Alternately, show me a $20-$30 sale and I will pick it up immediately.
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32. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 21:29 zirik
 
I'd buy this game just to play the remastered version of Escape from Butcher Bay, the extra campaign is just icing.

wait... theyre including a remastered version of butcher bay with this one?

EDIT: ah nevermind... it says so on the description. should have read it first. my bad.

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31. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 20:46 Caveman
 
Ray, you really should do some research before posting. The game contains a remake of the first game, a brand new campaign(not just a few levels, but an entire campaign, and to top it off multiplayer.

Also, people who have to type their names after every post are tools. Cut that shit out, it says it in the upper right of everyone of your posts.
 
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30. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 20:32 Ray Marden
 
Meh, I will wait for the demo and/or reviews.

I did really like the original game, but it has some rough edges (which are even more noticeable now.)

For being a full price game, will this be worth it? How many improvements and changes will they be making to the game? Or will there be few and this will just be a prettier version of the original game meaning nothing (barring one new level) will be new or original?

Also, the melee combat worked, but it was not perfect. It is more that so many games have total sh*t melee combat that this fared so well. I watched a few recent movies and it make me wonder how much, if at all, melee had improved, even coming from this developer which previously "got" it.

I just really think this should be a discounted game, at least if it realy is mostly a pretty version of a relatively old game. Maybe if somebody had never played it it might be worth more, but even then, I do not think I could justify a full price purchase given what subsequent games have tried or offered.
It just seems really sad to buy a game I played just for improved graphics.
Thinking I would much, much rather have a sequel or newer game,
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29. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 20:19 infekt
 
I'd buy this game just to play the remastered version of Escape from Butcher Bay, the extra campaign is just icing.

It would be nice if they could release this on Steam though. My original copy came on five or six CDs.
 
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28. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 19:57 Yifes
 
PC Demos = Bit Torrent

Ahhh PC gaming, where you can download the full game, enjoy it, then retrospectively make up excuses why it wasn't worth paying for in the first place.
 
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27. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 19:22 NKD
 
(fpses? what the hell is the plural?)

Since it is an acronym, FPS, you could simply tack on an "s" at the end, since that's what would come at the end of "Shooter". But its probably more correct to simply use FPS for both. Since it could stand for both "First Person Shooter" and "First Person Shooters"
 
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26. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 18:30 StingingVelvet
 
Played the original but ill wait until i see what kind of port job they did. Sad day when 90% of the PC games we get are now console ports.

They're still better than the console versions, and in Riddick's case are great games.
 
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25. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 18:29 Lorcin
 
I loved the original - one of the VERY few fpss (fpses? what the hell is the plural?) I played through twice.

Even though this was originally an expansion I'll happily pick this one up demo or no. Butcher Bay had two huge things which put it above its peers; a plot only one level below Half Life which makes you actually want to see how it plays out and of course the aforementioned melee combat.
 
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24. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 18:22 Cabezone
 
The original was a port it couldn't have been any better for being designed only for the PC.

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23. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 17:41 Bone43
 


If you didn't play the original, you missed a great game. I'll be picking this baby up - site unseen - and so will all of you.

Played the original but ill wait until i see what kind of port job they did. Sad day when 90% of the PC games we get are now console ports.
 
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22. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Gold Mar 20, 2009, 17:36 Techie714 ©
 
If you didn't play the original, you missed a great game. I'll be picking this baby up - site unseen - and so will all of you.

I agree with Cutter on this one!
 
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