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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PS3)

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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 15 years and over / Release Date: 2009-04-24 / Published by Atari

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      27.12.2009 16:19
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      A great game

      The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a game deserving of much praise: it takes the well-laid conventions of the FPS genre and turns them spectacularly on their head. Most notably, the game is largely based around stealth, and while there is the opportunity to shoot, you'll by and large be dodging bullets and trying to hide from the enemy! You play series protagonist Riddick (played by Vin Diesel in the films, who lent his likeness to the game also), a violent psychopath who is nevertheless quite charming and our prototypical anti-hero. You have to stalk through the levels taking down the bad guys silently, but if you are caught, you can whip out your array of weaponry and try and take them down in traditional run-and-gun style, though often there are just too many enemies. Though the gameplay is very satisfying, what's really impressive just how great the game looks. Vin Diesel once again lends his likeness and his voice to the game, and he clearly cares about how his intellectual property is handled, as is better than can be said of 90% of film-related properties. The game has the same cinematic style as the films, and in many ways this game is actually better than the fairly mediocre Riddick film (although I did love Pitch Black). It is atmospheric and very immersive. The single-player is one of the best I have played in recent years; there is a multiplayer offering but to be honest it's just a perfunctory addition and isn't very fleshed-out. What's more, you also get a graphical update of the first game, Escape from Butcher Bay (which originally came out on the Xbox), so this really is excellent value for money!

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