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The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena
April 11, 2010 | Ted Bade

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Making New Friends In Butcher Bay
Atari will soon be releasing the MacOS X version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, ported to the Macintosh platform by Virtual Programming. The package will contain two games from this series: Escape from Butcher Bay and Assault on Dark Athena. These games have both been previously released for game console platforms and Windows. If you like first person shooters, you might want to keep an eye on this game.

The games are based on Riddick, the main character from the Science Fiction movies Pitch Black (released in 2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (released in 2004), portrayed by actor Vin Diesel. In truth, the games are really more based on the character than on the movies. In the game, you control an very Riddick looking avatar and help him fight and sneak his way from one prison to another. In case you aren't familiar with this character, he has the ability to see in very dark places and has an uncanny ability to hide in the shadows. The games showcase Riddick's abilities, and players will find themselves making regular use of these skills.

In the game: "Escape from Butcher Bay," a bounty hunter brings Riddick to a prison colony planet called Butcher's Bay. This prison is considered to be inescapable. All weapons are intelligent and will not work for anyone who is not designated, not to mention the fact that even if someone got out of the prison complex, where would they go? (The entire planet is the prison). While this might seem insurmountable to some, it is almost a walk in the park for Riddick. The game guides the player through a series of tasks, some part of the main theme and others just for fun. As Riddick learns about the prison world he uncovers a dark secret he can exploit and eventually finds a way to escape.

The second game is called: "Assault on Dark Athena." Here poor Riddick is once again a prisoner of that very persistent bounty hunter, and in transit to yet another prison, when the bounty hunter's ship is captured by some mercenaries who are looking for bodies (yes, they have an evil purpose in mind...). Riddick manages to hide in the shadows when the transit ship is captured. Using both stealth and combat he attempts to escape the Merc. ship (Dark Athena). He succeeds by the end of the first part of the game, only to find himself stranded on a planet the mercenaries have battled to near destruction. Riddick soon discovers his only way to freedom is to return to the Dark Athena, so he sneaks and fights his way through the streets and houses of the planet, finally reboarding the ship.


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