The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Graphic, gory first-person shooter with some sexual themes.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
While a sci-fi adventure, this game offers realistic graphic violence including many gun-based weapons and hand-to-hand kills. The lead character is known for his lethal use of razor sharp "ulak" blades. Human-like enemies can be decapitated, dismembered, and strangled. Blood sometimes sprays when enemies are killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's from behind, but one male player is masterbating in his prison cell, and the scene is quite lengthy. Moans of pleasure can be heard, too. Some lines of dialogue contain sexual references to rape and necrophilia.
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Explicitives can be heard, including strong swear words such as "f-ck" and "c-nt."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game was created for adult players. The "Mature" rating warns of excessive violence and gore -- and there is plenty of it -- as well as foul language and sexual references and imagery. This game is not appropriate for kids, tweens, or young teens.
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Great for older kids and teens.
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What’s It About?
While it didn't sell too well at retail, The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (based on the movie of the same name) became a cult hit among gamers a few years back for its intense action and gripping narrative -- not to mention raising the bar for video games based on movie licenses. Thanks to Atari, Riddick is back in THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK: ASSAULT ON DARK ATHENA, an all-new cinematic adventure that once again stars ba(l)d boy Vin Diesel as Riddick, who uses stealth and cunning to take down the evil Captain Revas of the predatory Mercenaries ship, Dark Athena, and her loyal followers. To stay alive, Riddick must rely on his signature moves and powerful weapons (such as the razor sharp "ulak" blades) while navigating the dark and creepy corridors from a first-person perspective.
Along with the lengthy single-player campaign is a "re-imagined" edition of the previous blockbuster game Escape From Butcher Bay, as well as six multiplayer modes including "Pitch Black," in which five players, as Mercenaries, try to hunt down the 6th player who assumes the role of Riddick, using only weapon-mounted flashlights to see through the darkness. Another multiplayer mode, "Butcher Bay Riot," is fast-paced three-team mode, where 12 players split into teams of Guards, Prisoners, and Mercenaries to brawl over a power cell.
Is It Any Good?
While not a revolutionary game by any stretch, The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena is a good action brawler for mature players -- and is a good deal considering it includes the original game and many multiplayer modes for added replayability. It's not the next Halo, plus it's violence, sexual themes, and language might offend some, but the game shouldn't leave serious shooter fans disappointed. If money is tight, then it's at least a very good weekend rental.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether they like when a Hollywood celebrity "stars" in a video game? Is this game more appealing because Vin Diesel plays as the main character or do you prefer a different face (or none at all, such as the helmet-wearing Halo's Master Chief or Metroid Prime's Samus Aran).
- Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Atari
- Release date: April 6, 2009
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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