PC and original Xbox owners already know how good the original Chronicles of Riddick game was. So the remixed next-gen version, that could have also vied for the longest named game of the year award, simply took that original game and bolted on a new adventure. A recipe for success? Well almost, but as Tesco is flogging this Vin Diesel vehicle for a mere £9 – the same as out-of-stock Amazon – that's a good 89p less than SimplyGames.com and at least £3 less than the rest.
- Click here to buy The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for £9.00 from Tesco Entertainment
Vin Diesel is an odd character, he’s clearly not as meat-headed as any of the characters he plays. While trashy franchises such as the Fast and the Furious keep churning out their formulaic heady-mix of petroleum and testosterone drenched cinematic nonsense, Diesel goes off and forms his own game studio Tigon Studios, which produced the original Escape from Butcher Bay.
This remake works best when it takes Escape from Butcher Bay as its inspiration, which encompasses the first half or so of the game. The strength of the original was that it wasn’t a meat-headed basic first person shooter, the exploration and stealth elements made the game, and any shooting sections were the weaker parts. This kind of begs the question as to why did they then based the entire rest of Assault on Dark Athena on firing bullets?
What you’re left with is a weaker shooter than it should be, which is a little disappointing considering the pedigree of the original. It's still perfectly solid, but there's not really anything special here, which is a shame. Having said that for £9 there’s no doubt you’ll get a good dollop of gameplay out of this and we should mention it also come packing multiplayer in the form of standard capture-the-flag and deathmatch, if that floats your boat.
Thanks to Iain123 at Hotukdeals!