The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Both a remake and expansion to the critically-acclaimed Xbox and PC title The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Dark Athena features both the original campaign, an all-new campaign and new multiplayer modes.


Vin Diesel provides his likeness for this game.
Vin Diesel provides his likeness for this game.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a remake of the critically-acclaimed Xbox game Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, developed by Starbreeze Studios. The game features the entire Escape From Butcher Bay campaign(which has been improved from the original Xbox version), which can be selected when starting a new game. It isn't required to play through the Butcher Bay portion of the game in order to access the new campaign, Dark Athena.

The game puts you in the shoes of Riddick, a deadly fugitive who is wanted by every prison and every bounty hunter in the galaxy. The only problem is keeping him locked up. Butcher Bay and its expansion Dark Athena take you through the seedy world of the Butcher Bay jail, aboard the merc ship Dark Athena and across the world of Aguerra where you'll hack, slash and snap the necks of every no good in-mate, guard and solider who gets in your way of freedom. The game is a mixture of stealth, shooter and melee combat.


Melee attack.
Melee attack.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is similar to it's predecessor, although some notable changes have been made. One of the most important differences is removing the DNA restricted weapons . Though early on in the Dark Athena campaign the player must rely on melee or picking up guns attached to the clone enemies.Then, at a certain point weapons can then be picked up and used unlike the first game which required a DNA input.

The weaponry list (both projectile and melee) has also expanded and the player has access to a significantly more sophisticated arsenal . Assault on Dark Athena is somewhat less linear than Escape From Butcher Bay. Though the game includes much more shooting action than Butcher Bay which had a more significant amount of stealth.


Team Deathmatch

This a standard Team Deathmatch

Pitch Black

Named after the first movie featuring Richard Riddick, this mode is similar to the 'Juggernaut' mode in the Halo series. In this mode, the map has very little light, most of the players are guards while one is Riddick. Guards are equipped with guns and flashlights of limited effectiveness, while Riddick is armed with his Ulak blades and can use his Eyeshine ability. Guards must work together to take Riddick down, while he attempts to kill as many guards as he can. If a guard kills Riddick, he immediately respawns as Riddick.


Arena is a one-on-one or two-on-two elimination matches inside a small, contained map, with the other players spectating until it's their turn to throw down.

Butcher Bay Riot

Similar to Counter-Strike in that you have a currency at the start of the game to buy weapons, armor and ammo. However the main game is a 3 way fight between Prisoners, Mercenaries and Guards. There is one power-node in the middle the objective is to get the node into your opponents base and each team will have a certain team's base they have to get the node into, for example, Prisoners will have to get the node into the Guards' base the Guards will be after the Mercenaries and the Mercenaries will be after the Prisoners.


  • The developer team has claimed that Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a profoundly long story-driven first person shooter. Finishing the single player campaign can take somewhere around 20-25 hours.
  • The world of Dark Athena is deliberately rude and provocative . Due to stealth nature of the game player can witness or hear assorted things ranging from overhearing conversations on soldier's sexual habits to finding pornography lying around, to supposedly interrupting masturbating guards. The game also features strong language and profanity. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is rated M for mature.


There is a playable demo, available now, on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PSN.

Xbox 360 Game Installation

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena requires 6.7GB of space to install on an Xbox 360 HDD.

PC Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Intel Pentium D 805 or AMD Athlon X2 +3800 processor
  • 1 GB RAM on Windows XP or 2 GB on Windows Vista
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra or better graphics card
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • 11 GB hard drive space