Vin Diesel likes video games. He likes games so much, he started a game-design company and partnered with Universal and the developers at Starbreeze to publish a game that became a classic on the original Xbox - The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, featuring the likeness of Diesel in the fictional character of Richard Riddick.

Vin Diesel likes video games.

He likes games so much, he started a game-design company and partnered with Universal and the developers at Starbreeze to publish a game that became a classic on the original Xbox - The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, featuring the likeness of Diesel in the fictional character of Richard Riddick.

When the Xbox 360 came out and Microsoft announced they would make some Xbox games backward-compatible, Butcher Bay was one of the most requested games to get the update. Then Microsoft abandoned the compatibility updates, leaving Diesel's title unaddressed.

Fan outcry prompted the developers to create a new version of Butcher Bay, using the 360's enhanced video hardware. They also promised an add-on pack and multiplayer gameplay to increase the value and thank devoted Riddick fans.

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault of Dark Athena is the result. The promised multiplayer modes and a new campaign make this more than simply a revamp of the original. But there's a problem with reviewing Dark Athena - in many ways, the title is two games, not one.

The updated original content still shines. The stealth-action gameplay and scarcity of traditional first-person-shooter guns and ammo complement the Riddick character well. He's a creature of darkness, sulking around and ambushing enemies in a horrible prison, and the game and story emphasize this expertly.

The second continuation of the Butcher Bay story is more jarring, however. Though Riddick thrives in dark and confined environments, the game soon tosses him into the wide-open environs of a sun-drenched planet.

Stealth is no longer a viable option, and gunfare quickly begins to infiltrate, changing the feel of the game and undoing many of the elements that make Butcher Bay so great.

Add in some questionable artificial intelligence with bat-like radar abilities, and you can see Dark Athena is not the expansion Riddick fans should have been expecting.

Dark Athena is still a solid recommendation for stealth-action fans or those wanting to revisit the Xbox original. The acting and script are top-notch and players will grow to like this cool anti-hero, who feels far more like the Riddick of Pitch Black than the one in Chronicles of Riddick the film.

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