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Riddick Dark Athena is also known as Riddick 2. Even though it was created on 2009, this game had very little changes from the past one. Actually this might be disappointing, but the gameplay was still the same and was very enjoyable. I didn't like the way it all started, off a shore, since the last one was way better in the prison and it had a nice impact on the gamers. Now it becomes somehow weird, going to a spaceship and getting attached into the other futuristic prison.
You start in first person and when trying to do something, like climbing, using keycards etc. you will see that the camera will move on third person. This is quite understandable since the player itself cannot see the environment. You can climb ladders, jump into crates, move around poles and much more. Stealth is a winner and still it goes strong with the same stuff it had before. The game itself is quite great and I don't know any other game with nearly the same gameplay.
When it comes to graphics, I saw very little changes. I didn't like this, because it had to be better for so many years. I was really expecting much more since it was 2009. I mean, it seems ridiculous, but the game still used the exact same game engine of the 2004. You actually don't have any higher resolution textures and everything is exactly the same. With some addition to the game, you might argue about it, but I tell you that this is horrific. What I have to add, with great importance, is that the game engine was perfect so there was nothing to add anyway.
Optimization in this one is somewhat better. When you drag bodies, they never move their heads like crazy. There was one thing worse than the previous though, when attacking the drones. They flew away like crates and I think that is really bad, but in the same way fun. You can't really expect no bugs in optimization, but at least you could play the game without any problems. The save file does not happen again to get corrupted and you can save as much as you want.
Story was somewhat funnier, but more weird. Stuff which weren't meant to be that way, happened. Also there is a lot of violence which I dislike in a game. It might impact gamers to do bad stuff, but that is another story. When trying to move on into the game, you will find a lot of stuff which was somewhat really random. The guy you get your sheathes, happens to be encountered in a weird way, which I don't really know why did they do that. You can judge yourself since the game has its own ups and downs.
The sound is nearly the same, with that irritating sound in the user menu when trying to change from one screen to another. The enemies had somewhat better alien voices since they were also new. Nothing to be thought about, still same stuff.
Overall the game is still fun to play. Even though they used the same engine, it still had the magic only Riddick 1 could give. This time though, it is not really as good as it was.
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