Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena – hands-on

8) Ghost drones

Created from the bodies of captured prisoners, the drones can function in two states. When their lights are red they are relatively stupid, semi-autonomous guards that can shoot and defend, but not organize. When their lights are white, they are remote controlled by mercenaries and are incredibly effective fighters.

Aside from the given creepiness of their design, the drones can be both cannon fodder and useful tools. We already told you how to use them as a weapon in a pinch, but when you manage to find a drone control room they get even cooler.

Think of the drone control room as a Matrix chair. Riddick gets in the chair and you suddenly have control of a drone. As the drone you have full access to its weapons and movement. Because you're controlling it remotely, if the drone dies you simply jump to the next one in the rack, essentially making you invulnerable. The catch is that while you're controlling a drone, you are completely exposed in the chair. If you don't keep an eye on your real self it's possible to suffer a surprise attack, but otherwise going hog wild as a drone is a blast.

Concluding thoughts

It's rare to see an early preview that feels as polished as Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, but there really wasn't much to nitpick about. Visually the game looks great, the controls felt silky smooth and the action was exactly what you'd expect from a Riddick game. The developers were keeping key story details close to their chest, so we can't speak to that, but if Escape from Butcher Bay is any indication, the latest installment in the Riddick franchise is going to end up on a lot of "must have" lists sometime in 2009.

Dec 4, 2008


  • magicwalnuts0 - December 8, 2008 7:56 a.m.

    I always wanted to play Butcher Bay but never got to, I'm so excited for this, PC status.
  • DarthRev12 - December 7, 2008 4:14 a.m.

    Liked the first one and im guessing this one is gonna make me cream my pants
  • sprog - December 6, 2008 2:18 p.m.

    the minigun from the original still sends chills down my spine, not to mention the awesome robot-controlling bit at the end
  • bron1417 - December 6, 2008 1:21 a.m.

    i always wanted to play the butcher bay game and now i'll have a chance this is great.
  • sniperscope - December 5, 2008 1:24 a.m.

  • jar-head - December 5, 2008 12:22 a.m.

    looks Awesome! thanks GR
  • Fionn1 - December 8, 2008 3:12 p.m.

    Get in!..cant wait
  • m2k_ps3 - December 7, 2008 3:31 p.m.

    ps3 is better than xbox360
  • FancyRat - December 5, 2008 9:34 p.m.

    More first-person games should have puzzle aolving elements.
  • cart00n - December 5, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    I finished the first one a number of times. One of my all time favorites on the OX, right up there with the Halos, Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts,, etc. I am SO pumped for this overhaul - all that Riddick goodness, now with achievements!
  • MW3M - December 5, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    I never got round tp finishing the original Butcher Bay. MGS3 got in the way.... Gonna pick this one up though, especially now it has multiplayer!
  • birdofprey - December 5, 2008 4:24 a.m.

    So, much eye-candy...Eyes, no wait...FACE MELTING
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - December 15, 2008 4:07 a.m.

    God I can't wait... Butcher Bay was so amazing
  • Lavek26 - December 13, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    i loved the first one and will probley play through it agin in this new one
  • demonDogg88 - December 25, 2008 7:01 a.m.

    wish they would hurry up and let it out already

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