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Be Riddick, the most ruthless criminal in the universe. In his latest chronicle, Riddick has been captured by The Dark Athena, a mercenary ship hell-bent on eliminating him once and for all. Using his intense hand-to-hand combat skills, explosive firepower, and lethal stealth, Riddick must shut down the maniacal Captain Revas and her deadly crew. When Riddick steps into the darkness, no one is safe.

Before battling the Necromongers on Helion Prime — even before the crash landing of the Hunter-Gratzner on a deserted planet in Pitch Black — Riddick stalked his enemies across the universe. Play the award-winning Escape from Butcher Bay campaign, which has been re-mastered with top of the line graphics specifically for next-gen systems.

The new Assault on Dark Athena campaign takes place immediately following the events on Butcher Bay, as now Riddick must use his well-honed skills to evade capture by the forces of Captain Revas, and put an end to her evil plans once and for all.
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#1
Just bought it myself.

This does include Escape from Butcher Bay, which is debatably the best movie-game adaptation last-gen.
#2
Tempting but I already have umpteen games from the last three Steam sales that I need to play first...
#3
Total bargain. Lovely game.
#4
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.

Enough to make me pass.
#5
Bargain price, I've been meaning to play the Butcher Bay campaign for ages.

TehJumpingJawa
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.

Enough to make me pass.

Activation limit allows you 3 installs every 30 days... surely enough for anyone!
#6
amok82
Bargain price, I've been meaning to play the Butcher Bay campaign for ages.

TehJumpingJawa
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.

Enough to make me pass.

Activation limit allows you 3 installs every 30 days... surely enough for anyone!


Not the point - activation limits infringe upon my rights as a legal owner of the software license.
I'd sooner pirate it than pay for a hobbled legitimate copy.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Jan 14, 2011 10:37: anti-pedant modification
#7
TehJumpingJawa
amok82
Bargain price, I've been meaning to play the Butcher Bay campaign for ages.

TehJumpingJawa
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.


Enough to make me pass.

Activation limit allows you 3 installs every 30 days... surely enough for anyone!


Not the point - activation limits infringe upon my rights as a legal owner of the software.
I'd sooner pirate it than pay for a hobbled legitimate copy.

lol dude are you serious?

Edited By: Crosshash on Jan 14, 2011 03:48
#8
Nobody legally owns any software. You licence it.
#9
Was going to post this but forgot, great deal.
suspended#10
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#11
Crosshash
TehJumpingJawa
amok82
Bargain price, I've been meaning to play the Butcher Bay campaign for ages.

TehJumpingJawa
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.


Enough to make me pass.

Activation limit allows you 3 installs every 30 days... surely enough for anyone!


Not the point - activation limits infringe upon my rights as a legal owner of the software.
I'd sooner pirate it than pay for a hobbled legitimate copy.

lol dude are you serious?


He's serious, personally im staying away from it, TAGES (DRM used) gave me bluescreens on vista/win7 x64 in the past.
#12
same, DRM put me right off... first time i have seen it on steam.. very disapointed.
#13
The DRM is one of the better varieties if you compare them. It is the publishers decision how to protect their content, whether wise or unwise.

I am against DRM that cripples the user experience, but for 99% of steam users, this is one of the better systems. If you don't think so, it's clear you wouldn't buy the game anyway, DRM or not. After all, 3 installs in the first month, and at least 13 in the year should be enough. Plus the licenses NEVER run out, so you are not inconvenienced by having to call for more activations, revoke licenses or other draconian DRM measures.

By all means, dislike DRM, but by no means put it in the category where it should dissuade a purchase or be compared to stuff like Ubisofts DRM.
#14
I dont trust Atari to be around much longer, nor any DRM servers.
#15
I trust them enough to get £3.75 worth of use out of the game however.

I've voted hot, as this is quite a unique game for a great price. The DRM isn't really all that bad compared to the always on crap that's bundled with a number of games (though now won't be any longer). You'd have to be quite mental to keep uninstalling and reinstalling it enough to counter the activation limits, and given that it's 10gb or so to download, I don't imagine that happening all that often.

At the end of the day, it's £3.75. If at some point a year or two years from now the activation servers go down, I'll have got my money's worth.
#16
Crosshash
TehJumpingJawa
amok82
Bargain price, I've been meaning to play the Butcher Bay campaign for ages.

TehJumpingJawa
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.


Enough to make me pass.

Activation limit allows you 3 installs every 30 days... surely enough for anyone!


Not the point - activation limits infringe upon my rights as a legal owner of the software.
I'd sooner pirate it than pay for a hobbled legitimate copy.

lol dude are you serious?


Just his justification for piracy.
#17
Very good game for the price if you can get past the horrible DRM scheme. Protip: If you need to install it more than 3 times in 30 days then you'll probably know where to go to bypass this
#18
Aaah, a Vin Deisel Simulator. not bad.
#19
jarkle
I trust them enough to get £3.75 worth of use out of the game however.I've voted hot, as this is quite a unique game for a great price. The DRM isn't really all that bad compared to the always on crap that's bundled with a number of games (though now won't be any longer). You'd have to be quite mental to keep uninstalling and reinstalling it enough to counter the activation limits, and given that it's 10gb or so to download, I don't imagine that happening all that often.At the end of the day, it's £3.75. If at some point a year or two years from now the activation servers go down, I'll have got my money's worth.

Couldn't agree more! Your really going to be hard pushed to not get your moneys worth here, I've got way too many games thanks to xmas and the steam sales but for less than two pints it can sit there for a while until im ready to play it.

Great deal!
#20
If publishers ever cease to exist, the company will ALWAYS release a tool to disable activation. It's just not logical that they would leave the protection in place and there are probably legal requirements for this.
#21
darkspark88
If publishers ever cease to exist, the company will ALWAYS release a tool to disable activation. It's just not logical that they would leave the protection in place and there are probably legal requirements for this.


Exactly. Even Steam have said they'll remove the DRM from steam games if Valve were to go under (not that there's much risk of that while they're rolling in all the money I've given them over Christmas mind. (_;))
#22
darkspark88
If publishers ever cease to exist, the company will ALWAYS release a tool to disable activation. It's just not logical that they would leave the protection in place and there are probably legal requirements for this.
You clearly have never been involved with any company that has gone into administration. The administrators don't give two hoots about customers or even employees, their first duty is to the creditors. So in fact it's just not logical that they would pay the cost of de-licensing or continuing to provide activation servers.

There are some games where this has already happened (I can't remember them off the top of my head though.) Thankfully crackers will always break the DRM so people can still play, but if you are relying on the company to do this for you, then you are incredibly naive.

Also there is no law whatsoever that states that unmaintained software has to be released for free or anything like that. I believe there should be, but there isn't.
#23
EFBB was amazing,.......AODA not so much
1 Like #24
TehJumpingJawa
amok82
Bargain price, I've been meaning to play the Butcher Bay campaign for ages.
TehJumpingJawa
Was very tempted, but it has an activation limit based DRM system in addition to Steam.Enough to make me pass.
Activation limit allows you 3 installs every 30 days... surely enough for anyone!
Not the point - activation limits infringe upon my rights as a legal owner of the software license.I'd sooner pirate it than pay for a hobbled legitimate copy.

It doesn't infringe upon any rights whatsoever, the rights you have are dictated by the terms of the licence that you purchase. You can argue it gives you less rights than with any other cited game licence but in this case it is not an infringement of a right as you never had, or had any prospect of having, that right. It's just :( face moan cause you can tbh
#25
alasrati
darkspark88
If publishers ever cease to exist, the company will ALWAYS release a tool to disable activation. It's just not logical that they would leave the protection in place and there are probably legal requirements for this.
You clearly have never been involved with any company that has gone into administration. The administrators don't give two hoots about customers or even employees, their first duty is to the creditors. So in fact it's just not logical that they would pay the cost of de-licensing or continuing to provide activation servers.

There are some games where this has already happened (I can't remember them off the top of my head though.) Thankfully crackers will always break the DRM so people can still play, but if you are relying on the company to do this for you, then you are incredibly naive.

Also there is no law whatsoever that states that unmaintained software has to be released for free or anything like that. I believe there should be, but there isn't.


Thankfully I have not.

However I am still correct. You can quote me on this. If a big publisher goes under, or even a medium sized one, then they will have options to deactivate remote licensing or activation.

The fact you can't name any games off the top of your head, either means, the game was crap or of little significance, and hence little demand for de-activation OR The game will NEVER be sold again.

This issue is so tiny that it's not worth thinking about. You can be sure that games on steam will work for as long as steam is around (even if steam themselves need a workaround to get the game working on their service)
#26
No it means I didn't buy the game and only read about it in a review somewhere and read about the administration thing in the comments. However, 30 seconds on google was enough. Turns out the game had 130,000 registered players when it shut down so hardly small beer.

The game is APB, the company was Realtime Networks and the game's servers went offline in September only 3 months after release and are still offline. I suppose the silver lining is that the new owners intend to make the game free to play at some point in the first half of this year. However, they have no obligation to do so.

I am confident that Steam's servers will be online for many years, but some games, including this Riddick game, use another layer of DRM on top of Steam. How exactly are Steam going to legally work around someone else's DRM scheme if the administrators don't want them to? I suppose they might pay a load of money to the administrators, but they don't really have that much of an incentive to do so. Bad publicity? If you look at Steam's track-record for buggy third-party games, you can see they don't really care.

Oh, and FYI, APB was sold (and heavily promoted) on Steam and all those Steam APB players still can't play it so there is a Steam game that doesn't work on Steam. I think EA did give them a free game though to make up for it.

I really think you are being incredibly naive and trusting. I buy a lot of games on Steam, but the current state of third-party DRM is worrying indeed. Ideally there would be laws in place to force abandoned software to be open-sourced, but there aren't.
#27
alasrati
No it means I didn't buy the game and only read about it in a review somewhere and read about the administration thing in the comments. However, 30 seconds on google was enough. Turns out the game had 130,000 registered players when it shut down so hardly small beer.

The game is APB, the company was Realtime Networks and the game's servers went offline in September only 3 months after release and are still offline. I suppose the silver lining is that the new owners intend to make the game free to play at some point in the first half of this year. However, they have no obligation to do so.

I am confident that Steam's servers will be online for many years, but some games, including this Riddick game, use another layer of DRM on top of Steam. How exactly are Steam going to legally work around someone else's DRM scheme if the administrators don't want them to? I suppose they might pay a load of money to the administrators, but they don't really have that much of an incentive to do so. Bad publicity? If you look at Steam's track-record for buggy third-party games, you can see they don't really care.

Oh, and FYI, APB was sold (and heavily promoted) on Steam and all those Steam APB players still can't play it so there is a Steam game that doesn't work on Steam. I think EA did give them a free game though to make up for it.

I really think you are being incredibly naive and trusting. I buy a lot of games on Steam, but the current state of third-party DRM is worrying indeed. Ideally there would be laws in place to force abandoned software to be open-sourced, but there aren't.


Comparing a SUBSCRIPTION BASED game is not even the same. That particularly company went into administration and the IP, was not strong enough to sustain. I can name you another. Auto Assault. These are ONLINE ONLY games. Hence it is expected that if the game shuts down, then obviously all games are void.

What I was highlighting is that you'll always be able to play your single player games whatever happens to the publisher. Obviously online multiplayer features can't be guaranteed and it would be impossible to do so.
#28
darkspark88
alasrati
No it means I didn't buy the game and only read about it in a review somewhere and read about the administration thing in the comments. However, 30 seconds on google was enough. Turns out the game had 130,000 registered players when it shut down so hardly small beer.

The game is APB, the company was Realtime Networks and the game's servers went offline in September only 3 months after release and are still offline. I suppose the silver lining is that the new owners intend to make the game free to play at some point in the first half of this year. However, they have no obligation to do so.

I am confident that Steam's servers will be online for many years, but some games, including this Riddick game, use another layer of DRM on top of Steam. How exactly are Steam going to legally work around someone else's DRM scheme if the administrators don't want them to? I suppose they might pay a load of money to the administrators, but they don't really have that much of an incentive to do so. Bad publicity? If you look at Steam's track-record for buggy third-party games, you can see they don't really care.

Oh, and FYI, APB was sold (and heavily promoted) on Steam and all those Steam APB players still can't play it so there is a Steam game that doesn't work on Steam. I think EA did give them a free game though to make up for it.

I really think you are being incredibly naive and trusting. I buy a lot of games on Steam, but the current state of third-party DRM is worrying indeed. Ideally there would be laws in place to force abandoned software to be open-sourced, but there aren't.


Comparing a SUBSCRIPTION BASED game is not even the same. That particularly company went into administration and the IP, was not strong enough to sustain. I can name you another. Auto Assault. These are ONLINE ONLY games. Hence it is expected that if the game shuts down, then obviously all games are void. Since they run off the developers servers. Would you really expect World of Warcraft to continue working if blizzard went under? Instead of calling me naive, do more research into the terms and conditions when you purchase games with online components. 30 days is the average notice period for switching off functionality (rarely happens though).

What I was highlighting is that you'll always be able to play your single player games whatever happens to the publisher. Obviously online multiplayer features can't be guaranteed and it would be impossible to do so.

There is NO online in chronicles of riddick FYI.

#29
Metascores of 80 and 90 respectively for Dark Athena and Butcher Bay on PC.
http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-chronicles-of-riddick-escape-from-butcher-bay---developers-cut
http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-chronicles-of-riddick-assault-on-dark-athena
This is a serious bargain at £3.75

For the record, I'm opposed to 3rd party DRM as well, but this one is not excessive and for the price, is well worth a single playthrough of each, even if worst case there is some problem further down the line.

Edited By: hokers on Jan 16, 2011 15:58

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