The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena cover
Developers
Starbreeze Studios
Tigon Studios
Publishers
Vivendi Universal Games
Release dates
Windows April 7, 2009
OS X April 16, 2010
The Chronicles of Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 2009

Key points

Includes a remake of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
The game is very unoptimized for anti-aliasing,[1] recommended to disable it if you have performance issues.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation TAGES DRM 30-day timer.
Amazon.com Requires online activation
GamersGate Requires online activation
Gamesplanet
GameStop Requires online activation TAGES DRM 30-day timer.

Version differences[edit]

All Windows versions except GOG.com have TAGES DRM. After activating the game for a third time, TAGES will start a 30-day timer. After 30 days an activation will be restored up to the original total of three activations.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename audio files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Content\Videos
  2. Delete/rename:
atari.ogg
Intro.ogg
Sbz.ogg
Tigon.ogg
universal_ntsc.ogg

Enable quick save[edit]

Bind in console[3]
  1. Open console with Ctrl+Alt+~.
  2. Enter bind f5 savegame('quick') and bind f8 loadgame('quick')
  3. Press F5 to save and F8 to load.

Notes

The key bindings are lost when you quit the game. Use / in the console for quick access to your recent commands.
The game uses F9 to load the most recent save by default.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Atari\The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Dark Athena

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Atari\The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena\SaveGames
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Dark Athena/Application Data/Atari/The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena/SaveGames/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Anamorphic by default; see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV is increased when in stealth mode.
Windowed
Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Resolution is reduced in windowed mode (e.g. 1920x1017 rather than 1920x1080).
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Appears as "Anisotropy" in a percent setting.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA and CSAA, up to 32x. Turning on AA automatically disables SSAO and vice versa. The game is very unoptimized for anti-aliasing, recommended to disable it if you have performance issues.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Refresh rate can be set up to 144 Hz in graphics options. A bug may result in it being reset to 23 Hz when you re-launch the game.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Non-16:9 resolutions are letterboxed by default.
If you're letterboxed on a 16:9 resolution, open Environment.cfg (located in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Atari\The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena) and make sure that VID_DWIDTH and VID_DWIDTH are set to the correct values.
Remove letterboxing[4]
  1. Download a loader for your aspect ratio: 16:10 -- 5:4 -- 4:3
  2. Copy the loader to <path-to-game>\System\Win32_x86
  3. Launch the game via the loader.

Notes

If the loader doesn't work for you then copy files from this archive to the same path.

Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO)[edit]

Use AA and SSAO at the same time[citation needed]
  1. Turn on Anti Aliasing in the graphics settings.
  2. Open console with Ctrl+Alt+~.
  3. Enter xr_ssao 1 (values 1-3 enable Ambient Occlusion).

Notes

The setting is not saved when you quit the game. Use / in the console for quick access to the command so you can easily reapply it next time you're playing.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Only music is adjustable
Surround sound
5.0 (Maybe require to set 7.1 in the Windows Sound settings, otherwise only Stereo sound available)
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
12
Online play
Official servers have been shut down.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Screen saver mode deletes save files[edit]

Save files will delete themselves if the game is left running and your computer goes into screen saver mode. To avoid this, remember to quit the game before leaving it unattended or disable screen saver mode.

The game fails to restore resolution settings[edit]

The game may fail to change the desktop resolution back to the previous one (by default it launches at 640x480 fullscreen).
Set the startup resolution[citation needed]
  1. Create the configuration file location if it doesn't exist.
  2. Open it and create a file called Environment.cfg.
  3. To set the resolution and refresh rate, add VID_MODE=1920 1080 32 60
  4. Or to start the game in windowed mode, add VID_MODE=desktop

Issues fixed[edit]

Game window too large for monitor[edit]

If you're running Windows 7/8/10 and the game window doesn't fit on your monitor when in full screen mode, you may need to lower the scaling on font size. Display Settings > Change the size of text.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 805 or AMD Athlon X2 +3800
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra ATI Radeon HD 3850 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
Controller Keyboard, mouse or dual-analog gamepad works with Xbox 360 controller

References

  1. Butcher bay add-on looks....rough on my PC - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Giant Bomb
  2. The Chronicles of Riddick™ Assault on Dark Athena on Steam
  3. No quick-save? :( - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Message Board for PC - GameFAQs
  4. View topic - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena | WSGF