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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Sep 22, 2013
    70
    It has sadly little to do with the original Xbox game but this is still a competent little stealth adventure, even if the Riddick connection is of arguable benefit to it.
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    If only its action gameplay didn’t always result in being mowed down by one-hit kills, with the addition of some type of alert countdown a la Metal Gear, The Merc Files could have been amazing.
  3. Sep 25, 2013
    60
    A stealth-action game that isn't lacking in bright ideas, Riddick: The Merc Files clouds its best bits with a generally clunky, unfinished feel.
  4. Sep 24, 2013
    60
    In the end, Riddick fares better than most movie tie-ins, mainly because of Gaming Corps' dedication to good stealth play and stage design. It could've been better, though, especially with superior action elements and more involvement from Diesel.
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    60
    Stealth-action is a perfect fit for the Riddick universe. Too bad the kinks weren't worked out prior to release.
  6. Oct 15, 2013
    50
    Not horrible, but glitchy and repetitive making the interesting stealth concepts muddled at best.
  7. Sep 26, 2013
    40
    I guess if shallow stealth games are OK with you, you'll find this one to be a worthy entry to the app store. This is definitely not the iOS version of Riddick that rivals any of the franchises previous efforts, fair warning. In my opinion: your options for a more entertaining stealth game, on the App Store, are numerous.
  8. 30
    Disappointing and uninspired. As a free advertisement game for the Riddick movie, it could have been okay, but at this price tag we’d rather spend our money on fast food, and that’s saying something.
  9. Sep 26, 2013
    30
    In short, see the films, play the old games, but ignore this entirely. Even the most hardened Riddick fan will just find it needlessly upsetting.
  10. Sep 25, 2013
    30
    Where Escape From Butcher Bay and Assault On Dark Athena showed how games can complement and expand a film franchise in unique and interesting ways, The Merc Files feels like a rushed, irrelevant addition to David Twohy’s B-movie universe; one that would have been best left on the cutting room floor.

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