Reviews by beckbat


A better balanced Gothic

beckbat | June 8, 2013 | Review of Risen 2 Dark Waters - PC

While the Risen series is not quite as rich and meaty as the original 2 Gothic games that they are obviously intended to be spiritual successors to, they remain deep and original RPGs that still have the same sort of feel. Risen 2 has created an interesting new world to explore from the previous game and the new pirate theme is well implemented and highly enjoyable. The difficulty level remains high but the mechanics feel better implemented in most cases and curve smoother. The notable exception to this is the Voodoo magics system which is better avoided as it adds little to the game and the alternative guns are simply better. It's European sensibilities are in terms of difficulty and lack of handholding are tempered with well implemented systems and that are easy to use once you get the hang of them. All in all while Risen 2 is not the deepest RPG or the most strategic it remains a creative, original and engaging game something that is too often lacking nowadays.