Reviews for Risen 2 Gold Edition

70

Fun for fans of the Gothic series

MechaYakuza | Oct. 23, 2014 | See all MechaYakuza's reviews »

Piranha Bytes new spiritual successor to the original Gothic trilogy offers hours of fun to people willing to accept what it is, and what it isn't. It is a beautiful game. It is a sprawling game with huge islands to explore. It is a funny game (sometimes unintentionally). It is a game with engaging third-person combat. But it isn't a triple A game by any means. It isn't a well written game. It isn't a well animated game. It isn't a traditional fantasy game (it's choice of the tropical pirate theme is a huge departure, and with the lack of any ships to sail like Two Worlds 2 or Assassin's Creed 4 it feels pointless and underdeveloped). If you are a Piranha Bytes fan you already know what to expect. If you are new to the strange, silly, but very addictive worlds they create, give it a chance, it may surprise you.

64

Not as good as Risen 1

PootisMcPoot | Aug. 2, 2014 | See all PootisMcPoot's reviews »

While this game has an interesting art design, setting, and story, poor fighting mechanics hurt it a lot when it comes to enjoyment. While Risen 2 continues Piranha Byte's tradition of awesome open world exploration and interesting, handcrafted environments, the combat is often dull and lackluster. Attacks are often simplified to single-button combos and little skill is required to kill enemies, who are essentially bullet sponges. I would highly recommend going back and playing Risen 1 instead as it has more Skyrim-esque (third person) combat controls and is far better gameplay and performance-wise. As stated before, the art direction is quite nice in this game, although the graphics are dated. The music is also decent. The game is not very well optimized, so beware unless you have a good PC.