Risen 2: Dark Waters
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"Dark Waters is at times beautiful, offering a finely detailed set of islands to explore on your quest to become a notorious pirate captain and vanquish an ancient evil. " - IGN.com
"...Risen 2: Dark Waters surpasses its foibles, offering up a joyous and occasionally profane odyssey through humid jungles, dank caves, and imposing temples." - Gamespot.com
Set several years after the end of Risen, raging titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt. The hero, now a member of the Inquisition, is sent out to find out how to stop the chaos caused by these creatures from the deep. His quest begins with rumors that the pirates who frequent the southern islands are the only ones who know a way to get rid of the creatures once and for all and end their reign of terror.
With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. A third-person role-playing game set in a dark and gritty universe, Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character. Together with a highly interactive environment and a full day/night-cycle affecting countless aspects of the game world, Risen 2 will be set in the most immersive RPG game world so far.
Fun pirate themed RPGProfoundly_Mad | May 2, 2013 | See all Profoundly_Mad's reviews »
But also very, very linear. Don't expect the game to be as open world as it first seems, the story will railroad you. Combat is... decent I guess, it isn't overly amazing either way. Graphically it's competent although there are a lot of graphical glitches I've encountered.
Having said that it's an RPG with a pirate theme and that's pretty cool in my book. Buy this game with a voucher.
PB dissapointmentgeorgecopos | Jan. 31, 2013 | See all georgecopos's reviews »
When it comes to P(iranha)B(ytes) games, lots of bugs, technical problems and a one of a kind immersion (which i adore) comes to mind. PB are able to create complex worlds that gives you an unique pleasure while exploring them.
Graphically, Risen 2 is worse that the first game, even if Risen 1 was full of bloom to hide the bad textures and its NPCs were looking horrible, the game was offering astonishing views. Risen 2 uses the same light system as Sniper Ghost Warrior, so during the day everything seems overexposed to the sun, the shadows move according to the sun and the view distance has big problems; and we have the fact that all the islands look the same and we have the least immersive PB game.
The combat is very bad even if they introduced dodging in the first patch, it seems like a boring hack'n'slash. A new entry are the firearms.
The game doesnt care about your decisions from the first game, even if you didnt wanted to help the inquisition, you still ebcome part of. Aside from that, during the story you will have to choose from 2 strong camps, thus depending what your gameplay style would be : voodoo magic vs firearms.
As a conclusion, Risen 2 is mediocre at best, which strays away from the awesome gothic series and wants to indulge a larger audience. Game is full of jokes and refferences to other games like Monkey Island (but still it doesnt make the world feeling alive), they tried to copy kotor/mass effect by adding a crew on your ship but fails in this aspect because the characters are very simple, the do nothing on the ship and you cant talk to them.
Very nice RPG, but too linear.andrewbeechwood | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all andrewbeechwood's reviews »
Risen 2 isn't like the Gothic series but it's still awesome. The storyline is great. You must again save the world ofc. The pirate theme is good and you can feel it.
Fight in the game is just click click click. That's not what I expected in Action rpg. (In Risen 1 fight with the sword was great because you must use YOUR fight skills. In Risen 2 is just you are more awesome if you have highest number of the sword skill and better weapon) Weapons are nice I used it often - pistols and rifles (rifles more, it was more efective in the early stage of the game) Magic - hmm, voodoo is like nothing you can't really use it in fight. (but one nice option with voodoo is you can control the other person, you know - he can enter some places you normally can't) Graphics are not bad - it's little better than Risen 1
Ahh, It's RPG because you can increase your statistics not by the chooses you can made in the story. Story is linear. Nevermind what you choose, it's the same - that's BIG MINUS.
Anyway, it's good game.
Hugely enjoyable RPGRaidenHayabusa | Dec. 12, 2012 | See all RaidenHayabusa's reviews »
The first Risen game slipped under the radar a bit, as well as being banned in a country or two for drug references but was a very solid and fun RPG which felt like a bit of an Oblivion and Diablo hybrid.
Risen 2 follows in a very similar manner to the first game albeit in a far different setting being a more Mediterranean/Pirate kind of game.
The graphics are quite pretty and you will sometimes find yourself just enjoying the scenery, the lack of magic in the game is disappointing though as it feels like it takes away from the traditional RPG system, instead you use Voodoo which is a strange concept and I felt wasn't really implemented very well. There were occasional graphical glitches as there were in the first game and the story feels like it loses its way at some points but overall it is a good game and it is a shame there are not more titles out there that are of a similar quality or concept
Did not disappoint me!Darder | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all Darder's reviews »
I played the first one over 80 hours and this one is definitely making an honor to it. Great game, hard combat, good story line. An outstanding RPG.