Risen (Capsule)

Description

Delve into a gritty, raw and atmospheric fantasy world in which every action has a consequence. In the epic world of Risen, filled with mysterious earthquakes, fearsome monsters and unimaginable treasures, forge your path with the sword, learn the art of staff fighting or become a powerful mage.


Features:

  • Countless side quests and creatures to discover.
  • Over 60 hours of Immersive open world gameplay.
  • Alter the destiny of the island by the actions you take.

Customer reviews

83

Best "Gothic" in years

georgecopos | Feb. 27, 2013 | See all georgecopos's reviews »

This is basically what Gothic should have been after Gothic 2. Up to this day the graphics are still pretty nice because everything is handcrafted and not automatically generated. That makes the world unique and fun to explore. It might be rough around some edges but it never bothered me at all and there are some nice lighting effects when sunrays glare through the trees. Also, I think this game has one of the most realistic nighttime experiences. Because when it's dark, it's dark. Really hard to see anything and torches only shine in a certain radius making it even more difficult to see anything outside that light radius. Just like in real life when your eyes get accustomed to the nearby light source.

Combat is far from perfect, because it's slow and sometimes very demanding. But it's what Gothic always was like and a combat system like the one from Darksiders or similar games just wouldn't fit in. You may hate it, but it fits the game.

So, Risen is kinda the Gothic 4 we've been waiting for. If you like Gothic 2 or even Gothic 3 (without all the bugs), this is a no-brainer. Buy it, love it. I had a lot of fun with it and it took me around 50h to complete it. If you've never played Gothic, you might have to open up to a whole new experience because I don't know any other game that is like Gothic or Risen.

70

Maybe a bit too ambitious

Scorpy | Jan. 30, 2013 | See all Scorpy's reviews »

Risen is very similar to the Gothic series (mainly 3) and improves on a lot of the problems the series had (namely the clunkiness of the gameplay). Risen is quite polished and epic in scope, however it falls short in nearly every aspect.

Its graphics are alright. Being lenient is important, but this game fits between the awkward transition from low poly to high poly games (low definition, high definition). The environments are lush and beautiful, but the character animation and detail is severely lacking.

Its gameplay is straightforward and the sluggishness of the past Gothic games is improved upon here.

The story is decent and enough to keep you going, but unless you're a huge fan of the Gothic series you will most likely play a few hours and never touch this game again. Which, for the asking price, may not be that bad of a thing.

85

A solid RPG game.

deathcross | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all deathcross's reviews »

If you are a fan of RPGs definitely know the Gothic series, Risen is the spiritual heir and takes it all the best. There are pirates, tropical island, the catacombs full of treasures. Buy the game and disappear for a few hours from the eyes of friends and family. Risen calls!

75

Good

wolfm | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all wolfm's reviews »

An interesting game from the developers of the Gothic franchise. The Gothic games were considered excellent but flawed with bugs by some but mediocre by others. If you liked the Gothic games you'll surely find something to like in Risen even though its story isn''t as grand or interesting as the one in the Gothic series. However you have an entire island to explore and some choices to make regarding which side you'll support in the game (different sides mean different fighting styles and different character development).

The enemies you'll fight are the usual animals and undead you'll find in other games of this kind and the graphics are a bit mediocre but the game is quite good even though the ending could be better. Overall an interesting experience especially if you buy it cheap on one of the sales for 5$.

80

A solid game

Lekes | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

A solid RPG, with a lot of atmosphere. The combat system is at times not so responsive as one might wish for, in a game that requires you to master your keyboard in order to just survive. The upside of that is of course the good old Gothic feel. This game is difficult. The enemies are really dangerous, and your skill and your character's, will determine the outcome of combat. For some, this will be a let down, but for the rest of us, it heightens the feeling of accomplishment. As with any quest-based RPG, there are some glitches with the quests, but all-in-all I feel that it works out very nicely. A negative point is the horribly stereotype view of women, but to be perfectly fair, most role playing games on PC tend to be massively sexist.