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I have a mixed feeling about this title as I even had fun playing, despite a very weak combat system. However, when I advanced in the ranks of the Taranis mages I became too powerful. The spell I learned knocked out every encountered enemy or a group of enemies before they managed to come close. And that was for about 3/4 of a game, later some more resistant enemies are introduced but there is an easy way to kill them as well. I was hoping for more balanced gameplay so keep that in mind.
The original Risen was one of my favorite RPG's. Then came 2 and 3, neither of which lived up to my love of the original. This one is definitely better than the second one, but never lives up to the original. The DLC is not worth getting. It adds like an hour or two of extra gameplay, which doesn't add anything relevant to the story. The islands in this game never feel large or varied, just like in the sequel. The original Risen really felt like a believable island, which was just not captured by either sequel. The quests are a bit boring and generic. The story is good, but doesn't bring anything new to the table. Whereas the original Risen had a great combat system with parrying, the 2 sequels turned into button mashers and completely removed the parrying, which I actually really enjoyed. Risen has been 3 games now and there probably won't be a fourth, and none have ever felt really complete. It always feels like there's more that either got cut or that they keep saving for another sequel. I also feel like the graphics got worse in each game. For whatever reason I thought Risen looked very real, but the 2 sequels just added blur and got uglier and more cartoony looking. There are sometimes multiple ways to complete your objectives, but you'll never want to play through the game again. I played the first game twice, and the sequels once each. Gothic and Elder Scrolls are much better games, but Risen is worth a playthrough if you are tired of those. Just don't go in expecting anything incredible and you'll be satisfied because Risen just never reaches the level you feel it should. It just stays mediocre throughout.
In the very beginning, you start on a ship battling. It teaches you how to block enemy attacks, how to dodge them and just the basic stuff. After the whole chaos on the ship is over, you end up on a basically paradise. A island which is the most beautiful one you've ever seen in a video game, however there are unfriendly creatures waiting for you. You can use pistol and a melee attacks in the beginning, you also are getting quests which you have to finish and follow the whole story from the beginning with the quests you are receiving. The graphics are much much better compared to the last versions. Also later on you can use spells, magic against bosses and enemies. It has amazing battle system, allowing you to dodge the enemy attacks with jumping and running, great animations and bosses. The whole world surrounding you is very beautiful and the storyline is impressive as well.
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