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The island Faranga needs a new hero, you! 

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The island Faranga needs a new hero, you! 

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. 

Key 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.

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Deep Silver
Piranha Bytes
Deep Silver
Friday, October 30, 2009
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP™ (with Service Pack 3) 
  • Processor: 2 GHz Intel® Pentium™ 4 Single-core Processor 
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX™ 9.0c compatible graphics card (nVidia® GeForce® 7900/ATI Radeon™ X1800 or better) 
  • DirectX®: DirectX™ 9.0c compatible graphic card driver 
  • Hard Drive: 2.5 GB free Hard Drive space 
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Reviews for Risen

Best of the Trilogy

Risen was the best of the trilogy because it has the best island to explore and the better combat system. It also felt the most challenging of the three. It felt like a slower paced game because of all the parrying, but I much preferred it to the button mashing battle system of the two sequels. I also liked the story in this game best as the two sequels never really went anywhere or got exciting. The island you traverse in this game feels more varied than everything in both sequels. Early on in this game you make a choice if you want to be able to use magic or not, but otherwise the game really didn't change much at all. You still did the same levels and got to the same cliffhanger ending. The exploration in this game is great, especially if you haven't played a game like this before, because there's just so much to do and so much to see. It still pales in comparison to Gothic and Elder Scrolls, but I enjoyed Risen far more than Two Worlds, and I spent a lot of time playing Risen between the release of Oblivion and Skyrim.

A good choice in Action RPG games

A great Action RPG game. Not big enough to be considered a true open world experience if you compare to Skyrim or something like that, but also not small enough to be considered a linear RPG. In Risen you explore, but you always know where to go. You will make some decisions, there will be a few but they will really matter, to the point that depending on which guild you choose from almost the beginning the game will change substantially. Once you've started you will go deep in Risen's world, one full of adventures and... sense of humor! Risen is getting worse through the years as other RPGs are released, but it is still a good choice. A challenging game with different skills, weapons, armor and lots of items (actually, way too many since this is one of those games where you will collect thousands of them and you'll use a few). Still a good choice if you've played the most known ones, but don't expect something epic.

This is how Gothic 3 game should be made.

http://steamcommunity.com/id/furrek/recommended/40300 This is my review for Risen game which I posted on Steam: This is how Gothic 3 game should be made. Risen feels more like Gothic game than Gothic 3 will ever do. I love Pyranha Bytes games. The third Gothic game maybe disappointed me a little but what they did with Risen game... wow. It feels so much like first Gothic game. I felt once again like a kid playing first Gothic game when it was out. It's simply amazing. Great atmosphere, great soundtrack, great graphics and open world which you want to explore. The story is fits fine for RPG game, characters and their stories are interesting and once again, you will need to decide whose fraction you will join. While fighting you feel respect towards monsters - you might know that from Gothic games but if you don't: one wrong move and you can lose your life. It starts rather easy, with a chance to encounter a "run for your life" monster and ends at "I want to run away from these dangerous beasts but I have no choice and I must fight it". If I can complaing about something... ... yes, there are things in this almost perfect RPG game I didn't like much. Most annoying thing which made me start game again and again was jumping on platforms and climbing - I'M NOT SURE WHAT I'M DOING WRONG, BUT WHY IS MY HERO FLYING TOWARDS SKY AND NOT COMING BACK, BUGGING WHOLE MENU. THE ONLY WAY TO FIX IT WAS TO EXIT GAME, START IT AGAIN AND LOAD LAST SAVE. Much later at game I bought over9000 levitation scrolls to avoid this annoying bug. While bugs are bugs, Risen have one thing which I'm really disappointed at. Like I said earlier, characters and their stories are interesting but they don't really feel anything towards main character. I didn't feel any friendships at all, nobody I could count on, nobody I could remember this much like some of first Gothic characters - and it's not only limited to friends, but enemies too. Maybe it's only me, maybe it's because I played this way not another.... dunno. Spending almost 50 hours in Risen and finishing it for the first time, I feel like there are still many things I left not finished and not discovered. Risen's world is big one, and playing a fine RPG game like this only once is really waste. There are also in game achievements, which can also count as reason to play Risen after beating game. I know I will be back one day to Risen and enjoy it like for the first time. Or maybe even more.

Very Fun

No other RPG is like this. The story line is brilliant with an interesting concept of The Inquisition taking over towns. There are many quests to do, things to explore, and monsters to kill. Risen gives the player options to have different items, become adept at certain skills more than others, and explore early in the story line. Not many other games allow you to have that much freedom. At only 10 dollars, many people who like RPGs will be into the game for hours. The graphics aren't the best, but the game is old and the story line is what matters. The game mechanics are great, allowing the player to cast and learn spells like levitation, speed, and even transforming into a Nautilus. Give Risen a shot!

"Old-school" RPG for anti-hand-holding players

This is a solid RPG that doesn't smack you over the head with fantastical narrative and over the top cut scenes. The story, like the environment, is rather stark to begin with. As the story unfold the game focusses in on the main plot and curtails the side quests. The game is similar to the Gothic series and is definitely aimed at the "hardcore RPG lovers". Areas do not scale with your progress and you may run into a creature that you cannot even scratch until much later in the game. This gives a sense of fulfilment that is entirely apart from the narrative, you will need to pace yourself and think about what you can reasonable achieve given your current stats and gear. In short, the game starts of tough and you will have to learn your opponents manoeuvres, as well as your own, to survive. Near the end you will be extremely strong in classic rags to riches disproportion.

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