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  • Summary: An epic story in an authentic world hand-crafted with an eye for detail and populated by "real", plausible characters. A Mysterious Volcanic Island The heavy tremors on the island bode ill for its inhabitants. Ancient temples have risen from the ground recently, bizarre creatures are terrorising the area. Fear and terror is spreading among the population. The End of All Hope? A group of powerful men who call themselves "The Inquisitors" have taken it upon them-selves to put an end to these events. They send an exhibition to this remote island, but a storm takes hold of the ship and destroys it at sea. A Hero Will Come - As if by a miracle, the player survives the shipwreck and is stranded on the volcanic island alone. He finds himself amidst a chaos of rebellion, tyranny and mystic rituals. He must now decide to which side the pendulum of fate will swing. [Deep Silver] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Risen is a great RPG with only minor flaws. A worthy sequel to the Gothic series.
  2. All in all, Risen is a good game with some bugs, like the fact that the nameless hero is resistant against fire. The controls are simple and graphics are quite nice. Fans of RPGs will like it very much!
  3. Risen is a solid, engrossing and beautifully presented RPG that's well worth your time and money. [Dec 2009, p.72]
  4. Risen is a game that does nothing wrong, but at the same is not bringing something new either. The ambiance of the game is perfect and the story is very good and convincing. It’s too bad Risen is starting up slow and the graphics could have been better. This is a game made for RPG fans, people who don’t like RPG’s should probably focus on other games.
  5. Risen has its faults but what it does do is bring you into a world that won’t let you leave till you’ve uncovered the secrets in every corner. To some it’s just something to hold them over until the next Gothic game comes out, but to me it’s the start of something new and wonderful from an experienced RPG developer.
  6. Risen is actually a real shame because of its promises. The world looks great and it’s funny to explore, but developers didn't pay enough attention to essential aspects like the combat and character progression.
  7. There are no gods in Risen – a powerful sorcerer banished them from the world forever, - but the hero still can’t escape his fate. German demiurges strapped him to the pillar of the story so tight that you can’t help but wonder if anyone at Piranha Bytes remembers what “role-playing” means. A game where all problems are solved by kicking butts and giving money is not an RPG. When the difference between working for bandits or the Inquisition in Harbor Town is to whom you report the completed tasks – it is not an RPG. It is laziness, harbinger of boredom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 110
  2. Negative: 15 out of 110
  1. Nov 15, 2010
    10
    Actually I like this game now -- It's almost as compelling as Gothic 2.
    Can Metacritic delete 'AndyG's' review, given that he's me, and that
    I've changed my opinion?.. Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    10
    Gra chociaż swoje najlepsze lata ma już za sobą, nadal jest bardzo wciągająca, także graficznie nie jest najgorsza przy najwyższych ustawieniach, polecam każdemu kto ma słabszy sprzęt a oczekuje jak najwięcej z rozgrywki. Osobiście jestem fanem serii "Gothic" a "Risen" To godny następca tej serii. Expand
  3. May 27, 2011
    9
    First, looks great, decisions have a large impact on the game. The combat works very well, as you upgrade skills. You'll have alot of trouble if you just button mash. The drawback of the game is that I had some very irritating bugs when I played - missing quest triggers, etc. On the whole a very fun game for RPG fans. Expand
  4. May 14, 2012
    8
    There are 2 important notes to take into account about this game:
    1. If you are fond of Piranha Bytes games, youâ
  5. Mar 11, 2012
    8
    Risen is a good production, although it still needs a number of cuts. If you are fans, or just love the Gothic series, this work also fall in love with you. Additionally, if you plan to test the Risen 2, it is useful to first reach for the first part, because I secretly believe that it will close follow-up adventures. I leave you, you may miss the chance to buy this game and remember ... Do not let the counter bison! Expand
  6. May 15, 2012
    7
    There's no way you can't call Risen a good game. The combat was challenging and rewarding -- you had to be quick and observant to prevail, so button-mashing and foolishly charging-in were not an option. It had a dance-like combination of footwork, blocking and planned strikes. I died a lot early-on against low-level mobs. A LOT. But it was rewarding when, later on, I cut right through them, so you don't see me whining now -- which, that said: I'm also impressed with Risen's . The world was full of atmosphere -- environments were detailed and varied. I think the developers were lacking in character design, as they reused models for NPCs and even then the models weren't the best, but that just points more focus towards an enchanting environment. The player character's smart-a** attitude made me happy, and I'm glad they gave him voice-over (unlike, say, in DA:O). Bottom line: despite imperfections that prevent me from calling it "great," Risen was fun to play. Expand
  7. Nov 30, 2012
    0
    ^^ sorry posted broken English Version here, here is the fixed normal English version of my review: You are some really really ugly guy, you can't customise your look, your character has
    no backround you are no one just ugly, if my actions will direct my character's personality
    then allow me to make him look as I please, block does not work on wolves, boars and mostly
    anything as I can tell, unlike block dodge which is useless absolutely 100% I practised with it
    ffs I play Devil May Cry 1 I know what is a hard game and this "dodge" it's not hard to do
    it's simply broken, I played this game for about 3-4 hours, I died about 40 times not from my
    mistakes, you can't run in this game, but you can move faster with spaming jump witch makes
    the game look ridicilous but you want to do it because you walk slowly, I did a chane quest
    to go to some city, I finished a few quests and talks, then I took some items that where in front
    a leader of that farm, he did not mind, I took items from one building he did not mind, I took items
    from other building and he mined that beath me do death but I did not die I staned up and healed
    automaticaly, then he did not want to talk to me, I could not say that I am sorry or return the item that
    I have taken, and the whole chain quest was ruined and how can the game change rules like that? to make ai
    to not mind taking items from other building and in front of them, but in that particular building they
    do, wtf with that?! when i allready blown all chanses talking to him and going to some city and
    becoming a mage, becouse melle combat is broken, I could not because this guy didnt want to
    talk to me so I stole more items, but first item I took he could see me trough the walls
    wtf... dodging is tottaly useless, I tested it with quick save and quick load on wolves and
    it was much better to just spam attack, block did not work on them eather, later i found
    out on the internet that you can block higher enemies with block, but you need shield for wolves,
    game did not tell me anything about that, I was level 4 or something, I could not put any point
    on any atribtes or skills and I think I did not get any health nor mana, from the start of the game.
    you can have many mana refilling useless potions and food useless because I did not find any
    magic in that 4 hours that I played, game frustrating, level is as high as it can be, stay
    far away from this game unless you want to cry.
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