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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
Score distribution:
  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: 83 out of 117
  2. Negative: 18 out of 117
  1. SeanF
    Oct 27, 2009
    Let me start this review by saying that I've never played any of the Gothic games. Or Oblivion. Or pretty much any RPG that has been released (for PC or consoles) in the last 8-or-so years. I lost interest in gaming a long while back, after a marriage, kids and work took up all of my time. I bought a new computer last week, and figured I'd take a look on Metacritic and see which RPGs were well-received -- I used to love the genre, and have played many of the classics (Wizardry series up to 7, Ultima Underworld, Betrayal at Krondor, etc.) and figured that I'd pick up a title to play for an hour or two in the evenings before bed. After considering a few, I decided on Risen and purchased it from an online retailer. I had no idea what I was in for! I have scarcely done anything but sit in my computer chair, jaw gaping for the last 4 days. This game is just incredible... the world is so fully realized it's almost shocking. People go about their daily lives, the days and nights cycle and weather changes, the world has very lived-in feel and a real sense of history. It is so easy to get lost in it, especially due to all of the distractions that the game offers you: collecting animal trophies, crafting swords and jewelery, mining... the list goes on and on. Should you decide to focus on the main quest line, the plot is gripping and voice acting accomplished. The game has a sense of moral ambiguity throughout that's very mature and thoughtful. There is no right and wrong side -- you are left only with your own morals and instincts to decide your friends and foes. Also, characters are multi-dimensional and not always as they appear... you will often serve as a tool for someone else's ulterior motives unless you're wise enough to catch on and refuse. I am, perhaps, not the best judge of graphics since I've been out of the loop for a while, but i'd argue that Risen is indisputably gorgeous. Beams of rust-orange light poke through the swaying trees at sunset, water flows convincingly around rocks and down falls, nights are inky blackness, broken only by your torch, which casts realistic shadows from everything around you. Just wow. Don't let yourself miss this game, it is really truly a classic and has single-handedly rejuvenated my interest in video games. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    Risen is the RPG I've been dreaming of. You have complete freedom in the open world, but there's a strong story and never a moment where you've run out of quests to pursue. It has fun combat and no grinding.

    Some people might not like that character advancement is at the whim of story-unlocked trainers (e.g. to even start learning magic skills, it can take up to 10 hours to get to the trainers and pass their initiation trials), but I see this as a bonus. It adds to the immersion quite a bit (access to magic is strictly controlled by The Order), and unlike Morrowind/Oblivion, it's a lot harder to build an overpowered min/maxed character.

    Also, the graphics/art are amazing. It has the most attention to detail I've ever seen in an open-world RPG.
  3. Aug 5, 2011
    Best RPG since it's release so far. Piranha Bytes keeps my hopes alive that RPG genre didn't died out yet. And the graphich is really amazing for a 2009 game. Managed to get 30 FPS medium, 1024*768, Radeon 5750. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2013
    Good game, unfortunately still some bugs, weird animations and not enough weapons, but every true gothic fan will find this to be a pleasent experience. Expand
  5. Poloman
    Oct 24, 2009
    Best single player RPG I've played in a very long time. I don't have anything else recently released to compare it to, but I enjoyed it more than Elder Scrolls - Oblivion or Fallout 3. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    It's playable to the end with patience. It justifiabley probably deserves more than 6/10, only I was hit with a bug that prevented me upgrading my swordfighting. The game itself is quite brilliant. Controls are easy, the scenery's good, and the story is easily interesting enough.

    However I was hit by two things that slowed the game down badly.

    Early on, my recommendation letter was not accompanied with directions where to take it. I wandered for at least eight hours, before I searched online and found where to go.

    Secondly my close combat was hindered by my inability to advance my sword fighting stats. I was regularly locked in battles with lizard warrior foes that took me hours and hours and hours to defeat. Shame. [Plus the disgusting noise the lizards make urghh. It's like the sound of regurgitation and snarling mixed.]

    Another of my grumbles, is that at least quarter of Risen, is spent in the dark. Medieval torches did little to help, and you have to drop them to battle, as your're using two hands.

    Many seem to complain that Risen is slow, and I found it exceptionally difficult in places. However if you're patient, and don't get hit by bugs you have masses of fun.
  7. Nov 30, 2012
    ^^ 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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