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  • Summary: Risen 3: Titan Lords draws the player in to a hand-crafted role-playing world where every decision alters the events of the story.
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  1. Aug 12, 2014
    50
    The potential is actually staggering, but the reach exceeds their grasp, and in the end they’re left with a game that, frankly, underachieves in almost all the ways that matter.
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  1. Aug 27, 2014
    10
    This is why we play videogames! I LOVE IT! Rpg lovers, get this game asap! It's so much fun! Beautiful world! Skyrim eat your hearth out! Thank you so much Piranha Bytes for this gem!!! Expand
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    6
    Having played and somewhat enjoyed 1 & 2, I was looking forward to 3. True, they weren't the best RPG's out there, but there aren't that many of the genre period that I would not play mediocre titles.

    Firstly, let me state, that just prior to release, PBDS made a huge deal that this game was much more like 1 than 2; that would be a no....from the maps to the gameplay, this almost was 2....too bad.

    From the first moments of the game, any hope that PB improved the aesthetics or framerate issues significantly was dashed. FR is about on par with 2, not as horrid as 1. The animation is clearly second rate, it's an embarrassment. ...every woman looks like an East German athlete with a porn stars breast implants gone way too far....the design team must be tiny...and probably hates women :)

    As to the gameplay. The dodge-rolling breaks the game, it is literally impossible to be hit, let alone killed, if you simply want to keep mashing the roll...ridiculous. Other than that, combat is reasonable for the first 2/3rds of the game, but once leveled up, not even on Hard is the combat challenging.

    The story is decent and well paced, the world is relatively large and at times fun to explore. The loot system is improved over 1 and 2, as is the leveling system; there is no one way to play this game.

    Overall, if you are a fan of the genre and have time to kill, pick it up; if you aren't, steer clear.

    This series has so much promise and each game, it's a waste that they can;t get it right.

    PS. I have been reading that the game is buggy; I literally had 1 crash through 1.5 playthroughs...significantly below the average for games out there now.
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  3. Aug 14, 2014
    1
    Hmmmm, where to start? From the outset and RISEN 3's earliest frames, blocky textures, screen-tearing and framerate issues abound. Technically, at least on 360, RISEN 3 is a functional mess; it hardlocked my console 5 times while questing or opening my inventory during the first island's initial journeys.

    Almost shovelware, certainly broken and unfinished, RISEN 3 at full retail price IS, imo, a moneygrab, brazen and egregious. Will Pirahna Bytes fix their "hot mess?" Not likely, as the first and second RISEN games still have most, if not all, of THEIR broken issues still present at this writing.

    Many other reviewers, professional and consumer, have also noted RISEN 3's poor FPS, microstuttering, unbalanced gameplay, and uneven presentation combined with poor texturing, bad lighting, and general lack of polish.

    Moreover, many gamers have noted the "simple" dodge and roll combat mechanics while yet another word may describe the combat in a more terse way: "stunlock." Your player-character will become stunlocked and killed repeatedly on various difficulty settings; mobs will attack and attack and attack while your character will recycle animations as hitpoints dwindle to a visit to the reload screen.

    Additionally, the game purports to have an autosave function that marks your place at random intervals in the gameworld; although, commonplace and effective elsewhere, in most games, in RISEN 3 during combat, while securing a potion or two, the autosave will cause the fps to plummet to slideshow effect, often locking up my XBOX 360.

    CAN these seemingly random issues be fixed? Imo, hardware issues, gameplay design and poor coding will forestall RISEN 3's rise above the rim of the porcelain bowl. :(
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  4. Aug 16, 2014
    0
    Heyyo, this is another broken Risen game... Pirana Bytes yet again seem to never learn their damn lessons... enemies attack in 1/10th of a second yet the player has a full second animation on his sword swing... brutal. Expand