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Average User Score: 3.9Jun 1, 2015INTRODUCTION:
I really felt like I had to react and write a review on this game after reading all the comments because I think Risen 3: TitanINTRODUCTION:
I really felt like I had to react and write a review on this game after reading all the comments because I think Risen 3: Titan Lords (Adventure - Action - RPG - Pirate - Gothic game) is underrated. I know and agree that it is not perfect and will explain why bellow but it certainly is not mediocre or horrible.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE GAME:
First, this is an open world and it's quite BIG, night and day time, numerous areas to explore, many hours of gameplay, which is already a very good start for me. There is an interesting story, characters and dialogue are pretty funny and entertaining. Many quests to do, items to collect, abilities and magic powers to upgrade like we expect a real Adventure and Action RPG game to be! The music is epic and has a cool vibe that I love, making it a more enjoyable experience.
You can teleport, travel from one Island to another by boat, make allies and also have a companion of your choice that will help you during battles and regenerate your health, which is very practical since the battles are kind of rough and you may die often if not careful enough. Though when you start understanding how to fight beasts and monsters, you finally realize that dodging is super important and you might want to save regularly as the game itself says. The fact that we are allowed to save at anytime is a huge plus and all games should have that option in my opinion.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IMPROVED:
Unfortunately, graphics are not the best, most characters don't look good and they move awkwardly, especially when speaking. Bad camera angles often occur during dialogue, showing either a wall or a non sensical view seeing through plants, grass, furniture, characters, environment and so on... Noticeable flickering and flashing texture issues are all over the place. You may think "what the **** did the developers smoke at work?" lol... Unfortunately, the frame rate seems to rush like it did in Risen 2, you may have a weird feeling when walking around. By chance we get used to this after a while.
Other important and unpleasant aspects, it is possible to get atttacked by enemies while talking to NPCs, which I really don't think should happen. Sometimes companions can disappear and surprisingly respawn after a long time. They can even die and never come back if the character runs fast or gets away from the battle.
People that only played a few hours may have got the impression that the combat system sucks because they are not aware of what skills they can develop or improve and be annoyed that the character is very weak. They probably will end up having a bad opinion of the game and stop playing. That being said, the ones that are truly patient will be rewarded and discover that there is so much more to Risen 3 than what they think. Just give it a chance and you will see...
I wish it had a better frame rate and that the visuals, camera angles and animation could have been more polished as it looks pretty bad at times. I know that they are supposed to release a better ''Enhanced'' version for the PS4 in late August 2015. Having played the PC version myself, which is gamepad compatible, I was very impressed to see how much difference there is. All visuals are a lot more polished and most of the bugs I mentioned previously do not happen. I would even rate the game 8.5 out of 10.
Concerning the PS3 version, overall it's decent, still playable and enjoyable. Quite frankly, there are many many hours to spend on this game and the more I play, the more I fall in love with it. That being said, I highly reccomend that you get the PC version instead or wait for the PS4 release. For all these reasons, I think Risen 3 on PS3 deserves a 6 out of 10.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Sep 18, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This one is very different from what we are used to & is a truly unique experience I will always remember.
Journey proves that we don't always need weapons, blood or fights to have a good time. I personally loved the non dialogue approach, which has absolutely no negative impact on the story. It feels very relaxing, just like a spiritual meditation session, lost in a desert, guided buy the wind, with the help of magic carpets.
The intensity of silence & music, will reveal in you a sense of goodness, hope & achievement. The refinement & artistry of the visuals transport you to a world where you are secure, in peace, no matter what obstacle you encounter. Graphics, while always important, here more than ever, help you to appreciate & enjoy the game even more. The main character looks simple, its minimalist design is a perfect example that less is more. Even the sand is very shiny & quite impressive on its own.
If you are a sensitive person, it should get through your emotions in a way that it is touching. Though usually not a fan of online gaming, I have to admit that having a companion along the way was comforting.
The ending, we walk through a sanctuary of light, our minds free with the certitude that we accomplished everything when passing away. It's true that the game is not so challenging, but if you understood well, it obviously was not the main goal. Thanks for introducing an outstanding concept & gameplay, maybe showing the path to a new gaming style era? All I can say is that I hope there will be a second & ''longer'' JOURNEY, this idea deserves further exploration, we want more!
Unfortunately, the game is way too short but that is the only bad thing to mention. If developers took the time to make such a memorable piece of art, they should have also taken the time to make it last longer.
Of course nothing lasts forever but one thing is for sure, we don't want this Journey to end after only 2 or 3 hours. For that reason, I'm forced to lower the rating to 7 on 10, even if I thought it was amazing.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Sep 18, 2013Folks may think this game is intended for kids with beautiful, nice purple dragons, but it's a bit too complex; more for teens & adults in myFolks may think this game is intended for kids with beautiful, nice purple dragons, but it's a bit too complex; more for teens & adults in my opinion. In this episode, an apocalypse is close at hand. Spyro & Cynder must escape from captivity & save the world.
THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THE GAME:
1 The story is entertaining & intriguing. The music serves the story, drawing you in.
2 Graphics are decent for a PS2 remake released in 2008. The art design & landscapes will impress.
3 Fly anytime, as opposed to previous Spyro adventures, feels good & different.
4 A variety of interesting spells are made-use-of in order to advance at various stages.
5 Armour found throughout the levels provide added protection or increase skills.
6 Power upgrades are straightforwardly purchased, reminiscent of God of war "GOW".
7 Health and magic are upgraded by finding special crystals, some of which are hidden or within a puzzle.
8 Opening doors & chests are executed by repetitive button taps, adding to the challenge, again like GOW.
9 The levels provide opportunities for exploration; looking for gems and chests as well as quest objectives.
10 One more gameplay element that reminds me of GOW is fighting a giant boss, the same principles apply.
11 Bosses though impressive at first, are not that hard to defeat, think a bit & discover the tricks & secrets.
12 The easy drop-in drop-out co-op 2 player option is very handy.
13 In 2 player mode, the often-tedious dragon-switching is not required.
14 Another good thing is the teamwork. A team, Spyro and Cynder definitely are.
15 Skipping cinematic or dialogue is possible if desired.
16 The final battle could have been a bit longer but will not disappoint; it is very well done, as is the ending.
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
1 As opposed to nice game graphics, cinematic scenes are sometimes a bit cheesy with weird colours.
2 At times, the camera goes a little strange & is restricted, which can be bothersome & not very useful.
3 First impression is that it's gonna be a long journey, by the end, you realize it's a bit too short.
4 In single player mode, climbing requires switching from Spyro to Cynder & gets annoying.
5 Climbing controls could have been better explained, you may spend a long time figuring them out.
6 The fact this PS3 game is discontinued & hard to find is unfortunate.
7 Despite being able to fly anytime, you don't have the freedom to fly where you want.
8 A map would have helped as it's not always clear where to go.
9 Flying can be frustrating, the wind is often difficult to work with.
10 Finally, the game has bugs as characters can get stuck.
Everything taken into account, I really enjoyed this game despite its flaws & I recommend to everyone as it's worth playing. The fact that this adventure is a bit too short is a little sad & feels like we'll miss the cute little Dragons, at least it's not disappointing. The RPG elements, storyline, combat system & art design will help you get into it quickly & will satisfy most people, especially fans of the genre.
Some people note this game has no replay value, I somewhat disagree. Single or 2 player modes can change the dynamic. Choosing Spyro or Cynder gives a different experience. However I can't deny the story will remain the same & might not be the one you replay the most. That being said, I truly believe this Legend of Spyro is underrated & well deserves at least 7 on 10.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Sep 14, 2013R.A.W. (Realms of Ancient War) is an RPG Dungeon adventure, offering a selection of characters, weapons, spells & monsters. Those familiarR.A.W. (Realms of Ancient War) is an RPG Dungeon adventure, offering a selection of characters, weapons, spells & monsters. Those familiar with this type of game will recognize conventional elements as well as some cool twists.
THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THE GAME:
1 Good hack & slash with a lot of action, if you like slicing skeletons, spiders & monsters, you will enjoy.
2 The music is dramatic & will help you get into the mood.
3 Graphics are not incredibly stunning but nor are they disappointing.
4 Ability to assign powers is very practical & all RPG games should be like this in my opinion.
5 This allows you to customize your (2) skill sets (i.e. defensive offensive)
6 Different spells are available only after reaching a certain level.
7 The camera does a good job in general, you don't get stuck, unable to see anything, as in other games.
8 Inventory screen easy to use & view, when looking to drop or sell items or equip armour & weapons.
9 Skipping the dialogue is a good option for those like me, especially after having viewed it once.
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
1 In my opinion, the game was way too short compared to other games of the same ''genre''.
2 The story line makes no sense, when moving on to the next stage, including the final scene.
3 You should not expect anything new or innovative, it's a very typical dungeon game, nothing more.
4 More than 3 characters would be an asset, for example ''Sacred 2'' gives the choice from a total of 6.
5 The co-op ''offline mode'' is only (2) players, why not the possibility of up to (4) players?
6 The gameplay would be more interesting if the characters could jump, as in ''DarK Kingdom''.
7 R.A.W. is only available on the Playstation network, why not in stores as well like the pc version?
8 Player 2 cannot save gear/progress, which is not a major issue (in this game) but certainly will bother.
9 A rotating screen option would have been helpful, as well as zooming when using single player mode.
10 Finally, some of the characters screams while fighting, were annoying to my ears.
The fact this game is way too short may lead some people to say that it is not challenging enough. A story line that doesn't make any sense, is weird & strangely surprising & a bit disappointing. That being said, I still enjoyed playing Realms of Ancient War because I love hack & slash & that I'm not all about the difficulty level but more about concentrating on what I need to do & developing the right techniques. For all these reasons, I think this game deserves a 5 out of 10.… Expand