Average User Score: 7.2Apr 28, 2013Before noticing the release on Steam I had not heard of this game at all. I was in doubt wether to buy it, as I usually wait a while for reviews and playthrough sessions. Either way, I took the gamble and am now about 8 hours (pretty much non-stop) in. My conclusion so far, it's exactly what I was looking for!
It pushes all the right buttons for me, with many similarities to Witcher and Mass Effect and also a touch of that Risen diamond-in-the-rough feeling. Combat takes some getting used to, but so did the Witcher. The neccesity of blocking, dodging and alternating attacks keep the combat hectic and the addition of technomancer powers make it so much more interesting. Technomancer powers are basically a copy of the Witcher though, but that doesn't make them less fun.
The graphics are decent, nothing special but the atmosphere works. Lots of brown, but hey it's Mars. Same goes for the voice-acting, it's fine for me (I saw this mentioned as a con at other reviews). The story might be slightly cliche, but there's plenty to read (codex style). I love the customization options for your weapon and armor (though as effects are applied, you're kinda bound to one rather than it's visual appeal). The unlocking of skills is very satisfying (they make a ton of diference in combat, so you have that classic RPG 'getting stronger' feeling).
Overall, this game does a little bit of everything and does them well enough to keep me entertained. For its price you can't go wrong either. I certainly hope for more of these games to follow from Spider Studios (or is it Focus Home Interactive?).… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4May 20, 2012I never really got into the Gothic series, but I loved Risen and the same goes for Risen 2 - although only after a second look. The amount of exploration and atmosphere is well done. There's a lot of spoken dialog and personally I prefer it that way. Animations are pretty weak and unconvincing, but they have a certain charm after a while. The ending wasn't very impressive, but most fun came from side quests and the like anyway. Just like its predecessor the game has many weird design-choices and combat was (if you decide to go melee) mostly pressing the mouse button a lot and hoping not to get interrupted. Deep Silver have patched this buy adding things like monster-blocking and dodging in a recent patch (well done!), though I don't understand how early test-playing didn't show this before the release. Muskets are pretty overpowered, but I still enjoyed them a lot. In the end I really enjoyed this game and I would recommend it to those that have the patience to get further into the game. It takes a while before you have your basic skills and feel of combat and after that it gets really fun. I really hope we're going to be seeing a Risen III, though I hope they invite some more test-players (pick me!) that can make them avoid some of the unnecessary complaints.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.9May 20, 2012The game, when it's playable, is enjoyable enough. I can play for quite a while before getting bored and needing a break and the animations / graphics are decent enough. The distinct atmosphere of the previous games is lacking though and the amount of 'polish' actually distracts me.
The voice acting is really corny and the story pretty far-fetched too, but I suppose that's never been Diablo's strong point. In the end, the game has all the elements that you expect from this genre, shiny but lacking of innovation. The only innovation comes in the form of the DRM and auction house.
And although it might be an easy thing to pick on, I don't think Blizzard should be allowed to be forgiven this horrible choice of DRM. I couldn't play at first and when I could I got random disconnects combined with losing progress and all the 'fog-of-war' back (which *really* annoys me, after just having cleared every corner). I took a break, even went on holidays for a few days and when I returned today I still couldn't play because of a 'server maintenance' (on a sunday).
All the positive elements of this game will not get rid of these first (and second) impressions. I'm sure I'll have fun with this when it's stable enough to finish, but I surely regret buying this. If you like these types of games I still recommend it (despite all its flaws).. but I suggest you at least wait a month for things to stabilize and don't pay more than $25 tops.… Expand