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 terrorizing 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 expedition 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, you survive the shipwreck and are stranded on the volcanic island alone. You find yourself amidst a chaos of rebellion, tyranny, and mystic rituals. It is up to you to decide to which side the pendulum of fate will swing.
Delve into a gritty, raw, and atmospheric fantasy world in which every action has a consequence. In the epic world of Risen, filled with mysterious earthquakes, fearsome monsters, and unimaginable treasures, forge your path with the sword, learn the art of staff fighting, or become a powerful mage.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Bad Language, Drugs, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Single-core Processor or equivalent, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 256 MB; NVIDIA GeForce 7900 / ATI Radeon X1800 or better. Patched to version 1.11
Posted on 2014-04-03 07:05:59 byTruehare:
The first thing you have to know about this game is: it's HARD. Take the wrong turn at lower levels and you'll be killed by a wild hog. Or try to take on an armed opponent without training: you'll think the controls are terrible.
They aren't; it's your character who sucks in combat.
And there lies the beauty of Risen: you can actually *feel* your evolution. Combat controls areread more clunky at first, but pour a few points in your skill, you'll feel the difference at your fingertips.
Said difficulty ensures that, though the map is open from the start, you'll only see some parts of it after you have managed to overcome the monsters blocking the path. That guarantees that you'll have some new, breathtaking vistas to discover late in the game, even with such a small map.
The story is nice, but nothing to write home about. Classic save-the-world stuff. I'll let you discover it for yourself.
What is impressive is how alive the world feels. The characters are interesting, having intricate relationships with one another. Basically, everyone knows everyone, not only people in the same area.
About graphics: did I mention breathtaking vistas? Just go to the monastery at about sunset time and look down on the valley below. You'll understand.
Sound is adequate; the score is nice but not remarkable, and the voices are ok.
The only gripe I have with Risen is the final boss. I won't spoil it, but it's underwhelming to say the least. However, even that doesn't take away from the fun.
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Posted on 2014-04-03 07:18:14 bymecirt:
Disclaimer: review based on the Steam version.
Risen is an action RPG with a fantastically well-built world, cool factions to pick from, diverse quests, an interesting storyline (even though it does feel a bit cliche), and overall a solid experience. The game is not as big as Gothic and and the game is more confined and linear, but there's still plenty to do to fill 30 hours orread more so.
There are two main factions - the inquisition and the rebels - as well as the mages, who are sort-of neutral, except not really. Fortunately there is no "good vs evil" split, each faction has its own viewpoint on events and neither is really the bad guys (nor the good guys). Class choice is based on the faction that you join, character development is not particuparly diverse beyond that.
The melee combat system is, regrettably, rather subpar. It looks good in theory - you get defensive and offensive moves, need to watch your opponent for mistakes and attack patterns, then capitalise on weaknesses. In practice, however, it feels very slow and often frustrating, and getting the timing wrong can easily lead to losing a long fight.
Fortunately, if you select the path of a mage, you will be able to ignore melee from the second act onwards, and the experience improves significantly.
The above is just my impression - some people like the combat system a lot, others hate it, so you'll need to try for yourself and see.
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Posted on 2014-04-03 08:50:39 byPolly77:
Risen is a good, solid RPG experience. As with Gothic 2, I have played Risen several times - it is a game which I return to, whose world draws me back in.
Combat is challenging and does take time to get to grips with. As with all the Gothic games, getting the timing right is essential. Also, learning the correct strategy in how to attack and defend against the different opponentsread more is crucial. This is a tough game, but it rewards exploration and experience.
Where I feel Risen shines is in how it utilises the island space as the story develops. I loved the fact that you explored the island inside and out. Some areas you revisit during the course of the game, but I found the dynamics of how you revisit those areas kept the areas fresh rather than them feeling repetitive.
Although character development is straightforward you do need to experience the game somewhat before finalising exactly which options to maximise. There is perhaps more choice in this game than it initially appears.
The first time I played this game through I restarted immediately. The only other game I've done this with is The Witcher. In both instances, my enjoyment the second time through was far greater than the first.
If you enjoy a challenging RPG that offers decent replay value then this is one to get.
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