The island Faranga needs a new hero, you! 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.
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Release Date: 30 Oct, 2009

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“Risen is a solid, engrossing and beautifully presented RPG that's well worth your time and money.”
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The island Faranga needs a new hero, you!
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.
  • Countless side quests and creatures to discover.
  • Over 60 hours of Immersive open world gameplay.
  • Alter the destiny of the island by the actions you take.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP™ (with Service Pack 3)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel® Pentium™ 4 Single-core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX™ 9.0c compatible graphics card (nVidia® GeForce® 7900/ATI Radeon™ X1800 or better)
    • DirectX®: DirectX™ 9.0c compatible graphic card driver
    • Hard Drive: 2.5 GB free Hard Drive space
    • Sound: 100% DirectX™ 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Controller Support: Keyboard, Mouse
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: 28 September
For Piranha Bytes, Risen was a clean slate. After Gothic 3 was a total debacle at launch due to their publisher, JoWooD, meddling with the development and basically ripping the game from their hands before it was finished to meet a launch date, PB cut all ties with the series that put them on the map. Signing up with Deep Silver, Risen was constructed, from the ground up, to be an evolution of the formulas and gameplay loops found in Gothic, while also targeting console players with a multi-platform release. Risen succeeds in a lot of what it sets out to do. However, there are still some missteps, especially in the latter parts of the game.

The story takes place on Faranga, a mediterranean island, where after humanity cast out the ruling gods (a reference to one of the endings of Gothic 3), massive ruins begin to rise out of the ground all over the world and deadly creatures begin to pour out, forcing humanity into conflict once again. To make matters worse, massive storms are wreaking havoc on any kind of settlement or ship out in the oceans, which is where the nameless player character comes in. After stowing away on a boat commanded by a militant theocratic order known as the Inquisition, the player shipwrecks onto the island along with one other survivor and has to figure out what is going on.

The player is given a choice between siding with three different factions in three different massive areas full of side quests and characters, and this is something Risen does really well, almost to the degree of Gothic 2. The settlements all ooze atmosphere, whether it be the bandit camp in the swamps or the Inquisition monastery high up in the peaks of an active volcano, they all have distinct character and feel like real places and much of the early game is spent in these areas.

After picking a faction, the game begins to settle into a rhythm of exploring ruins, doing some light puzzle solving and finding the plot device of the day. While this can get rote after a while, the game is still very much enjoyable and the story is intriguing enough where I was playing just to see what happens next. There are some great characters in Risen too, especially the Inquisitor himself (voiced by Andy Serkis), Don Estaban (voiced by John Rhys-Davies), the crime lord leader who was exiled out of Harbor Town by the Inquisition and Patty (voiced by Lena Heady), a tavern owner who is looking for her lost father.

However, where the game lets itself down, is in the combat. Now, YMMV but I never quite got the hang of how combat works in Risen and would often resort to cheesy tactics in the later game when the difficulty curve begins to rapidly spike up. Even with endgame gear, enemies were still able to stun lock me with ease and decimate me without breaking a sweat. It's possible I didn't build my character right, but it was often frustrating dealing with the combat. However, it didn't make me want to stop playing.

Speaking of character building, the learning points system from Gothic makes a comeback and it's relatively unchanged from how it was used in previous games. When you level up, you get ten learning points and use them to learn skills from trainers (along with a little bit of gold for good measure). A really enjoyable part of this system is that each trainer has different lines for how they teach you something like how to swing a sword, with each having their own take and personality on it, though this ultimately makes no difference in terms of gameplay.

Risen is also quite a looker, with a very strong mediterranean themed art style throughout and well-done lighting. Characters don't look super hot in 2016, but it's still far better then, say, ArcaniA, which came out two years later. The game also runs very well on modest PC's, and more higher end specs can utilize tools like nVidia Inspector to add in anti-aliasing. At 2x SSAA, this is quite a great looking game.

I highly recommend checking this out if you are a fan of the Gothic games or of European CRPG's in general!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: 30 September
A great game for old school RPG fans, even on easy this game will curbstomp you. Risen also doesn't hold your hand throughout the game, when solving a quest you do it based upon the details given to you rather than following a marker until you finished the task. So I recommend this game for people who want a challenge, the battles are fun and tense, each problem you face can be tackled in various ways, also the choices you make can have an effect on the world around you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: 13 October
It definitely has the Gothic DNA and a lot of the elements that made Gothic great are still here: a merc camp, a bustling town, and little pockets of ruins peppered throughout the wilderness. Exploring is still the main highlight of the game, here, however, the combat lacks the charm of the original series and follows a boring rhythm based combat system. Enemies will almost always block some of your attacks, which adds to the tedium since if you're beefing up a combat skill in particular it doesn't feel like your're a master swordsman at all. The game follows tradition and has a pretty grindy final act where you face TONS of enemies in armor, thankfully here it's easy to run past most enemies. All in all a solid title that doesn't retain all of what made Gothic great but has enough to warrant a playthrough, though I won't blame you for jumping ship before the final boss.

Positive note: I do like how they add traversal tools, e.g. telekinesis, transformation, it enhances the exploration and is something I want to see in Elex! Hopefully they nail the feel of the skill AND item progression.

Something that bothered me was that no matter how badass your armor is, every enemy will make you stagger if they connect w a hit, even a ♥♥♥♥ing pig, dog or squirrel. I remember getting good armor in Gothic and smiling as I saw the wolves and scavengers graze me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: 14 October
I genuinely loved Risen, and that only made it hurt me so much more when I discovered the sequels weren't very good at all. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes RPGs. Combat takes practice and it took some reading for me to learn the leveling system, but it's nothing too terrible. I had a horrible glitch when climbing that would make the game un-playable, I fixed this by capping the FPS.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: 16 October
Lure ogre to the bandit camp.
Ogre kill half of the camp. Before got taken down by oscar the immortal smith.
Luv this game. <3
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: 24 September
I liked this game. Very much.
Ok, the curve of learning is a few bit drastic and the death is always around the corner, but if you take the habit to save very often, the lot of deaths are also accettable (in fighting the 75% of the time is your fault, for beeing too irruent and lesser clever). It have some years of life, but it's still enjoyable.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: 13 October
If you play a Piranha Bytes game for the sake of combat then ignore this. But if you want to be a part of an intriguing journey in a land where you are needed the most i belive you will like this! There is alot going on, lots of mystery and things to do to solve this mystery, There is no good or evil path in this game so you can play however you want without having to be forced into the role as a saint or an a-hole. This gives the game great replay value!


The first half of the game is great, unfortunately the second half is where the developers stopped giving a crap and all you have is one long linear main objective until its finished. I recommend you playing Gothic 3 instead because Risen is basically Gothic 3 light.

And beware that the combat in this game is extremely unbalanced, in the beginning you are litteraly worthless and by the end you are unstoppable. I recommend you to to learn the combat before even starting the game if you dont want to rage quit!

The combat is god awful, every monster dodge your attacks quicker than a boxing champion and all the humans block and dodge your every attack. Every fight feels like a boxing match where the combat requires patience and timing. I dont have patience, i just want them to die! And there is TOO MUCH COMBAT so that requires ALOT of patience! And when you face multiple enemies you are literally getting ♥♥♥♥♥!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: 6 October
I really tried to like this game. There's a bunch about it to like. The world in which you play was obviously crafted with love. The exploration aspect kept me coming back to play. The variety of enemies and the characters in town were also full of life. Even the story was pretty cool. The world is getting devastated by Titans and the island your on serves as the beginning of humanity's last stand. Cool sign me up.

Then comes the combat...

As usual, Pirahna Bytes always seems to never be able to try a better system. From Gothic to Risen you'd figure they'd try something new. But, no. It's just a janky mess. The enemies can spam you to death even after leveling your character to godlike levels. Your character can't do more than 1 thing at a time, and it just feels crude and non-responsive. I swear the combat system in these games always makes me wanna tear my hair out.

Then the glitches happened.

Suddenly getting tossed into the air for no reason (which honestly was more funny than anything)

Random crashes.

Character suddenly disappears.

But probably the one thing that killed me, (Not sure if this was a glitch or not) was the ending. You beat the last boss and you get a 2 minute black screen with some talking. No video, no nice little wrap up. Just a "ok you did it, bye." really, thanks for that. I wasn't at all curious as to how my actions influenced the island or nothing.

By the way, the intro music sounds suspiciously like the fallout 3 music. Just sayin'

All in all, in my opinion, a game has to do a couple of things to get a recommendation. It's gotta look good, play good, and keep my interest.

It looks good. It kept my interest. It definitely did not feel good.

2/3 ain't bad though right? You decide if you can deal with that. For me, the love/hate relationship I had with this game makes me say no. For my health I cannot recommend it.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: 24 September
Risen is a half-good game. every aspect of the game has it's good side and bad side.
the combat system is sometimes enjoyable, but it feels very limited and sometimes is also broken, there's an automatic targeting system that don't work well even with two enemies in front of you. the quests are interesting but the quest management system is really badly designed and the quest theirself are poorly written, and often you'll not understand what you have to do. same goes for the story, the subject could have been good but is really poorly written which leads to a very boring experience, even the final boss and the ending are totally flat and summon no emotion at all.
do youreself a favour and don't buyu it
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: 3 October
The game itself isn't awful, and even has some interesting interactions with quests and NPCs. The combat, though, is awful, and there is a ton of it. It's just not worth the time investment to deal with it.
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21.3 hrs
Posted: 23 October
good ♥♥♥♥
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MLG Putin approves
43.6 hrs
Posted: 23 October
love it great game remindes me of the good old rpg games.
best out of all the risens and gothic games.
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Lord Camulos
2.2 hrs
Posted: 20 October
I would recommend this game to anyone who likes RPG's. it is not for people who want the games to show where you need to go. you need to pay attention to conversations. Yes the movement is out dated but it is still fun.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: 16 October
Constant stuttering, makes it unplayable.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: 15 October
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0.7 hrs
Posted: 13 October
Incredibly clunky combat and mediocre VO. Couldn't get to run properly on my PC. If you think this is going to be like TES series, look elsewhere.
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