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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,612 reviews)
Release Date: 30 Oct, 2009

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Includes 9 items: Risen, Risen 2: Dark Waters, Risen 2: Dark Waters - A Pirate's Clothes DLC, Risen 2: Dark Waters - Air Temple DLC, Risen 2: Dark Waters - Treasure Isle DLC, Risen 3 - Adventure Garb, Risen 3 - Fog Island, Risen 3 - Titan Lords, Risen 3 - Uprising of the Little Guys

 

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"New series from Piranha Bytes after the Gothic series. New game - same gameplay - same fun!"

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“A compelling RPG experience...”
84% – PCGZine
“Risen is a solid, engrossing and beautifully presented RPG that's well worth your time and money.”
85% – PC Zone

About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: 15 March
Will update as I progress

What I Like?
- RPG: Inventory, Trading, Dialogue, Enemies, NPC, Collecting herbs, Cooking food, Lock-picking, etc
- Pirate-Themed: Ship-werecked, pirates, ships, etc
- Combat: Enemies have unique fighting styles; some melee fights can require endurance and patience (defend, watch, attack), where one false move may finish you off, but you may need many more hits
- Graphics: The landscapes and environment look beautifully designed
- Audio: The sound and dialogue is fun and interesting; plenty of options to choose from
- The characters seem well integrated into the environment and adds to the atmosphere; You really feel that it's an organic community with power struggles, issues and people living their daily lives.

Neutral
- High Inventory: This may be a con for some users, but sometimes I prefer a game where I don't need to agressively manage inventory; I am not entirely sure whether its "unlimited"
- Steamworks Integration: Steam Trading Cards, etc

What I Wish it Had
:- Shorter Loading Times: It takes relaively long to load up saved games

- It's a pretty refreshing RPG - it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, I was pleasantly surprised by a number of elements and the way the characters were developed, they feel and sound like "real" people - thus at times you can really relate to the NPC (Non-Player Characters), and you feel part of the community.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: 7 February
An oldie but a real goodie. And I've had this game for a long time. I always started it, got distracted, and didn't go back to it. Then I started it, got distracted, .... Well, you know the drill.

I finally decided that this time when I started it, unless I got to the point where I really thought it stunk, I was going to finish it, regardless. Well, I finally did finish it and I truly enjoyed my experience. Once I got going, I found the game pulling me back and really looking forward to my free time to play it. It's a fun, charming game, in it's own way, but it's also fairly challenging and serious. (I also own Risen II and III, neither of which I've touched. So now, I'm looking forward to them both very much.)

The game does a good job leading you along to the point of having freedom of choice, but not feeling lost. And it really does offer you a lot choice... Who you ally with, who you tick off, what type of character build you want, where you are going to go next... There are a few minor details that can pass you by, but the game is so mature (old) now, there are tons of references for guidance on the Internet.

Anyway, in the spirit of keeping this short, I highly recommend this game. Like I said, it's older, but certainly well worth the $10 price tag. Buy it, start it, and uh ... stick with it! :) It'll offer you a LOT of entertainment for the money!
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: 2 February
Do you like pirate themed RPG? Then you should buy into this series. Nice graphics. Decent thief elements. Not the best lock pick solver out there but still ok. Good swashbuckling fun though. Start the story from the begining, it's worth it.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: 12 March
I awake washed up on a beach after a shipwreck. I am one of two survivors. The other survivor is a hot chick. This is looking good. She tells me to find a weapon to protect us so I bravely comb the beach for a club of some sort. I don't find one but I do run into two rather large and vicious sea vultures. They leave me alone until I loot the body they were feasting on. Then they give chase! I run away desperately looking for a weapon. I run back to the hot chick for help but she just tells me to find the weapon! Then I see it! Right there next to the hot chick this entire time. I pick up the wooden club but the sea vultures peck me to death before I figure out how to arm it and use it. I lay dying on the beach watching the sea vultures attack the hot chick knowing she will soon join me. Maybe it is for the best.

Probably the best first five minutes of a video game I've ever played and will definitely be coming back for more!

First Five Minutes of Game: 10 out of 10
Hot Chick: 7 out of 10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
296.2 hrs on record
Posted: 14 March
TL:DR? You decide.

The short: I found it fun and was often immersed and highly entertained. Since playing, I find that I look for similar games more often than others. I believe most will find this to be a fun game despite any flaws or annoyances they may stumble upon.

So, this is my first Steam review and I've chosen a slightly older one. However, it is the Steam game that I've invested the most hours thus far.

As a disclaimer, I'll add that while I do pay attention to and even, at times, hope for the myriad of things you'll see listed in some of the best Steam game reviews such as depth of story/immersion, mechanics, controls, etc., I am often quite easily entertained. Let's just say that many of my favorite movies are far from Oscar material. I focus mostly on distraction and fun.

You really only need peek at the number of hours played to know that I thoroughly enjoyed Risen and recommend it. The graphics are good enough to keep me from cringing and closing it. I actually enjoyed the music and voice acting, especially Lena Headey, many of the quests and NPC interactions and even exploring and collecting.

The few things I found a bit disheartening were the finite number of foragables, the tapering off of NPC interaction as the game progresses and quests are completed, Andy Serkis did not have a flemmy-cat with a furball-cough at all and last but most definitely not least, the amount of rain in the swamps! (I live in the Pacific Northwest.)
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