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 (1,211 reviews)
Release Date: 30 Oct, 2009

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"The spiritual successor to Gothic. Challenging and unforgiving. Different gameworld - yet familiar; different story - yet just as charming. Very German."
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Reviews

“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
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
88.7 hrs on record
Posted: 30 October
Great game, better than Oblivion/Skyrim. You start out very weak and even the local wildlife is a very big threat. Combat is enjoyable after you get your first shield and you have to accurately time your attacks in between enemy attacks. The world is big enough to explore but not so large that you get bored wandering around. Only bad thing about the game is there are two major times where they trap you in a town and you can't leave until you've completed certain quests. Would have preferred being able to leave when I wanted to.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.3 hrs on record
Posted: 24 November
Annoying, old-fashioned and inconvenient

Graphics
  • Detailed landscapes, always something new to notice
  • Nice lighting that adds atmosphere
  • Characters barely move their body and are very stiff
  • Faces are barely animated
  • Low resolution textures
Sound
  • Brilliant background sound
  • German voice acting very good but only average English voice acting
  • Sound makes game come alive whether it is animal growling from meters away before you see them, nearby waterfalls or the chitchat of NPCs
Balance
  • Player improvements are noticeable and satisfying
  • Tough combat that takes skill and getting used to
  • Game might be too tough for most players
  • Very small differences between classes
Atmosphere
  • Huge world that you can explore whenever you want with no limitations as long you're good enough to fight enemies
  • NPCs react to you when you're close or call you 'Master' if you became a Master Mage
  • World feels very alive but static, could have been more dynamic
UI
  • Good mouse control
  • UI is clean and not confusing
  • The action bar is inconvenient as it allows you to bind from 3-9
Content
  • Huge, open game world
  • Took me 72 hours to finish
  • Immense amounts of side-quests
  • Many areas and things to explore, you get to know some of the NPCs
  • Achievements also available if you're into achievements
Quests
  • Many different quest tasks
  • Occasionally you get to decide how you want to do a quest
  • Too many collect quests
  • Story are too predictable
Character
  • Every single ability is useful and you won't find one that is abundant
  • You have to specialize instead of just learning everything
  • You can strongly feel your character improve when levelling up and spending learning points which is very satisfying over the playtime
  • The system is too simple
Combat
  • Exciting combat that is tough but satisfying
  • Several weapon types
  • You learn new attacks instead of simply doing more damage
  • Enemies often have different tactics, even beasts, and there are even beasts who will parry an attack
  • Too many of the same enemies, there should have definitely been more beasts
Items
  • Loads of items in the game
  • Collecting can become fun such as picking herbs to brew Healing Potions
  • There are very limited amounts of armour and weapons which can be a good and bad thing. Instead of just picking the best you find you can just target the best weapon and go and get it. This can be addictive but it gets tiring using the same armour for a longer period

Conclusion
Risen is a great game, it is, but it is also not for everyone. Risen is made by Piranha Bytes which is based in Germany. It is a small studio which is why you cannot expect a big franchise here. Piranha Bytes became famous with Gothic and Risen is Gothic through and through. If you're already a Gothic fan then you probably do not need to get told to buy this game. Unfortunately after Gothic 3 Piranha Bytes got into an argument with their old publisher, Jowood, and the rights of Gothic went to them. Piranha Bytes is a small studio and very passionate about their game which is why this was quite tragic. Gothic 4: Arcania was produced by another studio and became a mess. After Gothic 4 the rights went back to Piranha Bytes but it was too late since the storyline was already ruined with Gothic 4. Risen is an attempt at recreating Gothic from scratch and the game plays exactly like Gothic did.

This game is very old-fashioned and inconvenieent. Do you remember old games where just opening the map was annoying but you played it anyway because you get used to it? This is the type of game Risen is. The combat system is annoying when you compare it to other titles where you press a few buttons and you've gotten a few thousand kills while checking what's on the TV. As a new player you are going to die against any beast until you learn to double-tap S to dodge attacks. If you are someone who enjoys RPGs in general then get this game, you won't regret it. If you are someone who likes RPGs 'as long they're great' then just save yourself the trouble as you'll probably stop playing due to it being too annoying and you're not willing to adapt. If love RPGs then prepare to become part of the franchise as there are already Risen 2 and 3 that will advance in the story. I would rate this game 7/10 for reasons explained above. This is not a bad rating, it just simply is not for everyone. Personally I have greatly enjoyed Risen and am very motivated to begin my adventure in Risen 2: Dark Waters.

This game was played at maximum settings on this system:
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T
GPU: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 4x4
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45
SSD: Samsung SSD 830

If you have any further questions or are still unsure if you should buy it feel free to ask.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: 8 November
This is one of those game that deserve a neutral rating if Steam has one. Risen is an open world RPG, you are stranded on a island and has to join force with local factions and help them with their agendas to survive. I've only played a few hours at this point but the story is bland and uninteresting, VO can be all over the place. Most of the time it's not good.
Graphically RIsen can be a mixed bag. Flora looks good, environment is ok for a 2009 game but NPC looks bad. Design is bland and the town is pretty ugly.
As for the game play, Risen is play in third person view and structurally similar to other open world RPG, you wander around, explore and getting tons of quests. If you've played an open world RPG before like fallout, elder scroll or the gothic series; you already know the general flow of the game.
The combat in this game is quite clunky, you can equip 2 weapon, one melee/staff, one range weapon. You don't have a lot of option for melee combat, just an attack and block button, range weapon is very slow but enemies are very easy to kite.
The leveling system is obtuse, you gained learning points after a level but can't spend them unless you go see a trainer and pay them gold to get stats increase. This lead to hilarious situation where you're in a school supposedly learning things but can't get any stats increase because there's no easy way to make money. This make the early game quite difficult since quest payout is 20/30 gold while you need increasingly more money to gain stats. 1 stat point cost 10-20 gold and you earned 10 stat points per level. Basically you will have to try and scavenge everything.
Depends on how you play the game though. the problem above can be completely trivial. You can get 1 point in sneaking and pickpocketing and proceed to steal everything from everyone. I became filthy rich just 30 mins after getting the skills and this broke the economy. Stealing is really easy in this game and require no trick, just engage in a conversation option and steal. I stole a soldier's shield as I was talking to him once, it's pretty funny.
Quest design is my biggest complain about this game, in open world rpg a good developer would give you multiple options to finish a quest. Not really the case in risen. people in this game are very easily agro if you are in a room and open a chest you're not supposed to. I accidentally agro an NPC and proceed to woop his ♥♥♥ and he refused to talk to me afterward thus making it impossible for me to finish a quest that involving him (you can get a spell to make them forget but in the early game I have I've only found 1 scroll so far). In another instant, I was supposed to get training from some dude, he made me fight him as a test, I won but click 1 time too much and he's dead, another impossible to finish quest. Worst of all these quest chains are necessary for you to get out of the monastery and I was stuck with no option to go out. Luckily I found a place to hop the fence and book it.

Despite all the ♥♥♥♥♥ing I've done, Risen still compelled me enough to play for more than 2 hour at a time and write a review for it. This is more than I can say for the CODs and ♥♥♥ creed out there. As clunky as it is, wandering around and ♥♥♥♥ing with the local NPCs is fun.

However, when you look at it objectively, RIsen is not a good game, there are good ideas in it but it's too clunkly and in some cases poorly implement. There are much better open world RPG out there, the Gothic series, its predecessor is one example. I can only recommend this game if you are a big fan of open world RPG and has exhausted all of your other options. Overall a 6/10 for me and recommendation with serious reservations.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November
This game has been excellent. In the hours I've spent playing, I've barely scratched the surface. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: 29 October
The following will just be my opinions on various aspects of the game. Do with this as you please.

Combat: Slow and shallow BUT! Only at first glance. At a lower level in the game, you are pretty much the stereotypical ♥♥♥♥♥ swinging a blade with no actual angle of skill. Defeating enemies early on is purely out maneuvering your opponents and hitting them whilst their backs are turned or getting an opportunistic hit in between their shifts in defence.

As you progress and receive training, new tactics, such as parrying, become available and combat becomes remotely engaging and interesting. There's a sense of fulfillment when you've figured out the timing of your skill and the enemy's movements. (Ranged Combat and Magic are, well, Ranged Combat and Magic. Hit and run until dead.)

Progression: Leveling and character progression in this game is a bit strange. Where most RPGs would either give you free control over your Skill points or simply assign them for you, this game gives you points but demands that a player goes between trainers to progress. This in mind, side quests and optional dungeon crawling is much more rewarding, as it covers the fees of your trainers.

Dialogue: Personally, I feel that this is one of the weaker points of the game. Perhaps I've only messed with minor characters or maybe I'm just used to the more 'mainstream' RPG. Either way, the voice acting in this game is Drone-like and a bit bland.

General Atmosphere: Well, the game's music is decent, the graphics are 'OK' and the Map/Board/Whatever you prefer to call it, is pretty detailed. There are plenty of things to explore and find and I can't say that the map is bad to look at.

All-in-all, I'd toss this a 7/10.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November
A classic RPG with charming atmosphere, challenging fighting system, good old "kill that big ♥♥♥ monster" sidequests and nostalgic feeling from Gothic.
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November
You stranded on an island with factions and have to survive and eventually join a faction.

+ Concept
+ Island
+ Factions
+ Skills

- Combat is hard and limited, hard to avoid enemy hits.
- Bugs making it impossible to complete certain quests.


Game is in need of a more polished gameplay.
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November
From what I could play, the game is fine. Except for the mission bugs making the game impossible to complete.
I heard of an unofficial patch 1.3 but too late, as my current playthrough is still blocked after applying it, I might restart my game one day.

In short, I went with the Don route, until I thought it was a better idea to "backstab" him and keep loot, then go to the monastery. More loot, more XP, more skills, why the hell not?
Then you game become unplayable since I can't go and talk to a specific person because guards don't let me through.

End of playthrough, so don't do that, either choose the monastery or the Don.
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: 13 November
According to Steam, I have played almost 43hours... my actual save file's recorded time is less than half that. Needless to say, I have spent a great deal of time reloading after deaths, and game glitches...

Con:
1) Combat
- Is a nightmare to control character when fighting.
- Even on easy difficulty, often died against weak enemies, usually do to 1v3+ fights.
- Very easy, to hit non-hostile characters involved in combat, thus causing them to get mad and attack you.
2) Glitch
- Every so often, when trying to jump up onto a higher ledge the avatar vanishes and all that can be done is look up and down, thus forcing you to force close the game.

Pro:
...Wanted to like this game, but the cons ruined it for me... T_T ...
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: 6 November
you can smoke weed in this which is probably really funny to all of you idiot troglodytes who think Snipars is funny
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: 12 November
I find this game to be bland and uninteresting. I really tried to get into it because it looked alright when I watched videos but combat is ridiculous. There is little to no parrying options and gear is virtually imposssible to come by causing you to be one shotted even in beginning areas of the game. Normally I would overlook this and keep trying but the storyline could not draw me in.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: 15 November
Don't buy this expecting an easy or fair game. The combat is pretty bad and and you will get killed in 2-3 hits while it takes you 15+ to kill anything. Movement speed is slow and it's pretty much impossible to level up.

Enemies are pretty easy to kill 1v1 and almost impossible to kill in groups unless you find some way to exploit the terrain. Pretty much all the enemies are in groups.

The graphics are good and the environments are good. I'm going to keep playing and hope it begins to blow less ♥♥♥ but I'm not counting on it.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: 15 November
Well now how can i review risen,i wanna say this game is weird i mean it has a awful story, ok graphics, and ♥♥♥♥ game play. well lets go over what i like the side quest are o.k. and thats about it i played for 12 hours on the ps3 verson but the combat is soooooooo bad that i can't even describe it. Even when i use my own fist its not saticfing as i thought it would be i bought it for 2.99$ and its not even worth that i ran through every enemy like they don't even excist just wow. Huh its not even a game were you can hang out with your friends and make fun of it because that will die off quickly. Its time to score this badboy, its a 3/10! its awful the only thing that save it from being 2/10 or 1/10 is the side quest. Don't buy this game and like my review and CYA!
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: 11 November
This game is horrible. The combat is some of the worst crap I have seen in a long time. Its painfully boring. All the attack animations are the same. The dialogue is dry and boring. The music is forgetable. The quests are the same ♥♥♥♥ you see time after time.

AND THE COMBAT IS ♥♥♥♥ING AWFUL. Seriously. 80% of the game is fighting and its so ♥♥♥♥. Thats not to mention all the bugs or akward animations that go along with it. There isn't even a dodge or sprint.

There also isn't any controller support. This game should be avoided even at a deep sale.
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: 3 November
Combat is extremely hard and limited. Avoinding combat is almost impossible as foes follow you forever. Then you can't do a thing in the game without dying thousands of times.
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1 of 12 people (8%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: 16 November
my ♥♥♥♥ has Risen whenever i see yo mamas bootie
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54.9 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November
An incredible adventure by choices you make by talking to the charcters nad quests, amazing atmosphere and extreamly ditailed weapons, monsters, humans, everything.
I can't wait to finish it and start again.
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: 29 October
Awesome game I must say, fighting gameplays are realistic but a little bit boring..

P/S : Too much realistic though, everytime I die I have to spend money to get weapons.
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40.2 hrs on record
Posted: 7 November
Honestly one of the best RPG games i have played in a very long time. Its alot more interesting if you make rules for your character, so that even with the 2(3) starting options there are dozens of options within thoughs. Do reccomend.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November
Great game. You should pay up to $25 for this game.
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