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 (1,852 reviews) - 86% of the 1,852 user reviews for this game are positive.
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!"


“A compelling RPG experience...”
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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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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
33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: 7 July
I have to say the name of the game is misleading - this is the most favorite Gothic game. Every aspect of the game is recognizable: the gameplay, storytelling, management style, menus and dialogs, even the appearance of the characters and their behavior.

We find ourselves on the island as a result of shipwreck, the reasons for which are not known. The game world is dark and depressing. From the first minutes, the local inhabitants will give us to understand that outsiders are not welcome here. Respect and honor we have to win the first, doing errands and helping local residents. After a few hours, we will choose one of the three factions.

Who would not say, but the graphics is an essential component of modern video games. In our case, in the Gothic series and Risen, atmosphere is the main feature it is in turn dependent on the graphic design of the environment. If we compare the design world in Gothic 3 and Risen, we can immediately see that there is almost no difference. In general, the graphics is very pleasant, rich and juicy. In some places, though noticeable lack of polygons, but on the whole everything is good. Visual effects, lighting, change of weather, day and night cycle look very nice, all of these factors form a perfectly crafted visually world. Monster’s models look great, but models of people should be a little bit modified.
The animation in the game will remind us of the Gothic series. It has not changed, no better or worse. Gestures of characters during dialogues look a bit unnatural, behavior of monsters sometimes seems unrealistic, wryly. Very good animated sky, sea, water flows. The only notable drawback - trees and shrubs seem frozen. Oh, the noticeable progress in fight animations, but that's the merit of the new combat system. In general, the animation does not become better, in some place it is even worse than in the Gothic, and this is clearly not decorate game.

Rate the story and quest chains is very difficult. It's safe to say that non-linearity of the first chapters of the game went to benefit, however, from the third chapter of the game it becomes linear and the game transforms from an RPG to action. It was in the second Gothic too. The plot is banal and simple but the authors were able to captivate the player in the life of the island, get to think about the morality of actions and deeds. The biggest drawback - the lack of colorful, vivid and memorable characters. The ending is not memorable, homely and not impressive. The final boss is not like Titan and its murder not leave an impression of accomplishment of something grand and epic. After ending, you want something more, but no, the game ends. It should be noted, that the first two chapters are the most interesting and memorable.

It is clear that the Risen is not Gothic, the game has many new things, the most important is a completely redesigned battle system. Just click down the enemy will not succeed, and now each of them have their own fighting style. The player can train the skill of selected type of weapon to ten. It's worth noting that not all will be able to learn in a single walkthrough, will have to choose just one thing. Magic was improved visually and technically. The game features a wide variety of crafts, from alchemy, and the blacksmith to the hunter and thief. Superior enemy AI did not affect the behavior of the NPC, they behave the same way as in the first Gothic. It is also worth mentioning a wonderful soundtrack and voice acting of characters.

Is this game good? Absolutely. The game looks awesome, especially considering the fact that it made by a small German studio Piranha Bytes, their finances not allow them to create game such as Skyrim or Dragon Age.

Beautiful graphics and design
Unforgettable atmosphere of the Gothic series
Huge world to explore
Nonlinear walkthrough of some chapters
A variety of different character skills
A huge number of side quests

Some of the animations look unnatural
Weak AI
Not too memorable story

Total: 7/10

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: 5 August
In all my 7 years of steam service i have never write a review. Untill now. But because i never write reviews, i will keep this very short and not go deep into the details.

I have very high standards for combat difficulity, so i played Risen on hard mode and finished it today. The combat is the best and most enjoyable combat i have ever seen (together with Dark Souls) and the difficulity and learning curves for talents and fighting styles was just perfect. The way of getting new armor, new weapons, quests and crafting everything was just absolutely amazing and immersive at its best. For me personally, Risen is by far the best rpg single player i have ever played and to be honest i enjoyed Risen more then The Witcher, Dragon Age and every other popular rpg games i have played and the graphics of Risen are so enchanting and immersive to me i find it is much better then the other rpg game released even to this date!

A quote from a reviewer two days ago:

" But worst of all, and this is unforgivable, it fails to get you to care "

I personally disagree. One of the reason why Risen is my personal number one rpg is that it compelled me to care so so much about every item in my inventory and keeping it organized, keep track of everything i find, every descision i had to make when distributing my skill points, every progress of every quest, every location, i cared for it all like i never had done in any other rpg game. This immersive feeling grabbed me and never left me from the minute i started this game.


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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
51.5 hrs on record
Posted: 3 May
I want to describe this game with one word ''exploration''. You cant find the feeling of exploration in recent rpgs.In Risen, you want to find secret doors,loots etc.You want to explore the whole world, instead of just following the quest markers.Lots of side quests with great writing and they are all fun to complete.The most poor side of the game is combat system but once you get used to it, you will see its not that bad, actually its fun.If you love RPGs with great story and atmosphere,this game is definetly for you.It deserves the full price but you can get the Risen series as bundle when its on sale.Try this underrated amazing game you wont regret it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: 21 August
Even Though my review says about 20 or so hours i just want to note i have played way more when i had it on my old computer before i bought it for steam
I Highly Recommend this game if you like open worlds and RPGs and or a Fan of the Lovable Gothic Series
Great story
Great atomsphere
Medium Range of different weapons
Great Views
Great story and quest
Crafting system (Blacksmith/Alchemy)
Wide Variety Of plants
Love where everything is placed
SKELETONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD 2spooky4yu
I love the Ui Look of the inventory
Magic is kinda kickass
Detailed AF

Combat system is a little flawed
after a while going up levels cost loads of gold
Few enemy selection in whole entire game
some quest are kinda boring
not a huge fan and how the Character models look or npcs
Not a wide range of armor
have to pick a faction ASAP to advance into chapter 2
Lizard people in chapter 3-4 are ♥♥♥♥♥
Magic sometimes sucks

But otherwise i really Recommend this game the more you get into risen 1 the more you ignore its flaws and fall in love with this amazing detailed game :D
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: 17 July
mother♥♥♥♥ing game is harder than dark souls
even on easy
easy is not really easy
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