Set several years after the end of Risen, raging titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt.
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Release Date: Apr 26, 2012

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Set several years after the end of Risen, raging titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt. The hero, now a member of the Inquisition, is sent out to find out how to stop the chaos caused by these creatures from the deep. His quest begins with rumors that the pirates who frequent the southern islands are the only ones who know a way to get rid of the creatures once and for all and end their reign of terror.

With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. A third-person role-playing game set in a dark and gritty universe, Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character. Together with a highly interactive environment and a full day/night-cycle affecting countless aspects of the game world, Risen 2 will be set in the most immersive RPG game world so far.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (with Servicepack 2)
    • Processor: Dual Core with 2.1 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB System RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 5.5 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB Radeon 3870 / GeForce 8800 GTX
    • DirectX®: 9.1c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible soundcard
    • Additional: Keyboard/mouse or gamepad required Internet Connection required for online activation
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP (with Servicepack 3), Windows Vista (with Servicepack 1), Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core with 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB System RAM
    • Video Card: 1024 MB Radeon 4890 / GeForce GTX 260
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VIX | King Renly Baratheon
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
With an expanded setting, a fresh story and characters as well as an all-new technical foundation, Risen 2 expands on the success of this popular RPG franchise. Set several years after the end of Risen, the game drops players into a cataclysmic world where raging titans have devastated the planet and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt. The hero, now a member of the Inquisition, is sent out to find out how to stop the chaos caused by these creatures from the deep. His quest begins with rumors that the pirates who frequent the southern islands are the only ones who know a way to get rid of the creatures once and for all and end their reign of terror.

With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character.
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The King Possum
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
game developers hate pc gamers. they come up with great ideas like risen series and then half ♥♥♥ the game.
risen 2 could have been a great game had they taken the time to do it right.
poor optimization. graphics are so-so.
there are few pc games that are well worth the store price and this is not one of them. I suggest if you buy it get it in a bundle with a bunch of other games really cheap or on sale for cheap otherwise look at the thumbsed down symbol I have given it.
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Ducky goes camping
147.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
I had a good time playing this nice adventure game. Good graphics, good voiceovers and music, nice story and enough side quests to keep me busy for about 150 hours. And a good sense of humor as well!

Of course it is not perfect, Everyone uses the same handull of gestures, the fighting is very simple. Actually I liked that. I did not play this game as a fight game, but as to follow a fun and nice story. For me the game succeeded very well at that. Of course there is a lot of fighting, but no one is really hard to beat. I did not even invest in learning fighting skills.

About investing...it is very hard to make gold, so be very carefull on what choises you make when spending money. A bit too hard even! I did get used to it, just not expecting to be able to really buy anything or learn a lot of skills. Just learned to get by with what i got.

Stealing and lockpicking is a great way to get cash. I would advice to invest in thievery, rather then fighting because of the reason mentionned earlier. Ow and you can become a voodoo pirate. I did not look into that a lot myself, but you can control other people's minds, which i think is cool.

All and all...a great game to pick up on sale, because it is a bit old (2012) I would not pay full price on it.

DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!
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Paranoia Effect
37.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
It's like Gothic of the Caribbean.
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Ayrton Neff
29.9 hrs
Posted: August 11
>Officer in the inquisition
>get sent off in secret operation to infiltrate pirates and stop seamonster
>buy pirate clothes (one step closer)
>meet pirates
>hire a pirate to literally teach me how to kick people
>hire pirate to teach me how to block with my sword (Best secret agent ever!)
>wander into jungle and get swarmed by natives
>barely survive and drink alcohol to heal up
>Best
>Secret
>Agent
>Ever
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ChalzZy
18.6 hrs
Posted: August 10
Really enjoyed this game. I ended up trying different playstyles. Combat was kind of clunky but it was still enjoyable (But you expect this from a Risen game). One thing that I am mostly disappointed in is how you can't continue the game once you beat the final boss.
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[PS] Light (LightGod#21477)
21.4 hrs
Posted: August 9
If someone expects gameplay like Risen 1 then he should go to gothic series.
A hud was a little confusing at the first moment but i got used to it.
You have 2 ways of playing,
You can go Voodoo Magic which will let you master your sword and spear abilities (i dont liek this way :C)
or
You can go Inquisition which will let you shoot a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ musket and a pistol :D
Shooting Muskets is just so ♥♥♥♥ing good.
Everything about it is perfect, the sound, the critical shots, the reloading time, it all comes one in ability to melt down enemies in a few bullets.
The 'going through different islands' system is good aswell, you can make multiple friends and get your crew together,
which size will depend on your lazyness and talking skills,
The patty changed (for better actually :D), so did main character but its still cool that she's with you, through almost whole story, also Venturo is cool af :D
Also about the story, its surprisingly good and its continues Risen one story in a good way (doesn't force new heroes, story is fitting, there is no unanswered questions, and it even explains how you lost your equipment and skills)
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Keef Baker
23.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
Pirahna Bytes games are notoriously wonky but also amazingly deep and immersive. This one is no different. Fancy the idea of Cthulu vs Pirates? Can cope with production values that are a little bit on the shaky side? You'll love it.
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Vaeaea
61.4 hrs
Posted: August 4
Absolutely loved this game. Got fairly obsessed with it over the last week (sorry to my friends who were flooded with screenshots...) and when it came time to beat it I was pretty sad. It has a lot of great gameplay, great storyline and fun characters. It was definitely not a dull game and it's pretty in depth considering all the questing you have to do. I played with the DLCs Air Temple and Treasure Island which I suggest getting. The Pirate Clothes DLC does offer decent EQ, but it's nothing to write home about once you get into the meat of the game. Still somewhat handy after becoming a Pirate.

My suggestions for others looking to play this game is to use a guide. You can easily get quests mixed up which will lock you out of completing or even participating in others. Save often in case this happens so you can go back and not have to spend hours toiling to get to the same spot you left off of.

This also applies to if you are an achievement hound like I can be and want to 100% this game. It is possible, but there are decisions that can affect whether you get a certain achievement or not. Again - save at critical points. The game only allows you 10 save files (afaik), but if you are smart about it, that should be enough. Another heads up with achievements, certain ones the counter will reset to 0 once you completely exit the game. But achievements will count multiple save files, so at least there's that. (kill, reload, repeat!)

Overall, if you love RPGs, Pirates, Questing and Monster killing - this is the game for you.

And just FYI, it does have some rough edges which didn't bother me in the least but I am sure other players might find to be hinderances. The game play can be a bit clunky and there are some glitches, but, as I mentioned before, using a guide at least for reference will save you a lot of hair from being ripped out.

Update: I just finished Risen and it was fantastic. This game is still my favorite and I really, really wish it had been longer because I love Pirate Captain Nameless Hero so dang much.

I did notice a couple of inconsistencies in story line between the two games but it was so minor they aren't even worth mentioning. Plus it gives y'all something to look out for. ;)
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CiccioNerd
38.2 hrs
Posted: July 29
RPG in pure, classical Piranha Bytes-style: hundreds of quests in a quasi-open world, dozens of weapons and an infinite inventory for collecting them. The ones who loved the previous chapter will adore this one as well. Beware the pirateeees!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Absolutely loved this game. Got fairly obsessed with it over the last week (sorry to my friends who were flooded with screenshots...) and when it came time to beat it I was pretty sad. It has a lot of great gameplay, great storyline and fun characters. It was definitely not a dull game and it's pretty in depth considering all the questing you have to do. I played with the DLCs Air Temple and Treasure Island which I suggest getting. The Pirate Clothes DLC does offer decent EQ, but it's nothing to write home about once you get into the meat of the game. Still somewhat handy after becoming a Pirate.

My suggestions for others looking to play this game is to use a guide. You can easily get quests mixed up which will lock you out of completing or even participating in others. Save often in case this happens so you can go back and not have to spend hours toiling to get to the same spot you left off of.

This also applies to if you are an achievement hound like I can be and want to 100% this game. It is possible, but there are decisions that can affect whether you get a certain achievement or not. Again - save at critical points. The game only allows you 10 save files (afaik), but if you are smart about it, that should be enough. Another heads up with achievements, certain ones the counter will reset to 0 once you completely exit the game. But achievements will count multiple save files, so at least there's that. (kill, reload, repeat!)

Overall, if you love RPGs, Pirates, Questing and Monster killing - this is the game for you.

And just FYI, it does have some rough edges which didn't bother me in the least but I am sure other players might find to be hinderances. The game play can be a bit clunky and there are some glitches, but, as I mentioned before, using a guide at least for reference will save you a lot of hair from being ripped out.

Update: I just finished Risen and it was fantastic. This game is still my favorite and I really, really wish it had been longer because I love Pirate Captain Nameless Hero so dang much.

I did notice a couple of inconsistencies in story line between the two games but it was so minor they aren't even worth mentioning. Plus it gives y'all something to look out for. ;)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
147.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I had a good time playing this nice adventure game. Good graphics, good voiceovers and music, nice story and enough side quests to keep me busy for about 150 hours. And a good sense of humor as well!

Of course it is not perfect, Everyone uses the same handull of gestures, the fighting is very simple. Actually I liked that. I did not play this game as a fight game, but as to follow a fun and nice story. For me the game succeeded very well at that. Of course there is a lot of fighting, but no one is really hard to beat. I did not even invest in learning fighting skills.

About investing...it is very hard to make gold, so be very carefull on what choises you make when spending money. A bit too hard even! I did get used to it, just not expecting to be able to really buy anything or learn a lot of skills. Just learned to get by with what i got.

Stealing and lockpicking is a great way to get cash. I would advice to invest in thievery, rather then fighting because of the reason mentionned earlier. Ow and you can become a voodoo pirate. I did not look into that a lot myself, but you can control other people's minds, which i think is cool.

All and all...a great game to pick up on sale, because it is a bit old (2012) I would not pay full price on it.

DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
If someone expects gameplay like Risen 1 then he should go to gothic series.
A hud was a little confusing at the first moment but i got used to it.
You have 2 ways of playing,
You can go Voodoo Magic which will let you master your sword and spear abilities (i dont liek this way :C)
or
You can go Inquisition which will let you shoot a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ musket and a pistol :D
Shooting Muskets is just so ♥♥♥♥ing good.
Everything about it is perfect, the sound, the critical shots, the reloading time, it all comes one in ability to melt down enemies in a few bullets.
The 'going through different islands' system is good aswell, you can make multiple friends and get your crew together,
which size will depend on your lazyness and talking skills,
The patty changed (for better actually :D), so did main character but its still cool that she's with you, through almost whole story, also Venturo is cool af :D
Also about the story, its surprisingly good and its continues Risen one story in a good way (doesn't force new heroes, story is fitting, there is no unanswered questions, and it even explains how you lost your equipment and skills)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
It's like Gothic of the Caribbean.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Really enjoyed this game. I ended up trying different playstyles. Combat was kind of clunky but it was still enjoyable (But you expect this from a Risen game). One thing that I am mostly disappointed in is how you can't continue the game once you beat the final boss.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
With an expanded setting, a fresh story and characters as well as an all-new technical foundation, Risen 2 expands on the success of this popular RPG franchise. Set several years after the end of Risen, the game drops players into a cataclysmic world where raging titans have devastated the planet and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt. The hero, now a member of the Inquisition, is sent out to find out how to stop the chaos caused by these creatures from the deep. His quest begins with rumors that the pirates who frequent the southern islands are the only ones who know a way to get rid of the creatures once and for all and end their reign of terror.

With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character.
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176 of 215 people (82%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
Risen2: Dark Waters is an open world RPG game based around the theme of pirates. Its the sequeal to the original Risen game developed by Piranha Bytes. Risen 2 was released in early 2012 on the PC and then later released on consoles. Even today, the game is still popular among PC gamers with at least one million people owning the game on Steam alone.

This is an action RPG where you play in a third-person perspective to explore the world. You complete quests and customize your characters abilities and equipment through leveling up and assigning glory points. This takes RPG games back to their routes, allowing you to customize your character exactly how you want to play with the amount of abilities and talents on display. The combat much like Risen 1 is not exactly a strong point; it seems clunky at times, and you will often find your self dying through no fault of your own other than the strange combat system. You have two weapon slots, a melee weapon and a range weapon. You aren't able to use the range weapon unless you are within melee range of an enemy oddly yet your enemies have almost laser guided aim against you with their spears and guns.

A nice little change I found was the infinite amount of inventory space you have, some will think this removes some of the challenge of the game, but for me I have always found a limited inventory space to be a chore which is not always needed. Obviously this means that currency is never a problem once you reach the latter stages of the game since you are able to just sell everything though.

The graphics in Risen 2 are certainly an improvement on Risen 1, however there are a few glaring problems I found. The main one being the terrain pop-in throughout the open world. As you are roaming around the jungle, all of a sudden you will quite clearly notice trees and plants suddenly expanding before your very eyes. It's clear this is done to try and reduce the strain on systems for loading the world, but it is done in such an obvious way that sometimes it can ruin the immersion. I also found the game to be very very dark. The day/night circle while adds to the realism, the game is sometimes virtually unplayable in the night hours due to how dark it is. I found myself actually having to turn up the brightness settings at times to keep playing.

While the game is completely voice acted, it does have some very bad acting in it; some of the lines which are said are very out of place and just don't fit right. That being said; there are some absolute classics such as "...off, before I put a banana on your c*ck and call for the gorilla" being easily the best line I have heard in a video game.

Risen 2 is a hard game; as you begin your adventure you will die a lot of times due to being under geared and under trained and having no money. A lot of the early quests require you to have certain training in sneaking and lock picking, which all require gold to learn, so the game starts out very slowly. I would say the first three hours are the hardest part of the game due to the speed in which you are able to carry out even the smallest side quests.

This is a well designed open world game. The world is full of life and plenty of items, weapons, buildings and much more to find. You are able to go mining, or skinning animals as well, which reminded me a lot of the MMO type games.

Risen 2 has so much content to offer, so many side quests, worlds to explore, everything. I have put almost fifty five hours into this game, doing all of the side quests, a good amount of grinding and of course the main story. It's very rare these days to find a game this good that gives you that amount of gameplay.

I had a few little technical issues which were random frame drops in certain areas, as well as long loading times but nothing that can't be overpowered by either using a SSD or a DIMM drive.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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226 of 333 people (68%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
One of the worst RPGs I ever had the displeasure of playing. Let me break down my favourites just for the fun of it...

- Clunky Controls : The guy moves like a friggin tank and everything feels so horribly sluggish, especially paired with those stiff as wood animations.

- Terrible Combat : Click click click click click click click..Oh wait, there's actualy counter parries, dodge rolls and..nvm click click click click click click..Also, enemies can break your attack animation by simply hitting you with whatever they fancy. You, however, can not do the same to them, which is especially fun when you often have to fight 2 or 3 things at once.

- Tedious Quests : This game even makes you pay your hard earned..and I mean HARD EARNED gold to move on in some quests. Nothing more RPG than having a silvertongue skill of 60 to make a ♥♥♥♥♥ drop her price from 1000 to 500 gold..well invested skills points, sir...Or you get the usual "collect this and that through laborious and unfun work from all corners of the island".

- Level Up System : You do not level up, you just acquire fame which you then have to spend in 5 categories. Then you also get to pay gold to learn new "abilites" like thieving or lockpicking, for which you often require a certain level in the aforementioned categories. Lockpicking, for example, needs you to have spent around 20000 fame to even be able to learn it on a very basic level. Doing a quest usually gives you 50-100 fame as does killing an enemy..you do the maths. This ties into..

- Exploration Denied : Imagine beating some tough monsters, by letting your comrade do all the work just to reach a chest. Oh no, it requires a xx in lockpicking skill. Access denied, unless you already assembled 20000 fame somehow and the gold to upgrade your skill and the clothing to add some bonus to your skills. In the end you won't even bother to explore anymore, because you will usually lack the skills to reap the rewards. But if you do not lack them, then this ties into..

- Worst Loot EVER : Fancy finding new weapons ? New armor ? A cool hat ? Magic Boots ? Haha, no...All the good items you will get (all those..less than 15 pieces of clothing available in the whole game), will require you to buy them from merchants.. There is absolutely nothing to find equipment-wise, except for a few broken sword pieces which you can smith together (requires you to have spent fame and gold and what not again though to learn smithing in the first place, so..basically not for free either). You won't find any clothes ever, in fact most chest rewards will be absolutely laughable like..I don't know...finding 10 gold in a chest or maybe..MAYBE 50..Usually it's just a major waste of time and effort.

- Fighting the Kraken and the final boss : Ok, mostly the Kraken..who designed that and why ? Seriously..

All in all this game is a major step down from Risen 1, which already wasn't the best game in the world, but still better than this..product.
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80 of 104 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
A great but flawed game. The game starts very slow and combat feels a bit underwhelming, but if you stick out the first few hours, the game just climbs in fun factor and epicness. By the time you get a musket, you are in heaven, blasting monsters in a hail of black gunpowder smoke.

Overall, I liked this game, and half way through, loved it. It is one of those games that grows on you.
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56 of 67 people (84%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
I had a great time playing this game. Is it glitchy? Yes. Embarrassingly so. Is it cheesy? Arrr. It be cheesy matey.
Nonetheless, it is also somewhat epic as an RPG and as a pirate game. It can be unforgiving at first, but once you get over the hump and start being able to afford upper tier training, things start moving really quickly.
The game itself is unabashedly silly as far as the dialogue goes, the graphics aren't great by today's standards, but the gameplay is nonetheless quite solid, the cutscenes are pretty well done, etc....

This is a game you will love if you give it a fair chance, love RPG's, love pirates, and aren't afraid of rough edges.

By the way, what be a pirates favorite letter? "R" you say. Nay, it be the C. *rimshot*

Anyway, I give this 7 Arrs out of 10.
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