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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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.

Järjestelmävaatimukset

    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
Hyödylliset arvostelut
109/165 (66%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2 people found this review funny
26.5 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 21. lokakuu, 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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24/33 (73%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 person found this review funny
7.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 25. syyskuu, 2014.
For me I found the game difficult to get into. I found the acting limp, the story weak, and the gameplay tedious.

As I started to lose the will to live I decided it was time to quit playing.

But if you like Pirates, English accents and the like then this could be a good choice for you. Being English myself the accents were wasted on me. Being a pirate it just seemed like going to work.*

*May not be entirely accurate.

44%

~ Snowdog
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18/23 (78%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 person found this review funny
36.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. marraskuu, 2014.
7/10 - Much worse game than Risen 1, combat is for no reason worse and the whole game feel less polished, like almost low-budget title. The pirate theme is new and somehow welcomed change, Patty is funny and story isnt bad either. Shame the Gothic feel from Risen 1 definitely died with this game.
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14/18 (78%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
190.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 14. lokakuu, 2014.
Risen 2: Dark Waters is a direct continuation to Risen, featuring the same nameless hero and some of his old companions, Patty and Steelbeard, but set in an entirely new ambientation. Risen 2 parts from the sword and shield medieval fighting world of Faranga to a musket, pistol, cannon and sabers fighting modern age.

Risen 2 is set in the age of the conquistadors, where a kind of sabre-fighting and musket-shooting Spanish fleet is invading new lands inhabited by spear-throwing and voodoo-casters natives. You, a "good pirate", must fight the "bad pirates" for relics to fight the water titan lord, Mara, and for that, you need to choose to side with the inquisition, which will give you muskets, or the Natives, which will give you voodoo spells.

It is a story about the romantic and cliche view of pirates, With a lot of rum, eye patches, parrots, typical clothing and speaking, etc. Despite being a mediocre RPG, the story is captivating. If you see it on a sale, it is worth buying and giving a chance.

If you have played Risen before, you'll find better and worse aspects in comparison:

First, the battle system was crippled. It's a shame, since Risen battle system was very good. Even without training, one could battle stronger enemies given enough skill. Now, without training, you can't do anything but swing your sword around. You can't dodge anymore, the dodge was changed to a kind of roll, which is not only unrealistic (because you roll too far away) but serves only to flee, since you don't end up in a good position to counter attack.

Second, magic was removed from the game. It just didn't fit in the modern feel the developers wanted for the game. Instead, it was changed for voodoo, a kind of cursing spells used by the natives, that is almost useless for combat but adds interesting events in the game.

And third, for the good news, quests are less linear and more interesting.
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19/28 (68%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
79.3 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 24. lokakuu, 2014.
This game pulled me right in and I couldn't stop playing it. Very few games have done this to the degree that this one did. I found it intense, a blast to play, and so much atmosphere. I give this game a 10 our of 10, and I am getting ready to play it again before I play Risen 3. I totally recommend this game. I am 62 years old and have been gaming on the pc since the commodore 64 days, and this is one of the best role playing games I have come across. Buy it! You will not be sorry!!
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17/25 (68%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
55.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 5. lokakuu, 2014.
This was an amazing game! As a huge fan of fantasy rpgs, this game had everything I could want and more. Risen 1 was a cool but hard game. This one was so much more smooth and very enjoyable. A tad on the simple side maybe, but oh my it was so much fun. I loved the drawback of pirates, natives, and conquistadors that gave the game such an exotic feel. The story is really good and the companions are very helpful and fun. This was a fantastic game that I highly reccomend. The dlcs aren't really worth it but they do add money and experience. If you love rpgs, pirates, or the amazing games of deep silver then I know you'll just love this booty of awesomeness!
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12/18 (67%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 person found this review funny
22.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 7. lokakuu, 2014.
Some of my friends call me silly because of this, but ever since I played Gothic, the first Piranha Bytes game I've ever played, I've been following the games the company has released and to this day, I have yet to find one that I don't like. Most of my friends tend to curse at the "difficult" gameplay and levelling up, but I say to them - "That's old-school for you." And I like it. Nowadays, I find some of the games a bit too easy to play, but the old-school ones make me think before I start slashing and hacking at enemies, because it can happen that a boar gets me from the back and I'm done.

Risen 2 reminds me of the Gothic series quite a but, but it shouldn't surprise me since it's made by the same company. I am in love with its graphics and the storyline is very interesting. I also quite like the character redesigns from the first Risen game and their development throughout the game. Take the main protagonist for example - at the beginning of the game he's a drunkard, right? And at the end of the game, he rises as a hero again.

The new enemies are quite interesting too - I've always wanted to play more pirate games, but I haven't found an interesting one as of yet, excluding Gothic II's Addon and Risen 2 - did you notice that both of the games that made pirates interesting are made by PB? :)

Anyway, I warmly recommend this game to everyone that doesn't get too frustrated with the "difficult" gameplay. As I said, that's old-school for ya.
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6/7 (86%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 person found this review funny
44.0 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 30. elokuu, 2014.
Background

I played Risen when it was released back in 2009 and had a great time with it. The game was very rough around the edges, and combat at the beginning of the game was absolutely brutal. But, the game shone brightly with its immense draw distances, enjoyable dialog, and rewarding exploration. Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains all of these characteristics.

Story and Setting

This is a pirate-themed RPG. Expect pirate things. I've seen several complaints that Risen 2's take on buccaneering is "generic," such as in Kevin Van Ord's review for Gamespot. This is an absurd criticism. A pirate-theme needs certain aspects, such as excessive cursing, buried treasure, tavern wenches, and unnecessarily agressive swashbucklers. Risen 2 does all of these things, and I think it does them fairly well.

The story rarely references the Unnamed Hero's previous adventure in Risen, though the grandstoryline of warring Titans continues. The main villian is a female Titan named Mara. The storytelling failed big time here, in my opinion. Mara is seen only three times during the game. Characters constantly talk about how terrible she is, but little is done to make the player feel Mara's impact.

Characters and Voice Acting

I think the voice acting in Risen 2 is consistently excellent. The pirates sound really harsh and gruff. There is one voice actor who did both pirate and Inquisition voices who I absolutely love. I can't recall him voicing any major characters, unfortuantely. Commandant Sebastiano's actor is amazing. He speaks with sophistication and vigor. I recognized his highly distinctive voice on some random NPCs.

There are many, many characters to speak with in Risen 2. I enjoyed the dialog in this game very much.

Combat

Combat in this game is pretty bad, overall. It is extremely bad for the first 10 hours, as you have very few moves. Enemies hit extremely hard and have a lot of health. The first Risen game was like this too, though by midgame it evened out, and in the late game you became an unstoppable god. I had the same experience with Risen 2. At least in this game there are companions to help with combat. They can tank enemies very effectively, so don't be ashamed to let them do so. Cheesing fights with terrain exploits shouldn't shame you either. The fights are THAT difficult. If you stick with it, by end game you will be able to destroy entire taverns full of drunk and angry pirates.

I played the voodoo path rather than the musket path, since it seemed far more interesting that firing a gun. Voodoo has some very good stuff going for it, such as scepters to make enemies fight eachother, tremor in fear, or summon a permanent ghost companion. Even so, it seems underdeveloped. The Ritual (potions) talent was completely useless to me, other than creating improved permanent stat-booster elixirs.

Graphics

I had the pleasure of playing Risen 2 both in 2560x1440 and 1080p stereoscopic 3D. The game runs very well with 3D Vision after disabling water reflections and shadows. The lush jungles were an absolute treat in 3D, where each tree and each leaf helps to give the sense of a rich 3D world. The draw distance is unlimited... there is no fogging whatsoever.

But, the graphics have many technical issues. Level of detail changes cause trees to "grow" and the ground/rocks to change shape as you move through areas. Textures are consistenly low resolution. When a canned execution animation plays, the Unnamed Hero's neck distorts horrifically. Animations are poor across the board, really.

I have seen absolutely ridiculous criticisms of the Risen series as having poor graphics that don't improve across installments. Risen 2 is a major improvement over Risen 1, and Risen 3: Titan Lords obviously looks better than Dark Waters. The graphics are definitely flawed, but the engine pushes DirectX 9 to its limits.

Conclusion

I had a great time with Risen 2. I play video games less and less as the years go on, and Risen 2 was the first in a while to hook me into very long play sessions. I will definitely be picking up Risen 3, but I just spent 43 hours in Risen 2, so I'll take a break before diving in.

I recommend the Risen series to people who can appreciate a hardcore RPG experience. There is a lot of "jankiness" in Risen games, but I really wouldn't have it any other way. There's a charm to NPCs that instantly repeat their lines before finishing if you spam-click them.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Funny
13/21 (62%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
10.6 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 29. syyskuu, 2014.
Note: Copy-Paste from my review of Risen 1. You shouldn't play Risen 2 without having played Risen 1.

Personal rating: 8/10
Replayability: Medium
Budget: Worth it.
Lenght: A few days to a week.

Risen 2 specific notes: Risen 2, apart from what I have to say about the series in general below, has a slightly clumsy combat system, and feels like a partial attempt at making a Sid-Meyer's Pirates! inspired RPG, but remains a very good game.

I'm not sure what to think of Risen. The company behind Risen made Gothic, a series that I loved. Gothic has a tragic story, funding was cut from the expansion pack to the third installment, resulting in a buggy game that felt unfinished, and had the wrong voice-actors. The dreaded fourth installment that the orginal company wasn't even part of, killed the series, and I hear this is why they started Risen on the side.

While I was initially excited about Risen, I feel like Risen is some sort of attempt from the company's side to "win back" their original ideas for gothic. It feels like they're trying to make the same game, but different.

Still, Risen has a decent story, but Risen is a series, and the third installment just game out. I'll try not to judge Risen 1 on the sequels, but it's hard, because frankly Risen 2 feels like they retconned a lot of Risen 1 in an attempt to reboot their franchise as a sort of "pirate age" age game, even though it clearly felt like a high-fantasy gothic medieval game in the first installment.

Separately though, the games are quite good, it's just a bit of a snag to get over how poorly they connect, despite several characters making appearances in both games.

In many ways, Risen perfectly embodies the spirit of Gothic and does provide some not-seen-before elements. Where in Gothic, you felt like you were the nameless master-mind behind a gang of anti-heroes who follow you out of some misguided sense of loyalty (honor among thieves, I guess) rather than true friendship, always facing challenges in a hostile world as you go about, in Risen you feel like people actually have a more "human" relationship towards you. Sure, you're still a nameless guy but apart from a select few individuals, you're truly alone this time, but your friendships in the game are based on actual frienship, meaning the character actually has some relationships with people.

Risen in no way beats or threatens the legacy of the 3 real gothic games, but if you liked gothic, you NEED to play Risen too.

Fun fact: Many fans believe that unofficially, Risen is set several years in the future of the original gothic trilogy. Read more on this theory on the internet.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Funny
5/6 (83%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
43.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 25. lokakuu, 2014.
The controls can get frustrating at times but more often then not you don't even notice. Not for casuals who want everything handed to them; you actually have to manage your gold instead of being able to buy out every store you come across and when you get new equipment it actually means something instead of a constant stream of over powered disposable weapons. It is a good old school game with a great story and a decent sense of humor The gnome you can get on your crew is hilarious . The combat system was dumbed down from the original but what do you expect when they make a game with consoles in mind. Over all give this game a chance and you wont regret it.
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5/6 (83%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
27.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 29. lokakuu, 2014.
The story is fine, although I didn't play the first one. It was sometimes frustrating because it was slow at loading and had to save too many times while fighting, and also the game ran slow on my computer. But the gameplay was good, the story wasn't exactly short and upgrading skills took time. But after the final fight, you can't do anything, so if you missed some missions you have to load your last savefile before going to the Water Temple . But it's overall a nice game. 7/10
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4/5 (80%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
24.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. joulukuu, 2014.
Tedious eurojank WRPG with fun dialogue and role-playing mechanics. I personally enjoy it, and it's one of the few pirate RPGs out there.

Get parry and flourish asap if you want to make the rest of the game tolerable even if you don't want to spec in swords.

Get in a bundle. Get in my bundle.
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5/7 (71%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
206.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 16. marraskuu, 2014.
I actually enjoyed this game. Not boring at all. Game play was good as was the story line, voice acting and animation. Kudos to the Developers.
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2/2 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
8.6 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. tammikuu.
Terrible controls. Character movement not fluid. Key-binding options too restriced. Locked user interface.
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3/4 (75%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
6.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 1. syyskuu, 2014.
This game could be great - it is worse than gothic and risen, but still is interesting and I really enjoyed the time I spent with this game..... Until there was a bug and I was unable to finish the main quest and would have to go back 2-3 hours back to try again. It is unbelievable how mad I am now. And, unfortunately, it is a common bug appearing in Risen 2. What a shame, this game could be really something...
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5/8 (63%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
7.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 6. lokakuu, 2014.
Risen is an awesome franchise but underrated.

the good:
- decent story
- good character progression
- static enemy strength (some find this a con)
- do what you want
- feels good when you get used to the controls
- pirates

the bad:
- people may have to get used to the controls of gothic/risen
- the difficulty curve may be too steep for some players
- forgetting to save can lead to long do-overs

A great game, especially if you like games like gothic or other 3rd person RPGs. 8,5/10
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7/12 (58%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
52.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 8. lokakuu, 2014.
One of the best old school RPG ever created 10/10...a game that stays true to the series with a great atmosphere and theme -piracy !!! A game made with love for the fans :)
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1/1 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
20.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 25. elokuu, 2014.
Alright, here goes (A few spoilers)...

CONS:
-This game REEKS of poor design choices. The combat is the clunkiest I've ever seen in any game ever (even worse than the original Risen which was also pretty awful).
-The difficulty curve starts off as a brick wall that turns into a damn cliff once you get over it (as in, it's hard as balls at first, then it becomes laughably easy).
-The first "real" boss at the Earth Temple is interesting but then every other boss in the game save for the second to last (which uses the EXACT same mechanics as the Earth Temple boss) is just standard swordfights.
-There are exactly two characters that are even remotely memorable throughout the game, and they both either die after the first boss or are as useless as voodoo.
-Oh, and Voodoo is useless except for the points where it's shoehorned into the plot and you have to learn it and use it from time to time.
-Money is damn near impossible to come by early on, and any time you DO have money you have to throw it at a skill trainer to learn the basic freaking skill set for your desired weapon(s) because SOMEHOW the player character forgot literally -EVERYTHING between the first game and this one.
-Speaking of... after a certain point money starts piling up all at once. During the first 3/4 of the game you're poor as dirt, and then during the last 1/4 of the game you've got a minimum of 10k gold unless you specifically buy EVERY skill, period.
-What the hell were the developers doing switching from a fantasy RPG to a ♥♥♥♥ing Pirate RPG?
-There's no real feeling of your character's growth - you just buy new gear and more skills every now and then when you can afford them. You don't get that feeling of "Holy crap these enemies used to be so tough but now I'm oneshotting them! I'm so badass!" it's more like, "Ugh, these things again. It's a good thing I got this new sword so I can kick the ♥♥♥♥ out of it slightly quicker."
-There are no stats. Your health is capped at 100 with no way of increasing it. You cannot increase your character's strength as a fighter, you can only increase your base "Blade" ability and then beyond that buy more blade-related skills. You choose from slashing, piercing, and thrown weapons (sabre, rapier, and spear/throwing daggers, respectively), and pistols, muskets, and shotguns.
Magic was completely removed in favor of Voodoo; which, yeah, it fits the whole "Pirates of the Carribbean" thing they've got going here, but it's still pretty dumb - especially how they wrote it off as "The Inquisition (who, by the way, you joined up with between games regardless of which faction you sided with in the first game) banished all mages because they didn't stop the Inquisition from ♥♥♥♥ing up in the first game."

PROS:
The story and world are interesting.
It's fairly lengthy. Not as long as the previous game, but not short as 90% of AAA titles out there.
Some other things which I honestly can't describe (see below).



Now, all that being said I actually have to recommend this game, just not at full price. Wait 'til it's on sale, or better yet wait 'til the collection is on sale and you can get the first and second game for just shy of $10 like I did. I don't know what it is about this game and its predecessor, but the things they do right they do EXTREMELY right; it's just that the things they do wrong they do really, really, REALLY wrong, so it averages out into a decently albeit mediocre game.






...seriously though who the hell changes themes like that? That'd be like if the next Elder Scrolls game was about pirates, or if the next CoD was about Vietnam war protests, or if Half Life 3 ended up being a third person fantasy RPG like the first Risen.
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1/1 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
57.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 25. elokuu, 2014.
A good follow-up to the original. It takes place a couple of years after Risen 1. It was kinda wierd to go from a heavy medieval theme in Risen 1 to a heavy pirate theme in Risen 2, but I kind of liked it.

My biggest problem in the first installment was the combat and the sticky focusing. Sticky focus is gone, and it makes a HUGE difference in gameplay for PC users. It's much easier to control and maneuver your character once you get used to it. Dodge roll is your friend and incredibly powerful in it's defensive capability. Once you get the timing and the angles you won't even bother with parry.

At first I thought they pulled a 180 and made combat just as difficult as the first one but in a different way. They took away a lot of the timed attacks and blocking that was notorious in Risen 1, and added what felt like a button mashing system for Risen 2. Different style, same frustration. Once you get a bit of Glory (XP) and put a few points into Blades you can get access to riposte and powerful riposte but I never bothered to build it past 6/10. The real game changer was getting a bit of gear and access to muskets. This made combat a LOT easier. Dodge roll then musket shot, repeat.

There is also the addition of the companion system. This allows you to take a companion with you for most of the game. It's a huge help to have mobs focus on another npc or have a pack focus on you while they kill them off 1 by 1. Overall I'd say this was an improvement in the combat system.

Equipment is a lot better in the sense that, it felt you had a little bit of choice in what you could use, at least more than Risen 1. I focused on Thief-skill, Musket, and Toughness items but you could just as easily build a more melee centric or voodoo based class.

I feel that they improved the leveling and skill selection system as well. Killing mobs, completing quests, etc gives you Glory. Glory is spent to increase your main attributes: Blades, Firearms, Toughness, Cunning, and Voodoo. Each of these Attributes affects 3 skills. Talents that give you better abilities, both passive and active can be purchased with gold via trainers IF your main attribute is high enough. So there's quite a bit of flexibility with character customization.

Overall I really enjoyed this game. More so than the original, but mainly because I didn't have to wait until the end of the game for combat to be easier and the addition of the companion system. Definitely recommend this whether you enjoyed the first Risen or not. It's a continuation of the first game but it can be played as a stand alone.
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1/1 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
33.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 18. elokuu, 2014.
As of being halfway through Risen 2, it is my opinion that while this game does have some minor to moderate issues that affect gameplay, there's still enough meat in the game to keep me playing.

Weaknesses:

Graphics performance: this game has optimization issues. By no means do I have a beast machine (3rd gen i7, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8 GB RAM), but Saints Row IV runs faster for me than this game does; I've not had a moment of smooth movement for ~15 hours of gameplay, and that's on low graphic settings. I usually don't let graphics get in the way of my gaming, but for a 2012 game, I at least expect a decent frame rate if the graphics are going to be sub-par for its era.

Camera and Mouse Sensitivity
I'm lumping these two together because Risen 2 makes a strange relationship between these two things. First, there is NO mouse sensitivity--your only option for what is a ridiculously high default camera movement speed is to lower that, but you're not out of the woods. Mouse sensitivity is really high for menus, dialogue, and some minigames. The mouse sensitivity is particularly an awful experience when in some minigames, like the shooting range; the only option you have to try and keep your sanity is to lower the game's difficulty to slow everything but your cursor down.

Perspective
The player's perspective throughout the game is a touch annoying at times; you can never look up, and trying to line yourself up right to notice items on the ground, on tables, or next to sleeping NPCs that will murder you if you wake them can be an unreasonably frustrating part of this game.

Strengths:

Difficulty: Technical issues aside, this game is actually difficult; you WILL struggle early game, and while that may not seem like much fun, it does feel appropriate. Risen 2 does a good job of making you learn how to play, and when you do learn that special skill or get that musket, it's a great feeling, but you won't be overpowered. At least as far as midgame, the concept of "grinding" is impossible; enemies don't spawn that fast, aren't worth that much exp, and even if they were, you'd put your life at risk for more than it's worth.

Culture and humor: The pirate culture of Risen 2 is really entertaining. While the voice acting isn't always awesome, the content of what you hear usually sticks pretty true to what we think pirates said and did. The humor is also fairly rich for a game that doesn't seem to have the best writers ever; I caught myself laughing a tad uncontrollably once or twice. I'll give the game that much.

Combat: Risen 2 lets you fight how you want to fight. Will you buy a better sword, or make it with what you've got and give guns a try? Ooo, but what if I said "screw guns" and went with Voodoo instead? The combat in Risen 2 is certainly interesting enough to keep you interested--if you get bored with one method, you have a whole other style of combat ready for you, be that Voodoo or Firearms.

Final say:
This is a decent game. 10 years from now I won't be thinking back about how great a time I had playing Risen 2, but I do enjoy it enough to want to finish it. If you find this game on sale or in a Humble Bundle, go for it.
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