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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About This Game

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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Very Positive (71 reviews)
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systemzajety
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
What did you do Piranha ? This is a mediocre cRPG with linear story and sparse worlds.
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Enraged Raccoon [ITA]
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I'm still trying to understand how to run it decently on my computer at minimum.....and I run Far Cry 3 without a single problem.

Frustrating and really really difficult since the beginning, it has taken away every will of playing it after a couple hours.

I loved the Gothic series and the first entry of the Risen series.....that's why I'm so disappointed by Risen 2

Maybe it's my experience only.....but I'm not recomending this game.
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gapCZ
( 34.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Risen 2 is a really good game and it's an honorable sequel to Risen 1.

The story is quite catchy, but it's nothing new. It continues some time after the events from Risen 1.
But don't await some big answers to your questions after completing Risen 1.

The fighting system is learnable, but prepare yourself for fighting with a temptation to smash your mouse from time to time (eyes on you sword fighting).

And c'mon, you play as a pirate, arrr!
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Wo0d Glue
( 70.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
the diaz brothers be killing you
would you ever fight one of them?
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Mr Handsome
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of the best old school RPG, with one of the worst combat system ever... (click click click)
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Mochocky!
( 41.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
( 8 / 10 )
I just love piranha bytes for the gothic 1 and 2, favorites games from childhood. This game is very similiar just a little bit more fresh, addictive but not the best story line, should be more items but still we have a lot to explore and gain!

1 - Big Mistake
2 - Very Bad
3 - Bad
4 - Can Be
5 - Average
6 - Quite Good
7 - Good
8 - Very Good
9 - Sensational!
10 - Masterpiece!!!
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Stellion
( 39.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I hated this game. Going straight from Risen 1 into this.....there is no comparison. I would have just loved a continuation of the story from 1 into 2, but that is not what happened.

They did make the graphics better, but that is the only pro.

Combat and skills are so jarring from 1 to 2 it is best to think of them as 2 separate games. At first it seems like a cash grab and shoddily done because they changed so many of the main aspects.

Story was decent. Nice playtime for how cheap I got it. Meh.
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floboug
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Like risen 1, no loot, boring combats, no aventure freedom. Well, it could amuse someone ...
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AshQuan
( 84.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
i have seen many reviews for this game, both positive and negative.
as someone whose played most rpg games available i can fairly say this is one of the most engaging action rpg games you can play.
most comments i see are ''combat is difficult and unbalanced'' or ''bad narrative''.
well those in the former category are children or casual gamers.
(sure beasts or wild animals are harder and like most gothic/risen games cant be blocked, because thats realistic)
different characyters or mobs require different tactics thats part of the fun.
and for the later.
like all nordic/ piranah bytes games they have a rich story and lore wich starts from risen 1 and follows through to risen 3.
i recomend this game highly if your like myself.
as in action rpg fan, whome enjoys the likes of witcher, gothic, etc.
I should also say that unlike risen 1 when you draw your sword your stance changes.
this is one reason why people diont like it. i however love that fact that walking and fighting mechanics are very slightly differnt its more emersive.
enjoy!
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Rico
( 37.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This is what i was expecting from Piranha Bytes. Must play title ( not for everyone )

27 hours of solid gameplay
37 hours to get 100% achievements ( had to use console because i didnt want to waste few hours )

9,9/10 because there could be better scripting and improved boss fights ( mini boss Granne Gozzo > Mara )

30 GB of saves ( 6,2 MB per save)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
i have seen many reviews for this game, both positive and negative.
as someone whose played most rpg games available i can fairly say this is one of the most engaging action rpg games you can play.
most comments i see are ''combat is difficult and unbalanced'' or ''bad narrative''.
well those in the former category are children or casual gamers.
(sure beasts or wild animals are harder and like most gothic/risen games cant be blocked, because thats realistic)
different characyters or mobs require different tactics thats part of the fun.
and for the later.
like all nordic/ piranah bytes games they have a rich story and lore wich starts from risen 1 and follows through to risen 3.
i recomend this game highly if your like myself.
as in action rpg fan, whome enjoys the likes of witcher, gothic, etc.
I should also say that unlike risen 1 when you draw your sword your stance changes.
this is one reason why people diont like it. i however love that fact that walking and fighting mechanics are very slightly differnt its more emersive.
enjoy!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is what i was expecting from Piranha Bytes. Must play title ( not for everyone )

27 hours of solid gameplay
37 hours to get 100% achievements ( had to use console because i didnt want to waste few hours )

9,9/10 because there could be better scripting and improved boss fights ( mini boss Granne Gozzo > Mara )

30 GB of saves ( 6,2 MB per save)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I'm still trying to understand how to run it decently on my computer at minimum.....and I run Far Cry 3 without a single problem.

Frustrating and really really difficult since the beginning, it has taken away every will of playing it after a couple hours.

I loved the Gothic series and the first entry of the Risen series.....that's why I'm so disappointed by Risen 2

Maybe it's my experience only.....but I'm not recomending this game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
( 8 / 10 )
I just love piranha bytes for the gothic 1 and 2, favorites games from childhood. This game is very similiar just a little bit more fresh, addictive but not the best story line, should be more items but still we have a lot to explore and gain!

1 - Big Mistake
2 - Very Bad
3 - Bad
4 - Can Be
5 - Average
6 - Quite Good
7 - Good
8 - Very Good
9 - Sensational!
10 - Masterpiece!!!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Risen 2: Dark Waters is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it is atmospheric
- it is a good RPG
- it has adventure
- it has a good soundtrack
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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171 of 207 people (83%) 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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218 of 321 people (68%) found this review helpful
26 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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77 of 100 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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52 of 62 people (84%) found this review helpful
28 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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