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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Includes 4 items: 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

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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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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

    • 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
    • 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A complete turnaround from Risen 1, and I mean that quite literally. The first half of Risen 1 was pretty good, and the second half was obnoxious tedium. In Risen 2, the first half is obnoxious tedium, and the second half is pretty good.

I can certainly understand how that might be a turnoff for many, and I can hardly blame them. Risen 2 doesn't get off to a great start, spending the first half of the game locked into a fairly linear storyline that doesn't hand out nearly enough gold or experience to become even remotely competent at anything, which forced me to pause the story a few times to wander around the jungle looking for loot and wildlife to kill, which was difficult considering that while the maps are extremely detailed to the point where I could almost always find a few nooks and crannies I hadn't noticed before, for most of the game nothing respawns so new sources of experience become increasingly hard to come by. Plus for this section of the game, your leveling path is completely restricted to whatever trainers are on hand, which made me wonder more than once why they even bothered with RPG mechanics if they clearly had their own idea as to how I was supposed to be building my character.

However, once you reach what I think was about the halfway point (or at least it felt that way, might've just been the first act), you're finally given control of your own ship and can explore the various islands with pretty much total freedom, at which point the game really opens up. It becomes much easier to find the relevant skill tutors, monsters begin respawning (in small ammounts) when you travel between islands, the pacing overall just becomes better, and by then you've started to get the skills needed to not make the combat completely unbearable.

And yes, the combat sucks. It's a notable improvement over Risen 1, where I turned on God Mode two-thirds of the way in because the game had devolved into a monotonous dungeon crawl at that point and the combat was clunky as hell and was deeply in love with stunlocks. Risen 2 is still deeply in love with stunlocks, but the combat is notably more responsive this time around so I made it about 90% of the way through before cheating, because ♥♥♥♥ed if I'm going to spend another dozen deaths trying to out-stunlock a giant spider with no pauses in its attack routine when the game arbitrarily decided my follower can't come with for this section.

One final note I would make is that I'm glad Risen 3 has a new protagonist, because the Nameless Hero of the first two games is a complete turd of a human being. His every line of dialogue exhibits the personality of a man with absolutely no sense of respect, no principles, and no interest in the feelings of others beyond what can profit him in the short term. I'm pretty sure he's meant to be a blank slate for the player to project on, but if that's so the developers have a pretty low opinion of their audience. Sharing a headspace with this jerk for the 30+ hours it took to beat this game really made me want to see him thrown to the wolves so he could learn a bit of humility.

(Oh, final-final note: about a third of the achievements in this game are bugged, don't waste your energy trying for 100% completion in that respect.)
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
You can get chicken meat from turkeys
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Bought the gold edition and to my suprise it seems my pc cant run the game..... yet i can max out BF1/BF4 with triple monitors @7680x1440 and on top of that i cant return the game as ive had it for some time and i remember playing the first risen just fine on a older crappy pc yet my i7 6700k 16gigs of ram GTX 1080 cant run risen 2 this is bs i do not recommend this game by any means ive tried all fixes online and my issues are as followed.

1.Menu starts to lag and freeze
2.Audio gets choppy and starts to crackle then cuts out.
3.Game randomly crashes upon startup
4.Had to force full screen
5.Had to disable 2 monitors to get the game to run
6.Cant even get more then 4-10fps

So it seems either my pc has gone 1998 or this game is not optimized even tried to run it on a old GTX480 and tried a 9800GX2 and rolled back drivers still couldnt get anythng out of this game upon trying to contact the game devs via website ive yet to hear anything and from what ive read they will not help you in anyway with risen 2 yet recommend you buy risen 3.......
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I bought this game at full price (59 euros) at release. And i was disappointed. This game is not just bad. It is horrible. Gliching textures, stupid plotlines, useless skill system, awful combad and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ npc's. Dont even download even if it is for free. It is bad.
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180 of 221 people (81%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
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 ", 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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83 of 108 people (77%) found this review helpful
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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234 of 345 people (68%) found this review helpful
31 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 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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57 of 68 people (84%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
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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166 of 249 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Let's see... Risen 2 is a classic Piranha Bytes game. So what's a Piranha Bytes game like? Well, it is an open world rpg which presents a fabulous world to explore and has ♥♥♥♥♥♥ fighting mechanics.

I am a fan of Gothic series, especially Gothic 1 & 2. So I liked Risen 2 very much. Tough beware if you are not familiar with Gothic. This game may not be the game you want or think. Or it may be.

Risen 2 presents very very very beautiful lands to explore. Besides the models, the graphics are very good and the only thing that prevents you to feel you are actually in that tropical island is the lack of wind on your face. The short but adequate soundtrack also plays it's part well.

So if you like open-world RPGs I definetely recommend the Risen 2. Just keep in mind that Risen 2 is a little "different" game.
Overall game mechanics may be and will be awkward sometimes. The fighting mechanics are broken as in every Piranha Bytes game, especially for the first 10 hours in the game (But don't give up, it gets easier and enjoyable after you get some skills and stuff). The progress is slow and painful. The story is not strong but the cheesy characters are somehow enjoyable.

So it's like a negative review. Actually it is not. The point is, Piranha Bytes never learn from their mistakes. Yet their all games has a kind of strange charm in them. They make you angry, but they make you happy more. Those bad gameplay mechanics that you will complain, you will get to enjoy them after a point. At least, you will ignore them. The "charm" that the game possesses makes you enjoy the game. Besides, Risen 2 really puts you in the world, as Gothic 1 did back in the time. Maps are so lively. You can play and enjoy the game even just for that.


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68 of 91 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
I loved this game, and I kind of feel bad that the first 3 top reviews for this game are negative. It is not an amazing game, and to begin with the Gothic games were never regarded as really good games anyway, but it is surely a game worth checking out. I have great memories with Gothic 1 and 2, and while i did not enjoy Gothic 3, Arcania (even though someone else developed it) or the first Risen, Risen 2 is in my opinion a game worth playing and finishing and the best Piranha Bytes made so far.
So starting with the good bits, the story is quite good. It is memorable and so is the world and the quests. There are some exceptional characters with an amazing personality (Jaffar, Bones). It's supposed to be the kind of game where you want to explore every corner of the map, open every chest, kill every mob and do every quest to get the highest amount of exp and gold to become overpowered. And this is why it is the best 'Gothic' game, because it does a very good job at that.
And the bad bit: the combat is simplistic, and the boss fights not that epic. The factions are not as good as the first games. The talent tree is not perfectly optimised but there are unique 'piratey' items in the game that sort of help that later in the game. Some abilities are pointless and require a lot investment to get them and muskets are just too strong. And while you are a pirate captain and hunt down other pirates and have your own crew, plus the drinking and shooting mini-games and treasure to find, it just doesn't feel like you are a pirate. Oh yeah and main flaw, achievements stop counting if you exit the game.
So if you want a relaxing 'piratey' game, with lots of conversations, zones to explore and loot to find I think it does a pretty good job at that.
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10.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
This game is bad. Combat is ♥♥♥♥, animations are ugly and it's impossible to have fun and enjoy it.

I will find this game cool and great if i can sell it (which i can't for some obvious reason, thanx demat, and it's called progress) or be refund or just if it can be annihilate from my steam library (i don't like hiding things, yet i was a kid, i never hide dust under the carpet ...)
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5.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
gothic wannabe
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2.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
Picked it up on sale as part of the Humble Deep Silver Bundle 2. Gave it a go for a few hours but it didn't really 'hook' me in. I was put off by the clunky combat, outdated visual/animations, terrible voice acting, and dumb-as-a-rock AI system... Reading through the forums, it sounds like it does get better in the second half of the game; however, with 20 - 30 hrs of main story quests, that would take a lot of dedication to get to the 'good parts'. I'll still give it the thumbs up to promote a low-cost, old-school RPG with loads of content.
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34.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
It's not good as Gothic... But still pretty awesome as game from few,feeeeew years.
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36.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
The stroy and role playing is great, the combat not so much.
So if you like to follow the story, recommended.
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42.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Well worth the money. Runs perfomant and is fun to play. However at the beginning, it is a little rough until you get going / leveled up enough, however if you are more into the story, just choose easy difficulty (it's still difficult enough at the beginning). The DLCs are also good, and are integrated into the main game as sidequests, which you should take in early midgame to raise your leveling and cash.
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33.7 hrs
Posted: September 18
I would say this is very decent game, with good story,acceptable graphic and visuals...
Games biggest problem is fighting/combat.
It's difficult, but not impossible...
You start game with nothing, and as Inquisition know absolutely nothing...
But when you play more you will start to understand how game works...but then it will be boring...
Overall game is's not's playable...
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28.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
A great surprise. The game is good. I tell you this. Play it. It will prove worthwhile.
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Captain Keelhaul
32.3 hrs
Posted: September 14
honestly play rizen 3 because the entire map is just copyed and pasted from the 2nd one to the 3rd one its bull ♥♥♥♥ but risen 2 has lore and is still prity fun.
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Proxima Centauri
26.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
Pretty good so far. But unfortunately I have to say that I can't finish two side quests because of some annoying bugs.
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