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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Mixed (26 reviews) - 53% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (2,375 reviews) - 77% of the 2,375 user reviews for this game are positive.
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


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

    • 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Risen 2 is a difficult game to review since it does so many things well, but also fails in so many areas.

However if you grit your teeth and get through the tedious first couple of hours there is an unpolished gem of a game with numerous islands and coastal areas to sail to and explore at your whim.

The locations look amazing but the lighting flickers, there are plenty of chests to loot yet you'll never get any good weaponry or armor in said chests, combat is kinda crap but you can just use your never-say-die party member to take on all the baddies for you anyway, there is stacks of npc interaction but the tasks they get you to do are mostly similar.

I could go on forever about how this game takes virtually every aspect and does it right, BUT also somehow kinda does it wrong, or vice-versa...

I'd give it a 7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Combat is stupidly bad and unenjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Great game! Good story and I enjoyed the hell out of being a pirate. A few little bugs and graphical issues here and there (not uncommon for the Gothic/Risen games) but all around very enjopyable. This one kept my attention longer than the original Risen too. Recommended!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Overall rating... 6 of 10

Open world with main quest line and side quests... Pirate theme...

I can reccomend if on sale. It is a very vanilla third person RPG... I thought the first Risen was better. My feeling in game was this was a quickie sequel that not alot of $$ was invested.

I stayed with it to play out the story... Gameplay mechanics such as fighting are meh...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Old school RPG, very nice feel. Wish they made games like this still.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Combat is atrocious.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
unfortunately it looks way cooler than it is. i swear to you, the screen shots are a trap. the game play here is bland and even more basic than something... idk, like fable. its really just click click click. i mean the fights with actual people do eventually get interesting but when fighting monsters,etc. you cant block. for some stupid reason they completely removed the dodge mechanic from the first game. Then theres the U.I. oh god is it bad, it feels like they spent more time trying to make something unique LOOKING instead of actual functioning. look, guys... just stay away from this. Its boring, it plays horribly. the only thing its got going for it is the decent graphics and art style. I mean it. Its the only thing this game has thats good.

if youre not aware, these Risen game. They stem from a classic game series. Gothic. You want a game thats actually good, play gothic 2, sure it requires some community patches and work arounds to get working but thats just cause its age, it plays wonderfully. if youre a story fiend, than play the first one as well. If youre really a stickler for Risen. Just play the first one. an leave it there.

edit: i know my time is only 1.7 and youre thinking how can i gather that much from that time. well, tbh, the game ran poorly on my computer, and I tried it on console and, while it looked worse. it played how it was "supposed" to. which is crap.
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185 of 225 people (82%) 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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87 of 112 people (78%) 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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40.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
One of the best RPG.
Worth every penny.
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40.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
If you are coming from Risen 1 this game will be shocking because of the VAST amount of changes to the way the game works and even the game setting or tone.

If you can get over that, there is a well made, piratey swashbuckler-esc story to be had.
The companions are useful, the fighting system indepth and the magic is fairly useful.
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24.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
Wow, what happened? Piranha Bytes has always had interesting things to offer in the way of side quests and story but in this game they didnt even try. Its the same old formula with no improvements what so ever. They made everything less fun, EVERYTHING! The loot is pathetic! Looting locked chests gives you next to nothing! And the lockpicking itself is awful! The combat is the worst Piranha Bytes have done yet, as if the combat in their earlier games wasnt bad enough. Pirates? When did Risen become a pirate game? Rum this and rum that and cursing in between. Its so childish if you ask me...
The side quests in the game is awful! You dont even have to use your brain to solve any of them, they are all very easy and close at hand and can be finished in minutes. I finished one faction way more quickly than any other Piranha Bytes game, i barely had to do anything! I was missing huge parts of the islands because there were so much lost potential and nothing to do outside the factions! And because of the unbalanced skill system i missed lots of chests that i dont really bother to go back to but it still feels like a waste when i cant loot them.
I have performance issues like lag spikes, physx is having major problems with the game so first i could not even start the game. It looks gorgeus though even though the animations looks weird most of the time.
Money is scarce and for the amount of money all the skills will cost you, you have to find and sell every single thing you will ever find in this game. Its not like you are going to afford anything else! They even trick you in to buying stuff that you could get for free the lousy developers!
The combat is not fun, its frustrating, i never wanna fight in this game because of how bad it is, this was to be expected but still. Whenever i face 2 or more enemies i feel like a ret@rded drunk who shouldnt be playing games because i get r@ped and that is SO FRUSTRATING and i cant do anything about it! I run around in circles dodging spears like the biggest noob on the planet. And the controls are so bad you cant even fathom! I dont understand why developers think that rolling around like an idiot is good combat! I know the consol gamers (They dont even have the IQ to install steam) seem to like it but not PC gamers! PC gamers want skillbased combat and rolling is for buffoons.Rolling around on the ground makes me feel like a complete ret@rd! Why use roll then? Because the enemies stun lock you all the time! So what is a good combat system? Assassins Creed 1 (not 2 or later) has the best combat system when it comes to swordfighting.
Buy it if its dirt cheap but if you already have a Pirana Bytes game dont expect anything new or epic or spectacular what so ever and dont expect anything new and fresh.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
Constant stuttering, makes the game unplayable.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 15
Product received for free
Low end pcs can run it.
It seems fun (al tho I havent played much)
Its hard but fair.

And I think that for 1.50£ its worth it.
But I still need to know how to use the god damm map!
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13.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
If Risen 2 doesn't start
You have to install the last version of PhysX from Nvidia.

You can also run PhysX from (C:)>Programs(x86)>Steam>steamapp>common>Risen 2>redist>PhysX and choose "update".

After the end of the process the game will start, but probably will be a bit laggy, just restart it and it'll work without problems.
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