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

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

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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (with Servicepack 2)
    • Processor: Dual Core with 2.1 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB System RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 5.5 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB Radeon 3870 / GeForce 8800 GTX
    • DirectX®: 9.1c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible soundcard
    • Additional: Keyboard/mouse or gamepad required Internet Connection required for online activation
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP (with Servicepack 3), Windows Vista (with Servicepack 1), Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core with 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB System RAM
    • Video Card: 1024 MB Radeon 4890 / GeForce GTX 260
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sloan2189
( 34.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
A giant fetch quest. Buy this if you have mono and don't have anything else to do.
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Stingygamer
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
no quest indicators, no mpas no nothing. I dont feel like guessing where I'm supposed to go.
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Captain Fry
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
It's somewhat to play, but very rough and un-polished. The combat is VERY bad, the skill/XP system is worse and seems mostly half-♥♥♥♥♥ and not thought-out. The quests and the storyline are kind of domb, but not as dumb as literally every main character in the game. The characters have one-liners that they repeat to no end, and it gets annoying.

I have to go back to the combat, because it's legendarily bad. It just queues your actions when another action is in progress, and it's impossible to stop the queued actions. For example, you press attack three times, you cannot do ANYTHING until you've attacked three times. ANYTHING includes pausing the game, running away, using secondary attack, opening inventory etc. but not using items in your quickbar, which is a relief, because you need all that healing when you can't dodge any attacks.

The skill system is the weirdest. You have "Glory" which is XP and used to increase your 4 base talents, which increase their 3 or so each sub-talents. The talents are useless if you don't know any skills, which you need GOLD to learn, by paying someone and also having the required talent (and prerequisite skill) levels. The XP amount needed to increase the talents is also half-assedly chosen, just multiply the talent level by 1000.

The movement is hilarious, Jumping works like if you are put on an invisible conveyor belt that transports you 0.5 meter up and 1 meter forward.

The thieving system is half-♥♥♥♥♥, you need to learn two skils and then just keep increasing your thievery skill and you can open any lock, if you have a lockpick, that is. You can also pick pockets, but you do this by talking to someone, instead of sneaking up to them. And you can only pickpocket certain characters at certain times. Lockpicking is the least challenging in all the RPG games, you just move the mouse back and forth and it will open, you can't fail.

You can dig for gold and treasure, the treasure appears as a literal red X on the spot once you have the map. You need a shovel for digging treasure and a pickaxe for mining gold (there are very few randomly scattered gold veins). You can have many pickaxes and shovels and they are classified under consumables, but they never get consumed, like the lockpick. Seems like they were maybe planning to make them consumable? I don't know.

One good thing is, that you can skip all dialogue sentences and it makes the horribly stretched-out dialogues more bearable.
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Qenty
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
The game does not start, the more causes the computer to hang. 0/10
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Tetsuo ShadowKnight
( 129.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Just to start I love this game concept, and the 2nd and much needed game to the trilogy, but I have much hate for the shity way it was released...... And continues to be....

first i love the game in every aspect but these....

1: Clunky as hell- Even with a beast PC I have had lag, when it rains, when I'm in shadows, even when I play for long times with out end. I couldn't walk around the Gnome town without lag, the rest of the island was fine.

2: Combat- Lags SOOOOOOOO MUCH if you fight more than 3 opponets, and you companion will just watch the battle more than fight, throwing in the occasional hit or so... Makes them more of a rage then help. Glitch with Slane battle never fixed, if you don't follow him on the island of thieves the game never makes him a bad guy and once yu two fight it out it just turns into a slap fight where no one gets hurt. Had to use console commands to kill him. Final fight with Mara sucks, easy as hell, but great video after.

3: No Cursor sensitivity- Like WTF ARE WE IN THE 90"s

4: Ending was very anti-climatic and set up nothing for another game, which there was and my review on that points out like the Devs just started a whole nother time line with no conection to the trilogy.

I try so hard to love this one and it completes the story line (meaning it ENDS it with this game) but WTF did anyone give a ♥♥♥♥ about bugs in this, or even FPS????? Still a ok game to buy (Cheaply) But Devs where you pushed to release this or what. Didn't you learn from Gothic 3?
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r.knabel
( 57.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
I loved the 3 Gothic games and the first Risen game but this was just awful. Very disappointed in Pirahna Bytes.
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gold_masque
( 79.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
I have to say I quite liked this game even if I am not so much into pirate themes. The first game in the series is one of the better RPG's I have played in recent years, so ofcourse I had to delve into the sequel. Not quite as good as Risen 1 but still entertaining!

I would have liked to know a little bit more about the story and what occured between the games, mainly the background concerning some of the main characters and the antagonist. Several years have apparently passed according to the game description. A little is explained here and there, and in the loading screens, but I have would have liked to know more.

Pros?

Nice gfx, Humorous dialogue exchanges, voodoo (even though mostly useless)

Cons?

For some reason, not quite as captivating as Risen 1 (personal taste only). Some minor bugs here and there but nothing really noteworthy in my opinion that ruins the experience. I also used Risen 2 modstarter (downloadable from the web) to get a community patch and to fix some small issues, mainly graphic related. Other than that - no crashes and rather stable on my system. Pcgamingwiki.com is a good a place to go if you have problems with games in general. Risen 2 included.


Verdict: 7.5/10

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RipperG (灬^ ω ^灬)
( 41.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
4 years has passed and still enjoyable and fun to play
everything you like in an rpg game is here , open world ,exploration ,freedom , a lot of quest , choices that change the main plot , skills ...etc
the same thing that maid me love the first game is present here in this game and that is your choices and the side quest really do matters, in fact the whole plot of this second game was in the beginning a side quest that you can find in the first risen game ( so i suggest you to play the first game to really understand this one )
-beautiful and dynamic open world with amazing graphics to explore
-a lot of main and side quests that you can complete with different strategy ( sometimes you fight and sometime you think)
-smooth gameplay, easy to understand how the game works , skills are easy to use but a bit chaotic at the beginning and takes time to unlock them , in fact i had to use a cheat code to complete a side quest (require a high skill at the very beginning of the game with a find annoying ) + fast travel between location ( save a lot of time)
-no bugs or glitches except one time in a side quest, my partner was stuck and didn't want to move so i had to reload a save game ( you can save anytime you want and thats great)
-most of the achievements are easy to unlock ( just by playing) but the others needs the DLCs ( i hate that in a game)
finally i highly recommend this game to fan of the first risen game and also gamers that love a good RPG game , worth the money but you can always get in on sales
9/10
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Rvlion
( 46.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
After the succes game that was Risen, this piece of garbage was made...
I finished it because I bought it, but I will probably never play this game anymore unless my life depended on it.
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Asgard
( 176.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
+ Better graphics
+ Companions
+ The storyline it's more interesting but less immersive
+ Treasures and items that gives permanent bonus
+ The skill system was remade
+ Leveling it's a bit easier because you spend your experience (Glory) directly to your main attributes, you still need to spend gold to train different skills
+ Pirates

- Graphic bugs, don't forget to change your refresh rate, you will experience some serious problems
- Somehow the story it's more linear and shorter then in the first game
- Sometimes the game is unresponsive, need to click multiple times and stuff like that.
- Companions can get stucked or remain behind especially in combat
- The combat system didn't changed to much, sometimes is getting very annoying because the creatures or NPCs can que multiple attacks and even at a higher level you can die easily.
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NoBSMartin79
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
It's like Monkey Island meets Fable. Highly recommended if you enjoyed Monkey Island original.
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TorkWrench
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
I want to enjoy this game so badly. I bought it on sale, so I don't feel too bad about my purchase, but it's a shame that there's a few bugs that just make the game unplayable, in my opinion. I've been looking for a good, open world, pirate RPG for ages, and as of R2:DW, I'm still looking. It's been sitting in my library for months for a reason.

The bugs in question are mouse sensitivity and combat, and both seem to be the result of a lazy console port. Combat is extremely difficult due to timing oddities. You see your opponent start to move, and you react to him. Good so far, right? Next, he hits you before your character even starts to move. There's some sort of breakdown between user input and character reaction. If I recall correctly, rolling around works fine in combat, so it's really just the dedicated combat controls that offend. The other bug is axis sensitivity. Ohhhh boy. This is the one that put the first and last nail in the coffin for me. It was the first thing I noticed, and the last thing I remember before pressing alt+f4 in a huff. The y-axis is slower than a snail moving up a hill covered in molasses on a hot day, and the x-axis is faster than Sonic the Hedgehog on crack. Just recently, I revisited the problem. The internet says that you need to modify a specific config file to adjust the sensitivity. As far as I can tell, that file doesn't exist in the Steam version of the game. The only one we have is a template file.

Pros? It's pretty, I guess. I like the general atmosphere.

If not for those two glaring issues, I could probably get far enough into the game to complain about the game's staleness and repetitive nature (which I have not noticed, for obvious reasons.), which everyone else seems to complain about. I might pick it up for a console at some point in the future, but right now, I can't be asked.

Before we go, here's a little ditty to cheer you up.

Yo-ho, ahoy and avast
Being a pirate is really badass
Hang a black flag from the end of the mast
You are a pirate!
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UndeadKantus
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Ooh Ooh Arr. No wait, that's a farmer
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Smurf_mE
( 87.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
finally finished the game. What to say.. I love Gothic series.
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Menace123
( 37.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

Rating
Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 40 hours and more
Gaming level
between Casual (+) and Gamer (-)
Achievement level
between Casual (+) and Gamer (-)
Game style
RPG, Adventure, Fantasy, Pirate
Game modes
Story mode
Story
A great story indeed.
Playthrough
1 or 2 (save file before joining a faction)
Voice
Great acting.
Music
Good musics.
Camera
Good, a very few time annoying.
Controls
Keyboard and Mouse. (controller?)
Combat
Yes, use skills.
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Definitely.
Customization
Like all RPG.
Download contents DLC
Yes, 2 DLC campaigns and 1 cloth DLC.
Glitches / bugs
Yes, but still possible to get the achievements. Refer to (*) below.
Worth price
It worth it full price and DLCs if you accept the (*) section below.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

I never played Risen before, I just learned that Risen 2 relate new events several years after Risen 1. In Risen 2 you don't have a mana bar anymore, which was a feature of Risen 1.

This game have all features of a RPG : quests, attributs, skills, crew, faction, glory (experience) ...

It's one of the great pirate game I've ever played so far. You can choose on how you build your character : using blades (2 kinds) and/or firearms (2 kinds) and/or fists and/or Voodoo. You can also have some tricky tricks by throwing sand or breathing fire.. You earn glory (experience) everytime you defeat an opponent or finish a quest. Glory is used to level up your attributs and some attributs levels are required to buy and learn new skills. You can also find "legendary" treasures that will boost your stats or making a brewage of some rare plants to increase some talents.

So more you go through the story more you unlock crew members that have their own skills, you can have one crew member at time with you to help you in your journey. (The others guard the boat) You can set sail to many island, beat many animals or humans foes..

Well this game is really awesome, even if some part used in fight can miss often as you may not have the skills needed. (firearms, cunning or voodoo ?)

You also have some mini games. (drunking game, duels and shooting game)

(*) :
Only one bad thing happens to the PC game I may guess, all of the stats (kills, treasures found, lockpicks) are reseted everytime you close the game. BUT the good thing is that you can reload one savefile as many time as you want until you get an achievement related to the stats shown above. I suggest you to refer to the achievements guide.
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Randomdude64
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
I can't for the life of me recommend this.

Coming from someone who loves open world games, who likes the idea of going forth the second you're done with the tutorial, this game isn't the option for me. I looked through the reviews here, and it says that around the third hour you'll have amassed enough experience (or fame in this game) and money where you can actually begin to truly experience it.

I'm don't get games to endure a good 3 hours of it in order to see the real meat. I want that presented to me, THEN a barrier or two has me grind through the experience.

Another complaint I have is the fact that the grinding required to do anything. 1,000 glory to start amassing skill points, even moreso after. You get 52 per monster kill.

It doesn't require a huge amount of mathematics to determine that you'll be grinding ALL. DAY.

There are other indie RPG games out there that are able to execute what Risen 2 has been trying to do. Maybe if the game goes on a major sale again, it might be worth it. But spend no more than 5 bucks on it.

Me? I regret doing even that.
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Rändomizeッ。
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
My ears what's wrong with the sound in the game?
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SkyZoFeR
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
Zajebista gra 9.5/10
+ fabuła
+ grafika
+gemplay
+Świat karaibów
+ dobre dialogi

- bugi w niektórych momentach
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Pepto¿
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Terrible game... It is very similar to a MMO style game, but without the MMO part. Very cringy too, though it could be its age showing.
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kapy
( 43.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Best pirate game out there, only thing I could want more from it, 100 more hours gameplay with one of the most epic video game chars.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
4 years has passed and still enjoyable and fun to play
everything you like in an rpg game is here , open world ,exploration ,freedom , a lot of quest , choices that change the main plot , skills ...etc
the same thing that maid me love the first game is present here in this game and that is your choices and the side quest really do matters, in fact the whole plot of this second game was in the beginning a side quest that you can find in the first risen game ( so i suggest you to play the first game to really understand this one )
-beautiful and dynamic open world with amazing graphics to explore
-a lot of main and side quests that you can complete with different strategy ( sometimes you fight and sometime you think)
-smooth gameplay, easy to understand how the game works , skills are easy to use but a bit chaotic at the beginning and takes time to unlock them , in fact i had to use a cheat code to complete a side quest (require a high skill at the very beginning of the game with a find annoying ) + fast travel between location ( save a lot of time)
-no bugs or glitches except one time in a side quest, my partner was stuck and didn't want to move so i had to reload a save game ( you can save anytime you want and thats great)
-most of the achievements are easy to unlock ( just by playing) but the others needs the DLCs ( i hate that in a game)
finally i highly recommend this game to fan of the first risen game and also gamers that love a good RPG game , worth the money but you can always get in on sales
9/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
This game has very hard beginning, but once you start to get some better equipment, the fighting gets easier and easier. The pirate themed setting is great and yet it feels like old Gothic/Piranha Byte game all the way. Give a shot, you landlubber! Arrr!

PS. I recommend some modding or this compilation that I created just recently, to boost up the graphics and the performance.
http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1458406-Release-Risen-2-Enhanced
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Best pirate game out there, only thing I could want more from it, 100 more hours gameplay with one of the most epic video game chars.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
176.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
+ Better graphics
+ Companions
+ The storyline it's more interesting but less immersive
+ Treasures and items that gives permanent bonus
+ The skill system was remade
+ Leveling it's a bit easier because you spend your experience (Glory) directly to your main attributes, you still need to spend gold to train different skills
+ Pirates

- Graphic bugs, don't forget to change your refresh rate, you will experience some serious problems
- Somehow the story it's more linear and shorter then in the first game
- Sometimes the game is unresponsive, need to click multiple times and stuff like that.
- Companions can get stucked or remain behind especially in combat
- The combat system didn't changed to much, sometimes is getting very annoying because the creatures or NPCs can que multiple attacks and even at a higher level you can die easily.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Similar to the first, but different enough to still be fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
It's like Monkey Island meets Fable. Highly recommended if you enjoyed Monkey Island original.
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
A game that really is a rough diamond. Those first three hours are the trial by fire. Your skills in combat are limited and you spend most of your time running around a jungle getting your ♥♥♥♥ kicked.

Shortly after that it all seems to come together, you realise the combat is all about timing, you get training to develop your skills and you fall in love with the charm that the game oozes. Its not the most polished game out there but some of the dialogue is fantastic and depending on your build you can have 3 or more alternative options in every conversation.

For example investing in Toughness makes you more intimidating to Npcs.
Cunning on the other hand improves your thievery ie. pickpocking and Silver tongue skill (persuasion).

One of the biggest choices in the game is the Musket/Voodoo decision. The guns make you more powerful in combat but believe me you are missing out on some rping goodness by not choosing Voodoo. Entire quest lines are altered just because of that choice and the conclusion of said quests is hilarious.

So if you see this game go on sale, you love classic Rpgs, ignore the metacritic and give it a shot.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
Risen 1 took me 67 hours to complete and I thought it was great. I immediately bought risen 2 and risen 3. I am 30 hours into risen 2 and i am again loving this PB product. Not sure why all the hate for their games. I have been playing Computer RPGs since 1982 and these are great games. These are difficult games but if you stay with it you will be entertained and have fun. Two thumbs up.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Risen 2: Dark Waters is a pirate themed RPG, which takes place after the events of the first Risen. It is a seriously underestimated game. I personally enjoyed playing it. It's a great game worth playing which has a good story, great well-made pirate atmosphere and world with many islands and places to explore. The only kinda negative things that i found in the game are some technical problems that may be found while playing (mainly fps drops, but they can easily get fixed), and the combat for some people seems to be bad and hard to manage.

I personally, enjoyed playing Risen 2 and I would gladly play it again for sure. I recommend it to any fan of pirates and RPG player out there. It's a quite good game and worth trying!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
I enjoyed this game, but it felt very disconnected from the first. It starts off acknowledging the first's events but seems force you away the relationships you may have developed. (I played a Mage in the first and there was no real equivalent to it in this game).

I felt like I wanted the two games to really meld but it really does feel like two completely different games.

That being said, I'd only recommend it to people who played the first and really want to see how the series will end up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
10/10 Playing With better textures and mods in 4K, man graphic and level design is georgeous. good story, funny dialogs, interesting combat system. I REALLY ENJOY TIME IN THIS GAME almost vacation :)
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Recommended
66.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
this is a review based on my first 30 hours of play. about 10 or so of that was a seperate playthrough, because i restarted in order to better allocate my xp and cash.
i am far more impressed with this game than i thought i would be. so far, i have not experienced a single crash, or gamebreaking bug. performance on my above average pc (amd 8350 @ 4.81 ghz, 16 gb ram, amd 6970 oc'd) i experience some sub-30 fps at times with all settings maxed, but it remains playable at all times, and framerates are around or over 60 most of the time. and not one cdt or anything of the sort. if it does happen, i would most likely suspect a system bug, not the game code at this point. solid game.
the rpg elements are true rpg quality, with character progression direction being entirely up to the player, progression speed balanced about right (not too slow or too fast, both of which can ruin the overall game experience), and the progression mechanisms partially built right in to the environment. weapon availablilty depends on location and certain choices you make in the story. you can't just expect to max this character out over the course of the game, i very much doubt based on the arc so far, as well as the increasing requirements vs the limited ability to achieve those requirements.
there are numerous weapons, each attached to a skill. clothing is another high mark in this game. in all cases, the crap you start out with looks average at best, but as you gain fame and money, and reach new destinations, the clothing and weapons available get better and better, and have a high standard of quality when you see them on your character in the game.
every bit of dialogue is voice acted, and character models remain animated during voice interactions. alot of detail went in to building the environments as well, and each location, while sometimes similar to eachother to say the least, is a pleasant experience to look at. the lockpicking minigame is the best execution of a lockpick minigame in any rpg i have played with such a mechanic. how many ♥♥♥♥ing lockpicks does a real lockpicker break, anyway lol. zero, that's how many. good choice on this, pirahna bites. i mean it.
what else can be said... collectibles are plentiful enough, shoplifting only earns you a fight instead of permanently ruining your relations with an entire town (here's looking at you bethesda), there are multiple ways to do many things in the game, the locations are large and plentiful... this is a top tier game in my book.
is it perfect? of course not. also, while plenty large enough for my tastes (and i do prefer a whole lot of world to explore), it is probably smaller in content than a bethesda masterpiece, but this game actually does alot of things better. think of it as... more focused. and it is still huge. you can't train a little monkey to steal for you in skyrim, or throw a parrot at your enemies face, or salt in their eyes, or breathe fire with a bottle of rum. maybe with mods, but you see my point probably. alot of variety and creativity are present.
i will add these notes: i use an xbox one controller, i play on easy (i tried medium but it was just too hard to be fun for me, though i may bump it back up if it gets TOO easy), i play on a smallish monitor but the game looks great at this resolution, i am impressed with this game, and heartily recommend it to any fan of pirates, rpg or even a not-bad action game. 8.8 out of 10.

edit: after completing this game, im lowering my rating a bit. still a great game, but it was a little short, and a little rushed at the end. what seemed like half way turned out to be 3/4, leaving me a little disappointed. so 7.5/10 after completion. solid and worth playing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
All the charm of the Gothic series with better mechanics and skills.
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Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
A great sequel to a great game
A sequel thats different from what I expected but in a good way focusing on the often mentioned pirates(Risen 1) and the southern seas which are now ruled by a sea titan whom you will have to defeat if u ever wanna leave the southern seas and go fight other titans which I expeceted would this game be about.

Pros:
-Great story and setting
-Legendary items and weapons to find
-Beautifull locations which are rly ncie to explore
-Lots of sidequests and treasures to do/find
-Lots of unique chars even some familiar faces
Cons:
-Ballance or better unballanced
-The early game is rly challenging and unless you played Risen 1 u will have big problems beating almost anyone and this would be good if the challenging part was still present mid+ game!
-After u learn some fighting/weapon of your choice skills the game becomes way 2 easy and almost noone is even a threat to you anymore
and the worst!
-Final boss is WAAAAY 2 easy.. The only way the final boss is even a lil bit challenging is if u skipped every single side quest and never ever learned any fighting/weapon skills
-Cinematics bugs/glitches --> Most of the faces in the cinematics will be black nothing major but is rly annoying
-Bugged BUT GETTABLE achivs -.-
-Every achiv progress resets once you quit the game(Example win 10 drinking games --> you have to do them without quiting or the win counter resets to 0 and the next time u start the game if u want the achivs u have to win 10 times without quiting) so there are a few pain in the ♥♥♥ achivs which u have to do without quiting the game which isn't a problem except for 3 ultra annoying achivs which will take u 10-20mins if ur an achiv hunter like myself

Conclusion:
-A great game game and epic sequel and personally way better then Risen 1
8/10
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Recommended
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Great game in Gothic style but with pirates :D yarrrr...!!
Lots of new features, own crew (could be more;/, Patty :*), ship, world creaton, jungle :* , totally changed character build(+), grapfic, sound;
Weird difficulty cause you almost all game run with one of the crew member and then game is just easy, on the other hand if you go alone especially early... its hard ;<
Overall very nice game, great experience!
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Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Look past the (imo outdated yet good GFX) and enjoy life as a pirate.
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Recommended
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Pyranha Bytes 10/10 that is all
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Recommended
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
A decent open world RPG. Pirates are a nice change of pace from other themes. A little bit shorter than the first Risen. There are actually very few choices to make in the game. Mostly everything happens the same way no matter what you choose to respond with. The game is pretty much saturated with treasure chests which increases the yawn factor.

The combat is a little cheap and unfair at times, both in favor and against of the player.

Overall pretty good though.
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Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
If I had one complaint for Risen 2 is that it's a bad Pirhana Byte game.

I'm not someone who complains about a game being too casualized or too easy, but I can't ignore how many ways Risen 2 is a step back from Risen 1.

That being said, I can still admire Risen 2 as a good game. Maybe someone who doesn't like the style of Gothic 1/2 and Risen 1 would still enjoy the game. The power of the game's theme carries it far, and if you want a light-hearted, challenging pirate game then Risen 2 is a great choice.

(Just don't expect ship-battles.)

If you have played Risen 1, you MUST play this game on Hard mode (even if you played the first game on Easy, like myself). Even at that setting you'll probably get by with far fewer deaths than the first game.

If you haven't played Risen 1, I wouldn't recommend Risen 2 as an entry into the Gothic games. It's an accessible title for newcommers, yes, but the game doesn't have that freeform sense of discovery, replayability and challenge which makes PB games what they are known for.

It wouldn't prepare you to play the other games.

Arr Role To Play the Game (ARPG)

If Risen 1 was centered on the mage role with Rune Magic, then Risen 2 is focused on a Thief/Pirate character. The difference is R1 allowed you to be more liberal with your playstyle and offered you multiple paths to make you curious to play the game again. R2 feels tailored to a specific playthrough.

Swords, Guns and Thievery are what you will want to specialize in to get the most out of the game. Voodoo is far too strict/limiting to use in the main game and you'd be better off not crafting items of any kind and be better off looting what you can find. Alchemy, Distillery, Smithing and animal trading are useless fluff for immersion.

Even if you don't care of replaying the same playstyle over again, then you'll find little to offer a second playthrough. There is a fork in the road to make the game feel like it's made for two runs. In reality, however, it's all a ruse.

For one, if you're someone like me, you'll side with what you think is the good/right faction. The benefit of R1 was that the Don's men and the Order had both positive and negative qualities, making it unable to say who were the good guys. In R2, the natives are obviously portrayed as the underdog with little to no faults.

Second, the branching paths connect together sooner than they part. They only shape how you go through the scenario, which feels way too linear to make you feel like you're accomplishing anything. (For example, you can't just make voodoo dolls of anyone to figure out how to solve a problem.)

My recommendation is to make a Pirate-themed character, side with the natives for the Voodoo to change things up a little bit for the rest of the game--you don't even need to invest in the skill--and you'll get an enjoyable 25 to 30 hours of an experience. (Especially if you get the DLC.)

Streamlined Combat

Unlike other fans, I am actually okay with the new format for the control scheme. It plays similar enough to Risen 1 that it doesn't feel out of place--instead of side-stepping we have Witcher 2 style rolling and we also have Demons' Souls memory of your inputs.

However, it's far from being perfect. The problem is actually that PB didn't make the controls simple enough, and the combat animations are too janky to read properly.

On an X1 controller, you use X for attack (power-attack, riposte, etc.), Y for kick, jump and dodge, LT for parrying (the block) and RT for using a projectile weapon. When you hold down the LT button, you lock on to the nearest enemy and you can do a real parry and riposte (clicking X then Y simaltaneously). B and A are not used in combat. At all.

This becomes a problem when you want to dodge rather than kick. Had they maped it to another button then you'd never have the problem of kicking by accident when the enemy circle-strafes your camera in the forward direction. And because you get a different control when holding LT for Y, then I don't see why they didn't do the Assassin's Creed layout of mapping buttons over one another. Switching them out with the LT.

If that's too technical, the problem is they mapped way too many actions to one button when they have a better alternative, overlaying the buttons with a way to switch between them. It causes problems because some actions are based on where you are moving and how the camera moves.

Another change I would suggest is implementing a Dark Souls stamina meter. It would counter-act spaming the dodge-roll button or make your attacks carry more weight in every battle. That would be one innovation I'd like to see.

Speaking of abusing missing frames, the other major problem with R2 are the animations. Some enemies are too inconsistent to know when to strike in order to counter their attack, so you're better off dodging than parrying.

Also, the block, for example, will sometimes block some enemies but refuse to block other attacks (like the Warthog). It's not clear what is acceptable and what is not from the animations shown. You simply won't know until you try, which I don't think is all that great.

Despite these problems, I think the combat is an improvement; it's simpler, which makes each encounter full of tension with every strike you make. So long as you get over that inconsistency curve.

(Oh, and the boss fights still suck. Not surprised.)

Is Less More or Is More Less?

The biggest change from R1 to R2 is the exploration. Instead of being on one landmass with multiple entrances/exits and shaping how you traverse the island from the story's progression, you are exploring about 10 islands (with DLCs included) of a similar size.

It's hard to tell whether every major island is bigger or smaller than R1's location because the enemy mobs are much less of a problem than Risen 1. That change is definitely something I like as I found Ch 2 to 4 tedious from the enemy mobs.

As a result of the variety of the islands, and the non-linear manner of the game, the islands sometimes lack an identity. Only a few have major differences than being a tropical beach for colonization.

But because you're always finding something new to explore you will want to continue playing. The game has some Legendary items to give you permanent stat boosts and secret crew members to accompany you to make the exploration worthwhile. The best thing to do when arriving on an island is to ignore the settlements and go wander on your own--you'll get a lot more done that way.

The worst change in exploration, however, is how much they've neutered the sense of exploration. Climbing is no longer as free to the player as in R1; dungeon crawling isn't about spatial awareness to traps or secret pathways; and exploring the environment to shortcuts doesn't feel as rewarding as before.

Some might argue that it's due to consoles--especially the unnecessary QTEs--but Risen 1 was on the 360, even in a crappy state they didn't implement these changes. So why they limited the game this way makes no sense.

Something To Be Found Beneath the Grime

If it seems like I'm bashing Risen 2 a lot more than prasing its improvements, that's because there is a gem of a game to be found underneath the rough edges. The lore continues on from Risen 1 in some interesting ways, the characters you come across are more memorable, and even the horrible voice-acting and writing continue to have an amusing charm.

Instead of being a grim, hardcore Pirate RPG, we have a light-hearted, self-aware yet still challenging Pirate game that has a lot more to enjoy than to lament on its shortcomings. At some point you should consider playing this game for fun.
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