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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Risen 2 is a weird, confused mess of a game. Its half post-apocalyptic/lovecraftian horror and half swashbuckling lighthearted pirate adventure and neither of the two meet to make a solid whole. Throughout the 30 or so hours of the game, both sides seem like totally different things, with the pirate adventure taking up the lions share of the spotlight.

Risen 2 also continues on with Risen's goal of simplifying mechanics that date all the way back to the Gothic games. Fast travel and a more robust XP system cause Risen 2 to move more towards the Action RPG archetype at times. This isn't to say that all the complexity has been bred out of Risen 2, the Learning Points system still exists, mostly, but is instead gated by Glory (XP) and knowledge level of the five character attributes. This more or less works, but something is definitely lost in translation and Risen 2's gameplay begins to feel more like generic RPG systems instead of the interesting systems in Gothic and Risen.

The combat loop in Risen 2 is also vastly simplified and the game is overall orders of magnitude more easier then it's predecessors, with the more thoughtful combat systems in both Risen and the Gothic games replaced with hack'n'slash mechanics. I got through the entire game just mashing on the attack button and peridocally shooting people while mashing on my health position hotkey during the few times i was in peril. Overall, it's nowhere near as satisfying as the previous games, which made you *work* to survive encounters with even basic enemies. Also, you can still get stunlocked to death in Risen 2, so at least there is some connective tissue to the previous games!

Storywise, the game takes a *lot* of inspiration from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride/movies, especially in it's use of voodoo and pirate curses as a main story theme. The nameless character from Risen has become a Inquisition officer in the years between the games and resides in the Crystal Fortress in Caldera, the last human city of the 'Old World' after all the previous ones have been destoryed by not only Titans themselves, but also a cataclysmic conflict between the Titan Lords, one of which the main character helped resurrect and free in the previous game. Humanity stands on the brink of annihilation due to being unable to fight back against the Titans *and* Titan Lords, especially Mara, a Titan, and her kraken, who holds the Southern Seas and has sent countless ships to the bottom of the sea, which means that supplies and fresh troops are dangerously low in Caldera. After a ship heading for the Crystal Fortress is destroyed by Mara's kraken, Patty, a somewhat important character from Risen, washes up on the shores and teams up with the nameless character after he is told to go undercover as a pirate to investigate rumors of weapons that are capable of killing Mara that are held by Steelbeard, Patty's estranged father.

The story is serviceable and does the job of providing a reason to go on a grand adventure, but there was never a point where I cared at all about the events of the game, especially considering the immense tone whiplash that I got after coming off the first game. It honestly feels like Piranha Bytes had one team making an actual sequel to Risen and another making a pirate RPG and they just smushed the two together. A lot of characters that previously existed in Risen act nothing like their former incarnations, with the main character being the most egregious example.

Graphically, the game is capable of some really nice jungle environments and some great lighting, but most of the time it looks very average, especially in terms of very average looking character models and animations. There is nothing here that will push your hardware to the max or make your jaw drop, and I was comfortably able to run it on max settings without breaking a sweat. The art style is nothing to write home about as well, there was nothing notable at all except for the aforementioned jungle environments. The most offensive thing I can think of in terms of the graphical features is that lighting in caves and ruins is exceptionally poor. It attempts to convey a dark environment, but instead just causes me to be unable to see, even with torches. I had to increase the brightness just to see what I was doing in these areas.

One important thing to note too is that I ran into many bugs playing this game. During all 35 hours of play, I was never able to either make a hard save through the menu or use the console without the game instantly crashing to desktop. I still have no idea what causes this and googling and asking around brings no fixes. There were also bugs with some achievements never triggering, non-critical items never spawning and things like that. I used the Risen 2 Unofficial Patch, which purports to fix many non-critical issues with quests and the like, but I still ran into these problems, so be aware.

Also, Risen 2 has some gross bits in it, especially with the way native peoples are portrayed in the game, where they basically just took every existing colonialist 'tribal' stereotype in media and smooshed them all into one, kinda offensive mess. There is also some blatant homophobia with one character that seems incredibly unnecessary.

Overall, I did actually have fun with this game, but it is also a very average game when examined critically. If you are hankering for a game with pirate adventures in it and you have exhausted everything to do in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, give this a whirl. It has some charm to it, but it's not gonna be a game that you fondly remember after you finish it.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
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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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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Combat is stupidly bad and unenjoyable.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Combat is atrocious.
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2 of 7 people (29%) 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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186 of 226 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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140.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
I'd definitely recommend this game, though perhaps when it's on sale. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this game, but right off the bat I was pretty surprised by how fun it it and how much substance it has.

The fighting can feel a little awkward and tedious (especially with certain enemies), but overall, I still like it. You have to use a little strategy, and the variety of weapons available is pretty good too. You also get some magic skills later on which is a nice touch as well.

The story is nothing too amazing, but it actually started off pretty good and kept me interested quite a ways through (still haven't beaten it). What I really like though is that the map is bigger than I expected with plenty of little treasures to search for and find. You can spend a good deal of time doing this.

My only complaint is that it's pretty hard to jump back into a game after having not played in a while. So I wish the journal was just a little more helpful/descriptive.
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35.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
A very basic RPG with some enjoyable moments but with broken gameplay and a long list of flaws and annoyances. Nothing is more fun than random insakill traps that forces you to replay 30 minutes right? Or how about getting stunlocked by flying spears from all over the place when you can do nothing but roll around like a dumbass or flee? Do you like spending money on useless skills? This game has plenty! Exploring is fun! But not when half the stuff you explore cant even be accessed so you better remember all the locations youve been to and come back later because that is how the game is designed.

At some rare moments i really enjoy this game but most of the time i absolutely hate it! Once you try the combat you will understand, its the most broken combat system ever made, look at how many games i have, NONE of them have worse combat than this game! So you have to be prepared to be frustrated!
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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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