This game is absolutely terrible and I recommend that you steer clear of it.
It has perhaps the worst combat I have ever experienced in the game, and it was a nightmare to play. I thought the original Risen had some terrible combat, but this one has somehow been made worse. You have to level up your sword fighting abilities before you can actually perform moves likes parry and riposte. So for the first 10 hours of the game I was just blocking with my sword and doing simple attacks.
The other problem is that the enemy combat AI is horrendous. A majority of enemies felt like they were literally programmed to just keep attacking you every half second, effectively locking you out of performing any moves whatsoever. Add to the fact that groups of enemies (which you tend to encounter most, rather than a single enemy) will just gang up on you and you'll just see your life quickly tick down as you stumble with each attack, never getting a moment to even initiate your own attack.
But if you wait it out long enough, you will eventually get moves that can counter an enemy. Unfortunately, these moves are really only meant to be used against human enemies. And the majority of enemies you fight in this game are animals and creatures, so again you're back to just the spamming attack method.
If you wait even longer, after about 20 hours into the game you can craft an extremely powerful sword which basically kills enemies in two shots. So suddenly after the long, drawn out, tedious battles that you had to put up with for the entire game, now you have the ability to stomp all over everything. But the game's almost over at the point, so it's pretty much a waste.
I don't know why I continued playing this game until the end, but I wanted to see if there was any redeeming aspects later on. The story and quests are only decent at best, but definitely not worth putting up with the terrible combat for. And I suspect that most people will get fed up with the combat so early on that they'll miss the actual RPG elements in the game.
And finally, if you do make it to the end of the game, the final boss fight was the easiest battle in the entire game. And it was such an anticlimatic finish that I was confused when there wasn't more to it. So no, there was nothing worth sticking through the entire game for.
I'm just baffled how this game could have made it so far into its production lifecycle. It's such a mess, and this is one of the few games that I will actively tell people not to purchase.
About a dozen of the achievements are broken. And every time you quick save it creates a separate file on your computer. And I was constantly quick saving, so every time before I exited the game I would end up with about 100 wasted files that I would have to delete myself.
Posted: January 21st, 2014