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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,379 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 7
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38 of 53 people (72%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
I have been a fan of Piranha Bytes since Gothic 2, and have played and beaten all their games. For some reason the Pirate theme and look of this game put me off; it seemed different, and worse than previous titles. After picking it up for just a buck during the Humble ReBundle, it pleasantly surprised me. I'd rank this right up there with the rest of their games. Adventuring in their open world maps, stealing and beating up NPCs is great fun. The game is also VERY pretty on max settings. I actually thought the combat was an improvement over previous titles; it was still difficult, but learning an enemy's patterns and fully utilizing your abilties (leveling up your 'player skill') proved fruitful, and that's satisfying. The voice acting was decent - nothing incredible, mind you, but I tend to be picky and felt the actors were pretty good; their manner of speaking reminded me of Game of Thrones a couple times.

If you take your time with each island, exploring it throroughly and completeing all the quests, this is actually a reasonably long game. My first (very thorough) playthrough was over 50 hours, and the game is constructed so that you cannot get all the skills or experience all the content in a single playthrough. I don't know if it will hold my attention for a second go-around, but I could see my clock hitting nearly 100 hours if I do, and that's great bang for your buck.

Another reviewer complained that training and items were "too expensive" and the game was "too difficult". I couldn't disagree more. Too often, loot and gold are meaningless in games. You hoard hundreds of thousands of gold and have nothing to spend it on! In this game, you need to choose what gear and training you get with care, and that gives a real sense of value to loot when you get it. As for "too difficult"? Maybe my opinion is different as a fan since Gothic 1, but the challenge in these games are part of the experience. Why should you be able to go anywhere and beat anyone willy-nilly? One of the most memorable experiences of Gothic 2 was when I faced a situation in which I found myself unable beat a crowd of Orcs guarding the enterance to a city, and was forced to make a break from my "kill everything" mentality, and instead find a way to sneak past them and then proceed to RUN FOR MY LIFE! This was such a breath of fresh air! Furthermore, if you use all your resources in this game (proper gear, potion use... strategy) you can prevail in any fight, and overcoming the challenge makes it all the more satisfying when you do.

This game might not be for everyone. There are bugs, and quirks, but looking past those you have a very thoughtfully and lovingly made game here. I definitely recommend it. If you like Risen, or Gothic, this should be a safe buy, but you may want to wait for a sale.

All said and done, I really enjoyed this game, would have paid more for it, and would like to pick up the DLC when it goes on sale. Looking forward to Risen 3: Titan Lords, for sure!
Posted: June 1
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
PROS
+interesting story
+fun characters
+open world

CONS
+seriously poor combat

Similar to other Piranha Bytes games suggest playing another Piranha Bytes game or demo to get a feel if you will enjoy the game
Posted: July 8
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41 of 65 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Despite a poor combat system, Risen 2 has a good atmosphere and great characters, enhanced by fun dialogue and a nice storyline.
Posted: June 24
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Bottoms up, Captain!

Oh lads, how I enjoyed this game. Robbing graves, fighting monsters and drinking rum is what you would expect from this game and it's what you get and I can't miss to mention digging treasures!

The world is divided into Lost realm and New World. Lost realm is where Titans fight each other in order to rule the world as the strongest power in the universe. You are starting the game in Caldera , mankind's last bastion on the Lost realm, and you arre given the most important quest - to save the world by killing one of the Titans, a sea monster known as Mara. It's not an easy task and you will have to do everything you can imagine for that, even be publicly expelled from the Inquision an organization protecting the manking. Your first step is to get an anciant artefact, a magical Spear, it's told to be the only weapon able to kill Mara. Rumor says pirate Captain Steelbeard has found it and you have to become a pirate to find him!

Gameplay and story are really exciting, but fight system is not so good and better to not mension boss fight which are more boring than interesting. Still game offers almost 30 hours of amazing gameplay.

6.5 /10
Posted: August 27
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361 of 501 people (72%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
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.

BONUS GRIEVANCES:
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 21
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