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 (1,731 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 26, 2012

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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

    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
162 of 242 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
One of the worst RPGs I ever had the displeasure of playing. Let me break down my favourites just for the fun of it...

- Clunky Controls : The guy moves like a friggin tank and everything feels so horribly sluggish, especially paired with those stiff as wood animations.

- Terrible Combat : Click click click click click click click..Oh wait, there's actualy counter parries, dodge rolls and..nvm click click click click click click..Also, enemies can break your attack animation by simply hitting you with whatever they fancy. You, however, can not do the same to them, which is especially fun when you often have to fight 2 or 3 things at once.

- Tedious Quests : This game even makes you pay your hard earned..and I mean HARD EARNED gold to move on in some quests. Nothing more RPG than having a silvertongue skill of 60 to make a ♥♥♥♥♥ drop her price from 1000 to 500 gold..well invested skills points, sir...Or you get the usual "collect this and that through laborious and unfun work from all corners of the island".

- Level Up System : You do not level up, you just acquire fame which you then have to spend in 5 categories. Then you also get to pay gold to learn new "abilites" like thieving or lockpicking, for which you often require a certain level in the aforementioned categories. Lockpicking, for example, needs you to have spent around 20000 fame to even be able to learn it on a very basic level. Doing a quest usually gives you 50-100 fame as does killing an enemy..you do the maths. This ties into..

- Exploration Denied : Imagine beating some tough monsters, by letting your comrade do all the work just to reach a chest. Oh no, it requires a xx in lockpicking skill. Access denied, unless you already assembled 20000 fame somehow and the gold to upgrade your skill and the clothing to add some bonus to your skills. In the end you won't even bother to explore anymore, because you will usually lack the skills to reap the rewards. But if you do not lack them, then this ties into..

- Worst Loot EVER : Fancy finding new weapons ? New armor ? A cool hat ? Magic Boots ? Haha, no...All the good items you will get (all those..less than 15 pieces of clothing available in the whole game), will require you to buy them from merchants.. There is absolutely nothing to find equipment-wise, except for a few broken sword pieces which you can smith together (requires you to have spent fame and gold and what not again though to learn smithing in the first place, so..basically not for free either). You won't find any clothes ever, in fact most chest rewards will be absolutely laughable like..I don't know...finding 10 gold in a chest or maybe..MAYBE 50..Usually it's just a major waste of time and effort.

- Fighting the Kraken and the final boss : Ok, mostly the Kraken..who designed that and why ? Seriously..

All in all this game is a major step down from Risen 1, which already wasn't the best game in the world, but still better than this..product.
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31 of 44 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Some of my friends call me silly because of this, but ever since I played Gothic, the first Piranha Bytes game I've ever played, I've been following the games the company has released and to this day, I have yet to find one that I don't like. Most of my friends tend to curse at the "difficult" gameplay and levelling up, but I say to them - "That's old-school for you." And I like it. Nowadays, I find some of the games a bit too easy to play, but the old-school ones make me think before I start slashing and hacking at enemies, because it can happen that a boar gets me from the back and I'm done.

Risen 2 reminds me of the Gothic series quite a but, but it shouldn't surprise me since it's made by the same company. I am in love with its graphics and the storyline is very interesting. I also quite like the character redesigns from the first Risen game and their development throughout the game. Take the main protagonist for example - at the beginning of the game he's a drunkard, right? And at the end of the game, he rises as a hero again.

The new enemies are quite interesting too - I've always wanted to play more pirate games, but I haven't found an interesting one as of yet, excluding Gothic II's Addon and Risen 2 - did you notice that both of the games that made pirates interesting are made by PB? :)

Anyway, I warmly recommend this game to everyone that doesn't get too frustrated with the "difficult" gameplay. As I said, that's old-school for ya.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
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
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I had a great time playing this game. Is it glitchy? Yes. Embarassingly so. Is it cheesy? Arrr. It be cheesy matey.
Nonetheless, it is also somewhat epic as an RPG and as a pirate game. It can be unforgiving at first, but once you get over the hump and start being able to afford upper tier training, things start moving really quickly.
The game itself is unabashedly silly as far as the dialogue goes, the graphics arent great by todays standards, but the gameplay is nonetheless quite solid, the cutscenes are pretty well done, etc....

This is a game you will love if you give it a fair chance, love RPG's, love pirates, and arent afraid of rough edges.

By the way, what be a pirates favorite letter? "R" you say. Nay, it be the C. *rimshot*

Anyway, I give this 7 Arrs out of 10.
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39 of 61 people (64%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
For me I found the game difficult to get into. I found the acting limp, the story weak, and the gameplay tedious.

As I started to lose the will to live I decided it was time to quit playing.

But if you like Pirates, English accents and the like then this could be a good choice for you. Being English myself the accents were wasted on me. Being a pirate it just seemed like going to work.*

*May not be entirely accurate.

44%

~ Snowdog
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
190.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Risen 2: Dark Waters is a direct continuation to Risen, featuring the same nameless hero and some of his old companions, Patty and Steelbeard, but set in an entirely new ambientation. Risen 2 parts from the sword and shield medieval fighting world of Faranga to a musket, pistol, cannon and sabers fighting modern age.

Risen 2 is set in the age of the conquistadors, where a kind of sabre-fighting and musket-shooting Spanish fleet is invading new lands inhabited by spear-throwing and voodoo-casters natives. You, a "good pirate", must fight the "bad pirates" for relics to fight the water titan lord, Mara, and for that, you need to choose to side with the inquisition, which will give you muskets, or the Natives, which will give you voodoo spells.

It is a story about the romantic and cliche view of pirates, With a lot of rum, eye patches, parrots, typical clothing and speaking, etc. Despite being a mediocre RPG, the story is captivating. If you see it on a sale, it is worth buying and giving a chance.

If you have played Risen before, you'll find better and worse aspects in comparison:

First, the battle system was crippled. It's a shame, since Risen battle system was very good. Even without training, one could battle stronger enemies given enough skill. Now, without training, you can't do anything but swing your sword around. You can't dodge anymore, the dodge was changed to a kind of roll, which is not only unrealistic (because you roll too far away) but serves only to flee, since you don't end up in a good position to counter attack.

Second, magic was removed from the game. It just didn't fit in the modern feel the developers wanted for the game. Instead, it was changed for voodoo, a kind of cursing spells used by the natives, that is almost useless for combat but adds interesting events in the game.

And third, for the good news, quests are less linear and more interesting.
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27 of 41 people (66%) found this review helpful
79.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
This game pulled me right in and I couldn't stop playing it. Very few games have done this to the degree that this one did. I found it intense, a blast to play, and so much atmosphere. I give this game a 10 our of 10, and I am getting ready to play it again before I play Risen 3. I totally recommend this game. I am 62 years old and have been gaming on the pc since the commodore 64 days, and this is one of the best role playing games I have come across. Buy it! You will not be sorry!!
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
7/10 - Much worse game than Risen 1, combat is for no reason worse and the whole game feel less polished, like almost low-budget title. The pirate theme is new and somehow welcomed change, Patty is funny and story isnt bad either. Shame the Gothic feel from Risen 1 definitely died with this game.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
206.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I actually enjoyed this game. Not boring at all. Game play was good as was the story line, voice acting and animation. Kudos to the Developers.
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
55.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
This was an amazing game! As a huge fan of fantasy rpgs, this game had everything I could want and more. Risen 1 was a cool but hard game. This one was so much more smooth and very enjoyable. A tad on the simple side maybe, but oh my it was so much fun. I loved the drawback of pirates, natives, and conquistadors that gave the game such an exotic feel. The story is really good and the companions are very helpful and fun. This was a fantastic game that I highly reccomend. The dlcs aren't really worth it but they do add money and experience. If you love rpgs, pirates, or the amazing games of deep silver then I know you'll just love this booty of awesomeness!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Terrible controls. Character movement not fluid. Key-binding options too restriced. Locked user interface.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Note: Copy-Paste from my review of Risen 1. You shouldn't play Risen 2 without having played Risen 1.

Personal rating: 8/10
Replayability: Medium
Budget: Worth it.
Lenght: A few days to a week.

Risen 2 specific notes: Risen 2, apart from what I have to say about the series in general below, has a slightly clumsy combat system, and feels like a partial attempt at making a Sid-Meyer's Pirates! inspired RPG, but remains a very good game.

I'm not sure what to think of Risen. The company behind Risen made Gothic, a series that I loved. Gothic has a tragic story, funding was cut from the expansion pack to the third installment, resulting in a buggy game that felt unfinished, and had the wrong voice-actors. The dreaded fourth installment that the orginal company wasn't even part of, killed the series, and I hear this is why they started Risen on the side.

While I was initially excited about Risen, I feel like Risen is some sort of attempt from the company's side to "win back" their original ideas for gothic. It feels like they're trying to make the same game, but different.

Still, Risen has a decent story, but Risen is a series, and the third installment just game out. I'll try not to judge Risen 1 on the sequels, but it's hard, because frankly Risen 2 feels like they retconned a lot of Risen 1 in an attempt to reboot their franchise as a sort of "pirate age" age game, even though it clearly felt like a high-fantasy gothic medieval game in the first installment.

Separately though, the games are quite good, it's just a bit of a snag to get over how poorly they connect, despite several characters making appearances in both games.

In many ways, Risen perfectly embodies the spirit of Gothic and does provide some not-seen-before elements. Where in Gothic, you felt like you were the nameless master-mind behind a gang of anti-heroes who follow you out of some misguided sense of loyalty (honor among thieves, I guess) rather than true friendship, always facing challenges in a hostile world as you go about, in Risen you feel like people actually have a more "human" relationship towards you. Sure, you're still a nameless guy but apart from a select few individuals, you're truly alone this time, but your friendships in the game are based on actual frienship, meaning the character actually has some relationships with people.

Risen in no way beats or threatens the legacy of the 3 real gothic games, but if you liked gothic, you NEED to play Risen too.

Fun fact: Many fans believe that unofficially, Risen is set several years in the future of the original gothic trilogy. Read more on this theory on the internet.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
The story is fine, although I didn't play the first one. It was sometimes frustrating because it was slow at loading and had to save too many times while fighting, and also the game ran slow on my computer. But the gameplay was good, the story wasn't exactly short and upgrading skills took time. But after the final fight, you can't do anything, so if you missed some missions you have to load your last savefile before going to the Water Temple . But it's overall a nice game. 7/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
The controls can get frustrating at times but more often then not you don't even notice. Not for casuals who want everything handed to them; you actually have to manage your gold instead of being able to buy out every store you come across and when you get new equipment it actually means something instead of a constant stream of over powered disposable weapons. It is a good old school game with a great story and a decent sense of humor The gnome you can get on your crew is hilarious . The combat system was dumbed down from the original but what do you expect when they make a game with consoles in mind. Over all give this game a chance and you wont regret it.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Tedious eurojank WRPG with fun dialogue and role-playing mechanics. I personally enjoy it, and it's one of the few pirate RPGs out there.

Get parry and flourish asap if you want to make the rest of the game tolerable even if you don't want to spec in swords.

Get in a bundle. Get in my bundle.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Risen 2: Dark Waters strays away from the norm of modern RPGs and tries new things that is both innovative and unfitting of the game's tone. It's mechanics can be a bit of a chore at first but once you get a hold of it and how it works, then it's as easy as the next modern RPG around the corner.

Performance
Somewhat a polarizing port because it has very high textures and amazing lighting but it also has frequent texture pop-ins and shadow problems. Performance on a FX-6300 processor, R9 270 GPU, and 8GB of RAM in a 1080p resolution with every graphics option set to it's highest setting yields a maximum of 65 FPS and an average of 52 FPS. In the jungle areas where there is more foliage, the framerate can sometimes go down to 44 FPS.

No bugs or crashes experienced during playthroughs but the weird nature of some of the game's assets make it look like there are.

Gameplay
Risen 2 caters more to the old school RPG gamers rather than modern ones because it has very limited mechanics that modern gamers are probably very used to. First off, it's an action RPG with only three weapon types: swords, guns, and voodoo dolls. Even with the limited weapon types though, each encounter with the enemy requires a perfect balance and usage between the three. You will not win the game with just a sword and gun alone.

Second: it's hard as hell because of the fact that almost all of the enemies have higher attack speed than you do. Unlike modern RPGs where you can just waltz through enemy flanks and armies, Risen 2 requires a lot of patience if you want to fight the enemy effectively. I think that the devs deliberately set the attack speed that high so the players will be forced to dodge and block as well rather than just hacking your way through enemies. It's questionable and annoying but once you get the hang of it, then every encounter is easy as pie.

Third: resource management is a must because everything costs money - even basic skills like sneaking and power attacks. Most of the time, you'll spend your money on potions because enemy hits are very powerful. Because of this, you won't have money to purchase essential and useful skills like lockpicking and potion making. This needs to balanced out and certain mechanics should be repurposed.

Graphics
Graphics are very nice - especially the lighting. However, there's a big issue with texture pop-ins and shadow flickering.

For a game released in 2012, the animations and character models are very bad compared to other games released in the same year.

Story
The game's story works on a very cliched level and is very forgetful. However, there's a lack of backstory and the main villain is just there as a sort of prop. The ending... well let's just say that the ending was somewhat disappointing.


And there you have it. Old school RPG gamers should really give Risen 2: Dark Waters a chance. However, even with the recommended rating, I highly suggest that you buy this at sale rather than full price because it's just no that worthy of a full priced game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Risen is an awesome franchise but underrated.

the good:
- decent story
- good character progression
- static enemy strength (some find this a con)
- do what you want
- feels good when you get used to the controls
- pirates

the bad:
- people may have to get used to the controls of gothic/risen
- the difficulty curve may be too steep for some players
- forgetting to save can lead to long do-overs

A great game, especially if you like games like gothic or other 3rd person RPGs. 8,5/10
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
One of the best old school RPG ever created 10/10...a game that stays true to the series with a great atmosphere and theme -piracy !!! A game made with love for the fans :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
+ MUSIC is perfect, OST in my Big Playlist;
+ VERY fun dialogues and characters, I like Steelbeard family for their replics and gesticulation;
+ graphics looks better than in previous part but with less perfomance;
+ world becomes wider;
+ new skills (include funny and useful "monkey" being);
- story feels weak.
Good sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Haven't been playing it all that long.. played Risen 1 for a few hours, didn't care for it. The story was great but I found the AI boring, not a lot of emotion or tone to them. Didn't care for the fighting movement at all but that just might be my unfamiliarity with this kind of game. THIS game though, Risen 2, I found much better than 1 for graphics (of course) and for movement when fighting, and I enjoy the voices and listening to the dialogue much much more than in 1.
I have seen a lot of reviews for Risen 1 about the overall character and story being better... that might be true, as I said, I didn't play it long. But I am really enjoying Risen 2.
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