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A treasure's chest of pirating skills and dirty tricks to learn.
Flexible character-building system.
The game frequently autosaves, so if you fail a mission you aren't set too far back.
Solid voice acting.
Voodoo and dirty tricks spice up battles.
Great island atmosphere.
Fun attitude that doesn't rely on tired pirate cliches.
Make wrong choices early on and you may handicap your progression.
Curious design decisions.
Robotic character movement.
Annoying fetch quests.
Some annoying bugs.
Not as freeform as the original Risen.
By GameSpy on May 14, 2012
If you're one of those bleeding-hearts who plays all RPGs like paragons of virtue that never steal from others and avoid killing, then Risen 2: Dark Waters is definitely not your cup of rum. In this pirate-themed RPG it's wise not to leave any...
By PC Advisor on May 12, 2012
Risen 2 just about avoids becoming a disaster, but it's a game very badly in need of editing - if it were somehow possible to release a director's cut that lost some of the bloat, rebalanced the combat and made the stealth and conversation...
By NotebookCheck on May 08, 2012
Risen 2 may not be the perfect example of an action RPG, but its existing scenarios and gameplay are unique enough that users should give the title a try. We feel that the atmosphere especially is top tier and somewhat compensates for the weaknesses....
By PC Mag on May 07, 2012
Risen 2: Dark Waters delivers does a decent job of creating a pirate-fantasy adventure, but it feels flat at times and has trouble overcoming some of the more annoying RPG tropes....
By PC Gamer on May 04, 2012
Risen 2 has the best jumping animation in all of gaming. Press space and your plumvoiced pirate raises one leg and skips forward. Not only is it the cutest thing I’ve ever seen done by a hairy man in shorts (and I’ve seen Graham play...
By GameSpot on May 03, 2012
Kevin returns to the time of pirates, buried treasure, and voodoo in this review for Risen 2: Dark...
By Gamers Daily News on May 01, 2012
ReplayI dont see much reason to play Risen 2 again since I doubt the story will change much, however, I am sure it would be just as fun on the second playthrough as it is the...
By Cheat Code Central on April 27, 2012
Gears of War mastermind Cliff Bleszinski once said that "if you're going to make a shooter, you better make sure that those 30 seconds that you do over and over again are more fun than anything else in the game." As it happens, Risen 2 isn't a...
By Blogcritics on April 25, 2012
It is at this point that I must confess I never played the original Risen. That said, when I heard there was a single player game that involved pirates and Cthulhu sea monsters, I was rather keen on reviewing Risen 2 : Dark Waters. To be honest, my...
By GameSpy on April 24, 2012
Note: Our full review has been delayed by technical difficulties that were just recently resolved by a new Nvidia driver. While we power through to the end, here's what we're thinking so far.Today's lesson: Fortune favors the roguish. After...
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