Risen 2: Dark Waters

  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
69
Based on 27 scores, 41 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    2
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    8
  • Bad:
    10

Pros:

  • Gorgeous environments.
  • Entertaining storyline.
  • A treasure's chest of pirating skills and dirty tricks to learn.

Cons:

  • Make wrong choices early on and you may handicap your progression.
  • Weak combat.

Expert reviews and ratings

By GameSpy on 60

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 pocket...

By PC Advisor on 50

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 skills more...

By NotebookCheck on -

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 60

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 -

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 badminton), but...

By GameSpot on 70

Kevin returns to the time of pirates, buried treasure, and voodoo in this review for Risen 2: Dark...

By Gamers Daily News on 70

ReplayI don’t 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 60

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 60

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 -

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 roughly 12...

By Strategy Informer on 65

I do wonder if that ‘2’ in the title is meant to be said as ‘to’, like in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. So, “Risen To Dark Waters”. Sounds cool either way, but it still doesn’t change the fact that Risen isn’t the most highly regarded RPG around –...

By PC Authority on 50

I'm just not sure about Risen 2. There's no denying that its heart is most definitely in the right place: from the wonderfully large islands you get to explore, the range of skills and special talents to learn, and an overarching plot which takes more...

By Destructoid on 70

The original Risen was a curious little beast. In a genre so used to empowering the player, letting one live out heroic fantasies in a world full of treasure, choice, and magnificent deeds, Risen was quite prepared to strip you of your dignity, kick...

By ign.com on 65

With Risen 2 Piranha Bytes continues to demonstrate skill at crafting big, believable worlds. Dark Waters is at times beautiful, offering a finely detailed set of islands to explore on your quest to become a notorious pirate captain and vanquish an...

By Neoseeker on 90

A few years ago, German developer Piranha Bytes completed work on Risen, a spiritual successor to the beloved and hardcore Gothic RPGs. It seemed to sell well enough, but for all the excellence it achieved, the game hasn't reached nearly the level of...

By Neoseeker on -

Pirate RPG Risen 2: Dark Waters is nearing its release on PC, 360, and PS3, and with that comes our first hands-on impressions. In brief, it's more or less the same classic gameplay from Gothic , Gothic II , and Risen , but with some exciting new...

By Neoseeker on -

For North American CRPG fans, Europe has been a godsend for quite some time now in delivering titles that proudly adhere to traditions while also accommodating all the strides gaming has made in recent years in terms of technical prowress and...

International Review By Generation NT on 50

Après un premier volet plutôt intéressant dans son gameplay, bien que certains aspects étaient encore perfectibles, le studio Pyranha Bytes nous propose Risen 2 : Dark Waters, un épisode qui diffère en termes d'environnements, pour s'axer vers la...

International Review By dgl.ru on -

Безымянный герой и все-все-все… За исключением продолжительности и разветвленности основной сюжетной линии, Risen 2: Dark Waters ни в чем не уступает Dragon Age II, а это, согласитесь, показатель… Воистину, Risen 2 – игра контрастов… С одной стороны,...

International Review By pcmasters.de on -

Wem kann man Risen 2: Dark Water empfehlen wäre nun wohl die Frage, die sich stellt. Insgesamt bleibt zu sagen, dass das Spiel eher eine Enttäuschung, als die Erfüllung unserer Hoffnungen war. Denn auch wenn man mit einer guten Grafik punkten kann,...