• Risen
80
Based on 21 scores, 27 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    10
  • Good:
    6
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Incredible scope.
  • Loads of challenging quests.
  • Fun new enemies and allies.

Cons:

  • Very challenging combat can be too much for some.
  • Last half of the game becomes too linear and mostly limited to main quests.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Gameplay Monthly on 67

RecommendationDespite its shortcomings, I thoroughly enjoyed Risen. That old-school feel coupled with a vibrant beautiful world make for a compelling game. With a player and character skill-based combat system and lots of exploring to do as well as...

By New Game Network on 83

Today the game market it so full of huge, high budget super-hyped block buster video games that often a very excellent production can slip under the radar entirely. Risen, the latest offering from German studio Piranha Bites, is a victim of such...

By Gear Diary on -

A recent trend in games has been altering the naming structure to try to either dissociate with older games or mask how many games have preceded the release. Recent examples include the indeterminate ‘Wolfenstein’, the third Red Faction game...

By itreviews.com on -

On the one hand, initially Risen seemed so similar to Gothic 3 that we were quite disappointed with Piranha Bytes for sticking so fast to the formula. However, as we progressed through the campaign, we began to appreciate the fact that some...

By AsiaOne on 80

WHAT goes around, comes around - that is one of life's lesson I learnt through this game.One of the rare role-playing games (RPG) which is open-ended and non-linear, Risen offers many ways to complete missions.You play a nameless male protagonist...

By Hooked Gamers on 85

I have to admit that I feared we had seen the end of the Gothic franchise when Piranha Bytes and Jowood declared their dying love. Jowood foolishly insisted on creating an addon for Gothic 3, named Forsaken Gods and delivered a dork of a game whose...

By BrightHub on 80

After the three incarnations of the succesful, if not universally accepted, Gothic franchise, Piranha Bytes starts a new page in their RPG history called Risen. What does this bring to new gamers and diehard Gothic fans alike? Can they still deliver...

By Neoseeker on -

Way back in March of 2001, a little PC RPG by the name of Gothic debuted in Germany, the homeland of its creators Piranha Bytes (PB). While in North America PC gaming began to quickly die out around this time, it's kept pretty strong in Europe,...

By GameSpot on 70

You'll enjoy this fascinating and intricate role-playing game in spite of its troublesome combat and scattered bugs....

By cnet on 70

If you judge Risen on its first act alone, you may be convinced that a better title for this complex role-playing game would be "Errand Boy." But while you spend many of the early hours as a shipwrecked message courier, you should stick with it,...

By IGN Gear on 86

The skies are swirling with fury and there are beasts on the shore. As they approach, you're doubtful the slab of driftwood in your hand will be capable of swatting them aside. Shaking off the shock of waking up near-dead on the beach after the...

By Game Observer on 86

Overall, Risen is a tremendous step forward for Piranha Bytes and shows that they are capable of making the same old school PC RPGs that made them famous back at the beginning of this decade. While the landmass is small, there are only two factions,...

By Games Radar on 90

Having spent a considerable amount of effort collecting every herb and mushroom we could find, we must confess that we began to question our sanity. The giant vultures, porcupines and killer butterflies that harassed us as we made our way across the...

By Cheat Code Central on 88

As far as hardcore action-RPGs go, there's not a lot in Risen that genre veterans likely haven't encountered somewhere before. Still, being turbulently booted from an ill-fated sea vessel and thrust into a mystical, dangerous, and beautifully...

International Review By I Am Gamer on 83

Es war keine schöne Zeit damals für das deutsche Entwicklerstudio Piranha Bytes. Gothic 3 versprach Vieles, konnte aber vor allem aufgrund seiner immensen Größe, als auch der Vielzahl an Bugs, nicht überzeugen. Mit Risen...

International Review By dome.fi on -

Piranha Bytes on ikävässä asemassa siinä mielessä, että he menettivät vastoin omaa tahtoaan oikeudet omaan pelisarjaansa Gothiciin, jota he olivat kehittäneet 2000-luvun alusta asti.Studion viimeiseksi...

International Review By Gamereactor on 60

Utvecklarna bakom Gothic-serien är tillbaka med ett nytt rollspel. Petter Mårtensson har testat på livet på den ogästvänliga ön Faranga, skördat vete och tagit livet av allehanda...

International Review By Digitale-Generation on 87

Piranha Bytes hat viel aus den Fehlern gelernt und diese nahezu alle beseitigt. Die Spielwelt mag zwar etwas kleiner geworden sein, dafür bleibt man inhaltlich jedoch immer mit Freude am Ball und verliert trotz vieler Nebenquests nie den Faden. Die...

International Review By GameCaptain on 89

des Resident Evils Tests war lange nicht so euphorisch wie der von Risen obwohl Resident Evil nur einen Punkt schlechter bewertet wurde. Ihr könnt doch nicht bei einem Punkt Unterschied einerseits eine uneingeschränkte Kaufempfehlung...

International Review By Clubic on -

Sans vouloir vraiment décider d'une ligne directrice franche dans la réalisation de Risen, Piranha Bytes arrive tout de même à créer une ambiance assez particulière, à la fois très classique et...