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Loads of challenging quests.
Fun new enemies and allies.
Choices that matter are scattered throughout.
Beautiful living world.
Warmly familiar to fans of the Gothic series.
Choices result in tangible consequences.
Well acted characters.
A lot of well constructed.
Very challenging combat can be too much for some.
Last half of the game becomes too linear and mostly limited to main quests.
Final battle is one of the most disappointing in years Source.
The combat is awkward and unsatisfying.
Various technical glitches.
Takes a long time to get interesting.
By Gameplay Monthly on November 02, 2010
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 January 18, 2010
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 December 08, 2009
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 November 11, 2009
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 October 29, 2009
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 October 27, 2009
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 October 26, 2009
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 October 24, 2009
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 October 14, 2009
You'll enjoy this fascinating and intricate role-playing game in spite of its troublesome combat and scattered bugs....
By cnet on October 14, 2009
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,...
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