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Descending 2 the abysmal

posted by SethAtkins (DALLAS, TX) Dec 13, 2012

Member since Jun 2010

The reviews seem to be clearly divided into two camps, those that love it and those that think it is absolutely horrible. How to know which camp you will fall in before you try it? That is my goal here. Disclaimer: I hated it. Second, games like this justify a Gamefly membership, as you must rent it before deciding whether to own this title. The risk is high that you will hate it, as you can see the "hate it" significantly outnumber the high rankings.

How to be fair in this review, both to the game and to those who love it, when I think this is such an awful title? Tricky. Let me sum up by saying that I disliked it for many of the same reasons I stopped watching Tom Cruise movies in the 80s/90s...basically after you watched one, you watched them all, regardless of whether they put him in a race car driver outfit instead of a fighter pilot outfit. Same plot, same "twists", same theme, same everything, just different appearance. You knew within the first five minutes you saw it already. Same with Risen 2. If you have played any generic RPG, you've already played Risen 2, though with a piratey skin on everything, and little that felt truly innovative.

I was drawn to what sounded like an open world pirate game, but what I found was a shallow, linear RPG that had the "appearance" of depth. Put aside the horrible PS2-era graphics and awkward controls and camera angles that almost everyone can agree on being bad with Risen 2, because those things are tolerable if gameplay makes up for it. Sadly, it doesn't. And yes, I put in enough hours on this to give it a fair shot.

Things I found hopelessly irritating:
1) Seemingly endless grinding to improve stats and items
2) The game is almost entirely "on land". (Really???)
3) Featureless skills. For example, "pickpocketing" is enabled by thieving skills, and is simply a DIALOG choice with characters, and success is automatic based on the numerical skill being better than a certain level needed.

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Really Bad


posted by thelambchops (PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL) Dec 3, 2012

Member since Jun 2012

I wanted to like it I really did. Seemed like they concentrated on how to work swearing into the dialog more than gameplay. sad really Pirate game sounded fun, nope disappointed. What happened to games that didn't suck???? Think I'm gonna break out my PS2 and play champions of norrath. at least thats fun.

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posted by War0979 (PICKERINGTON, OH) Oct 8, 2012

Member since Jan 2005

I was enjoying this game, I really was. I was playing thinking "I don't know what people are complaining about." THEN...I get to the second island. Got a few missions done, built up my thief ability to pickpocket and pick locks. Found a chest in the woods, went to unlock as I have a 50 ability and only need 30. Then it happened "I NEED A LOCKPICK" ...that's strange, I have a lockpick. Try again...nope the game bugged and erased my lockpick. Well no worries because I'll just buy a new one....NOPE, there is only one lockpick you get in the beginning island and that is it. Now I know why this game was so horribly reviewed. ONE LOCKPICK!!! Plus they did an update and didn't address that MAJOR ISSUE!?! I put hours into this game and for nothing. Wish Gamefly added an option under BUY, entitled "SNAP DISC IN HALF" or "LAUNCH GLITCHED USELESS GAME INTO GAME MAKERS FACE" I would so pay for those options right now.

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