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448 ratings

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Risen? More like Sunken

posted by jjenkins1 (SAINT LOUIS, MO) Sep 27, 2012

Member since Aug 2012

Imagine a famous chef preparing a spectacular feast. He uses all the elements necessary to create an awesome meal, and even adds style to give the dish great visual appeal. Then just before the meal is served, he decides to defecate all over it. This is exactly the feeling i got from Risen 2. The game has many components of a great game- interesting chracter development and strategically deep combat (once you get a feel for it), but you have to dig through the poor graphics, constant freeze ups, lame voice acting and many other issues that I'm too lazy to type. I wasn't even able to complete the game because it froze every time I finished fighting the kraken. There were many points when I was actually starting to enjoy the game, only to have it freeze or suddenly time warp back to a point earlier in the game without warning. This really could have been a good game, but I'm very disappointed in the finished product. If I were to produce work of this quality at my job, I'd be fired, maybe some heads need to roll at this games design headquarters. Thank you Gamefly for preventing me from buying

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Well worth it!

posted by agjerde (BOTHELL, WA) Sep 17, 2012

Member since Feb 2008

I played throught the first one (on Xbox) and I'm now about 20 hours into this one. Not sure why it is rated so low. I found it to be quite rich and engaging, and better than the first one. The story is good and the game mechanics develop as you level up and train. Fighting might seem like just button mashing at first, but becomes deeper and more rewarding over time.

You might rate this game low if:
- You played it for an hour, wasn't instantly gratified, and decided to rage about it.
- You played it before major bug fixes. Yes, it had some problems at first, but we could all anticipate that, this being a cross-company PC port and all (Piranha Bytes made the PC version, Wizarbox the console versions).

You might rate this game higher if:
- You like pirates, treasure, a ship and a crew (Guybrush?), voodoo (oh yes!) and a monkey to steal stuff for you...

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Above Average

Risen 2 review

posted by mythoughtsonit (BALTIMORE, OH) Sep 17, 2012

Member since Sep 2012

I almost sent this back after the first two hours. But after reading other reviews, I decided to keep going. Overall, I ended up liking it to a degree.

First off, it really does seem like a ps2 game. This game lacks the look of modern games, and even the gestures your character and the npc's make during conversation remind you of the ps2 era of games. Also, the combat system will tick you off. I never became completely comfortable with it, but you can "learn" skills to help you not throw your controller during a fight in game.

-IF- you can make it past that, the game ends up being pretty fun. The story is decent, not great by any means, but keeps you interested enough.

I would have liked to seen more varience in the special weapons you find throughout the game, as well as perhaps voodoo enchantments on weapons. All-in-all it will take some dedication to get past the flaws in the game but I did end up playing in through to the end and enjoyed it. But I can't promise everyone will..

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