Conclusion: Risen 2: Dark Waters valiantly steps up to the plate to offer players something a little more refreshing for jaded palates – an honest-to-goodness open-world pirate RPG – and unfortunately squanders what potential it could have had.
Conclusion: There are players who will certainly love Risen 2 – Dark Waters, but I suspect that, even if everyone who gets this game manages to complete it and only then express an opinion, there will always be more gamers who might be disappointed and a little angry with the Piranha Games experience.
Excerpt: Risen 2: Dark Waters is a disappointment. Trust me, you have no idea how hard it is to type that sentence. You see, since I first discovered Gothic some ten years ago, I’ve been enthralled by everything developer Piranha Bytes makes. They are masters of immersion, building the most alluring and elaborate open world environments that gaming has ever seen (making Skyrim look like amateur hour).
Excerpt: Why aren't there more RPGs about pirates? This is a serious question. Where the heck are they? Apart from the JRPG obsession with all things sky piratey, and the occasional free to play MMO, pirates are relegated to being either miscellaneous enemies or perhaps a class role in a fantasy dungeon crawler. What gives?
Excerpt: Introduction, instructions If you're the tinkering type or just like the idea of seeing 20 Earth Titans knock over drunkards and have a copy of the excellent pirate RPG Risen 2 on PC, I have a treat for you. The command to access the game's console has been uncovered, and with that, a full list of commands you can use to fiddle with the game world.
Excerpt: In the world of video games, pirates seem to have gotten the short end of the stick. There are plenty of games about soldiers and space marines, zombies and monsters, but save for a few notable standout titles like Sid Meier's Pirates and Tales from Monkey Island , you'd be hard pressed to find a heavy selection of games (at least decent ones) staring the scoundrels of the sea.
Excerpt: Risen 2: Dark Waters is the sequel to 2009's Risen, a series that was started due to a rights issue with the developer Piranha Bytes original series, Gothic. Another studio took over the development of Gothic 4 so Piranha Bytes worked on Risen. While the Gothic series is well-known for it's punishing gameplay and hardcore nature, the original Risen was sited as a fairly decent RPG with some broken gameplay but fundamentally good.
Excerpt: Sit right back and you'll hear a tale; a tale of a fateful trip into Piranha Bytes latest action-RPG, . Pirate-themed aesthetics replace the standard fantasy fare of orcs and elves but underneath that veneer beats the heart of a classic role-playing game. The resulting world of Risen 2 feels at once both fresh and familiar.
Conclusion: The odd thing is that Risen 2 is not a bad little pirate adventure. Even with all its peculiarities, I have to be honest, I did have fun along the way. Plenty of fun. The quest structure is solid and rarely feels repetitive or bored. At this point, I should say that even with all these drawbacks, I felt compelled to play on. Maybe it's because I always enjoyed Gothic games and because I really enjoyed the original Risen.
Pros: You get your own pirate ship (I like that), I enjoyed the treasure hunts, the quests, improving the character and exploring the islands, a lot of that is packed into a nice little pirate adventure, visuals are satisfactory;
Cons: Combat can still be as confusing and frustrating as in previous games, buggish, ultimately not much of a story, poor voice acting.