Conclusion: Concept: The world is ending, and you must assemble a pirate crew to help save the day in between getting drunk and hunting for treasure
Graphics: Significantly downgraded lighting and framerate issues compared to the PC version don’t do the visuals any favors
Sound: The good-to-great voice work is Risen 2’s high point
Playability: Everything that could go wrong in mapping controls to gamepads did.
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.
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: 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: Risen 2 , despite its attempt to bring the pirate world to gamers, is a game that has a lot of potential on paper. However, its boring and unfulfilling combat combined with a poor leveling system leaves you wondering whether the game is even worth it. Fortunately, the entire experience isn't hampered thanks to its wondrous atmosphere, which helps to drive you through the dozens of hours the game offers.