Excerpt: Originally known for creating sloppy, difficult RPGs that gave the player full freedom in an open world, then deprived him of anything resembling a functional control scheme to interact with it, Piranha Bytes continues moving away from both the pros and cons of its heritage with Risen 3: Titan Lords...
Summary: For as much as I liked Risen 2, I felt at odds with Risen 3. Functionally, they appear to be the same game, but Risen 3 just feels like it’s a sloppily made expansion, not a full-fledged sequel.
Conclusion: Despite still having a few issues Risen 3: Titan Lords is a vast improvement on Risen 2 . The combat could be better but doesn't cripple the game this time, the world is more interesting and easier to get around, and there's tons of stuff to do.
Summary: Risen 3: Titan Lords is a game that, frankly, will not be the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about action adventures games. It had so much potential to be a really good game that could easily make people forget about the shortcomings of the first two in the franchise, but the...
Excerpt: For possibly the largest and most expansively open Piranha Bytes game to date, my review of Risen 3 is going to be short and sweet. Why? Because there just isn’t much to say about it besides “go buy it.” Yes, I’m a lifelong PB fan; my teens and early twenties were spent playing the Gothic games.
Conclusion: How much you will like Risen 3: Titan Lords will mostly depend upon how much you liked Risen 2 . It has more freedom from the outset and you can travel to pretty much any island at any time. It is a little bit more refined and less clunky.
Conclusion: Risen 3 has elements that are enjoyable in short spurts; exploring islands, engaging in swordplay, and the brief moments of naval combat can be fun. All of that is undermined, however, by elements that make the campaign drag.
Pros: Enjoyable swordplay, Good leveling system
Cons: Sloppy shops and skills, Dull story, Imbalanced boss battles
Conclusion: Piranha Bytes, realizing they have gone off the track with Risen 2 , have been adamant about returning to their roots with Risen 3 . It is no idle boast. Risen 3 is every bit as engaging as Risen 1 or the earlier Gothic games and follows their exact same formula of character progression, the...