Summary: The original Risen was a curious little beast. In a genre so used to empowering the player, letting one live out heroic fantasies in a world full of treasure, choice, and magnificent deeds, Risen was quite prepared to strip you of your dignity, kick you around a bit, and spit you out a more humble, more shameful, individual. In many ways, what Risen attempted was admirable. It wanted to make you earn your power fantasy.
Conclusion: Si Risen 2 : Dark Waters se veut plutôt réussi d'un point de vue graphique sur PC, il est clair que cela se gâte quant aux versions consoles, et plus précisément la mouture PS3 présentement testée. En effet, le studio français Wizardbox, en charge de l'adaptation du soft sur PS3 et Xbox 360 a effectué un travail inachevé. Cela se ressent à tout moment du jeu, en raison de tares graphiques continuelles.
Pros: L'ambiance de piraterie bien menée, Nombreux dialogues bien doublés, Quelques fonctionnalités inédites ( vaudou, dressage d'animaux, etc ), Expérience via des points de gloire intéressant
Cons: Trop de bugs visuels, saccades, plantages, etc, Bugs sonores, Combats trop simplifiés, lourds et pénibles, Environnements en trop faible définition, Textes parfois peu lisibles
Excerpt: Risen 2: Dark Waters has convinced me that the pirate’s life is not for me. I am now certain that in a fight to the death, a ninja would easily beat a pirate, and that makes me sad. Pirates are supposed to be funny, strong criminals with excellent fighting abilities and a knack for finding gold while wearing an eye-patch. At least in Risen 2, you wear an eye-patch.
Excerpt: Piranha Bytes has long been known for creating roleplaying games with an unparalleled focus on exploration, and now the studio has taken the concept to the high seas with Risen 2. Does this piratical escapade sink beneath the weight of its own ambition? Several years have passed since the events of the first Risen, and the old world isn't doing so well.
Summary: For RPG genre fans willing to overlook some technical flaws, Risen 2 may very well be a treat and a refreshing change of pace. For the rest of us, this is a game that will never quite rise to the occasion.
Pros: Refreshing take on the fantasy genre; there really isn't another game with quite the same world., Choice actually matters, and thinking outside the box is encouraged., No "go here" markers or mini-map make for a challenging, no hands-holding experience.
Cons: Graphics leave plenty to be desired. Even on highest settings, this feels like a game from 2007., Melee combat is too slow and heavy, like a hack'n'slash dungeon crawler.
Conclusion: There is very little positive to say about this game. The voice acting is passable and if you’re desperate to play a pirate themed game, you may get a kick out of the atmosphere. The voodoo magic system offers some interesting diversions as well, but overall this is a poorly conceived experience that lacks polish.
Pros: Good atmosphere. Voice acting not terrible.
Cons: Virtually everything else. Hard to recommend.
Conclusion: Whether it's the elves and orcs battling in a medieval world, or marines shooting aliens in a futuristic universe, the RPG genre almost always follows the same rules. Fortunately, these rules work well and the paradigm is as solid as a rock. In some cases, however, something happens that is truly original. This is the case with Risen 2: Dark Waters, an RPG set in a world of pirates.
Pros: + Long adventure + Intriguing Story + Great dialogue