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,...
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?
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: 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.
Pros: + Long adventure + Intriguing Story + Great dialogue
Excerpt: Victime d’un portage console décidé tardivement, le premier Risen avait laissé un goût amer. Fort heureusement, sa suite évite de tomber dans le même piège. Est-ce suffisant ? Wizarbox, en charge de la version console de Risen 2, a cette fois travaillé main dans la main avec Piranha Bytes, les...