Summary: " Risen 2: Dark Waters " has a funny plot, but again is plagues by technical issues. The menu system is one of the worst I’ve ever seen on a console RPG. The lack of decent mapping and pathing is unacceptable in the modern era, and the dodgy animation is also not great.
Excerpt: With so few pirate games around — and classics like Sid Meier’s Pirates! and the Monkey Island series showing what the genre’s capable of — it’s easy to get excited at the thought of a full-on pirate-themed RPG. Even one as flawed as Risen 2: Dark Waters .
Pros: + A sprawling pirate adventure with plenty of depth.
Cons: - Unclear objectives and headache-inducing map will frustrate many newcomers., ? Piranha Bytes definitely has design chops, but can they harness their ambition and build a polished product?
Conclusion: Risen 2 is your quintessential two steps forward, one step back title. At its core, it is recognizably a Piranha Bytes game, and it offers the expected boons and drawbacks. It's fairly unforgiving at the start before becoming too easy at the end (at least, when I was wielding a musket).
Conclusion: Whether it's the ropey and repetitive combat system, the linear nature of the seafaring, the peg-legged presentation, the senseless scaling down of the game world or the bloody loading times, this is yet another port that treats the Xbox like a poor man's PC - and both the 360 and Risen 2 deserve...
Conclusion: Not for the weak, impatient gamer, Risen 2 is certainly guaranteed to keep you busy for some time if you’re looking to invest with a new RPG. In the end, what more do you need to fill your spare time other than in a fantasy world filled with pirates, voodoo, monsters and wenches!