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. Add in some pretty insipid combat, and you’re left with a shell that has a really interesting theme and story, and some good quests, but not an awful lot of reasons to play through.
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 . As roleplaying games go, Risen 2 is pretty ambitious…maybe a bit too much so.
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). Its main draw is exploration and it offers enough rewards and hand-crafted locales to keep that interesting.
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 much better than that.
Excerpt: Risen 2: Dark Waters strives to deliver something we really haven’t seen before, an open-world pirate RPG that tempts players with the allure of a fully realized swashbuckling fantasy. Given that the developers of Risen 2 have chosen a pirate theme, it has a unique advantage over other open-world RPG juggernauts like Skyrim, as very few games have dropped anchor on the swashbuckling side of the fantasy world.
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!
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 développeurs de la mouture PC. Du coup, l’écart de qualité entre les opus est bien moins brutal que lors du premier Risen.