Conclusion: Lacking in polish and attention to detail, Risen still stands up as an absorbing and hugely playable RPG title. The PC version is inarguably superior to its console counterpart, this Xbox 360 iteration feeling somewhat unfinished and unrefined.
Excerpt: So often, it’s graphical quality that’s seen as the instigator for immersion in a game world, but there’s other aspects that can drag you out of the real world and into imagined ones, take Risen for example.
Excerpt: In the poorly animated opening cinematic of Risen , you’re on a ship destroyed by tempestuous seas, apparently created by evil magic. You one other survivor are washed ashore with naught to your name but some ragged clothes and soon find a big stick to hit the nearby vultures with.
Excerpt: Animal Crossing is as cute as a pink cupcake topped with rainbow sprinkles and an edible Hello Kitty caricature, though thankfully lasts infinitely longer. The introduction is bright and interactive, in the form of a taxi ride given by a character named Kappâ€™n.
Summary: The world is in turmoil; magical storms sweep across land and sea destroying most everything in their path. There are only a few safe harbor against the storm. Luckily you've stowed-away in a ship sailing towards an island protected by its own source of magic.
Excerpt: German developer Piranha Bytes clearly doesn't give a toss about accessibility. If it did then Risen, its new fantasy role-playing game, wouldn't play slower than a legless turtle. If it did, then Risen wouldn't be an overwhelming sprawl of a game that tries its damnedest to make you feel very, very...