Conclusion: It's very difficult for me to endorse "Treasure Isle", and it's not something I say lightly since I'm a supporter of Piranha Bytes' design and I can't say I had a bad time with it. To the contrary, taken as a simple questline in the full title, "Treasure Isle" would deserve nothing but praise for its simple but entertaining pirate-y tale.
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. Yet, for a sophomore console effort, Piranha Bytes has done a solid enough job in adapting an intricate role-player for Xbox 360, which bodes well should the dev decide to bring future releases to the platform.
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. Risen has an abundance of visual issues: the framerate falters, the pop up is shocking for a contemporary game, textures are horrifically blurry and, aesthetically speaking, there’s just not much in the way of general detail in the island of Faranga.
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. You will be offered simple multiple choice queries which will shape, amongst other things, your characterâ€™s gender and appearance.
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. Sara and yourself will then make it inland a bit. There, some of the basic mechanics of resting and healing are explained.
Summary: : Risen is something of an archaic game in many ways. While it will please diehard action RPG fans or players who appreciate older PC gaming sensibilities, console gaming fans and casual gamers will more than likely want to rent this before they invest their money in it. The story is solid, the visuals and audio are serviceable, and the gameplay is varied and interesting in a lot of ways.
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 lost. If it did, then Risen wouldn't make you want to tear you hair out in frustration every time you swing your sword.