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Risen 2: Dark Waters

4 years ago

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The Risen 3 Report, Day 1: Boobpirate vs Hulk Chicken

Editor's wibble - I'd hoped to have a full Wot I Think of Risen 3: Titan Lords, Piranha Bytes' latest openish world RPG by now, but sadly code has been incompatible with my PC. I have been able to play it in short bursts on a laptop with lousy integrated graphics, but there was only so much low-detail 20FPS play I could stand before needing…

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Back From The Depths: Risen 3 Tries To Raise My Hopes

Risen 1 was 50% dark, strange brilliance and 50% a frustrating descent into grindy nothingness. Diarising that first, fascinating, cruel, strange half was one of my favourite experiences on RPS. Conversely, playing Risen 2 was one of the most deflating, despite it being about pirates and featuring a pet monkey. If you've got pirates and monkeys in your game and you still mess it up,…

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5 years ago

Titans, Fallen – Risen 3: Titan Lords

Hark! There, off on that obscure isle surrounded by countless biting piranhas, a new Risen has arisen! The Gothic spiritual successor series has previously dazzled with its ambition just as much as it's disappointed with technical troubles, tedious conversations, and bland helpings of fillery gruel. If you want to understand the series' charm, I highly recommend Alec's diaries of the first game, as they're captivating…

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6 years ago

7 years ago

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Wot I Think – Risen 2: Dark Waters

Risen 2, Piranha Bytes' sequel to semi-great RPG Risen (spiritual sequel to the Gothic games) arrived a couple of weeks back, and I've been sinking hours of my time into it on and off since then. It puts you in the shiny-buckled boots of a neophyte pirate as he attempts to save the world from evil sea gods. Yeah, it's Pirates of the Caribbean: the…

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Of Buckles and Swashes: Risen 2’s “Unfair” Combat

That is not, of course, to say that Risen 2: Dark Waters snatches away your hard-won victories or pits you against a giant, 20-story-tall physical manifestation of the public's waning interest in pirates. Rather, the patch-eyed, peg-legged sea scoundrels have been known to use any means necessary to win a fight. Kicking below the belt, bringing guns to a swordfight, being Orlando Bloom, etc. But…

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A Kraken Good Time: Risen 2

I'd love to be a pirate. Not a real one because I don't think I'd enjoy murdering strangers to make ends meet, but I can certainly see myself drinking rum on a tropical island. Essentially I want to go on holiday somewhere warm and tranquil, and despite the mythical sea beasties, slavery and violence, Risen 2 is set in the kind of island paradise where…

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Hands On: Risen 2: Dark Waters

Putting aside everything else that Risen 2's RPG heritage might suggest, I have to say I appreciate the efforts made with that fantasy pirate theme. It's occasionally silly, but certainly harder-edged than your Pirates Of The Caribbean fare. There's something reassuring about this continued focus on jungle islands and salty sea-dogs, particularly after the shipwreck promises of the original Risen. The world the Pirhana Bytes…

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The Drunk & The Orderly: Risen 2’s Factions

Not everyone inhabiting Risen 2's archipelago will be a pirate, although all players will start that way. But what is a pirate without an authoritarian regime to cock a snook at? The Inquisition, now in a world without magic, are "organised very strictly", which is why they have short haircuts and "walk around in goosestep". Crikey. They're just asking for a carefree buccaneer to rob…

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Risen 2 Creators On ‘Exotic’ Pirate Setting

This six-minute "making of" trailer for Risen 2 (below) is definitely worth a look. It shows off some of the environments in detail, but more importantly the developers take their chance to talk about some of the decisions that went into to making the archipelago world. A bunch of factors are at play in making Risen 2 the game it is going to be, not…

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Risen 2 Pub Slams “Technology Gap” Ports

Speaking with Strategy Informer, Deep Silver (publisher of Risen 2) Daniel Oberlerchner said: "I can tell you that we are going to have the optimum experience across all platforms, and they are going to be different experiences. There IS a technology gap. Some studios say they are going to have the same quality across all platforms, which is to say you take the weakest platform…

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8 years ago

Risen 2: Dark Waters Gets Bright Images

Risen 2: Dark Waters! Will it be shit? We just don't know. We do know that the first Risen was a pleasantly free-form RPG that had tons of potential and that this one is looking piratical. Now there are some new screenshots, showcasing the game's new firearms and also the fact that giant enemy crabs can be kicked onto their backs so you can get…

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Risen 2: Dark Waters Features Pirates

It is tradition within the walls of Castle Shotgun to frown upon CGI trailers with a big bushel of frowns, but the trailer for Risen 2: Dark Waters has a number of frown-dissolving elements. 1) Pirates. 2) It's quite pretty. 3) Voodoo. 4) Firearms. 5) It means we're getting another Risen game, and it features pirates, firearms, and voodoo. All these things are backed up…

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Risen 2: Rise Harder

Also on the comeback trail this week is Piranha Byte's RPG Risen. Piranha were the chaps behind the Gothic series, but having lost the license in a disagreement with former publishers JoWood went off to make a spiritual sequel instead. While JoWood's Gothic 4 was about as much fun as eating mildly poisonous cardboard shoes, Risen was 50% a genuinely brilliant game (and 50% a…

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