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Risen 3 - Titan Lords

4 weeks ago

THQ Nordic buy Gothic and Risen creators Piranha Bytes

THQ Nordic continue to hoover up studios and games that make many go "Oh huh, yeah, they could be neat," today announcing they've bought Piranha Bytes. They're the German studio who created Gothic, Risen, and Elex, three open-world RPG series with varying degrees of promise and wonk that make many go "Oh huh, yeah, they could be neat." Along with the team, THQ Nordic have…

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4 years ago

Ahoy: Risen 3 Gets A Free Graphics Boost

O Risen - The ol' girl gets accused of being what's called "low fantasy" (fiction elitist-speak which I think essentially means it has pirates in it). But even in the face of years of apathetic reviews (we called Risen 2 "deflating" and devoted nine diary posts to the threequel to saying the game was really weird and vaguely sexist though charmingly ambitious) Deep Silver have devoted quite some…

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5 years ago

Feature: Love/hate

Risen 3 (aka The Risen 3 Report Finale) review

What did I think of Risen 3 - Titan Lords, Piranha Bytes' low fantasy, pirate-themed roleplaying game? I wrote nine diaries about it, primarily focusing on the absurd, and I was variously accused of sneering unreasonably and giving too much attention to something that didn't warrant it. Both were probably correct, but my riposte to either is that I did it because I was enjoying…

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Feature: Jarhead 2: Field of Fire

The Risen 3 Report, Day 9: A Haircut That Means Business

This will be the penultimate Risen 3 Report; the next and final one will be a Wot I Think. I've held my cards close to my chest about how I feel about this RPG, and very soon it's time to reveal all. Apologies if you wanted these to continue FOREVER or something, but it's simply time to turn my attention to other games. For now,…

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Feature: Blue Steel

The Risen 3 Report, Day 8: How To Sit Down

The story so far of my adventures in ambitious but cracked roleplaying game Risen 3 is here. I'm still engaged on my long quest to learn magic, which for some reason involves compiling multiple mining reports for a rather brusque fellow, and it's been hard work. The kind of work that causes a guy to have to put his feet up every so often. Fortunately,…

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Feature: Death is the best thing that's ever happened to me

The Risen 3 Report, Day 2: Voodoo Matt Berry

The good news is that I do now have Risen 3 working on my games PC, and I only had to disable half of the cores in my processor to do it. The bad news is that the events of this second part of the diary were played on crappy laptop integrated graphics before I'd found the fix, so the ugly screenshots will once again…

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Feature: "F---ing bastards!"

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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It Goeth Before Fall – Risen 3: Titan Lords Rising In August

The Risen games have never been anything even marginally resembling perfect, but they've got more heart than Borlikkulax, the heart collector that comes in the night. We (by which I mean Alec) have written countless words about them, so I can't help but anticipate Risen 3: Titan Lords with a trepidacious sort of glee. Will it finally realize the series' lofty open-world role-playing ambitions, or…

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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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