Risen - PC

Release Date:

October 02, 2009

Also on:

PC Xbox 360

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Also on UK.
7.8

Summary:

The game does not have great visual features, though it is attractive a perfect standout. If there was better color contrast, then it would look much better. You will also realize that the game lacks in flow and there is a lot of mixup, with the mini-games and side-quests.


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2010-11-03

markhayward

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PC Games

8.0

You are playing here as a messenger or courier in the game. You will go through dark caverns, you will also clash with pirates, stab lizard men on their faces and a haired friend will at some point come to your help. The game is quite inconsistent technically. However, if you are a RPG lover Risen will give you enough pleasure. This is a game you will get lost in.

The set up of the game is such that you area nameless character who is washed ashore on a remote island after there was a disaster in the sea. You will eventually find yourself in chilly swamp which is ruled by Don Esteban who is a bossy rascal at odds with the local leadership. You will be shoved to different locations, the city, swamp and back to the monastery. Initially there is plenty of the island politics taking over the game. The characters you encounter initially make an impression like the stubborn Don, a mother worried of the whereabouts s of her missing sons and a local barmaid. There is a greater story that is unearthed and here is where your name is revealed and the game sets in full swing.

You will be overwhelmed at the variety of options Risen gives you. And they are surprisingly well balanced. The group you decide to play with determines how the game will be played. The many side-quests drag the game on way too long. You can approach them in so many ways. As the game progresses you will have to visit trainers who will teach you skills on how to get discoveries. With time locked chests won’t be a problem for you at all. You will get skills like how to skin animals, others will help you with spell skills like how to create potions out of roots and herbs you can also be taught how to make herbs and jewelry.

The fact that there is no minimap, the only available map is the world map; this gives you a task, to explore the many corners and cracks. This is pleasurable in Risen. You will explore even caves in search of ore deposits as well as treasure chests so that you can break into them. If you have some abilities like levitation which lets you hover over traps that are spiked, telekinesis which lets you flick levers from a distance.

The game does not have great visual features, though it is attractive a perfect standout. If there was better color contrast, then it would look much better. You will also realize that the game lacks in flow and there is a lot of mixup, with the mini-games and side-quests. The one great thing about the overall game is the characters. You may get hooked to it if you follow the characters clearly.

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