This game is amazing. I loved it so much. I'm psyched to have heard that there is to be a Risen 2. When Risen first came out and there was that debate about whether Risen or ArcaniA: Gothic 4 would be the better Gothic predecessor, I was on the side of ArcaniA: Gothic 4... Until I played it. ArcaniA is NOTHING like any of the Gothic games before it. While still a decent game, it lacked what made Gothic fun and enjoyable. Now whereas Risen, on the other had, was almost EXACTLY like the Gothic series for PC. The gameplay, how people responded to you by the actions you made, and the certain faction you were required to join. ArcaniA had NONE of this. No one attacked you when you attacked them (unless they were meant to attack you) and no one responded to your actions. No one did anything when you stole something from inside their house, no one did anything when you raised your weapon at them, no one did anything. Risen had all of these things. After playing ArcaniA, I say that Risen, IS Gothic.
Risen is a great game for any fan of a real open ended RPG game! The story is good as you are a stow away on a ship that gets destroyed and you get washed up and stuck on a strang island; and that's where the adventure begins. During the story you can choose to become a bandit, mage, or a warrior of the order; each path has its own rewards, but playing as a bandit leaves you some what limited in what you can do. The voice acting is very good and your character has a voice which is a refreshing change from so many games out today; and the expressions when engaging in conversations is very good and funny. The graphics are good and the music and sound is good, the land scape is beautiful. I like the fact that you can go any where that you want to, which is also refreshing and does not limit you like so many other games. The combat system is actually real time (finally!), but it does take some time mastering it, and it can be frustrating at times; but once you get the hang of it, you get a sense of accomplishment when you kill a enemy. If you become a mage you can also use magic which can do alot of damage if you invest enough skill points.
Highly Overlooked game!!!!
Risen in my opinion is an excellent game. It has been overlooked by many people. If you are a Fable and Dragon Age fan this game might be your style. The graphics are amazing! Beautiful open world lets go anywhere at anytime. The fact that it goes from morning to noon to night makes the scenery even more awesome! The battle is not the easiest, but its not as bad as most think. Simple hack and slash with weapon, Shooting with Bow and arrow or casting spells of all kinds in real time battle. As you walk the land youll come across the beasts and monsters and you can actually see them coming. This gives you a chance to prepare. Healing is easy too since you can open the item menu while in the middle of a fight and it will pause the fight untill you heal. The voices are amazing, very distinguised and clear. Every character has their own unique voice. Leveling up is not hard at all, the more monsters you kill, the more you level increases. You can have random characters you come across in the game teach you how to build more strengh, dexterity, thievery etc. for a fee. All in all, i believe this game is very good in its own way. It will never surpass Fable or Dragon age in both storyline and combat, but if you find yourself bored and eager to play a game just like these, then Risen is a good choice.
I bought this game from the 9.99 bin, and I should have left it there. I've been at it almost a week and have yet to get into it. When I think of RPG's, I think of the Final Fantasy series, Fable, and Oblivion. This fell VERY short of my RPG expectaions. The controls are awkward, I'm not agreeing with the combat system, and the menus take a lot of getting used to. Leveling up isn't about EXP, its about money and "skill points". No armor yet and its frustratng because even wth a decent weapon, you're stll gonna get owned 70% of the time. That goes back to the faulty battle system also. I've read a lot of great reviews about Risen, and maybe I'm not far enough into the game for it to be any good, but for now I'm contemplating putting it in my "trade in" pile. I'm sure the game was made with great intentions. Sorry, but I'm just not captivated...:(
Definitely worth buying!
i love games that let you go wherever you want and experience the game however you wish, and this game showed itself as just that. i hear poor opinions on the gameplay and combat, but i think its great once you get the hang of it. i found it to be quite enjoyable really. i would definitely recommend this game to friends. ^_^
Not the Best, Not the Worst.
I picked this up on a whim because it was cheap and i game on a budget. After a few hours i have to say the game was actually fun once you got into the swing of things. It reminded me of Gothic (made by the same developer) in more ways than one. First off, this isn't for those who like to have their hands held while the game spoon feeds them items and abilities. I played for quite some time in the clothes you start the game with because not only was armor difficult to find (in the path i chose it was) but it was expensive for the beginning of the game, not to mention that while you do level up certain stats have to be "trained" before they'll increase. I don't mean like the elder scrolls where you just use something until it levels up, you have to find a trainer and pay them to teach you. Depending on where you choose to go after the beginning of the game (there are three options, the swamp, the monastery, and Harbourtown) you'll get the options to go the route of a mage, a normal warrior who uses swords and shields, or one who uses a staff. Of the three you can only pick one and that's dependant of whether you side with the Bandits of the Inquisition....after a little while of running fetch quests of course. But there's nothing that beats the sense of accomplishment when you've finally clawed your way up through the ranks, getting your first house or your first set of armor. Eventually the storyline kicks in and you're off.....doing more fetch quests? Yeah, there isn't exactly a lot of variety in the way of quests. If you boil them down it goes to kill this or get this, sometimes combining both. But somehow it didn't bother me that that was pretty much all there was (it's not like you can't boil down every game to one of those two things)...because the locations were fun to play in and the fighting system was interesting enough. The story was alright, it's not the best, but it could have been worse. I enjoyed brewing potions, writing magical scrolls to use for dungeon puzzles and combat, smithing my own weapons....but those things don't carry a game. It's worth the price tag because of the amount of content and replayability (depending on the class you chose things do play differently in some quests).
Not at all good.
Don't get me wrong, they had a good idea with the game, but the execution is absolutely terrible. I have no idea what game the other reviewers were playing but it was definitely not the Risen i played. First off, the graphics are absolutely terrible, and i play on a 120hz 1080p tv. The story is decent, like i said they have good ideas but it needs way more polish to be playable or enjoyed. Combat was not fun.
I've jokingly told my local gamestop employees to play this game the next time they think they have found the worst game. Every time i go in with a trade in i joke about how it wasn't as bad as risen (and thats about 95% every time)
Do yourself a HUGE favor and rent this game before you buy it to save yourself a headache.
Could have been great, but still enjoyable.
Risen is far from the worst RPG ever made for the Xbox. While its true that the combat can be a downer, turning fights against even the most basic enemies into trying affairs, the great interactions between your character and the NPCs of the world help to carry the game. The voice acting is some of the best I've seen, and it is nice that your character has a voice. Having a voice helps you feel that the world is really yours. The combat is timing based, and very difficult. Think Oblivion, in its simple thrust and block type dynamic. However, the learning curve is much steeper. On a number of occasions I've been sent to the brink by simple creatures that I was killing at the game's beginning! In some ways this too makes the game more realistic, your character isn't simply an all powerful figure within the game world. Of course, I have a feeling this is created more by shoddy execution from the development team than any desire to intentionally hamper the player. Exploring the world brings the greatest joy. There are many out of the way places to discover, farmers to help with crops, workers to convince to get back to work, monsters to slay, and relationships to explore. Not all of the characters are what you initially believe them to be. In addition, the game has a sense of humor! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations I had with NPCs. If someone isn't do what you want them to do, you can threaten them, laugh at them, and use sarcasm aplenty. It was a refreshing change from so many games to have dialogue options that allowed me to be a jerk to NPCs that were pissing me off. This is also where the quality voice acting showed up, as many of the lines were spoken with just the right amount of emotion. Too many games are too dry, or try too hard. The understated sarcasm in many of the responses is perfectly done. Making fun of a drunk hunter early in the game was a highlight for me. In essence, this game is worth a spin. It isn't Oblivion, but it is a good time filler for those of us who prefer a western RPG to Final Fantasy.
this game was a little slow in the start. you wash up on shore after your boat crashes. you venture in the island and you kill some monsters. then you have 3 ways to go, you can go to a town called harbor town which is controlled by the inquisition(become a mage),you can go to a swamp and fight for Don Estaban(warrior/rogue), or get captured and thrown into the monastery(staff fighter). as you venture farther and farther through the game, you start seeing lizardmen.(somewhat of the problem at the island, this game will make you hate the word lizard.) You soon find out, that these lizards are coming from behind a giant wall that you open after finding these crystal disks,a cave is inside. at the end of the game you fight a lame battle against a titan deep inside of that cave.
awesome game graphics probably could hav been a bit better but... anyway i loved this game but my biggest problem was the monsters i ended up killing them all and thing is THEY DONT RESPAWN i figured that like in other rpgs ive played they would respawn after a while but they dont slo i recommend if ur gonna play this game dont kill everything unless ur one of those people that like running around doing absolutley nuthin other than that the game was really kool so uh yeah LATERZ!!!