Risen is a fantasy based RPG set on the island of Faranga which has been devastated by years of difficult times; the Titans rose from their prisons once the Gods vanished and the only safe place on the island is being attacked by waves of sea monsters that prevent the citizens' escape and stops them from obtaining more supplies. As the only survivor of a sea monster attack, the player controls a hero who has set out to stop the monsters and to protect the Crystal Fortress.
The game was developed by Piranha Bytes and published by Deep Silver as a Microsoft exclusive; it was released for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
Risen has a dynamic combat system with a variety of moves; the player is able to block and sidestep enemy attacks, they can also counter attacks with parries. The combat system offers a range of playstyles and the player is able to use close range weapons, long range and also magical weapons or any combination of the three; there are also magic scrolls that can be collected from around the map and used in battle.
In addition to weapons, the player can equip various types of armor which can support their chosen playstyle; there is light, medium and heavy armor in the game to be looted, bought or created by the player.
The combat system also comes with a skill system where the player can level up and unlock skills to suit their playstyle; skills can be gained in other ways through the profession system that can be levelled in a similar way. The effects from the skill systems impact the gameplay and some will have a small impact on the fighting stance of the player to reflect their skills.
There are three distinct regions on the island which feature different quests; there are a total of 260 quests in the game to complete, however, as s some of these are faction dependent it is impossible to play through all of them in one playthrough. The player is able to join one of three factions in the game which changes their game slightly.
Defend against attack – Use defensive moves to block and sidestep enemies then parry to counter their moves
Variety of playstyles – Use a range of weapons and fighting styles to create a unique playstyle
Scrolls – Use magic scrolls to cast spells in battle, regardless of magical skill
Level up – Specialize into different skills and professions
Three factions – Join one of three factions to fight beside
260 quests – Replay the game several times to experience all of the available quests in the game
 Players liked:
- Great story
- Nice music
- Difficult combat
 Players didn't like:
- Bugs and glitches
- Bad PC port
- Stat system is too simplistic
OS: Windows XP
Processor: 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Single-core Processor
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphic card driver
Hard Drive: 2.5 GB free Hard Drive space