[edit] Background

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.

[edit] Gameplay

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.

[edit] Features

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

[edit] Players liked:

  • Great story
  • Nice music
  • Difficult combat

[edit] Players didn't like:

  • Bugs and glitches
  • Bad PC port
  • Stat system is too simplistic

[edit] Hardware

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

Official URL

Official Site

Forum Posts


Why Gothic, Risen developer Piranha Bytes left JoWood

Finally, a full explanation

May 06, 2011, by Sean Ridgeley | 5 comments
Risen unofficial patch 1.0 released

Heaps of simple bug fixes

Apr 15, 2011, by Sean Ridgeley | 0 comments
Risen 1.10 PC patch released

Quest issues and various bugs resolved

Mar 18, 2010, by Sean Ridgeley | 0 comments
Risen releases February on 360, will be proper port

Improved graphics, fixes over botched Euro version

Jan 18, 2010, by Sean Ridgeley | 3 comments
Demo released for ARPG 'Risen'

Try out Gothic series devs' latest

Oct 01, 2009, by Sean Ridgeley | 0 comments
Risen refused Australian classification, banned from sale

Gothic series spiritual sequel latest victim to lack of 18+ rating

Aug 11, 2009, by Sean Ridgeley | 3 comments

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Oct 13, 11 1:43pm
The real follower of Gothic. Go Pyranhas go! Risen
chautemoc blogged
Sep 1, 10 12:30am

I'm beginning to think many reviewers and also readers of reviews feel the point of a review is to look for things to hate about a game. This is particularly inspired by my Elemental review and the sentiment surrounding the game all throughout the gaming community, but by our reviews at Neoseeker in general and the subsequent reactions to them by some folks (the rest of you are great and we dearly appreciate the love).

This is not a self-righteous 'I do things this way, everyone else does it this way -- they are dumb haw haw haw' post, it's just to shed a little...sanity on the situation.

I should preface this by saying I've never analyzed my reviews before and am expressing this as I go. It might seem like a terrible way to go about things, but it really works best for me in all aspects of life, and I think it works best for a lot of readers too, in the case of Neoseeker content.

When I review, what I take in and what I write is primarily determined by two things: capitivation and fun. They can be closely tied of course, and I use both terms loosely. The point is this: I don't look for reasons to slam a game, I let myself experience it and write impressions based on that experience. I do the same with film and music and just about everything really.

Of course, it's not that I won't criticize a game. Obviously that's necessary. But this is about organics. If after or while letting myself experience a game I find it difficult to get into, or just generally unenjoyable, I'll go over the reasons why without overanalyzing to death.

Risen comes to mind. This was a game that really blew me away. Just standing in the middle of a field was a thoroughly captivating experience. Of course I won't give a game a 9.5 because standing in a field feels awesome, but moments like that comprise a very captivating experience. I feel similarly about shooters, believe it or not -- you know, that 'one more round' saying, then three hours later you realize you're overdue for sleep.

In the case of Elemental, I really don't want to get into semantics, but I'll just say this: yes, there is room for improvement. But I stand by my review. And if you're the numerical type: that's pretty much what the 1.0 left over is for.
Feb 10, 10 3:12pm
4/5 Risen
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RabidChinaGirl blogged
Oct 31, 09 3:46am

It's that time of year again guy, so you're getting our annual holiday guide. Yes, Neoseeker's Holiday Guide 2009 - Part 1 is now published! But isn't it kinda early for that sort of thing? Hell no, because we're just getting started. As December draws near, we'll be posting the rest of our Holiday Guide piece by piece.

Each time, we'll include hardware and video games our staff gave stellar reviews for. You'll find everything meticulously categorized by use and genre for your convenience. Whether you're looking to reward yourself or for a gift to someone else, our guides should have something to suit your needs! From Halo 3: ODST to Guitar Hero, Uncharted 2 to Pokemon Platinum...

Again, we'll have more guides coming soon. But if you have a product in mind that we haven't covered, go ahead and ask about it. Major holiday titles are also on the way and will no doubt appear in future 2009 guides.

LINK: Neoseeker's Holiday Guide 2009 - Part 1

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chautemoc blogged
Oct 25, 09 4:03am

After far too many 3-6 hour play sessions, I've finally completed my review of Risen for the site:

If you don't know about it, it's a PC RPG (coming to Xbox 360 in a few months), and is a spiritual successor to the Gothic games, which are simply fantastic.

The more attentive of you will notice it's my second review, when I said the first (for The Path) would be my only one. This was due to me being a stubborn arse that refused to score games. I still hate scores but I figured to heck with it, I would quit being a jerk and take one for the team. ;)

I don't plan to ever think very hard about the scores, or even take them remotely seriously; the intelligent folks will know from reading the review whether or not it's something they want to play, I think. But you know, Metacritic yadda yadda. :P

As I mention in the review, I didn't get time to complete the game, unfortunately. It would've taken another week at least for that, I'm guessing, so I cut myself off at an appropriate time and came out with what I feel is a pretty solid review. Hard work for that one, and I'm proud. :)

Basically if you like RPGs I encourage you to read the review, and if it's something you think you might like, try the demo. And if that does it for you, buy Gothic and Gothic II on GOG! Currently the second game is on sale for $7, until Monday. I swear we're not affiliated (though that'd be nice), I just have a healthy obsession for that site.

When I'm not tired as shit, I'll upload the Risen review notes. In the meantime, feel free to click on the images here to go to the gallery I made for the game. I've a bit of a screenshot fetish you may have noticed...

Next up I'll be reviewing another PC RPG: Torchlight. Looks quite promising; I hope it exceeds my expectations, preconceptions, etc. And then another RPG, this one for DS. It's called Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road. It should be relaxing compared to what reviewing Risen has been like (Risen is relaxing, just not to review). The packaging is pretty...

After that, well, just read some excerpts from this week's meeting notes, if you're curious (these are for all reviewers):

Reviews expected this week:
- JU-ON: The Grudge -- Oct. 23
- Kenka Bancho

Next week:
- Shank preview/interview/giveaway -- Oct. 26
- Obscure

- Need for Speed NITRO (DS)
- EA DS shovelware
- Dragon Age: Origins -- Nov. 3
- Assassin's Creed II -- Nov. 17
- Fort Zombie preview/review

If I'm not mistaken we're also going to be giving away a copy of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days and that Mario DS RPG soon, too.

Happy trails!

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Oct 24, 09 7:00am

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    • Feb 19, 2016 (Movie)
    • Feb 22, 2010 (XBOX360)
    • Oct 2, 2009 (PC)
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