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The earth trembled and ancient temples rose from the ground followed by unknown creatures. Cyclones drive over the sea and Firestorms roam the land with not only thousands of lives but also the hope that the Gods will save humanity lost. When the dark wave hits, the humans are on their own and only a few enclaves survive the attack. One is a volcano-island which has been saved from the worst by an unknown force but its protection is getting weaker and weaker.

The player arrives on the island after his ship is hit and destroyed by the dark wave and finds himself in an open world filled with dangerous creatures, many different characters and three factions and will unlock the secret of the island during the course of the game.

Although the game is called Risen, it plays very similar to Gothic 2 and Gothic which means the player once again takes over the control of a nameless hero from a 3rd-person-view and will be exploring the island, talking to people in multiple-choice-dialogues, fulfilling quests and fighting monsters and other enemies while using the experience points earned to level up and learn new skills and abilities in a typical role-playing-game-fashion. Depending on which of the three factions (bandits, mages or inquisitors) the player joins by earning their respect through fulfilling quests, he also chooses to a certain degree what he wants to be although he is always able to distribute his skill points into anything he likes - as long as he finds a teacher for that particular skill.

Combat against the many enemies ranging from gnomes to powerful ash-beasts requires the player not only to invest points into his combat-skills, but also to master blocking and dodging enemy attacks while on the other hand get through the enemy defense. If a parry is activated at the right moment it is even possible to land an immediate counter-attack.


Risen Windows The Vulcano-fortress is the place to be if you want to become a mage.
Risen Windows Walking through a mine-shaft.
Risen Windows The Volcano-fortress viewed from outside.
Risen Windows Region Maps, like this one in a ruin, must be found or given to you

Alternate Titles

  • "異世界" -- Taiwan spelling

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User Reviews

A Gothic by any other name... stumbles at some point Windows Cavalary (5049)
This Gothic-inspired game almost makes the grade Windows Jeanne (75634)

The Press Says

Lazygamer Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Vandal Online Xbox 360 Oct 01, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Oct 01, 2009 83 out of 100 83
GameZ Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2009 81 out of 100 81 Xbox 360 Sep 28, 2009 77 out of 100 77
Console Monster Xbox 360 Oct 20, 2009 64 out of 100 64
Resolution Magazine Windows Oct 02, 2009 6 out of 10 60 Xbox 360 Oct 06, 2009 5 out of 10 50 Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Destructoid Xbox 360 Mar 29, 2010 4 out of 10 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
Awesome review 4 Indra was here (19188)
May 08, 2011
Out of all the lamest plots in gaming history... 6 Indra was here (19188)
Apr 04, 2011



The game could not be given a OFLC classification in Australia and was banned, according to news articles in August, 2009. The reasons cited were:
"During the course of the game, players can interact with prostitutes (referred to as “whores” in the game) at a local brothel. Players can trigger a lengthy dialogue to engage in their services; sexual activity is strongly implied, but never depicted on screen. Many of the characters in the game smoke a fictional drug called “brugleweed.” The “wood reefer” plant is described as having a mild relaxing effect on users, and can be bought, sold, and used by players. Some profanity (e.g., “f*ck” and “sh*t”) can be heard in the dialogue."
The OFLC Classification Board felt that the game contained sexual activity and drug use related to incentives or rewards.


Risen (more precisely: the development of the game) was parodied in an episode of Die Redaktion (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 02/2010.

Information also contributed by Jeanne.

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