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Risen 2: Dark Waters

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The town of Caldera is in deep trouble. The Fortress of Crystal, the last haven of the Inquisition and the Old Empire, harbors a mysterious cave that may protect it from the assault of the Titans. Luckily, two of the Titans began fighting each other, which gives the Inquisition time to coordinate their activities on the land. However, a sea monster known as Kraken attacks and destroys their ships at sea. Pirates roaming about prevent supplies from being delivered to the fortress. In this troublesome time, the hero is sent on a quest to find a legendary treasure and perhaps figure out a way to destroy the Titans.

Risen 2: Dark Waters is an action role-playing game and a direct sequel to Risen. It features the same main character, now a member of the Inquisition. The game's action takes place several years after the events in the first game, in a pirate-themed, Caribbean-style world. The gameplay follows more or less the same recipe as all other Piranha Bytes games since Gothic, placing emphasis on dialogue, reputation building and world exploration.

The game allows the player to explore a world that's split into several islands, each loaded separately during gameplay. Not all islands are accessible from the beginning, but as the story unfolds, all of them can be explored by the player. The magic system has undergone a severe overhaul: the emphasis is now set on voodoo magic which deals with mind-controlling spells and curses. The close quarters combat system has been simplified. Also, unlike its predecessors, the game prefers to offer the player a more or less unique way of reaching the game's end. There is little in the way of faction joining in Risen 2; there is a line between different factions, but the difference between them is not as critical as it was before.


Risen 2: Dark Waters Xbox 360 Thank god I always travel with a full sized shovel
Risen 2: Dark Waters Windows The ship attacked by Kraken
Risen 2: Dark Waters Windows Digging for treasure
Risen 2: Dark Waters Windows The hero can climb on certain ledges

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The best pirate game since Sid Meier's Pirates. Windows András Gregorik (65)

The Press Says

neXGam PlayStation 3 2012 9.2 out of 10 92
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 23, 2012 86 out of 100 86 Windows Apr 27, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GamesCollection Windows Apr 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gameswelt PlayStation 3 Jul 31, 2012 73 out of 100 73
Destructoid Windows Apr 23, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Videogameszone PlayStation 3 Jul 31, 2012 69 out of 100 69
NowGamer Windows May, 2012 6 out of 10 60
RPGamer Windows 2012 3 out of 5 60 PlayStation 3 Aug 10, 2012 11 out of 20 55


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