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Risen 2: Dark Waters

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
63
5.0
Windows
71
3.5
Xbox 360
59
5.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Risen 2: Dark Waters Xbox 360 The port of a town of the second faction
Risen 2: Dark Waters Xbox 360 Dialog options
Risen 2: Dark Waters Windows Shooting minigame
Risen 2: Dark Waters Windows Drinking mini-game

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User Reviews

The best pirate game since Sid Meier's Pirates. Windows András Gregorik (63)

The Press Says

Canadian Online Gamers Network Windows Apr 23, 2012 85 out of 100 85
Meristation Windows Apr 23, 2012 7.2 out of 10 72
3D Juegos Xbox 360 Aug 02, 2012 7.1 out of 10 71
GameOver (Greece) Windows May 07, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Game Over Online Windows Apr 27, 2012 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows May 03, 2012 6 out of 10 60
NowGamer Windows May, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Inside Gaming Windows Apr 23, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Vandal Online Xbox 360 Aug 11, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55
Metro.co.uk Windows May 03, 2012 4 out of 10 40

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Awards

  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2012
    • Best Role-Playing Game
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #4 Best Role-Playing Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2013 – #3 Role-Playing Game of the Year 2012 (Readers' Vote)

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