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Risen (Windows)

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Description

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 the lost humanity. 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 protagonist arrives on the island after his ship is hit and destroyed by the dark waves, finding himself on a deserted shore with only one other survivor. He has to explore the island, discover its secrets, and find his place within one of the factions that strive for power there.

Although the game is called Risen, it is very similar to Gothic games by the same developers. The player once again takes control over a nameless hero from a third-person view and is free to explore the large 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. 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.

The game world is noticeably smaller than in Gothic 3, and in general the game rather resembles Gothic II in its concept and structure. 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 at the same time trying to get through the enemy defense. If a parry is activated at the right moment it is even possible to land an immediate counter-attack.

Screenshots

Risen Windows Mining ore is always fun.
Risen Windows Fighting from a distance - you can't even really see the scorpion I'm aiming at.
Risen Windows Cooking - the most important feature of every rpg.
Risen Windows The broadsword - a sure way to hit multiple enemies at the same time.

Alternate Titles

  • "異世界" -- Taiwan spelling

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User Reviews

A Gothic by any other name... stumbles at some point Cavalary (5719) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
This Gothic-inspired game almost makes the grade Jeanne (75603) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

ComputerGames.ro Nov 05, 2009 90 out of 100 90
GamingLives Jan 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Multiplayer.it Sep 28, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Oct 09, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Vandal Online Oct 01, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
New Game Network Jan 18, 2010 83 out of 100 83
Cheat Happens Oct 13, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Legendra Nov 09, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 15, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 01, 2009 6 out of 10 60

Forums

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Awesome review 4 Indra is here (19783)
May 08, 2011
Out of all the lamest plots in gaming history... 6 Indra is here (19783)
Apr 04, 2011

Trivia

Censorship

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.

Parody

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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Sicarius (61021) added Risen (Windows) on Sep 30, 2009
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