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Risen (Windows)

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MobyRank
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User Reviews

A Gothic by any other name... stumbles at some point Cavalary (5528) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
This Gothic-inspired game almost makes the grade Jeanne (75620) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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90
GamingLives
While Risen may not be as long as Oblivion or Two Worlds in terms of the number of hours required for completion, it does offer different gameplay that make the typical comparisons quite oddly placed. The voice acting is much better than expected, with some recognisable British actors in the credits, and make the game more immersive than others that have gone before. The difficulty early on can be frustrating, especially to someone who doesn't like to save very often, and so it is best to avoid confrontation where possible until the character has progressed enough to handle himself better. Storyline is interesting enough to make me want to continue through all four chapters and the quests encountered so far not only have a considerable amount of heart, but also a degree of humour. With three chapters to go, I'm already hooked.
90
Gamer.no
Det er en fornøyelig opplevelse å spille Risen fra begynnelse til slutt. En vanskelig, prøvende og utfordrende fornøyelse, men disse strabasene gjør bare spillet enda bedre. Det er kanskje ikke like ambisiøst som Gothic 3, Oblivion eller Fallout 3, men det fungerer som en mye mer fokusert og strømlinjeformet spillopplevelse. Den eneste grunnen til at Risen ikke får absolutt toppkarakter av meg er at det ikke utfordrer sin sjanger eller er nytenkende på noen måte. Det er i stedet bare mye bedre enn sine forgjengere innen samme stil. Dette er et rollespill som bør prøves av samtlige som liker sjangeren og som ikke har noe imot litt hektisk knappetrykking. Risen er et ytterst profesjonelt produkt. Det har ekstrem underholdningsverdi. Det får deg til å sitte på kanten av stolen med hjertet hamrende gang på gang. Det er virkelig gøy å se din karakter utvikle seg fra å være et null til å den mektigste personen i verden. Det er fantasi, det er action, det er drømmer som blir virkelighet.
90
Games Radar
All in all, there’s little to find fault with here unless you have a grudge against the Gothic series, or the occasionally crap voiceovers inherent to such games. Risen is a solid, engrossing and beautifully presented RPG that’s well worth your time and money.
90
ComputerGames.ro
I rarely come across a title with such an atmosphere, competent AI, interesting combat system and fleshed out characters. And even if I finished it twice, I haven’t encountered too many bugs and the performance was rarely a problem. Which is a huge step forward when compared to Gothic 3. There are shortcomings, but nothing big, so they might as well be placed in “less-developed aspects” category. Some may comment that it’s short, but if we consider it’s approximately 30 hours long, I’d say it’s more of a personal preference. This is why I recommend that you buy and play it. Once, twice or as many times you need until you can proudly say that all the secrets have been uncovered and all Achievements have been obtained. It's worth it.
90
Cynamite
Wenn ich im stürmenden Regen unter dem Schein einer Fackel die Stufen zur Vulkanfestung erklimme, dann liebe ich die authentische Welt von Risen. Wenn ich in einem Dungeon die Gänge stundenlang nach einem verdammten Schalter absuche, bin ich frustriert. Gut, dass die positiven Aspekte überwiegen, denn so ist Risen ein sehr gutes Rollenspiel und ein würdiger Nachfolger der Gothic-Serie geworden, das nur unter kleinen Schwächen zu leiden hat.
90
Gamers.at
Risen ist ein tolles Rollenspiel geworden, es macht einfach Spaß, jeden Winkel der geheimnisvollen Insel zu erforschen. Dabei sind Story und Quests recht abwechslungsreich und die Spielwelt vermittelt einem ein glaubwürdiges Gefühl, ein Teil davon zu sein. Die Entwickler haben sich dabei auf die Stärken der ersten beiden Gothic-Teile besonnen und sich auch technisch keine Fehltritte erlaubt. Rollenspieler greifen zu!
90
GamesVault
Nie dajcie się zniechęcić wysokiemu poziomowi trudności, a świat ten pochłonie was bez reszty – staniecie się prawdziwymi mieszkańcami Farangi. Dla fanów Gothic-a jest to pozycja bardziej niż obowiązkowa.
89
Game Captain
Herzlichen Glückwunsch Piranha Bytes: Risen wird sicher den Beifall der Gothic-Gemeinde ernten, für Veteranen ist es wie nach Hause kommen. Neueinsteiger erhalten ein äußerst unterhaltsames Rollenspiel, dem zwar die ganz große Geschichte fehlt aber dies durch eine ungemein intensive Atmosphäre und orginelle Quests wettmacht. Und vielleicht die beste Nachricht: Das Spiel ist nahezu bugfrei so dass ich hier mit gutem Gewissen sagen kann: Mission geglückt, das Spiel ist Klasse geworden und tatsächlich im fertigen Zustand in die Geschäfte gekommen. Gehet hin und reißt es aus den Regalen!
88
Cheat Code Central
Risen is not an RPG game for the impatient-minded. It moves along at a slow burn, and bettering your character can be a meticulous and painstaking process at times. The challenge is steep early on, yet the lack of instant gratification and power loot hording is actually refreshing. Faranga is a finely crafted setting for what ultimately turns into a tremendously deep and very satisfying fantasy RPG. It has a few shortcomings; they're largely forgivable, once you get lost in the adventure.
88
GamingXP
Meiner Meinung nach können Rollenspiel-Fans mit dem Kauf von „Risen“ absolut nichts falsch machen! Es gibt eine riesige, frei erkundbare Spiellandschaft mit vielen versteckten Gegenständen sowie eine Vielzahl von Möglichkeiten im Spiel. Die Steuerung wurde auf das Wesentliche zusammengestutzt und ist daher für Jung und Alt bestens geeignet. Auch in puncto Grafik und Sound überzeugt der Titel auf ganzer Linie! Einzige Mankos sind, dass die Umgebung nicht zerstört werden kann und auch der Held des Spiels anscheinend gegen Feuer immun ist. Auch mehrere Minuten mitten in einem Lagerfeuer führen zu keinem Lebensverlust. Weiters kann man nicht, wie bei anderen Rollenspielen, den Charakter eigenes erstellen, sondern muss mit dem erstellten Helden Vorlieb nehmen.
87
GameStar (Germany)
Ich bin einer der Menschen, die mehr als 100 Stunden in Gothic 3 verbracht haben, auch wenn mindestens zehn davon für Neustarts, Flüche und Problemlösungen draufgingen. Ich hab an Gothic einfach großen Spaß. Sie ahnen schon, was jetzt kommt: Risen fesselt mich ganz genauso. Und diesmal kann ich das Spiel und seine grandiose Welt ohne Störungen genießen. Es muss Ihnen aber klar sein, was Sie mit Risen bekommen: ein Rollenspiel nämlich, das Ihnen viel Eigeninitiative abverlangt. Dessen Spaß direkt davon abhängt, wie viel Entdeckungslust Sie hineinstecken. Die Story können Sie vergessen, die Charaktere am besten gleich mit. Risen ist in mancher Hinsicht altbacken, mäßig inszeniert und besitzt keinerlei emotionalen Tiefgang. Das Spiel motiviert nicht wegen seiner Geschichte, sondern TROTZ seiner Geschichte. Es ist ein ganz schlimm abgedroschener Satz, aber ich schreibe ihn trotzdem hin: Wer Gothic mochte, der wird Risen lieben.
87
Multiplayer.it
Tutti gli altri avranno grazie a Risen la possibilità di vivere un'avventura coinvolgente e impegnativa al punto giusto, scegliendo se sviscerare o meno tutti i segreti dell'isola e potendo contare in ogni caso su tante ore di gioco.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een spirituele Gothic-opvolger die het concept verbetert en het aantal bugs aanzienlijk vermindert. Aanrader!
86
PC Games (Germany)
Mehr Tempo hätte hier nicht geschadet. Mit der Zeit schließe ich mich dann einer der Fraktionen an, die sich – wie sich später herausstellt – im Spielverlauf kaum unterscheiden. Warum? Hier haben die Entwickler viel Potenzial verschenkt. Genauso stört mich, dass ich zwei Akte lang hauptsächlich durch dunkle Tempelruinen hetze, um seltsame Artefakte, Waffen und Rüstungen zu suchen, und dabei immer wieder dieselben Monster ummähe sowie die Vorhersehbarkeit der Geschichte gegen Ende von Risen. Aber: Zum Weiterspielen motiviert Risen dennoch. Die raue Welt mit ihren ruppigen Charakteren schafft es, dass man als Spieler streckenweise so tief in sie eintaucht, dass man tatsächlich eine Beziehung zu manchem NPC aufbaut. Dank des typischen Piranha-Bytes-Spielverlaufs inklusive Charakterentwicklung über Lehrmeister und der Tatsache, dass Risen verblüffend fehlerfrei daherkommt, ist der Titel eben genau das, was Gothic-Fans erwarten.
86
Game Observer
Risen is a tremendous step forward for Piranha Bytes and shows that they are capable of making the same old school PC RPGs that made them famous back at the beginning of this decade. While the landmass is small, there are only two factions, the second half is too combat heavy and most of the game feels like a re-tread through Gothic 1, I can honestly say that anyone who loves old school and/or throwback European CRPGs owes it to themselves to buy Risen. The good truly does outweigh the bad. In the end, only the hardcore need apply. Risen is Gothic 1 all over again, and if playing a game this unabashedly oldschool is your idea of a good time, then you’ve found your next purchase. Otherwise, you’d be doing yourself a favor by avoiding it entirely.
86
IGN
Whether or not you'll enjoy Piranha Bytes' Risen really depends on what kind of gamer you are. Though this is a more humble and user-friendly product than Gothic titles past, it's still very much a hardcore role-playing game. If you're not willing to figure some things out for yourself and the idea of freedom of choice doesn't sit well with you, chances are Risen isn't going to mesh well with your gaming sensibilities. If you're a Gothic fan, however, this is an absolute must-buy. If you're familiar with the genre and are looking to take the next step into a mature, well-realized fantasy world, then this is it. Its combat system isn't the greatest and its pacing is inconsistent, but for those who put in the time to see all Risen has to offer, it's an experience that won't be forgotten.
85
Hooked Gamers
Risen provides the player with hours upon hours of role-playing goodness. A sign that you are playing a great game is when it becomes more difficult to put it aside for a couple of hours and this was certainly the case with Risen. There is always someone who needs a hand or a cave or temple to be explored. I often found myself thinking "I'll just finish this quest and then I'll...", and then had my wife tell me it was time for bed several hours later. So, here is some sage advice to those considering buying this game: place a clock on your desk, right next to your screen or suffer sleep deprivation. You have been warned.
85
Game Informer Magazine
For all the artistry on display (and the presentation matches the fantastic story), Risen’s lack of polish can be off-putting. Combat is poorly balanced and executed, leading to a lot of quicksave/quickloads when catastrophe strikes through no fault of your own. The interface works, but leaves much to be desired when it comes to tracking the game’s many intersecting quests. Character progression is nothing to envy; assigning skill points and gaining levels is a bland approach to take. Nobody will be awarding Risen any trophies on its technical merits. Is that why you play an RPG, though? Or are you in it to explore a story in which you have genuine input over the outcome? Risen can be awfully frustrating on a technical level (though rarely broken, like Gothic 3 before it), but it’s a *** good RPG.
85
Gamer Limit
Despite my few minor gripes however, overall I was very pleased with Risen. Despite having a weak story and generally being buggy; the gorgeous environments, challenging combat, accessible crafting system, and unique character development system will keep you enthralled for the 60+ hours of gameplay. If you are a fan of hardcore RPGs, you definitely should check out Risen.
85
GameFocus
This is a game that all PC RPG players should buy and enjoy (360 version is not out in North America yet) it has some rich details, fun adventures and great gameplay mechanics which kept me enthralled for hours on end. With its beautiful graphics and great environmental sound it is easy to find yourself traveling around the island just picking herbs and mushrooms while stumbling upon the odd monster to fight. In the end this is a must buy because it is rare we PC gamers see a good RPG like this and that is what is most important.
85
Vandal Online
Piranha Bytes ya no tiene a su criatura, pero ha creado una nueva. Risen no sólo es un justo heredero, sino que además establece unas bases sólidas que pueden marcar la senda que seguirá este reputado estudio en el futuro. Accesible al jugador novato, resultará profundo para el veterano y enormemente atractivo para ambos tan pronto como se despejen los primeros pasos en el juego y vayamos entrando en su historia. Sin duda alguna, el primer paso de una muy prometedora saga.
85
PC Zone
On that note, the combat is functional and smooth, though not the most complex experience, and weapons feel satisfyingly heavy. All in all, there's little to find fault with here unless you have a grudge against the Gothic series, or the occasionally naff voiceovers inherent to such games. Risen is a solid, engrossing and beautifully presented RPG that's well worth your time and money.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Durant les premières heures passées à arpenter l'île volcanique de Risen, où le mot d'ordre est la survie, vous aurez l'impression de vous adonner à une simple variante de Gothic. Puis, à la faveur d'une progression lente, mesurée et crédible, le titre exercera sur vous son irrésistible pouvoir d'attraction. Terriblement exigeant, jusque dans ses combats très techniques, le nouveau Piranha Bytes perpétue les qualités de ses prédécesseurs tout en se montrant plus gratifiant que jamais. Doté d'une IA très convaincante et d'un univers dense et riche, source de multiples interactions physiques et sociales, Risen est un excellent jeu de rôle qui affiche un degré de finition inespéré.
85
GamersGlobal
Kurzum: Wer Gothic 1 und 2 mochte, wird Risen lieben. Doch auch Spieler, die dieses Vorwissen nicht haben, erwartet ein ungewöhnliches, im Ton erwachsenes, nicht immer blitzeblank poliertes, im guten Sinne "deutsches", ziemlich langes Rollenspiel mit Seele. Es bietet mit seiner Story keine Literatur, es ist aber auch kein Groschenheft -- sondern ein spannender Abenteuerroman.
83
VicioJuegos.com
Al obligar a decidir constantemente, se consigue que la historia que viva un jugador pueda ser totalmente diferente a la de otro usuario. Quizás no resultará una propuesta atractiva para el típico jugador que intenta abarcar el 100% en una sola partida, pero sí lo será para el seguidor de los juegos de rol que quiere vivir la misma historia con distintos personajes y con variaciones en el desarrollo, y ése es el principal logro del juego. Llegar del punto A la B es circunstancial, es el camino el que define al personaje, y eso lo marca el jugador. Estamos ante una buena propuesta a la que se le notan sus orígenes (la influencia de Gothic es clara) y que ofrece al jugador lo que busca: misiones por doquier y un bestiario de enemigos con los que sacar puntos experiencia a mansalva. A pesar de ser un juego notable, queda la sensación de que le ha faltado algo para ser el juego definitivo del género, pero lo que hay contentará a todo aventurero que busque un nuevo reto.
83
New Game Network
Overall Risen is a great, immersive game with strong role-playing elements and an intriguing story. Great touches like the fact you need to have a frying pan and a fire to fry meat you have taken from animals, and how you actually need to acquire maps instead of automatically having them, coupled with the incredibly detailed environments make the few flaws and blemishes on the games surface seem as insignificant as they really are. Risen is truly a diamond in the rough that should be played by fans of RPG’s who enjoy an immersive, fully realized setting and can get past a few minor cosmetic blemishes.
82
Gameswelt
Auch die Spielmechanik kann überzeugen und macht Spaß. Das Kampfsystem ist durchdacht und sehr actionreich. Hinzu kommt eine tolle Atmosphäre, eine glaubhafte Welt mit lebendiger Vegetation und Entdeckungen an jeder Ecke. Am Ende des Tages macht Risen vieles richtig und wenig falsch. Das, was es falsch macht, ist leider so auffällig, dass man es nicht einfach ignorieren kann. Dass die Technik nicht unbedingt zeitgemäß ist, lässt sich verschmerzen, aber von einem Rollenspiel erwarte ich eine epische Geschichte, die emotional erzählt wird. Ein namenloser Held, den ich am Anfang auch optisch nicht individualisieren kann, ist nur ein Punkt, den man bemängeln kann. Auch im weiteren Verlauf begegne ich einer tollen, lebendigen Welt, deren Handlungshintergrund aber verhältnismäßig blutleer bleibt – das ist eigentlich tabu bei einem Rollenspiel. Trotzdem darf man für Risen guten Gewissens eine Kaufempfehlung aussprechen, denn Umfang und Spaßfaktor stimmen prinzipiell.
81
GameZ
Al met al is er verder weinig op Risen aan te merken en dat is tegelijkertijd de kracht, maar ook de zwakte van de game. De ontwikkelaar heeft duidelijk originaliteit ondergeschikt laten zijn aan functionaliteit en degelijkheid. Voor wie dan ook zoekt naar grote vernieuwing binnen het fantasy RPG-genre, blijft deze titel wellicht net teveel binnen het bestaande kader. Andersom werkt dat natuurlijk ook: ben je een liefhebber van klassieke RPG’s met een fantasy-setting of de Gothic-games in het bijzonder, dan is dit absoluut een aanrader.
81
ActionTrip
Being literarily the only new PC single-player RPG on the market (hitting stores before BioWare's Dragon Age), Risen has the potential to become a much-revered title. It has qualities. It's easy to get immersed into the world thanks to the pretty environments, decent-looking character models, a basic but solid plot and fun gameplay. Despite its bugs, the AI usually provides a tough battle all the way. Yes, we're prepared to look the other way, seeing as the aforementioned AI quirks haven't appeared often enough to ruin the entire experience.
80
Legendra
Pyranha Bytes nous présente un RPG qui n'a rien a envier à Gothic 3, il le dépasse même sur de nombreux aspects. Grâce à son univers riche et cohérent, à ses combats intenses et techniques, à ses interactions sociales convaincantes, Risen saura attirer les joueurs du genre. Même s'il n'est pas sans défauts et qu'on pourrait regretter ce character design catastrophique, le fait est que la mayonnaise prend et d'une bien belle manière. Attention tout de même, il n'est pas si facile de dresser l'île de Faranga !
80
Cheat Happens
Risen isn’t a great game due to a few nagging issues, but it is a fun and deep roleplaying experience that is sure to surprise a few folks. With an expansive world, lush, detailed environments and an engaging story, Risen could be the sleeper of the holiday season.
80
RPGFan
Risen may not have an engaging combat system and it gave me my share of frustrations, but I still had fun. It takes a while for things to start up, but once it gets going, it becomes quite addicting. Towards the end, the game does fizzle out, but for me, the experience was fun while it lasted. If you look past the bad character models, it's also one of the most visually impressive games I've played, and it is complemented by solid audio. It might not be the best Western RPG out there, but it's certainly worth a try.
80
Everyeye.it
E' un gioco di ruolo “snello” quello prodotto da Deep Silver, che non farà impazzire il novizio nella decifrazione di un sistema di gioco ricolmo di statistiche, ponendo “semplicemente” l'accento sul piacere dell'esplorazione (non fine a sé stessa poiché, ricordiamo, oltre che sull'Isola del Vulcano e del Mistero siamo anche e soprattutto sull'Isola del Tesoro), soddisfacendo grazie ad una curva di difficoltà ripida ma ben pianificata ed un umorismo di fondo che alleggerisce i toni e fa apprezzare maggiormente i passaggi più impegnativi, e sì, riuscendo addirittura a commuovere nel suo piccolo. Siamo arrivati al punto, probabilmente è proprio questa la sua più grande qualità: scevro dall' hype che contraddistingue i titoli tripla A, Risen è ambizioso ma concreto nel tracciare i propri confini d'azione e questa consapevolezza dei propri limiti lo rende onesto nei confronti di chi vorrà dare fiducia ancora una volta a Piranha Bytes, dopo il mezzo passo falso compiuto con Gothic 3.
80
Spazio Games
L’esperienza Risen si è rivelata ben più appassionante delle aspettative. Lasciato il brand di Gothic in altre mani, i Piranha Bytes hanno creato un interessante universo di gioco che esula dai clichè della letteratura del fantasy, e vi hanno ambientato una storia appassionante e dalle molteplici sfaccettature, che merita di essere giocata e soprattutto rigiocata. Proporre un gameplay dove dialoghi e combattimenti hanno lo stesso peso è stata una scelta coraggiosa, che incontrerà senza dubbio il gusto di tutti coloro che da un gioco chiedono di più che il semplice spargere sangue virtuale. Il prezzo da pagare è una limitata accessibilità che potrebbe scoraggiare gli utenti meno avvezzi agli RPG di stampo classico. Per tutti gli appassionati invece, Risen è un titolo da inserire obbligatoriamente nella propria collezione.
80
Meristation
Piranha Bytes habrá perdido la licencia del juego con el que se dieron a conocer, pero no han perdido su toque a la hora de crear juegos de rol de ambientación medieval. Si bien el argumento, más que en otros títulos, no sorprende al principio, la evolución de nuestro personaje y la infinidad de opciones y decisiones importantes que deberemos tomar a lo largo de nuestra aventura lo convierten en una alternativa muy a tener en cuenta por los amantes del género. Su buen sistema de juego y el fácil recorrido por los menús lo convierten en un título apto para todo tipo de usuarios, tanto los expertos que sabrán qué esperar del mundo que van descubriendo, como los novatos que no tendrán problemas en comprender el funcionamiento del juego. Se ha querido iniciar una nueva franquicia desde la base, y han conseguido no sólo eso, sino ofrecernos una aventura cargada de opciones en la que nosotros seremos quienes tengamos la última palabra.
80
InsideGamer
Waar Risen op gebied van verhaal, ontdekken en het voorschotelen van belangrijke keuzes erg goed scoort, laat de game op het grafische vlak toch het een en ander liggen. De textures en de animaties voldoen niet aan de eisen van vandaag de dag. De animaties van het hoofdpersonage zijn te vergelijken met die van de third-person view uit Oblivion. Maar waar je in Oblivion een first-person mogelijkheid had, is deze in Risen helaas niet beschikbaar.
78
Mygamer.com
Risen has its faults but what it does do is bring you into a world that won’t let you leave till you’ve uncovered the secrets in every corner. To some it’s just something to hold them over until the next Gothic game comes out, but to me it’s the start of something new and wonderful from an experienced RPG developer.
76
ET Magazine
Risen dimostra ancora una volta come i Piranha Bytes siano in grado di confezionare degli ottimi giochi di ruolo. Tuttavia l'impostazione risulta piuttosto classica e lo scarso carisma del personaggio principale non aiuta il titolo ad emergere dalla massa. L'ottimo grado di rigiocabilità garantito dalle due fazioni e una longevità complessiva che si attesta sull'ottantina di ore lo rendono comunque un acquisto consigliato a fronte anche della particolare atmosfera che si respira sull'isola di Faranga.
75
Finalboss
Risen pode até divertir, mas demora muito a engrenar. A história é arrastada e o game possui muitos pequenos defeitos. O sistema de combate é truncado e falho, e o título possui inúmeros bugs. A impressão que dá é de que estamos lendo um livro que já chegou até perto da metade e ainda não definiu bem a direção da trama. Se você é um daqueles que liberdade e grande quantidade de conteúdo são mais importantes do que acabamento final, então este é um game a ficar de olho. Caso contrário, saiba que Risen possui muitos problemas, alguns estéticos e outros um pouco mais graves. A escolha é sua.
74
GameBanshee
Gothic 3, the precursor to this game, was overly ambitious and suffered from it. In response, it feels like Piranha Bytes has gone completely the other way and made a game that was under-ambitious. Risen is a remake of Gothic made slightly more accessible. Enjoyable, but hardly inspiring.
74
4Players.de
Wie würde Gothic 3 ohne Bugs auf einer Insel aussehen? Genau so. Technisch solide, stimmungsvoll, aber inhaltlich veraltet.
72
Mana Pool
TAGES DRM is sadly included, but DRM aside, really this game is Marmite. Some of you will find the controls and interface frustrating and difficult, and will hate it. Those of you that persevere beyond that will find a unique take on the action-rpg genre, in a world that you are free to explore how you like, but which really hasn’t changed a lot since 2001, but you’ll find yourself loving it anyway. I like Risen, but it feels oddly like visiting an ex-girlfriend you haven’t seen for a while, only to find that they haven’t really changed from when you left 10 years ago; they’ve just got some new clothes and better makeup on.
71
Game Over Online
Overall, Risen has some pluses and minuses. Despite its rough edges, it was pretty stable for me, and it only crashed twice during the 50 or so hours I spent with it. But the combat system is frustrating, and I don’t think the quests and temple explorations quite make up for it, and so I’m going to leave the score slightly under 75%. I’d only recommend Risen to people who really enjoyed the Gothic series, or perhaps similarly flawed games like Two Worlds or Dungeon Lords.
71
Worth Playing
There's no real way around it: Risen has issues. While the characters are all wonderfully done and the world is appealing enough to immerse you in its fantasy setting, the onslaught of technical problems and woefully unsatisfying combat system will turn off most players in a hurry. Things get better as you progress, but a painful first quarter of the game, coupled with all of its other problems, means that Risen falls short of being worth your time. There's some great gameplay in Risen, but you have to trudge though too many problems to find it.
70
Eurogamer.es
Un pasatiempo para días grises que rasca el notable si eres un fan de teclas desgastadas y callos en los índices. Un mal regalo para algún familiar político si los callos se encuentran en los pulgares.
70
GameSpot
Risen's flaws are notable. The unsatisfying combat lacks precision and flow, and bizarre quirks are common enough to make you wish the game had spent more time in development. But these problems aside, the game makes you care about its characters, which gives its main quest a sense of urgency few RPGs can match. It takes time to make an impression, but give it a chance: Risen will grow on you, and when it does, you may very well be hooked.
67
3D Juegos
Risen es un discreto videojuego de rol que tenía mimbres para convertirse en una notable incorporación a los catálogos de PC y Xbox 360. La progresión del personaje y su forma de combatir son demasiado elementales, y la historia y el desarrollo de las misiones no acaban de convencer. ¿Lo bueno? Una isla gigantesca que explorar y una aventura larguísima y francamente rejugable.
65
Gamernode
When all is said and done, Risen is a game that had the potential to be a surprisingly great and standout game. However, the game's glitches and little irritations can add up to some un-enjoyable play sessions. The sound and crafting system are great, but the lackluster story and sometimes aggravating combat seem to cancel them out. It's still worth a try for anyone who enjoys action RPGs, though. Anyone else who is strapped for cash or looking for the best of the holiday season, Risen may not be the game for you.
60
Resolution Magazine
Risen’s a brave, self-assured game that I’m sure a lot of people are going to really dig. You can tell it’s from the same development team as the ambitious-but-flawed Gothic series, and there’s a reason why that found such a dedicated following. I’m not so taken, but my increasingly frazzled mind through endless streams of instant-gratification blockbusters might have something to do with that. There’s a reason why people post things like “I’m going to wait for the user reviews” on website comments threads. People need multiple opinions from people with whom they can associate, because sometimes, people’s impressions are going to be so polarised that any isolated hard-opinion is going to be rendered a little meaningless. That’s the case with Risen, but extended to the point where I can’t even say with any real conviction what I think. So, I guess, here’s my review of Risen in a nutshell: it’s a game I like, except when I don’t, and one you might be rather fond of, unless you’re not.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Ironically, while the PC version inarguably shows up the flaws in the 360 effort all the more, it also fares far worse when compared to its peers. Consoles have relatively few RPGs in this traditional mould, but on the PC the competition is much fiercer and so well-intentioned failures are harder to tolerate. Adequate rather than inspired, Risen doesn't even match up to the polish and narrative depth of The Witcher, now two years old, so releasing it only weeks before BioWare's Dragon Age is bordering on suicidal. Patient gamers looking to tick off genre standards without being troubled by any surprises will no doubt unearth a few truffles of amusement, but in the grand scheme of things Risen barely manages to rise above the herd.
60
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Увы, их не хватит, чтобы оплатить кредит доверия, выданный «пираньям» после скандального разрыва отношений с JoWooD. Gothic 2: Night of the Raven и поныне — величайшее достижение студии. Возьмите ее вместо Risen.
60
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
I think I feel so let down by Risen’s ending because my first impressions had been so positive, the first half so satisfyingly realistic, especially for a fantasy RPG. Risen had purred along like a nice mid-sized sedan, like a Camry shuttling me around town only to be hijacked out from under me and replaced by a cross between a clown car and a parade float. Sure it has its entertainment value, but you really can’t go anywhere in it. That the game shifts so radically from the realistic to the absurd shouldn’t really surprise me. After all, it’s just an entertainment, right? But the game had done such a great job of it for so long, only to peter out and end up face down dead in the middle of a stupid volcano, its creator apparently out of ideas. So this one gets the double-faced, limp Middlin’ grade. Hopefully Piranha Bytes will return and will finish whatever next game they decide to start. And if they do, then I might too.
60
Gamereactor (Sweden)
Men mellan det bökiga stridssystemet, den hemska karaktärsdesignen, de stundals frustrerande stunderna då man råkar förstöra för sig själv enbart genom att peta i fel skåp och ett ganska hemskt användargränssnitt så finns här något bra. Känner du att du orkar med de skönhetsfläckarna så kommer du säkert att älska Risen, speciellt om du håller dig till den klart överlägsna PC-varianten.
25
GameGavel.com
The game strikes me as something really unimpressive. From graphic presentation to the voice acting, everything is just enough not to be bad. I would advise people who have never played Risen to check out some YouTube videos and see if it’s something you might like to try your hand at. If you’ve never played an RPG in your life, don’t start here. There are far better titles to play that have much more going on to challenge you. This is a game for people who at one point or another said “Gee, I really like King’s Quest, but I wish there wasn’t as much fighting and more story.” If that sounds like something you’ve said, I think you’d have a ball with this. The rest of us however, will be left wondering why they had to sweep so many floors.