Risen 2: Dark Waters is the sequel to the critically acclaimed pirate RPG Risen, and is set several years after the events in the previous game. The Gods have abandoned the world, and Titans have ravaged the planet; they are starting to eradicate all of humanity, terrorising the Old Empire.
You play as the Nameless Hero, who now resides in the Crystal Fortress in the harbour town of Caldera. This town is the headquarters of the Inquisition, of which you are a member. Caldera is completely cut off from the world due to a horde of sea monsters destroying any ships and sea traders, and supplies are quickly running out. The game begins with your old friend Carlos requesting your help to investigate a ship wreck off the coast of the island, and amongst the survivors you find a familiar face: Patty. You set out on a mission with Patty, who is searching for her father (an infamous pirate), as you want to put a stop to the sea monsters. The only clue you have to go on are the rumours that the pirates who roam the Southern Islands know how to end their terrorising reign, and so your quest begins.
Along the way you will encounter many challenges you need to overcome, and the game is influenced by the decisions and choices you make throughout, with multiple approaches to every challenge. As in the previous game, you gain experience points for defeating monsters and solving quests. When enough experience has been gained, the Nameless Hero will level up and gain Learning Points, which can be spent with Trainers found throughout the world, allowing you to increase your stats and learn new skills. The map in this game starts out as semi-open, with various islands to explore that unlock as the story within this game unfolds. New features appear in this sequel, including the ability to use firearms, and new skills called Dirty Tricks which can be used whilst in battle, allowing you to confuse and attack your foes.
Risen 2: Dark Waters brings another innovative game to your doorstep. You can shape this incredible pirate world and make it your own. Defy the Gods who have turned their back on you, and defeat the Titans to save your world. It's a pirate's life for you. (Cat Emerson)
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I bought the PS3 Collector's Edition of Risen 2 from Zavvi which arrived very quickly in 3 days. The price I paid was amazing value for money. Some people might say that this is because the game is rubbish, but I would disagree: the combat does start off terrible, although later upgrades make it tolerable. However, although the graphics are also a bit below average, the environments and sense of place somehow manage to be amazing! I am about 25 hours in, thoroughly immersed in a pirate way and enjoying it immensely!
Nice game, the graphics are not a miracle but it makes you have fun and even then, it starts slowly but after a few hours of gameplay the game gets fairly deep, a good game with some flaws but fun, if you like pirates and galleons and treasure islands will be satisfied.
Risen 2: Dark Waters is like Oblivion crossed with Assassins Creed 4, and with the development budget of neither. OK, so the graphics aren't big-budget and neither are the character animations, but the lighting and water effects combine with a beautiful environment to make a game that's visually much more appealing than its individual parts would suggest. Great ambient sounds and music create an absorbing atmosphere, and it's lots of fun finding treasure maps hidden around and then following them to the traditional X. There is a certain thieving little character that you meet later on that is worth the price of the game alone. The voice acting and mild humour are understated, in a good way, which makes a nice change from the usual snarling idiots and dead-eyed meat puppets in a lot of games (though the facial-animation is nearly non-existent). Combat generally seems clunky and limited initially, but as the player progresses, counter-attacks and the like become available and the whole fighting system opens up and becomes quite satisfying. This is a great little 3rd person RPG that, if you don't expect too much from it, rewards the player with many hours of fun and sun-soaked island exploration.