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What’s the Verdict on Risen?

Discussion in 'Piranha Bytes' started by huntsman1899, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Sòren Cipher

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    Arx Fatalis? it's not very big, but the exploration part was pretty good. don't remember much about this game though, has been a few years.
     
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  2. sullynathan Magister

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    Risen is fine. It's like a HD Gothic with some pirate themes instead of generic fantasy stuff. Unfortunately, it still has the usual bad Piranha bytes ending of an inept final boss and a long dungeon crawl consisting of fighting lots of enemies.
     
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  3. Lord Commissar Alexer Novice

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    I liked it.
     
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  4. Ivan Arcane

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    An honest effort to re-capture the magic of Gothic 1/2. Has a pretty awful final third.
     
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  5. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Risen is a very good game, and successfully captures the Gothic formula (a bit too closely, rather).

    Skip the final dungeon, but if you played any PB game you know late game's not where it's at.
     
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  6. Master Arbiter

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    Literally nothing of what you wrote is true.
    You can be a mage, the combat is clunky because your character doesnt know it well yet(rpg), setting (fantasy prison) is original, it has some of the most memorable locations(the camps) in rpgs, and its usually considered the opposite of TES that you recommend as similar.
     
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  7. PrK Novice

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    There is a levitation spell in Risen, fyi.
     
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  8. unfairlight ヽ(✿゚▽゚)ノ Patron

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    Good for what it is. I think the PB ranking goes as such: G2 > G1 > Elex > Risen 1 > Risen 2 > Risen 3 > Gothic 3.

    Risen 1 loses points on just being more of the same after the Gothic games, but still infinitely better than Gothic 3.
     
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  9. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    I thought the idea of stranding on a beach, getting back on your feet and align to one of the two factions was neatly done (I also liked the inventory and the badass end equipment). Highly recommend. Even though I mistakenly thought you could roll in Risen, seems to be in Risen 2. You would like to continue further in Risen 2, only because of the cameos. The final dungeon is sweetlove.
     
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  10. agris Arcane Patron

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    I only played a small amount of ELEX, but isn't the itemization a lot worse than R1? Just like Gothic 1/2, Risen had a lot of hand placed loot and item-based power progression felt meaningful. Similar to the Gothics, you could go explore a hard to reach place and find something unique, or at least memorable. In ELEX, you climb a radio tower and found a not-mana potion.
     
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  11. Morkar illiterate

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    ELEX! has enough of handplaced weapons/loot as well. The world is just bigger. And the placement isn't as well done because you can often get them too easy once you spotted the place.
     
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  12. Grampy_Bone Magister

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    It was a fun and enjoyable gothic-like game, with better combat than most Piranha bytes titles. Didn't quite have that Gothic magic though.
     
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  13. Mikeal Savant

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    First one is good. Second one is mediocre to good. Dindu play in third.
     
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  14. vazha Savant

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    I see somebody above already suggested Arx Fatalis - you cannot go wrong with this one if you're itching for clever subterranean adventuring. The only two downsides that I remember was the game wasn't as long as I'd like it to be and all the endgame super-weaponz were swords, which I didnt like as I am an axe dude.

    As for Risen, strangely enough I preferred second one to the first, although it has some pretty obvious flaws. Third one is worse than Gothic 3 even, avoid at all costs.
     
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  15. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    In Risen it was an axe with the endgame badass equipment
     
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  16. vazha Savant

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    It was indeed, but the piratey feel of the second one I enjoyed more.
     
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  17. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    In Risen 2 you used voodoo to such an extent, really cool done. I recommend Risen and Risen 2. You cannot appreciate a drunken sot enough in bed at a fort waken up with bottles scattered alot at the start of Risen 2
     
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  18. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    To me Risen was a beginning of spanish colenialism done correctly, even highlighted slavery in Risen 2. People get on with their lives.
     
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  19. CrunchyHemorrhoids Liturgist

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    Better than PB's later works.

    I think you might have a lot of fun with Breath of the Wild, at least for a dozen hours or so, though its vr/first person mode seems pretty icky.

     
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  20. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    I never played ELEX or Risen 3. At the time of the release of Risen 3 I played CV4 maniacally. Is it good? Crunchy
     
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  21. vazha Savant

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    Elex is a meme, might as well give it a shot, Risen 3 is atrocious.
     
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  22. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    see thats why i never bothered with Risen 3, coz i trusted this forum
     
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  23. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    I use this forum to save myself money.
     
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  24. Carole Kind Educated Patron

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    ELEX is still 50 euro, I rather play CIV4.
     
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  25. CrunchyHemorrhoids Liturgist

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    I finished and got enjoyment out of Risen 1&2. Gave up on Risen 3 before the first town and gave up on Elex shortly after its first town.
     
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