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Discussion in 'Piranha Bytes' started by Zariusz, Dec 12, 2020.

  1. Ravielsk Educated

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    Its been ages since I played it but I remember thinking that its essentially what Gothic 3 should have been. The combat, the factions, the basic idea of the narrative. It was all kind of both a soft reboot for Gothic(since PB at the time did not own the rights to the IP) but also a continuation. "The gods are gone, what now?" sort of plot. The second half is still visibly unfinished as I have a hard time believing that 4+ hours of dungeon crawling was really the plan.

    Yes, but also no. The sequels mainly damaged Risen as a series. When Risen 1 launched it was mainly harmed by the supposedly sub-par Xbox360 port. I never played that version so I cannot confirm it first hand but from what I heard it ran poorly and looked bad even by the standard of the day also bugs if I remember correctly. It was a PC game first and foremost and the Xbox360 was just an afterthought. Also the game came out before Dark Souls made it cool again for games to have any amount of challenge in them so a lot of crap was hurled at the game for being "hard". I recommend watching the angry joe review of the game, not because he is correct about anything really but because it demonstrates the poor technical state of the 360 port and of the difference in mentality.

    Incidentally this is also why in the west Gothic 1 and 2 were little more than obscure gems until recently as when they launched they were almost universally dismissed as rather boring, convoluted euro jank.
     
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  2. ADULF HITLOR FAN KLUB Educated

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    An absolutely fantastic RPG, sadly the sequels couldn't hold up.

    It is also my first PB game and now I am hopelessly hooked on PB. I just really love their open world style.
     
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  3. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I can imagine that in some moments, Risen 1 can feel more "formulaic" in that respect - that for whatever reason, it is more transparently visible how each town/faction has a 'counter' of favours you need to perform to win their trust. However, I wouldn't put too much stock on it; in practice it works pretty much like G1/2, and overall the game retains the same Piranha Bytes vibe.

    BTW, game is a lot more fun/free-form if you use the area at the top of the path to the tower to jump over the wall & explore as you like.
     
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  4. Rabbity_Thing Savant

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    Risen 1 is a thin soup made from Gothic's dead body.
     
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