Risen 2: Dark Waters (Game) Review

Risen 2: Dark Waters

Released: 6th September 2012
RRP: 49.99
Publisher: Deep Silver
Available on: Playstation 3, XBOX 360, PC
Rating: PEGI 16

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Risen 2: Dark Waters is a role playing game set in the Caribbean in what seems to be the colonial age. This is a very likeable game, but requires time and patience to get the best from it.

Risen 2 casts the player as a hero attempting to save the world from the Titans who have devastated and destroyed everything in their path with their sea monsters. The few survivors from these attacks are holed out in a fortress but with only limited food and supplies, its clear that something has to be done to save civilization. Enter our hero as he embarks on a mission to defeat the sea monsters once and for all.

Initially the game is very tough and most players will experience multiple deaths very quickly due to their character's low stats. Its important to take on every mission at first in order to build stats and its really a game of patience until this is done. However, once past this tricky opening, the game really kicks off and becomes much more fun to play.

Graphically the game is good, very pretty in places but a little shaky in others. The audio is good although some players may find the amount of bad language a little unnecessary in places.

The gameplay is fun although Risen 2 does find itself trapped half way between the exploration of Skyrim and the combat of The Witcher. Its impossible to please everyone and Risen 2 does find a happy medium. There is plenty to do here and once the initial few hours are out of the way, the game world really opens up and is fun to explore. There are many islands and villages to delve into, all offering something different and the day/night cycle is impressive and adds depth to these adventures.

The game is much improved from its predecessor, however it is unfortunate that many players will lose interest before the game really gets going and its qualities start to show through.

Risen 2: Dark Waters is definitely worth a play through and is recommended to anyone with an interest in RPG's or pirate adventures.

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