Risen 2: Dark Waters - PC

Risen 2: Dark Waters
Game Description:With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. A third-person role-playing game set in a dark and gritty universe, Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character. Together with a highly interactive environment and a full day/night-cycle affecting countless aspects of the game world, Risen 2 will be set in the most immersive RPG game world so far.
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Risen 2: Dark Waters First Look Preview

Risen 2: Dark Waters First Look Preview

By Stephen Johnson - Posted Mar 24, 2011

Risen 2

There are many games competing for your attention and money, so I understand that you probably are most concerned with the tent pole releases from major publishers, but I urge you to add Risen 2: Dark Waters to your consciousness. It’s a scrappy, can-do, underdog of an RPG with a lot going for it. Mainly, pirates. It’s an RPG about pirates, cool, colorful pirates with peg-legs and parrots, as opposed to murderous Somali pirates who kill rich white people on yachts. Potentially, this game could do for patch-eyes what Red Dead Redemption did for cowboys, take a moribund genre and make it awesome again.

Let’s get Risen out of the way first, though: Publisher Deep Silver didn’t exactly apologize for the 2009 console version of Risen, but they came close. They would like you to know that the console version of Risen 2 will not be like Risen. It will not suck, because it is not a bad port of a decent PC game. Instead, they plan for Risen 2 to be a good game, and have assured me that the title was developed across-platforms from the jump, with not-sucking in mind.

Risen 2 takes place five to 10 years after the events of the previous title, and stars the protagonist of the first game. Having saved the world, you’re now a tortured drunkard, who's bitter and one-eyed -- like Snake Plissken from Escape from New York, but more emo and wearing pantaloons.

Risen 2

At our GDC demo, a brief intro video laid out the start of the plot: Sea Monsters are attacking ships, and you must put a stop to the madness. The trailer hinted at some of the excitement to come, including pirates shooting guns at each other (Risen’s bows and arrows are gone), and one character in the intro video was clearly brandishing a voodoo doll, leading to the suggestion of a unique magic system that fits the setting.

Deep Silver wouldn’t talk about a potential pet system, but I am holding out hope for parrots. The reps did say there will be no ship-to-ship combat, as the idea was to make a great RPG as opposed to a naval combat game.

After the intro-movie, I got to check out a small taste of Risen 2’s gameplay. The look in Risen 2 has been improved significantly from the first game. The colors are richer and brighter and the details more highly defined. The demo level featured a pirate town, filled with makeshift pirate structures – It’s a bit like a more detailed, better looking version of World of Warcraft’s Booty Bay – lots of makeshift boards piled up and I-don’t-care-about-looks architecture.

Risen 2

We also saw some cool monster designs, including an impressive giant spider, as well as taking a look at how the game’s accessory system will make every NPC unique and memorable through mix-and-match hats, weapons, shoes, and more.

There’s no release date yet for Risen 2, but I’ll be using my spyglass and one remaining eye to keep watch on this one.

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  • TucoBenedicto

    Risen on PC wasn't "decent", it was GOOD.
    Not "amazing" or "exceptional" but very good, anyway.
    Its main flaw was a rushed second half, with obvious lack of content on the "social" side (dungeons were very good, by the way).

    Posted: March 27, 2011 5:26 AM
  • RPG-fan

    With the more well-known RPG developers making their games more streamlined, I'm looking forward to playing an actual RPG. Please guys at G4 can you review this when it's out and don't completely ignore it like the first Risen game.

    Posted: March 24, 2011 6:29 PM
  • benny2beer

    I also liked Risen on PC. Didn't play the console version, but I CAN say that "Pirate RPG" sounds f'n epic and has me all giddy. LOVE ME SOME PIRATES!! YARRR!!!

    Posted: March 24, 2011 12:41 PM
  • merivigian

    Sounds like a rip off of Pirates of The Caribbean Online, please look it up and you will see what I'm talking about. (Especially the voodoo mechanic)

    Posted: March 24, 2011 12:38 PM
  • monufrak1

    Nice I actually loved the first Risen, so I will definitely be playing this one. I played the original Risen on XBox 360, and it really wasn't as bad as this article makes it sound. The gameplay got really addicting once you gave it a chance. The graphics quality on 360 was a little bad though.

    Posted: March 24, 2011 11:38 AM