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#Risen Combat gets repetitive quickly. Has a few issues with quests breaking & the difficulty of enemies especially near the end of the game, but a fun game overall

Genre: Action RPG, Medieval

  • Available for:
  • PC
  • XBOX 360

I played: Completed

Likes

I found the overall look of the game very entertaining and how the game didn't really hold your hand for quests.

Dislikes

Combat becomes too long & repetitive quickly, it does have a few problems with quests breaking and some difficulty of enemies especially near the end of the game.

Risen is an older game loved by some and despised by others. It had a lot of problems on the Xbox 360, namely the camera when fighting and quests that stopped the game from progressing. I got this for the PC, and I enjoyed running around the island, doing the various quests and just generally doing my own thing.

Risen Screen Shot

Sure the character models are dated and there are strange lighting effects, but it was still enjoyable to play. The combat was the worst part of the game – it didn’t have the spinning camera from the Xbox version, but I found that the enemies took quite long (a few minutes) to kill, due to them either having too much health or blocking constantly. It became very tedious as the only working combat-strategy seemed to be constant one-button mashing, maybe a dodge once in a while, until one of you fell first.

The story in the game is fine. It offers the option of choosing one of two factions: working for the Don (Fighters) or the Inquisition (Mage / some other staff fighter). I found the Don story more enjoyable to play as I encountered a few game-breaking quests with the Mages.

All in all, I enjoyed the game; however the re-playability of this one is poor. I encountered several bugs in the monestary area which are so frustrating, they simply make it impossible to pick up the game for a second play-through.

 

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