5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Should have been a lot better,
This review is from: Risen 2: Dark Waters (PS3) (Video Game)
First off, this game like most RPGs is very addictive and very hard to put down. This is a mixed game with some aspects working quite well but there is a lot that lets it down. Set in a very Pirates of The Carribean-esque world of swashbucklers, carribean ports, evil curses, voodoo tribes in jungles, sea monsters (including a Kraken) and of course great big ships. Within a few minutes of playing you will think this is a 2006-2008 game with graphics and gameplay not quite as good as the first DragonAge. However, this game was released in 2012! You would think the studio would be ashamed to release a game that looks 6 years behind the current trend. But it is not just the look sadly. Gameplay is so glitchy and buggy, camera angles in cutscenes are often rubbish and it freezes pretty regularly.
Now all RPGs are principally characters and story driven and this is a problem also. Our protagonist is out to kill the evil MARA and has to hunt down various relics in order to do it. First big problem is that MARA has done nothing evil to the protagonist. She's upset his bosses and killed a relative of a friend but the protagonist actually has no relationship and no real motivation with the villain. The protagonist is not personally invested in this epic quest so why should the gamer be?
Other problems include no naval combat or gameplay whatsoever, traveling by boat is just choosing a destination followed by a cutscene. The final boss is a joke how easy it is and although it is quite hard at the start you can figure out the best layout and upgrades that make the game pretty simple from then on. Your decisions have very little affect beside one companion choice and none of the characters have any real arcs.
It isn't all bad news, the music is good on the rare occassions when it kicks in and the dialogue though often filthy is quite entertaining. Some of the characters you meet are quite fun, you can possess people with voodoo and you can play as a monkey and sneak into windows. Skills can be upgraded at a decent pace and if you change your outfit it will be changed in the cutscenes. It is very addictive and the combat though too simple is quite fun. The biggest problem in my opinion is that it requires an investment of a lot of your time but the gameplay and story when it is all over isn't nearly as rewarding as a Mass Effect or DragonAge. Honestly, although it has some redeeming features I would advise avoiding this game as you can spend the time on other RPGs and have a much more rewarding experience.