GameCritics: Writing this review has been one of the most difficult pieces I've done this year.
On one hand, I think Risen 2: Dark Waters is different, refreshing, and has a great sense of humor. As a European third-person open-world-ish role-playing game (RPG) that asks a little more from players, the payoff is worth the effort of understanding what it's about and how it relates to its audience. On the other hand, the production values are rough and the fundamental design suffers from some fairly serious issues. I love what the devs were shooting for, but it sometimes felt like they were trying to drive me away.