HookedGamers writes: "I have to admit that I feared we had seen the end of the Gothic franchise when Piranha Bytes and Jowood declared their dying love. Jowood foolishly insisted on creating an addon for Gothic 3, named Forsaken Gods and delivered a dork of a game whose 1's and 0's were not fit to live on your hard-drive. Free from the Jowood imposed yoke, Piranha Bytes went on to create what may be their best game yet. Risen might not carry the Gothic name, but it is a Gothic game to the very fiber of its lovingly crafted bones. For this reason, I decided to review Risen as if it were a continuation of the Gothic series."