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Risen 2: Dark Water Preview (eGamer)

It’s going to be an all-out pirate extravaganzaaaarrrggghhhh

This year is once again going to be another great one for the action RPG. Right on the heels of Mass Effect 3 we have the sequel to the under-appreciated gem, Risen.

Risen was one of those games that you either loved or merely didn’t like. No one hated it.

For those who disliked it, they found a well-crafted but unfriendly third-person, fantasy themed, action RPG. With a shoddy tutorial and little in the way of in-game explanation, this was a game that didn’t hold hands and wasn’t trying to make you like it.

Not helped by the relatively slow and boring opening, if you weren’t willing to give Risen a serious chance, it was happy to let you pass on by.

To those who did persevere past the opening, they found something quite magical; Risen boasted one of the most real, authentic and genuinely interesting game worlds to explore. Characters had complex pasts, layered motivations and the player was left with a web of relationships to untangle.

This was the very best of Risen. A beautiful and atmospheric soundtrack, well written and voiced dialogue, intense, if a little repetitive combat, all served to accentuate an excellent (if a little withdrawn) game world.

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