IGN: "Risen, is a big deal here at Gamescom 2009. If you've ever heard of the role-playing game series Gothic, then you do know Piranha Bytes a little bit, since that was their product until the post-Gothic 3 fallout.
After getting some hands-on time with the game, I can say Risen feels very Gothic-like, from the presentation of the dialogue scene to the character movement to the general style of the world. Though all the text was in German so I couldn't really make out what was said by NPCs, I'll relate what transpired during the session. The main character starts out wrecked on a beach, and when he comes to there's a pretty lady standing nearby waiting to talk to him. From around the beach can be collected an assortment of odds and ends, including gold coins, potions, pieces of sturdy driftwood, a ring, and some random plants."