Diehard GameFAN writes: "Let's get this out of the way up front: I had mixed emotions about Risen before I went out to preview the game last week. The game, at first glance, looked to be another third person action RPG on a console flush with them. Reviews of the European Xbox 360 release had been unkind to the game, to say the least, citing unfriendly controls and technical issues as major problems with the console port. The developer, Piranha Bytes, has only the Gothic series to their credit prior to this game, and while the first two Gothic games were generally acceptable pieces of work, Gothic III was almost universally panned when it was released in the US. Even SouthPeak's involvement in the US release didn't assuage my worries, despite their generally solid reputation."