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10:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Piranha wants to go back to its roots for Risen 3

Piranha Bytes went off in a different direction with its pirate-centric Risen 2: Dark Waters and that didn't sit well with some series fans. For the next game, Risen 3: Titan Lords, the studio claims it has gone back to its ...

Jordan Devore


11:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Risen 3's Demon Hunters faction sounds like the one to side with

First came the CGI trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords, and now, screenshots. The one above? My favorite of the pack by a wide margin. Some of the others are oddly blinding. The game features three factions and one of them is ca...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 05.07.2014

Yes, Risen 3: Titan Lords, I'll watch your CGI trailer

Here's the extended CGI trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords that was first teased last month. I still don't know how Brittany managed to write that many words covering it, but now I'm thinking about What Dreams May Come, again,...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 04.18.2014

Risen 3's teaser trailer looks vaguely like Dante's Inferno

The official teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords is out now, and it involves a lot of pretty CG animation and generic combat. It's got all the hallmarks of a traditional Western RPG: darkness, big swords, and copiou...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Humble Bundle: Saints Row, Dead Island, Risen 2

Deep Silver is the latest publisher to get a Humble Bundle. For the next two weeks, you'll be able to save big on franchises like Dead Island and Saints Row. The pricing breakdown is slightly different this time, so here's wh...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 05.03.2012

Live show: Mash Tactics on the high seas of Risen 2

Parley me Scurvy timbers ahoy, and other such clichés. Why all the nonsense? King Foom playing Risen 2: Dark Waters on Mash Tactics today is why! This action RPG has the player battling against all kinds of strange cre...

Bill Zoeker

7:00 PM on 04.23.2012

The DTOID Show: Rayman Origins 2 & Arkham City GOTY

Hey gang! It's us. Again. I'm sorry Tara's not here, but she's still at Coachella apparently. Dear lord today has been stressful and miserable. Anthony's nice enough to be a substitute guest host, but damn. Just not the same...

Max Scoville



Review: Risen 2: Dark Waters photo
Review: Risen 2: Dark Waters
by Jim Sterling

The original Risen was a curious little beast. In a genre so used to empowering the player, letting one live out heroic fantasies in a world full of treasure, choice, and magnificent deeds, Risen was quite prepared to strip you of your dignity, kick you around a bit, and spit you out a more humble, more shameful, individual. 

In many ways, what Risen attempted was admirable. It wanted to make you earn your power fantasy. However, its awkward navigation system, reliance on ambushes, and general imbalance put me off fairly quickly. 

In Risen 2: Dark Waters, the ambition remains. So do the problems. This time, however, I couldn't stop playing. Perhaps it was a grudge, a desire to kick the game's arse for a sense of pointless payback. Perhaps it was simply that, despite its problems, Risen 2 still manages to be perversely enjoyable. Most likely, it's both. 

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8:00 PM on 04.20.2012

Console versions of Risen 2 hit with a delay

The PC release of Risen 2: Dark Waters is nearly upon us and it's being followed, for once, by the console versions rather than the other way around. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions was originally slated for late May,...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 04.03.2012

Risen 2: Dark Waters is looking cheery in new screenshots

I'll say one thing for the Risen series -- it's not afraid of a little color. The pirate-themed sequel might be violent and gritty, but at least its violent grittiness will get a tan, thanks to the bright sun and tropical col...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 03.31.2012

PAX: Square bringing Theatrhythm, Hitman, and more

So far it looks like Square Enix is going to have the best lineup to show off at PAX East this coming week: Sleeping Dogs Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Quantum Conundrum Heroes of Ruin Wakfu Risen 2: Dark Waters All of these ga...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





7:30 PM on 03.28.2012

The DTOID Show: Orbis, SimCity 5, and Max Payne 3!

Evening, my lovelies. We've got a great show for you today - one full of flowers, pony rides, butterscotch candies, and all the video game news you could ever want!* On today's show, Max dove into some rumors about the next ...

Tara Long

9:00 AM on 03.28.2012

ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art

The ESRB has made Deep Silver remove a red stain from Risen 2: Dark Waters' box art. This stain will go from red to turquoise, owing to the North American rating board's stance on cover imagery that could represent blood.&nbs...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 03.27.2012

More piratey goodness in latest Risen 2: Dark Waters vid

The gang at Deep Silver sure do have a flair for the dramatic when it comes to their trailers, as evidenced once again by the most recent promotional video for Risen 2: Dark Waters. There's so much intrigue and adventure sug...

Conrad Zimmerman



Preview: What to expect from Risen 2's Treasure Isle DLC photo
Preview: What to expect from Risen 2's Treasure Isle DLC
by Maurice Tan

"Aaaargh!" is an exclamation often associated with pre-order and "day one" bonus downloadable content. You end up with an extra character, skin, or a weapon or two, often followed by Internet outcry when some of that content appears to be on the disc.

In the case of Risen 2: Dark Waters, however, pre-ordering nets you the Treasure Isle DLC quest line which is said to feature a whopping five hours of extra content. I had some hands-on time with it the other day to gauge what's on offer, and from what I've seen it looks hard to arrrrgue against it if you're fan of Risen or pirates.

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Preview: Swashbuckling and rum drinking in Risen 2 photo
Preview: Swashbuckling and rum drinking in Risen 2
by Steven Hansen

Pirates -- the swashbuckling sort -- are pretty great. Videogames are pretty great too; the good ones, anyway. For some unfathomable reason, these two things don’t come together as frequently as I would like. Fortunately, Piranha Bytes, creator of the Gothic franchise, is aiming to rectify this oversight.

Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the team’s lineage of traditional, PC RPGs, but eschews the traditional fantasy fare in favor of something far more piratical, and, perhaps, a bit more accessible, without sacrificing the depth and skill trees associated with the genre.

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