Risen 3 Remastered or Flawed Pirate Fun Again?

One year ago, Risen 3: Titan Lords was a flawed, yet fun game – flawed because of the repetitive and exhausting combat coupled with frame rate implosions, but fun because of the general atmosphere of the world, the colourful characters and of course, the sarcasm.

One year later though, The Witcher 3 has happened. A new age of RPGs seem to have begun. A vast open world feeling alive and breathing, tons of side quests, and of course, the charismatic and slightly ironic Geralt. Can the piratey RPG Risen 3 stand a chance against such a heavyweight?

Well, first of all, the main issue of Risen 3 hasn’t been fixed: the combat. On consoles new and old (as well as PC obviously), it’s especially the first hours where you’ll do nothing but roll, strike, block, strike, rinse and repeat. Sure, there are ways to exploit the system a bit (take Bones with you to get healed, let your party member take care of strong enemies etc.) but still, it’s a shame no action has been taken to make combat more fun. However, thanks to a stable frame rate now, timing is way easier. At least some consolation here.

As for the RPG systems, well, it’s still the same. Levelling up the way you want your character to be like, join your favourite faction, the Soul system (not that meaningful though) … it’s all the same and still pretty decent. Speaking of all the same – except for graphics and frame rate and all DLC included, Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition is EXACTLY the same game it was last year. Don’t expect any improvements, smoothing out things or anything else.

At least, Risen 3 is a massive game with tons of content and dialogue. And similar to The Witcher 3, there are tons of quests, a world to explore and quite a few memorable characters. The highlights are the gnomes with their hilarious patterns of speech, that’s for sure. In general, it’s the humour of Risen 3 that stands out. It is a bit different from Geralt’s world-weary sarcasm, it’s another kind of sarcasm working on a gaming meta-level. Quite often, the utterances of the main character (and others) are exactly what we players think about a certain situation we might have seen before in a video game. The same goes for a few characters who are conscious RPG clichĂ©s (Patty with her cleavage comes to mind, of course).

At the end of the day, Risen 3 is a member of the dying breed of classic AA games. Far from perfection, but there’s plenty of charm behind the rough edges to find for those who have the patience.

Rabidgames wonders: Should you buy Risen 3? Well if you already own the last-gen version, there’s not much of a point to do so. If you haven’t and there’s a RPG scratch after finishing The Witcher 3, Risen 3 might be a fun game once you mastered the initial fighting chores. However, it is nowhere near the level of (ongoing) polish and detail of Geralt’s last adventure.

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