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As much as the awkwardness, the wobbly writing and the ghastly attitudes often pushed me away from Risen, I'd still take its offbeat ambition and clumsy ambition over a slick, impersonal Diablo or a focus grouped Bioware effort. At the same time, sharper, caveman-free writing and a big spend on more accomplished voice-acting would be redempetive – would transform Risen from appealingly odd and into truly impressive. But maybe what's special about this would be lost if it were able to pursue norms. Perhaps it needs to be as weird and awkward and unpleasant as it is. Perhaps that's why I like it so much, even when I hate it.
Risen 3 is a triumphant return to Piranha Bytes' golden age and a fantastic CRPG in its own right. An open world epic that is guaranteed to get better with each passing hour you put into it and won't let you go until the end. With its long 60+ hour quest, well over 300 side-quests and a very easy to grasp combat system, it's by far and away the most approachable of Piranha Bytes' games – and perhaps its most enjoyable one as well.
The biggest and most refined entry in the series, Risen 3 offers up a large helping of quality RPG content that will keep you playing even in the face of an underwhelming main storyline and a couple half-baked mechanics.
Despite still having a few issues Risen 3: Titan Lords is a vast improvement on Risen 2. The combat could be better but doesn't cripple the game this time, the world is more interesting and easier to get around, and there's tons of stuff to do.
Combat is challenging, but can be satisfying when you're doing it correctly. If you're a fan of the series, well done for waiting for the console release. Fans of the genre or even pirates in general will still enjoy it, despite the few bugs and challenging difficulty.
In spite of its somewhat inept systems, Risen 3 has a certain sense of adventure around it, that will pull you in and make you endure the atrocious combat and some of the misgivings about the dialogue in order to explore its tropical islands, hoist the Jolly Roger and see what else it has to offer.
PiranhaBytes have always created games aimed at something of a niche in the RPG gaming community. Risen 3 once again caters to this core audience, and if - like me - you were a prior fan of the Risen or Gothic games, no doubt you'll find a good deal to entertain you in this flawed but nonetheless enjoyable game. To score this game I've had to set my personal love for it aside, however, and try to be as unbiased as possible. And with that in mind, I can't give it more than a mediocre-to-good 7.5; weak voice acting and continuing flaws in the controversial combat system letting down an otherwise solid RPG offering.
With three different core paths to take and tons of optional adventures, there's a ton of content to consume. However, the combat feels like it could use some work and the lengthy, sometimes absurd diatribes that NPCs launch into can bog the adventure down
For such a large RPG, it's the small moments where Risen 3 works best. The game just needs more of them; times when you get swept up in a random quest, stumble upon hidden treasure, or chuckle at a random quip from Bones. It's a game with its heart in the right place and when everything clicks, you won't want to leave.
Risen 3: Titan Lords - Enhanced Edition is a solid attempt at an open-world RPG that just falls short of being a great game. Overall this is the best title in what is otherwise a mediocre series.
Risen 3: Titan Lords will still manage to hold your attention. Where this game excels in is its overwhelming sense of freedom and control you have over your pirate and your journey. If you're big on pirates and don't mind some boring broken combat, consider taking a 30+ hour voodoo-inspired romp through an intriguing open world. However, the uneven difficulty, exploitative combat mechanics and uninspired story will turn off most people who aren't hardcore RPG fans.
Risen 3 is one of those RPGs that could've been much better, mostly because the action (combat, mainly) gets more attention than the RPG elements, and even then, the action isn't deep or varied. The story is very basic and the characters can only be called characters in the sense that they play a particular shtick. It is not a challenging game, not unless all points are allocated to skills not related to combat. Nonetheless, the environments are beautiful, it's good to get weapons and clothing that can be used to role-play, and the core gameplay is solid. There are some decent quests, too. Just avoid the immense amount of bugs by saving often; otherwise all progress might be lost.
It's a rusty cutlass in the heart of a sequel that, otherwise, is progressive in small but welcome ways. The series still lacks a worthwhile identity of its own and is too quick to run away from its piratical setting in favour of more familiar fantasy archetypes, but for surprisingly hefty chunks of Risen 3 I was drawn in and entertained, at least until another clumsily staged battle soured me again. For those who have been able to cut through the clutter and clumsiness of the series so far, this may well be a small hurdle, and you'll discover a commendably deep and full RPG for your trouble. It's just a shame that such a fundamental feature as combat takes the shine off what could have been the sequel to make Risen popular beyond its small audience of devotees.
Risen 3: Titan Lords is an old-school RPG that will appeal to only the hardcore Risen/Gothic community. For the rest, this last-gen offering is one that will likely fly under the radar. And given that well-executed freedom of exploration and passable combat barely balance out the handful of negative aspects, this is one experience that can wait for a price drop.
And so that's my final verdict on Risen 3. It's almost a good game. For some of you that will be enough. It's a neat little diversion and it's fun in spurts, and maybe that's all you are looking for. However, there are many other better RPGs to play out there with better stories, and better systems. I would recommend at least trying the game out somehow before diving in to the purchase, but considering this is a Steam game, that's easier said than done.
Despite some excellent moments, Risen 3 reaches too far and falls short. Glitchy and clunky design will undermine even the most ardent RPG fans hopes of enjoying this game. You're better off waiting for the games you actually want to play.
Yes, Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition was remastered with care, and it shows, but should the game have even been remastered in the first place? Probably not. Thanks to a story that gets a bit confusing, boring combat, and poor animations, Risen 3 is simply not a good game. The huge worlds, beautiful visuals, and large number of character skills do fight hard to make the RPG worth your money, but in the end, I think it's a game that most likely should be avoided.
Pirates were the most appealing aspect of Risen 3 but unfortunately it gets quickly overshadowed with an average story about magic and demons that fails to hold players interest. There is an enjoyable amount of locations to explore and enemies to discover but actually take any on in a fight and you'll be faced with some very clunky combat mechanics. With so many other RPG's available to players Risen 3: Titan Lords Enhanced Edition or otherwise is probably one that's best avoided.
Risen 3: Titan Lords is a clunky mess of a game that fails to capitalize on the potential it has put forth. While the concept sounds alluring, and it's chock-full of charm, it's weighed down by stodgy design and a lack of polish.
The whole experience isn't awful, just thoroughly uninspiring; a box of biscuits where some are moldy and all are digestive. It's fun to be a pirate, but it's far, far more fun elsewhere, with Risen 3 once again struggling and failing to rise above anything but its own mediocrity.
Bloated in the mission department, threadbare everywhere else, Risen 3: Titan Lords is cobbled together from rehashed material, and the series' many flaws are enhanced a hundredfold in the process.
Improved visuals and a few more quests just aren't enough to turn the tide of opinion on this wreck, and with other RPGs since its initial release raising the bar even higher than before, it would have been better if – unlike the game's hero – this title had stayed dead.
The game's one saving grace could be the wealth of content, like items and stuff you can do. That seems irrelevant in a game that has little depth and very few elements that could keep you playing.
As I said previously, Risen 3 is the worst game I've played of 2015 so far. There is just so many problems with this game. There's the technical issues that will never be fixed and the boring and terrible combat system both being the biggest offenders of Risen 3's problems. I just can't recommend this game to anyone unless you really want to play a game with a pirate theme, and if that's the case wait until it's really cheap.
If you want pirates, play Assassins' Creed IV. If you want epic fantasy, play Dragon Age: Inquisition or The Witcher: Wild Hunt. If you want a combination of the two, know that desire could lead you down a very dark road. Please do not buy Risen 3. It is a very bad game.