Posted on 29 July 2010 by Fahad Majidi

In true ‘ye olde’ style, players take control of a character who washes up on the shores of a volcanic island and has to build himself up into a force to be reckoned with – so far, so RPG. You will be able to specialise in the usual magic, strength and all the normal RPG traits, but it’s the scope and options available that will help Risen stay on the right side of engaging. Instead of just the standard attacks, characters will be able to use a range of different abilities, from morphing into animals to solving puzzles, to create an attractive woman to dance around and distract the locals. Who wouldn’t want to transform into a shrimp to fit through a small crack in a cave? Though its art design sticks close to the swords and sorcery style, the fact that the entire island is completely open for exploration and streamed from the disc, gives the game a real sense of scale.

The world itself is entirely open and filled with dungeons, villages and castles. The demons of the world that have long since been banished to the island by the goals are beginning to get loose and with the island’s different factions all vying for power, your amnesiac character will certainly have his work cut out. The Inquisition, the Mages and the Outlaws will all have to be dealt with. Clearly, Piranha Bytes is aiming for a cinematic experience, and in enlisting the acting talents of Andy Serkis (Gollum from The Lord of The Rings), John Rhys Davies (LOTR’s Gimli) and Lena Headey (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) shows no expense has been spared.

As an RGP, Risen is sticking very close to its heritage: the grinding, the combat and the character are all inspired by the likes of Dungeons And Dragons or Diablo. It adheres to many of the genre’s staples but does them well, potentially offering up a very interesting and vast experience. The RPG could arguably be at its most popular, and with Risen offering a healthy mix of combat, exploration and environments based puzzles, we could see gamers flocking to it straight from completing the most recently released Fallout 3 DLC. There’s good chance it could be the perfect follow-up.

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