History VideoGame / Risen

6th Feb '16 11:53:49 AM Forenperser
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The Inquistion as a whole isn't really evil
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The two main factions are a group of fanatical KnightTemplar and a bandit clan. You ''have'' to side with one of them. Though the Bandits have a bit of a moral edge due to the fact that [[spoiler:the Bandit leader is the rightful ruler of the island who was ousted by the {{Knight Templar}}s.]] ** There is the chance to [[TakeAThirdOption join a third faction]], but it requires earning enough favor with both of the previous factions to enter the main city undetected, and then prove your worthiness to the third faction before the KnightsTemplar faction forces you to join them.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: GreyAndGreyMorality: The two main factions are a group of fanatical KnightTemplar and a bandit clan. You ''have'' to side with one of them. Though the Bandits have a bit of a moral edge due to the fact that [[spoiler:the Bandit leader is the rightful ruler of the island who was ousted by the {{Knight Templar}}s.]] ** There is the chance to [[TakeAThirdOption join a third faction]], but it requires earning enough favor with both of the previous factions to enter the main city undetected, and then prove your worthiness to the third faction before the KnightsTemplar faction forces you to join them.
6th Dec '15 7:54:22 AM Baluar
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** Elaborating on the "it's not worth it", the sword is of little use in combat, as it can quickly be replaced by better weapons. Despite being made of gold, it can't be sold because of its SwordOfPlotAdvancement status, and so you'll end up pissing NPCs for nothing.
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** Elaborating on the "it's not worth it", the sword is of little use in combat, as it can quickly be replaced by better weapons. Despite being made of gold, it can't be sold because of its SwordOfPlotAdvancement status, and so you'll end up pissing NPCs angering [=NPCs=] for nothing.
6th Dec '15 7:53:12 AM Baluar
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* AcrophobicBird: The Sea Vultures. Incidentally, there aren't really flying enemies in the game, just giant moths that hover above the ground.
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* AcrophobicBird: The Sea Vultures. Incidentally, there aren't really flying enemies in the game, just giant moths that hover just above the ground.

** Most two handed swords count, but the absolute king of this trope in Risen is Titanwing, the best sword in the game, which is hinted to be ForgedByTheGods before they forcefully left the planet.
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** Most two handed swords count, but the absolute king of this trope in Risen is Titanwing, the best sword in the game, which is hinted to be ForgedByTheGods [[spoiler: before they forcefully left the planet.planet]].

** Most two handed swords count, but * GoodBadBugs: Due to the absolute king of this trope in Risen is Titanwing, way the best sword in game is programmed, [=NPCs=] can kill a defeated enemy while yelling "You die!", and moments later claim that they'll find the game, which is hinted to be ForgedByTheGods before they forcefully left one responsible for the planet.murder.

* SuperDrowningSkills: Anything beyond waist-deep water, and you either sink and wash over to the nearest shore, or get swallowed by a giant worm-thing [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartmentand wash over to the nearest shore]]. Really more of a sandboxing mechanism.
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* SuperDrowningSkills: Anything beyond waist-deep water, and you either sink and wash over to the nearest shore, or get swallowed by a giant worm-thing [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartmentand [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and wash over to the nearest shore]]. Really more of a sandboxing mechanism.
5th Dec '15 9:00:59 PM Baluar
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**Most two handed swords count, but the absolute king of this trope in Risen is Titanwing, the best sword in the game, which is hinted to be ForgedByTheGods before they forcefully left the planet.

*** Tevhnically you can explore 90% of the island before joining any faction and clear out all monsters and loot (including weapons) from there, you don't have acces to advanced training (which is crucial) and armor (even more so) though so accomplishing this requires exploting all the tricks you can think of and even then it is a trully masochistic task.
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*** Tevhnically Technically you can explore 90% of the island before joining any faction and clear out all monsters and loot (including weapons) from there, you don't have acces to advanced training (which is crucial) and armor (even more so) though so accomplishing this requires exploting all the tricks you can think of and even then it is a trully masochistic task.

*** Tevhnically you **Elaborating on the "it's not worth it", the sword is of little use in combat, as it can explore 90% quickly be replaced by better weapons. Despite being made of the island before joining any faction gold, it can't be sold because of its SwordOfPlotAdvancement status, and clear out all monsters and loot (including weapons) from there, you don't have acces to advanced training (which is crucial) and armor (even more so) though so accomplishing this requires exploting all the tricks you can think of and even then it is a trully masochistic task.you'll end up pissing NPCs for nothing.

* InfinityPlusOneSword: You need it to damage the BigBad. * InWorkingOrder: All the levers, buttons, drawbridges and ''especially'' deathtraps function perfectly despite the dilapidated and partially collapsed state of the underground temples in which they're found.
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* InfinityPlusOneSword: [[spoiler:A hammer, actually.]] You need it to damage the BigBad. * InWorkingOrder: All the levers, buttons, drawbridges and ''especially'' deathtraps function perfectly despite the dilapidated and partially collapsed state of the underground temples in which they're found. No exceptions.

* InfinityPlusOneSword: You **It's justified, though. They need it to damage pay the BigBad. * InWorkingOrder: All the levers, buttons, drawbridges and ''especially'' deathtraps function perfectly despite the dilapidated and partially collapsed state of the underground temples in which they're found.butcher's shop.

* SuperDrowningSkills: Anything beyond waist-deep water, and you either sink and wash over to the nearest shore, or get swallowed by a giant worm-thing and wash over to the nearest shore. Really more of a sandboxing mechanism.
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* SuperDrowningSkills: Anything beyond waist-deep water, and you either sink and wash over to the nearest shore, or get swallowed by a giant worm-thing and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartmentand wash over to the nearest shore.shore]]. Really more of a sandboxing mechanism.

* TooAwesomeToUse: Most potent magic scrolls, if you don't actually level magic. [[spoiler:TheDragon is pathetically weak and the BigBad is immune to magic anyway so you're quite likely to never use those Inferno scrolls you've hoarded...]]
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* TooAwesomeToUse: Most potent magic scrolls, if you don't actually level magic. [[spoiler:TheDragon TheDragon is pathetically weak and the BigBad is immune to magic anyway so you're quite likely to never use those Inferno scrolls you've hoarded...]]

* TooAwesomeToUse: Most potent magic scrolls, if you don't actually level magic. [[spoiler:TheDragon is pathetically weak and the BigBad is immune **Using console commands to magic anyway so you're quite likely give normal weaponry to never use those Inferno scrolls you've hoarded...]]Lizards, though, will increase their damage output significantly.

* WeBuyAnything: And I do mean ''anything''! The poorest peasant can and will take any amount of treasure off your hands. Unlike in early ''Gothic'', no NPC ever runs out of money.
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* WeBuyAnything: And I do mean ''anything''! The poorest peasant trader can and will take any amount of treasure off your hands. Unlike in early ''Gothic'', no NPC ever runs out of money.
3rd Dec '15 5:49:17 PM MyTimingIsOff
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reception is irrelevant. do not talk about it.
Developed by German developer Pirahna Bytes, ''Risen'' is a third-person WesternRPG released in 2009. It is '''very''' similar to the games of the ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' series made by the developers before they left their former publisher and lost the rights to the franchises name. One of its signature elements is the combat system: You can parry weapons, dodge, and break the enemy's guard, similar to a fighting game. The game is somewhat similar in nature to that of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', but instead of everything being randomly generated (leaving you to the mercy of [[DynamicDifficulty level scaling]]), everything is hand-placed by the developers, and leveling is accomplished by paying trainers to slowly raise your stats. This approach in execution makes leveling up feel more like a real accomplishment rather than flipping a flag that gives you [[PossessionImpliesMastery instant mastery]] over all types of weapons, as is usual in this genre. Reviews for this game were generally positive for the PC, but the Xbox360 port received mixed reviews. The sequel, titled ''Risen 2: Dark Waters'' continues a story from the first game with the same protagonist. This time he tries to stop Titan Lords from awakening Titans who lay the world to waste. It takes place in a tropical setting (read:WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon) and introduces several new elements, like firearms. The reception, from both critics and fans, for the PC release was not as positive as with the original, and the console ports received a much more negative reaction. ''Risen 3: Titan Lords'' was released in 2014 and had a similarly mixed reception, albeit it was much better received than Dark Waters.
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Developed by German developer Pirahna Bytes, ''Risen'' is a third-person WesternRPG released in 2009. It is '''very''' similar to the games of the ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' series made by the developers before they left their former publisher and lost the rights to the franchises name. One of its signature elements is the combat system: You can parry weapons, dodge, and break the enemy's guard, similar to a fighting game. The game is somewhat similar in nature to that of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', but instead of everything being randomly generated (leaving you to the mercy of [[DynamicDifficulty level scaling]]), everything is hand-placed by the developers, and leveling is accomplished by paying trainers to slowly raise your stats. This approach in execution makes leveling up feel more like a real accomplishment rather than flipping a flag that gives you [[PossessionImpliesMastery instant mastery]] over all types of weapons, as is usual in this genre. Reviews for this game were generally positive for the PC, but the Xbox360 port received mixed reviews. genre. The sequel, titled ''Risen 2: Dark Waters'' continues a story from the first game with the same protagonist. This time he tries to stop Titan Lords from awakening Titans who lay the world to waste. It takes place in a tropical setting (read:WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon) and introduces several new elements, like firearms. The reception, from both critics and fans, for the PC release was not as positive as with the original, and the console ports received a much more negative reaction. ''Risen 3: Titan Lords'' was released in 2014 and had a similarly mixed reception, albeit it was much better received than Dark Waters. 2014..
17th Nov '15 2:24:09 PM Berrenta
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** Take a stroll along a beach and you'll soon run into some [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Enemy Crabs]]. You can indeed flip them over (by kicking them) to [[AttackItsWeakPoint attack their weak points]] [[ForMassiveDamage for massive damage]].
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** Take a stroll along a beach and you'll soon run into some [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant {{Giant Enemy Crabs]]. Crab}}s. You can indeed flip them over (by kicking them) to [[AttackItsWeakPoint attack their weak points]] [[ForMassiveDamage for massive damage]].damage.
17th Sep '15 9:31:53 PM Vox
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* CaptainErsatz: ''The entire game world'' is ''Gothic'' with the serial numbers filed off. This is taken to the point where there is ''nothing'' stopping it from taking place in the same world beyond ([[http://www.gothicz.net/serie-gothic/mike-hoge-talks-about-gothic/ now non-existent]]) legal reasons. [[spoiler: The backstory of the game is also very similar to one of the endings of ''Gothic 3''.]]
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* CaptainErsatz: ''The entire game world'' is ''Gothic'' with the serial numbers filed off. This is taken to the point where there is ''nothing'' stopping it from taking place in the same world beyond ([[http://www.gothicz.net/serie-gothic/mike-hoge-talks-about-gothic/ now non-existent]]) legal reasons. [[spoiler: The backstory of the game is also very similar to one of the endings of ''Gothic 3''.3'', strongly implying that this ''is'' the same world set some time in the future.]]
22nd Aug '15 10:05:27 AM Grobi
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Conversation In The Main Page, Justifying Edits and other kinds of Natter that could've been put into a single paragraph or should've been left out altogether. Tried to cut those down.
* CaptainErsatz: ''The entire game world'' is ''Gothic'' with the serial numbers filed off. This is taken to the point where there is ''nothing'' stopping it from taking place in the same world beyond ([[http://www.gothicz.net/serie-gothic/mike-hoge-talks-about-gothic/ now non-existent]]) legal reasons. ** [[spoiler: The backstory of the game is similar to one of the endings of ''Gothic 3''.]]
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* CaptainErsatz: ''The entire game world'' is ''Gothic'' with the serial numbers filed off. This is taken to the point where there is ''nothing'' stopping it from taking place in the same world beyond ([[http://www.gothicz.net/serie-gothic/mike-hoge-talks-about-gothic/ now non-existent]]) legal reasons. \n** [[spoiler: The backstory of the game is also very similar to one of the endings of ''Gothic 3''.]]

* SpiritualSequel: ''Risen'' is essentially ''Gothic IV'' with all the names changed thanks to the developers getting ScrewedByTheNetwork. ** There was no network Screw. At one point, Piranha Bytes and [=JoWood=] were practically the same company, but [=JoWood=] was unhappy at the bad release version of ''Gothic 3''. They apparently decided to go their seperate ways at least politely, if not happily. The contract between them specified that [=JoWood=] had the rights to ''Gothic''.
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* SpiritualSequel: ''Risen'' is essentially ''Gothic IV'' with all the names changed thanks to some (now resolved) legal shenanigans between developer Piranha Bytes and publisher [=JoWood=].[[labelnote:some explanation]] After the developers getting ScrewedByTheNetwork. ** There was no network Screw. At one point, lackluster reception of Gothic 3, Piranha Bytes and [=JoWood=] were practically the same company, but [=JoWood=] was unhappy at the bad release version of ''Gothic 3''. They apparently decided to split up and go their seperate ways at least politely, if not happily.ways. The contract between them specified that [=JoWood=] had the rights to ''Gothic''.[[/labelnote]]

* EyepatchOfPower: The protagonist sports one. [[spoiler: It hides the Mendoza's Ocular]]. Also Steelbeard. ** Actually the ocular had to be removed (along with the hero eye) because of the curse that was on it, still when people comment about it they seem to think that is a sgn of a true badass rather than a handicap.
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* EyepatchOfPower: The protagonist sports one. [[spoiler: It hides the Mendoza's Ocular]]. Also Steelbeard. ** Actually the ocular had to be removed (along with the hero eye) because of the curse that was on it, still when people comment about it they seem to think that is a sgn of a true badass rather than a handicap.Steelbeard.

* Shout Out: Cassandra says that archivist's job is boring, but the [[Series/TheXFiles 'X Section']] of the Caldera archive provides a interesting read.
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* Shout Out: ShoutOut: Cassandra says that archivist's job is boring, but the [[Series/TheXFiles 'X Section']] of the Caldera archive provides a interesting read.

** A borderline example, as he is a brother of an important NPC from the previous two games and a son of a famous pirate leader that plays an important role in the second installment, so players who played 'Risen' and 'Riosen 2' are familiar with at least his family.
18th Aug '15 12:13:12 PM SomeNewGuy
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* KarmaMeter: The Soul meter, which determines how various [=NPCs=] react to you, how loyal your crew will be, and [[spoiler:what ending you'll get]].
6th Jul '15 11:49:16 PM Vios
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