History VideoGame / Risen

9th Jul '17 7:57:47 AM Forenperser
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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. ''Risen 3: Titan Lords'' was released in 2014..

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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. ''Risen 3: Titan Lords'' was released in 2014..
2014, starring a new protagonist.
20th Mar '17 9:48:03 PM shibata33
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* AllMonksKnowKungFu: There's even a clifftop monastery, where... well, you get the idea.

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* AllMonksKnowKungFu: Subverted. There's even a clifftop monastery, where... well, you get but the idea.staff-wielding recruits are trained by the Inquisition coming from mainland. The original inhabitants, the Mages, are mostly concerned with studying magic.



* BeefGate: You can generally get a good idea of where you're ''not'' supposed to be on the island by whether or not the enemies in the area can one-shot you.

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* BeefGate: You can generally get a good idea of where that you're ''not'' supposed to be on certain parts of the island by whether or not the if enemies in the area these areas can one-shot you.



*** 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.

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*** 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 access 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 truly masochistic task.



* CharacterClassSystem: Each of the three factions fill one of the traditional fantasy class niches. The [[GoodIsNotNice Bandits]] represent warriors, the [[TakeAThirdOption Order of the Holy Flame]] represents mages, and [[KnightTemplar the Inquisition]] is a mix of the two.

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* CharacterClassSystem: Each Notably averted. It's true that each of the three factions fill sort of fills one of the traditional fantasy class niches. The [[GoodIsNotNice Bandits]] represent warriors, warriors (or thieves), the [[TakeAThirdOption Order of the Holy Flame]] represents mages, and [[KnightTemplar the Inquisition]] is a mix of the two.two. However, most of the abilities you can learn are class-independent. The exception is the "Seal" skill, which allows characters to cast spells directly from Runes and is exclusive to Mages (everyone else needs to copy Runes into scrolls first, so technically everyone can still cast spells). Crystal Magic skills, which allow characters to fire magical bolts, are not taught to Bandits, but you can craft an amulet that lets you use them.



* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: Played straight. If you go the Bandit route, early on you will be asked to hand over a very decent sword. You can keep it, but at the cost of seriously pissing off several important [=NPCs=] (hint: it's not worth it).
** 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 angering [=NPCs=] for nothing.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Actually, one of the central premises of the game. [[spoiler:Mendoza's Ocular enables its wearer to ''see'' (and thus fight) the Titans]].

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* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: Played straight. If you go the Bandit route, early on you will be asked to hand over a very decent sword. SwordOfPlotAdvancement. You can keep it, but at the cost of seriously pissing off several important [=NPCs=] (hint: it's not worth it).
** 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 angering [=NPCs=] for nothing.
some [=NPCs=].
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Actually, one of Comes into play near the central premises end of the game. [[spoiler:Mendoza's Ocular enables its wearer to ''see'' (and thus fight) the Titans]].



* GraveRobbing: Annoyingly, you need to do it to advance the main questline and most graves contain nothing but deathtraps.

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* GraveRobbing: Annoyingly, you need to do it to advance One of the main questline and quests requires digging up [[spoiler:pirates' graves, most graves of which contain nothing but deathtraps.deathtraps]].



** 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 UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar faction forces you to join them.

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** 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 to prevent UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar faction forces you to join them.from drafting you.



* HyperactiveMetabolism: Various types of food instantly heals you.



* InfinityMinusOneSword: Several, actually (i.e. the Titan weapons). There's one for every possible weapon spec.

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* InfinityMinusOneSword: Several, actually (i.e. the Titan weapons). There's one or even two for every possible weapon spec.type.



* ItemCrafting: You can craft your own weapons and jewelry.

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* ItemCrafting: You can craft your own weapons and jewelry.jewelry if you have the Smithing skills. You don't need skill to cook, only recipes.



* MoneySink: Some of the better equipment pieces and high-level skills can burn quite a hole in your pocket unless you're very compulsive about hoarding treasure.

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* MoneySink: Some of Notably absent. While you can splurge on the better equipment pieces pieces, you can also skip and high-level skills can burn quite a hole in save the money. By joining the Inquisition or Mage factions, you get your pocket unless you're very compulsive about hoarding treasure.armor for free; the best weapons can be found or crafted. However, in the end, you will end up with tens of thousands of gold coins with nothing to spend on, [[spoiler:unless you exploit a [[GoodBadBugs|GoodBadBug]] and use them to buy experience points.]]



* OurGnomesAreWeirder: Small, funny UglyCute creatures, who love nothing more than taking things, wether it's by scavenging, theft or by force. When they attack you they throw random things, including fish.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: Big and strong, speak slowly, claim to have no real interest in gold [[GameplayAndStorySegregation while charging the player a fortune for training.]]
** It's justified, though. They need to pay the butcher's shop.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The only way to determine that a given enemy is way beyond your level is to start hacking away and monitor its healthbar. Unless it drops noticeably, you now have a life expectancy of about 1.2 seconds.

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* OurGnomesAreWeirder: Small, funny UglyCute creatures, who love nothing more than taking things, wether whether it's by scavenging, theft or by force. When they attack you they throw random things, including fish.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: Big and strong, speak slowly, claim to have no real interest in gold [[GameplayAndStorySegregation while charging but one [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration charges the player a fortune for training.]]
** It's justified, though. They need
training]] because he needs to pay the butcher's shop.
buy food.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The only way to determine that a given enemy is way beyond your level is to start hacking away and monitor its healthbar. Unless it drops noticeably, you now have will need to spend a life expectancy of about 1.2 seconds.good five minutes to kill it, unless you give up and run away first.



* 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 lackluster reception of Gothic 3, Piranha Bytes and [=JoWood=] decided to split up and go their seperate ways. The contract between them specified that [=JoWood=] had the rights to ''Gothic''.[[/labelnote]]

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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 lackluster reception of Gothic 3, Piranha Bytes and [=JoWood=] decided to split up and go their seperate ways. The contract between them specified that [=JoWood=] had the rights to ''Gothic''.[[/labelnote]]



* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Justified. You cannot wield ogre clubs (too big), and Saurian swords (also not meant for humans) require a strength level disproportionate to their effectiveness.

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* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Justified. You cannot wield ogre clubs (too big), and big). Saurian swords (also not meant for humans) humans), while usable, require a strength level disproportionate to their effectiveness.
22nd Oct '16 8:10:54 AM Grobi
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* LowFantasy: Like the ''Gothic'' games before, the ''Risen'' series generally fits this trope nicely. Magic exists, but is not available to the public and, in later games, openly hated by the Inquisition and related factions for its ties to the gods and titans, there's generally only one other vaguely humanoid race of importance (Saurians in ''Risen 1'', the Gnomes in the sequels) and even though you may end up saving the world in the process, your main goal is more along the lines of survival and other personal quests. There may be some more HighFantasy elements at place depending on the game, but the general tone is squarely Low Fantasy, with characters being jaded and snarky, and dark humour being the norm.
16th Oct '16 11:31:33 AM Grobi
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* BeeBeeGun: The main combat spell for Voodoo Pirates is a swarm of wasps you throw at enemies.
16th Oct '16 9:05:35 AM Grobi
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* ChargedAttack: Melee attacks can be charged for a really long time, which makes the fights look like BulletTime sometimes.

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* AuraVision: Astral Vision, a special ability the player character gains as a side effect from almost dying. Interestingly, it's an upgradeable skill and your chosen faction determines which kinds of upgrades are available to you.
* BoobsOfSteel: Patty's a much more capable fighter than she's been in the previous games, and [[BreastExpansion her breasts grew accordingly]].
* ButThouMust: A minor sidequest actually [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this; no matter how much you want to, the player character will ''not'' agree to sweep the entire storehouse. A "But Thou Can't", if you will.
* ChargedAttack: Melee attacks (including combat magic) can be charged for a really long time, which makes the fights look like BulletTime sometimes.



* ElementalPunch: The main spells cost nothing and can be chained in combos like melee attacks. The only difference to melee is that they can hit multiple targets.
* FlunkyBoss: The Shadow Lords, [[spoiler:Nekroloth]].

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* ElementalPunch: The main spells cost nothing and can be chained in combos like melee attacks. The only difference to melee is that they can you can't block but hit multiple targets.
* ExperienceBooster: Freddie's Shackles. They're DLC items, so this counts as a mild form of BribingYourWayToVictory.
* FlashStep: Demon Hunters, including the player character if he joins them, have access to a short-range teleport that replaces their dodge roll.
* FlunkyBoss: The Shadow Lords, [[spoiler:Nekroloth]].[[spoiler:Nekroloth, the Titan Lord of Death]].
* FourthWallObserver: Titan Lord Ursegor, in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, directly refers to a dimension outside the ''Risen'' universe. When the main character asks questions about it, Ursegor merely replies that a mortal couldn't comprehend it anyway.
* HowWeGotHere: In a variation of this trope, the game does not start InMediasRes and then explains itself. Instead, the vision / DreamSequence of the tutorial level later plays out for real, and you get to see how exactly it ends and concludes.



* MagicKnight: Guardians

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests: There is ''a lot'' of stuff to do in this game, to the point where the optional sidequests might actually be seen as the main appeal of this game.
* MagicKnight: GuardiansIn contrast to the other ''Risen'' (and ''Gothic'') games, this is a playstyle viable to every guild now, not just the pure Mages / Paladins. That being said, the Mage Guardians are the only guild with access to multiple unique magical skills and upgrades, emphasizing this trope.


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* {{Mordor}}: Skull Island, with all its lava and swamps and hellish landscapes.


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* NotAsYouKnowThem: The Nameless Hero, former main character of the series, appears as a somewhat somber cameo that explains how it's "Not his job" to save the world this time. Quite a departure from the {{Determinator}} he was in the previous games.
* TheOlderImmortal: [[GiantSpider Margoloth]] is the first (and therefore oldest) living being in the ''Risen'' world, which makes her at least older than the titular Titan Lords, and maybe even older than the titans and gods themselves.


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* SameCharacterButDifferent: Happens to basically all returning characters, with the exception of Patty. Bones, once quiet and melancholy, became an outrageous and boisterous caricature, Inquisitor Mendoza went from WellIntentionedExtremist to CardCarryingVillain...
* ShoutOut: In addition to the above-mentioned ''Gothic'' allusions, there also the BuriedTreasure of a certain "Captain Morgan". It's a treasure chest filled with booze, which your main character promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]].
* StealthBasedMission: The Isle of Thieves has a few of them.
* TakeYourTime: Common in all three ''Risen'' games, but especially {{egregious}} here because your companions will tell you all day how important it is for you to quickly gain back your soul unless you wanna end up as a mindless minion. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation There's never any real urgency to your quest, might as well idle and complete all the optional side content]].


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* TimeAbyss: Margoloth, the first living being that ever existed in the entire ''Risen'' universe.
* YourSoulIsMine: The game starts with the player character losing most of his soul and humanity to [[spoiler: Nekroloth, the Titan Lord of Death]]. Your main motivation in this game is to gain them back.
1st Oct '16 9:02:37 AM Grobi
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* CallAHitPointASmeerp: From this game onwards, ExperiencePoints in the ''Risen'' series are referred to as "Glory" instead.
1st Jul '16 4:54:21 AM val
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* 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.]]

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* 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.]]
27th Jun '16 5:10:47 PM jake38
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* GoodBadBugs: Due to the way the game is programmed, [=NPCs=] can kill a defeated enemy while yelling "You die!", and moments later claim that they'll find the one responsible for the murder.
27th Jun '16 4:54:29 PM jake38
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!! Sequel contains examples of:

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!! Sequel Risen 2 contains examples of:
17th May '16 4:15:02 PM Ohio9
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* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: You need experience points and training just to learn how to kick people
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