YMMV / Risen

The video games:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When you use a Joke spell on Inquisitor Mendoza, he doesn't laugh out as loud as other characters, and at the end of it, he says "It's been too long since I laughed". He may be a real bastard most of the time, and his attempts at releasing the Titan don't exactly make him any more relatable, but who knows how much horrors he's been through? Maybe he is indeed doing what he thinks is best, instead of being the delusional old man that everyone takes him for.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Your fight with the fire Titan in the finale of the original game. It may be because you're fighting a fucking fire Titan, or it may be because you're using the old Titan Lord's armor, which is absolutely Bad Ass, but either way, it's awesome. The fight proper, on the other hand...
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Your conversation with Erikson while tracking down Steelbeard's treasure chests.
  • Idiot Plot: Risen 3. The plot depends on Bones not telling the hero that he noticed suspicious behaviour in one of their crewmates. He even tells the hero there was always "something more important" than telling the hero there might be a traitor on board that is sabotaging the mission. This is supposed to be funny and part of Bones' quirkiness but actually pushes your Lancer into What an Idiot territory.
  • Game Breaker: Guardians in Risen 3 can become ridiculously powerful. Not only do the Elemental Punch spells ludicrous damage, but Guardians also get access to two very useful support spells: Rust which lets you bypass lockpicking and Heal which lets you... well, guess. Once you powerlevel your magic stat (which isn't all that hard) you won't have problems ever again.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Garcia. He and his pirates kill Commander Corrientes and his soldiers, hide their bodies, steal their clothes and impersonate them. He convinces the natives of being their ally and even fools the Hero into doing the dirty work for him.
  • Sequelitis: The first game in the series is considered to be good, and a more worthy successor to the first two Gothic games than the actual sequels. However, even though Risen 2 and 3 have their fans, they haven't been as well regarded in general, mainly because of the combat.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Though still a Base Breaker, Risen 3 has been considered a huge improvement over Risen 2.

The film: