* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: 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, [[spoiler: 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.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Your fight with [[spoiler:the fire Titan]] in the finale of the original game. It may be because you're [[spoiler: fighting a [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Titan]], or it may be because you're using [[ArmorOfInvincibility the old Titan Lord's armor]], which is absolutely BadAss]], but either way, it's awesome. [[BossDissonance The fight]] [[AntiClimaxBoss proper]], on the other hand...
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Your [[DeadpanSnarker conversation]] with Erikson while tracking down Steelbeard's treasure chests.
* IdiotPlot: Risen 3. The plot depends on Bones [[spoiler: 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 [[TheLancer Lancer]] into WhatAnIdiot territory.
* GameBreaker: Guardians in Risen 3 can become ridiculously powerful. Not only do the ElementalPunch spells ludicrous damage, but Guardians also get access to two very useful support spells: [[MasterOfUnlocking Rust]] which lets you bypass lockpicking and [[HealThyself Heal]] which lets you... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, guess]]. Once you [[OneStatToRuleThemAll powerlevel your magic stat]] (which isn't all that hard) you won't have problems ever again.
* MagnificentBastard: Garcia. [[spoiler: 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 ''VideoGame/{{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.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Though still a BaseBreaker, Risen 3 has been considered a ''huge'' improvement over Risen 2.