I picked up the game Risen to continue my RPG fetish. It’s a solid RPG with some flaws that are easy to overlook. The graphics are great except for some crappy character models and some clipping issues. The animation feels a little dated but it works. The combat system is similar to Oblivion yet it feels more polished.
What makes it unique is the side quests. They don’t feel tacked on. In other RPGs like Mass Effect the extra quests have the vibe that they were an after thought. Risen makes the side quests a part of the world around you. Side quests change the way NPCs feel about you so they have an impact on the main quest. The things people ask you to do are genuine problems they have and are willing to pay you to remedy. You do it for the money. You aren’t interested in helping everyone in town find their cat.
It’s still too early for me to give an overall verdict on Risen, but so far it hasn’t disappointed me. It has a solid beginning, great character development, and a fun combat system. Keep this one on your radar.
Keep on gaming people!