4.5 a fun explorations RPG OldSchoolguy | 31/05/2012 | See all OldSchoolguy's reviews (15) Risen is a third person RPG set in a beautiful open-world environment, of-course all games look better on PC but the console version of Risen still looks really nice. However the face rendering is not so good. This annoyed me because the voice acting is really good, the bad face rendering weakens the immersion of the voice acting.Avoid getting this game if you play on a standard TV because the text will be almost impossible to read, it is much smaller than in Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption. Unless you do not mind squinting you need a flat-screen TV, or play it on PC instead.The gameplay itself features combat, puzzle solving, and exploration. Risen is not an action RPG as some of the quests need be solved though dialogue, by using magic, or by collecting things. The gameplay is quite varied, about 80 percent combat and exploration, 20 percent dialogue and puzzle solving. Even playing as a warrior type you still need to use basic magic such as levitation and telekinesis.The more magic you use the more varied the gameplay becomes. For example you can transform yourself into a huge Gorilla-like beast, you can conjure up a skeleton to use as a tank while you attack from distance, you can conjure up a dancing-girl to distract guards and enemies etc.My melee attacks turned into pure hack-and-slash because the combat controls are awkward, using the buttons to move feels strange and the angles keep changing in a weird way. If you have enough healing potions the hack-and-slash approach is manageable. Ranged combat is easier, although there is no target lock-on, where you aim is where you shoot. The ranged combat was actually very fun, I enjoyed it.Levelling up requires experience points and money: training is not free. However there are many ways to earn money. You can learn a trade, complete quests, sell loot, steal, etc. In the beginning of the game it is very difficult to get money, making it difficult to increase your skills.Depending on what faction you belong to, the missions you do vary to some degree and you have different dialogue options to choose from. There is only one possible ending as far as I know and the ending itself was a let down, I expected something more epic. However the ending only represents one percent of the gaming time, the rest was really fun. So Risen is worth a playthrough in my opinion.