Monday, June 24, 2013

Risen 2: Dark Waters


         The story begins in the Fortress of Crystal at the port of Caldera, last fortress of the Inquisition (a military/religious group last seen in Risen) and of the Old Empire. The mountains surrounding Caldera are aflame, as ancient gods called Titans (also last seen in Risen) assail the land to the north. Two of the Titans, Ursegor and Ismael, have fallen to fighting each other. This has relieved the pressure on Caldera, although parts of the city are on fire and have been abandoned. But one of the two Titans must soon fall, and the winner will then try to find a way to crush Caldera. Only the power of the mysterious crystal cave, located under the Fortress, gives the small depleted garrison some hope that they might keep the victorious Titan at bay. A more immediately pressing problem is a sea monster called the Kraken, which attack ships at sea and is under the command of the Titan goddess Mara. The Kraken attacks thus prevent Inquisition equipment, soldiers and supplies from reaching the last remaining haven of Caldera. The monster also prevents the Inquisition from fleeing from the Titans and the Old World, over the ocean to the New World. To add to the garrison's troubles, what little supplies Caldera has left are threatened by pirates who try to rob the storehouses.

One stormy night, Commandante Carlos (head of the Harbour Town garrison in the first Risen) spies a pirate ship on a course into Caldera harbor. Before it can reach safety, it is sunk by the Kraken. Carlos asks the hero to help any survivors. Among the survivors who are found washed up on the beach, there is a key character from Risen, the pirate Patty. Patty is always in search of her father, the famous pirate Gregorius Emanuel Steelbeard, and his treasure. Rumor says Steelbeard has found a way to sail the seas safely, using what may be a possible weapon that could kill the Kraken. Commandante Carlos decides that the Hero should infiltrate Steelbeard's pirates and try to learn any secrets they have. Patty and the Hero decide to team up, for the journey to the pirate's island of Tacarigua. The Hero is officially stripped of his position in the Inquisition, and sent on his mission.

The hero and Patty find Steelbeard on the far side of the island, and discover that he has discovered the location of the Titan Harpoon, which could potentially kill even the Titan Lords themselves. The trio set sail and head to the Sword Coast to confront the Harpoon's current owner, Captain Crow. However, Crow is safely protected from attacks, leading the hero to side with either the Inquisition or the native Moluccas for assistance. When confronted, Crow summons an Earth Titan to kill the hero, only for him to steal the Harpoon and impale Crow with it.

The Harpoon acquired, Steelbeard reveals that there are three other Titan artifacts that must be used in conjunction with the Harpoon in order to kill the Titan Lord Mara, the Kraken's master. Mara sends the Kraken to the Sword Coast and sinks Steelbeard's ship, as well as killing Steelbeard himself. The hero is then tasked with obtaining the three artifacts from their respective owners to kill Mara.


(out of 10)
7.0 Presentation
A pretty but cumbersome interface. A few humorous characters, and the game's tone and story fit well with the pirate theme.
8.0 Graphics
The environments can be stunning, though character animations, particularly in conversations, disrupt the game's sense of realism.
8.0 Sound
An excellent score meshes well with the style and themes of the game. Voice acting is generally well done, except for a few very obvious exceptions.
6.5 Gameplay
Plenty to do, but not enough that feels worth doing. Sword fighting can be excellent or irritating, depending on the enemy type. Voodoo system is underdeveloped.
6.5 Lasting Appeal
Scouring environments for legendary items makes exploration feel somewhat rewarding, though not as exciting as it could have been. Little reason to replay once the story's over.
(out of 10)


SparklingVega's Risen 2 Dark waters album on Photobucket


Awais Ahmed is it possible to give its download link ? If I can download it from torrent. I have already tried one torrent but after a large download it did not worked for me :(

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