Risen was a favorite videogame of mine some years back, a very fine game that put the old-school and much-missed fun back into PC videogames. Unlike many games, it tempted me right through to the ending. Then there was Risen 2 (2012), though that only held me for a few hours before I was bored and stuck, and never went back to it. Judging by even the fair-minded reviews for Risen 2, that was probably just as well.
Now comes Risen 3. “But hasn’t Risen 3 been out for a year or so?” asks the Guy Who Finishes Three Games a Week. Well, yes, but this Guy Who Only Plays One Game a Year can now have Risen 3 on the PC in the new and final Enhanced Edition. Which is bug-fixed (as much as a Risen game can be), apparently has all the DLC integrated(?) and now has a large enhanced graphics pack for Windows 64-bit users…
“Risen 3 has just received a pretty substantial graphical upgrade patch on Steam. It embiggens the textures, improves the draw distance, and adds new post-processing effects like HDR bloom and bokeh depth of field. It also, apparently, pretties up the skies, via “a new physically based, more visually realistic cloud rendering technique”.
Plus, the fans have rolled a handy free guide and walkthrough and even a… oh dear… no console command cheats yet. Damn it. Bit of a deal-breaker for the very occasional gamer like me, that last one. I do need some small-but-useful way of not having to die 54 times in exactly the same way, just so as to get past a particularly wild group of pigs etc and carry on with the story. So I’ll leave Risen 3 until Xmas then, and hope that in the meantime someone discovers the console command and a simple _no_death command. Or produces a simple trainer that works with this new edition.