Risen 3: Titan Lords
Developed by Piranha Bytes
Published by Deep Silver
*I’m A Walking Corpse*
*Please Note: This review is of the PlayStation 3 Version*
Abandoned by all the gods and suffering from the Titan Wars, a new threat rises from the soil. A young warrior is attacked from the shadows and deprived of his soul. He sets off to reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. On his adventure; He will make allies in a bid to save the world and his soul from the darkness taking over the world.
Risen 3: Titan Lords is an Action Role Playing Game that features some pretty decent Role-Playing Mechanics. The game features a huge barrage of missions for the player to undertake for pretty much each island you visit with each island being home to many dangerous enemies and like most action RPG titles (I’m looking at you Skyrim) more missions spawn from your current mission. In addition to this you can utilize many usual RPG Mechanics such as: The Ability to gather points to equip to multiple attributes such as Magic, Melee and Toughness to name a few giving it the feel of an authentic Role-Playing Game aswell as the ability to customize your character’s clothing, weapons and equipment. Unfortunately, the combat gameplay feels extremely clunky and hard to control with the counter/block move only working properly on occasion and the amount of time it takes to hit the enemy usually results in the death of your character. When you eventually get to the point where you can hit your enemies; The gameplay feels like a repetitive button masher and unfortunately lets the game down. Another point which let the game down was the controls when playing as a parrot which felt extremely awkward and landed me in some pretty bad situations (Like ending up in an area surrounded by powerful enemies).
In terms of Sound; Risen 3: Titan Lords is 50/50 at best. On the plus side, the score is great with some really good music that connects with the feel of the game however the side of the sound section that lets this game down is it’s voice acting which feels really generic and creates uninteresting characters that I sometimes think don’t even care about the situation they are in. The voices sound boring and dull and just adds to the fading appeal of this game.
Risen 3: Titan Lords is actually pretty poor in terms of the visuals with the locations and environments looking great for the most part however the characters and creatures that you battle and interact with all look like they have been ripped straight out of a game from the previous generation (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube) which in today’s standards of visuals which has had some great looking games is extremely poor and is one of the main factors that unfortunately lets the game down.
Risen 3: Titan Lords has plenty to do in the game, So much so that even though the trophy/achievement list is actually pretty easy; the game has plenty of missions available to offer hours of countless gameplay which if you can wade through all the troubles the game has could be enjoyable to you.
All in all, Risen 3: Titan Lords had such a great concept and some really good Role-Playing elements however the clunky controls (Both Melee and Flight), Poor Visuals and boring voice actors really bring the game down and make it a truly disappointing sequel to play.
My Score = 5/10
- Really Good Story Concept
- Brilliant RPG Elements
- Environmental Visuals are great
- Score is Decent
- Plenty of Replay Value
- Extremely Clunky Controls
- Flight Controls are Awkward
- Melee Combat Feels Repetitive
- Voice Acting is Terrible
- Uninteresting Characters
- PS2 Graphics (Characters and Enemies)
Risen 3: Titan Lords is available now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC from all good retailers. Thanks go out to Deep Silver for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.