Review Risen 3: Titan Lords – Side Quests galore

By: Louis Edwards

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Risen 3: Titan Lords has been released upon the masses. Is it safe to return to the pirating ways of our hero, or should this game be lost at sea?

Read our review to find out.

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Risen 3: Titan Lords was advertised as a departure from the piracy themed Risen 2: Dark Waters with what was supposed to be a more medieval theme. Once we downloaded the game to our PS3 (thanks to a review code from Deep Silver) and started playing, the piracy theme was still present. The opening sequence to the game has you defending your pirate ship from an attack by the Ghost Pirate and his band of evil folks. Even your busty wench of a pirate sister shows up and joins the party. There are medieval themes that make an appearance, but we wanted to point out right away that piracy is alive in Risen 3.

With the game opening up with a full on sea battle, the game’s flaws shone brightly right from the start. While combat is wonky but manageable, it’s the choppy frame rate that had me needing some Tylenol right away.You can debate frame rate issues until you are blue in the face, but for those of us that suffer migraines, the frame rate can be more noticeable due to sensitive eyes. Once that frame rate drops below twenty for a short period of time, it’s time for some Excedrin and the game becomes more of a hindrance than entertainment.

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The game is very similar to Risen 2 in the graphics department, but that game came out two years ago and not much was done to improve it. Textures and character models seem identical. There are some new monsters to face off against, so that’s a plus. If there are only one or two creatures on the screen, the game runs OK, but toss in more creatures, and maybe some bad guys to boot, and that’s when things get dicey with the graphics and the frame rate.

The game isn’t all bad, if you can get past the combat and frame rate issues. It has a huge open world, ready for you to explore to your heart’s extent. Side quests are plentiful (there’s an achievement for completing three hundred side quests) and we found these quests to be more enjoyable than the main storyline. Chasing down rats has no effect on the frame rate, and helping folks out is always a good way to earn gold, loot, and Glory Points. Non-playable characters are the key to finding these quests, so be sure to be a Chatty Kathy and strike up conversations with anyone that will listen.

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The leveling and skill systems are another area where the developers did a well thought out job. As you progress through the game you’ll find gold lying around almost everywhere and you’ll also earn Glory Points. Glory points can be spent upgrading your skills and gold can be given to non-playable characters called trainers to help you learn new skills, or improve ones already learned. Trainers can be hard to find, but they are well worth the time and effort spent on your journey to them.

The game can be played multiple times thanks to the three factions or gulds that you’ll have to choose from. The factions are Demon Hunters, The Guardians, and Voodoo Pirates. Each faction has its own pros and cons, and once chosen you can’t change without restarting, so choose wisely. There is a manual game save feature so you can save at anytime, meaning if you want to have multiple game saves, one for each faction, you can.

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The game can be played through quickly if one wishes, but Risen 3, much like Risen 2, is best played taking one’s time. If the choppy frame rate and wonky combat are tiring you out, take a break and hit those side quests. Completionists can easily spend fifteen or more hours seeking out and completing all of the quests, and the things you may find just might surprise you.

Risen 3: Titan Lords really is a throwback to the classic RPGs that have always had a huge fan base, and if you can get past the frame rate and combat, you just might find yourself totally engrossed in side quests that will keep you busy for hours.

Not as good as Risen 2, but still not all that bad.

5

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