Dug up from the last-gen graveyard, the PlayStation 4 version of Risen 3: Titan Lords shares one big similarity with the unnamed hero at the heart of its own story: everyone thought that they were both dead & buried. Unfortunately the similarities end there, as only one"s been resurrected khổng lồ sail the high seas, in a quest khổng lồ retrieve their soul, while the other"s merely a sub-par kích hoạt RPG. In this case it"s not hard lớn work out which is which.
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With Risen 3: Titan Lords - Enhanced Edition joining the ever growing parade of definitive editions no one asked for, there"s always the hope that the developers saddled with the project would at least try to lớn improve things on more than just a shallow visual level. Sadly in most cases this isn"t what happens, so time & time again it feels like the bare minimum is being done to get a game out of the door, with a bump in the visual fidelity being the only noticeable improvement.
So, what are the differences in this enhanced edition? Unsurprisingly, the biggest change is in the game"s graphical performance. With a higher resolution – & some more visual bells & whistles – the graphics look noticeably better, though on the flipside it makes the flaws in the already dated visuals even more apparent. Even the improved draw distance hasn"t fully removed the issues seen in the original, with a fair amount of object & texture pop-in still noticeable as you run around on your adventures.
The framerate has also seen a benefit from the move lớn a newer console, though considering how the PlayStation 3 version turned into a near slideshow at times, this improvement isn"t really anything to lớn shout about, since it merely gets the trò chơi to what we"d deem to lớn be an acceptable standard. That"s not khổng lồ mean that the game runs at a solid 30 frames-per-second throughout either, as there are still occasional dips that serve as a reminder that in some ways this version is just as unpolished as the one that came before.
Further additions come in the khung of some previously released DLC packs. These include two additional islands to visit – each with their own quest lines to follow – as well as a new outfit for your pirate, which provides a nice early stat boost. These are all accessible as soon as you leave the first area, so if you"ve played Risen 3 before, you can experience this newer content without having to worry about completing the main quest again.
The side quests on each of these new islands feel very much like those in the rest of the game, with the usual phối of fetch và kill quests which will take you a few hours to complete. There is an attempt lớn mix things up on one island, where some Gnomes have a particularly annoying Goblin infestation. However, this focuses on some of the more problematic elements of the gameplay, which seems lượt thích a very odd approach khổng lồ take.
In order to lớn try and retrieve some stolen items for you Gnomish friends you"re forced to ditch the buổi tiệc nhỏ member who usually accompanies you on your travels, so you can sneak into various Goblin camps. This is quite frankly a bizarre choice as sneaking in Risen 3 is really tedious, mainly due to lớn the fact that your character moves at a snail"s pace. On đứng đầu of that, there"s no on-screen feedback to help you tell when you can & can"t be seen, meaning that any attempt at stealth is guaranteed to become an exercise in frustration. It"s even more annoying when you realise that you can actually just run into the camps lớn grab the items, & could have saved yourself all the hassle of trying to do it unseen.
Outside of the visual improvements và extra bits of content, the trò chơi remains completely unchanged from last year"s version – with all of the good and bad that that brings. The pirate theme is still by far the strongest element, managing to lớn deliver a fantasy setting that"s an interesting place to spend time in. The sheer volume of quests is also enough to keep anyone busy for a decent amount of time, và while the mission design compares poorly khổng lồ those found in more recent RPGs, they have just enough character khổng lồ keep you engaged.
Even though there are things khổng lồ actually like about Risen 3, there"s one part that lets the whole experience down, & that"s its combat system. It"s so bad, in fact, that it completely overshadows any enjoyment that you might have been having. It"s hard to lớn believe that there weren"t any changes made for the PS4 version – especially considering it"s some of the most frustrating and repetitive combat you"ll likely have experienced for quite some time.
Right from the start you"ll find yourself facing off against aggressive enemies that pack a massive punch, & surviving even the most mundane of fights can turn out to lớn be a real challenge. An epiphany will come, though, when you realise that dodge rolling makes you invulnerable khổng lồ attacks, và from that point on, this single strategy will become your crutch for the rest of the game.
This leads you into what feels like a near endless parade of battles where you roll your nhân vật around the floor avoiding attacks, as you wait for just the right time lớn give your opponent a whack. The whole thing would be comical if it wasn"t soul crushingly dull, and you"ll begin lớn consciously avoid combat whenever possible. Things bởi vì improve as your character levels up và gets tougher – as well as gaining access lớn more spells – but it"s too little too late, especially since you"re still forced khổng lồ roll around like a demented gymnast if you want any chance of surviving some of the late game encounters.
In a perfect world, remasters and enhanced editions would be reserved for games that fall into one of two categories: classics và underappreciated gems. Unfortunately, Risen 3: Titan Lords - Enhanced Edition is neither. Improved visuals & a few more quests just aren"t enough khổng lồ turn the tide of opinion on this wreck, & with other RPGs since its initial release raising the bar even higher than before, it would have been better if – unlike the game"s anh hùng – this title had stayed dead.
Scoring PolicyReview copy provided by Deep Silver
A gamer since the 80s, Alex longs for a return to consoles with wood panels & games with manuals the kích cỡ of phone books. When not working on his time machine he spends his time playing games like any normal person — with the controls inverted.
Tue 25th Aug 2015
I didn"t even know this was getting "the treatment" until reviews started rolling in. I"ll place this right above the first Prototype on the list of remasters I have no interest in.
Tue 25th Aug 2015
What still bothers me it"s that why Deep Silver even bothered remastering Risen 3 (Including Arcania) only for the PS4. Seriously, these games sucked & yet they went with the remaster treatment? A remastered game must ALWAYS have something new than just enhanced graphics.
Tue 25th Aug 2015
SoulsBourne128 minimal effort minimal risk
Tue 25th Aug 2015
Does this release feature any enhancements over the PC release? I was playing that not too long ago và it looked bobbins maxed. It"s a shame the combat isn"t too good as some other aspects of the game aren"t too bad. An enhanced port should"ve been an opportunity lớn build on the original release. Missed opportunity.