Risen 3: Titan Lords
Risen 3: Titan Lords is the third game in the Risen series and marks the series’ return to the medieval theme of the first game, ask opposed to the pirate theme of the second. The game is set in a world abandoned by its gods and scarred by the rampage of the Titans. While humanity struggles to regain its strength, the player takes on the role of the “Nameless Hero”, who replaces the protagonist of the first two games. The Hero’s life is shattered and he is forced to set out and reclaim what is lost while battling the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. The player has three ways to rise up against the Titans, and is free to choose whichever one.
The Nameless Hero is the brother of Patty Steelbeard, son of the deceased pirate captain Gregorius Emanuel Steelbeard. The Hero finds himself exploring a Skull Cave, in which they find a magic portal made of crystal, which spawns a Shadow Lord. The Shadow Lord consumes the Hero’s soul, killing him and leaving him to be buried by his crew. The player is rejuvenated from death by the witch doctor Bones, who reveals that the Hero’s soul is still trapped in the underworld and retained by the Shadows. The player must now set out to reclaim his soul from the Shadows while battling their threat to the world.
The game places an emphasis on freedom, with players being able to explore and take quests as they see fit. The quests themselves have various possibilities and outcomes, allowing for considerable role-playing variation. The game features such environments as medieval towns, dark mines, and the supernatural shadow world. Compared to its predecessor, Risen 3: Titan Lords features a completely revamped fighting system, complete with new animations to add nuance to the battle. Crystal magic makes its return, with players being able to use it in combat to use elemental magic to inflict damage on foes and destroy them. The game offers three separate guilds, each offering its own skills, armories and quests, and even more factions that are trying to bend the world to their own ends. Which faction to trust and support is a choice left entirely up to the player.
- Developer: Piranha Bytes
- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Genre: Action role-playing
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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