Risen 2: Dark Waters - Review

.box_heights { width: 610px; margin-bottom: 30px; }

Release Date: 02/08/2012

Risen 2 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at GAME


Risen 2 features the role-playing game conventions players know and love, but replaces the more traditional high-fantasy and post-apocalyptic settings, characters and themes with classic Caribbean pirate ones. A refreshing take on the genre, it offers fairly unique island environments and an engaging story filled with swashbuckling action and battles with sea-dwelling monsters called Titans.

Risen 2's narrative doesn't require players to be familiar with its predecessor as it's a standalone story. Players take on the role of a nameless hero on a mission to infiltrate a group of pirates and take on the rampaging Titan goddess Mara. To do so they must choose to align themselves with one of two playable factions, the Inquisition or the Natives, and learn different skills and abilities from the characters in their group.

Pirate RPG Risen 2 Special Edition

Good Juju

Although your trusty sword is your main weapon, Risen 2 also offers you the opportunity to get busy with muskets and voodoo. Those who fancy their chances with a musket will choose to get friendly with the Inquisition, while those with a taste for something out of the ordinary will make friends with the Natives and learn their magical ways.

Of the two, the latter provides more new thrills - we're all pretty familiar with firing a gun in a game by now. Contrastingly, Natives magic lets you create a voodoo doll with a range of powers; it can be used to assume control of characters to complete quests, or to stir up trouble amongst enemies, or to rile up the local wildlife.

Risen 2 Dark Waters Collector's Edition at GAME

Dirty Tricks

The game also features a number of special abilities dubbed 'Dirty Tricks' which afford players an edge in combat. These include an auto-aimed pistol shot, rum that quickly restores health, a parrot that's thrown into battles to pester and distract opponents, and a monkey that's used for conducting reconnaissance.

Meanwhile, the world itself harbours plenty of collectible items that can be used to improve attributes such as attack and defence, and you'll need to pick crew members that accompany you on missions. Each has their own specialties in fields such as melee attacks or healing, and creating a balanced party is important if you want to avoid ending up walking the plank.

Risen 2 borrows good bits from just about every RPG out there, but its relatively unique setting and story mean it still feels like its own adventure. It's occasionally hampered by some odd behaviour from non-playable characters, voice actors are reused too frequently, and some of the fetch quests are a bit samey, but for those willing to invest the time to dig deep into the world, there's plenty of treasure to uncover along on the journey.

GAME's Verdict

The Good:

  • A real adventure on the high seas
  • Nicely realised environments
  • Plenty to do

The Bad:

  • Occasional bugs
  • Some quests can be a bit repetitive
  • Not enough voice actors
Show more Show less

Pegi Rating:

Suitable for people aged and over.



Customer Rating:

No rating yet



We have a wide range of Delivery options, please see the table below.

Delivery type Delivery Time Cost
UK software Pre-orders 1 working day FREE
UK Pre-orders UK Pre-orders for Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Oculus Quest 2 Consoles 1 working day £9.99
Standard 2 working days** £4.99
Next Day incl. Saturday (Royal Mail Tracked 24) 1 working day** £7.99 per order
Next Day (DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £9.99 per order
Next Day (pre 12pm) (DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £11.99 per order
Saturday (DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £10.99 per order
Collect from GAME Store (Pay online, delivered to store, plus receive a £5 voucher to spend in store when you collect) 1-2 working days £4.99
CollectPlus Express
(Delivery to CollectPlus pick up location)
1 working day £4.99 per order
Click & Reserve (Order online, pick up in store) 2 hours from order FREE

Small Print


• Order up to 4pm for next day delivery and up to 7pm for same day dispatch


• Orders placed before 7pm receive next day dispatch. Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays.


• Orders placed after 7pm Friday to 1pm Sunday will be dispatched Sunday


• Whilst we will do everything we can to meet the delivery times above, there may be factors outside of our control and we cannot guarantee delivery within this timeframe


• Working day definition: Monday-Friday (Excludes Weekends and Bank Holidays)


• Digital purchases are excluded from the total order value for tracked courier services.


**Remote Area Delivery Times


• Deliveries to non-mainland UK addresses and remote locations (such as the Scottish Isles, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) may take longer to reach you.


To see all of our delivery options click here

Sign up for a GAME Reward Account online for FREE, via the GAME App or in your local store.

Earn points whenever you trade-in or buy at GAME. Use your points to save on the stuff you want in-store.

Join Today - £3 per Month

Join GAME Elite today and earn up to 10% points back with GAME Elite - Our exclusive membership service from GAME. With extra points and more cash to spend, this deal is seriously on point.

Our promise to you - you can’t lose – join today and if you receive less points back from purchases than the fee you have paid for your membership for 12 months, we will give you the difference back in points.

Receive exclusive deals and offers and we will even send you a gift around your birthday.

Key Benefits:
  • 10% points back on all physical games, merchandise and accessories
  • 4% points back on all consoles, PC, VR, phones and tablets
  • 2% points back on trade-in and digital
  • Exclusive deals and offers
  • Birthday gift
  • Our promise to you – you can’t lose

    Terms and conditions apply

    Please note: You will not receive Reward points for your purchase of GAME Elite Membership