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[PS4 Review] Risen 3: Titan Lords - Enhanced Edition

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Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition is a new take of Risen 3: Titan Lords, a game previously released on PlayStation 3. This time around, a lot has changed for how the game looks, and it also includes what used to be DLC for Risen 3: Titan Lords now available right from the start. Is this new version worth your time and money? Only one way to find out!

Risen 3 is made for players looking for a more classic experience, that hearkens back to the day when games refused to hold your hand and left your path and destiny up to you. It’s a game driven by these fans, built around their feedback in order to deliver what they’ve come to love and expect from a Piranha Bytes game.

Risen 3 doesn’t seek to serve up its gameplay on a silver platter. You can explore the world, but be ready for danger. There might be a valley where you stumble upon a huge monster that blocks your way. Be careful which characters you trust – some might ally with you with the intent of killing you.

The fighting system has been completely reworked, with new animation systems in place that add nuance to the fights – how does this creature behave? What are its weak points? Timing is key, as a slip of the sword can easily result in death.

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Your adventure with Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition begins at the end. That is, it begins at the end of your life. Turns out that the main character – the brother of Patty Steelbeard, and, therefore, the son of Captain Gregorius Emanuel Steelbeard, now deceased – dies shortly after you boot up the game, but luckily it’s only a comic book death and not a “dead-dead” death.

You see, he and Patty were dumb enough to bite more than they could chew and find themselves in front of a magical portal, and neither is ready for the Shadow Lord that emerges from the portal and decides to have the main character’s soul for breakfast. Seeming as a dead enough corpse, Patty buries her brother and leaves him in his final resting place… or so she thought. A nice witch doctor called Bones (really) brings the hero’s body back from the other side, but he’s still missing his soul. So out he must go on a quest to recover his soul before his time is up, and he’s consumed by the shadows.

As soon as you start the game you’ll notice that it looks great. This will be even more noticeable for those of you who played the original PS3 version since now the game features higher resolution textures, HDR bloom, a new cloud system that adds to how good the game looks during the day and at night (the game features a dynamic day-night cycle). The framerate is also better than on PS3, although I did find a few dips here and there, but nothing too big that would keep me from recommending the game.

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Going back to the game, there is a new karma system that we need to discuss. Every breath you take, every move you make, every answer you give will have an impact on your Karma. If you’re good, kind and help others, then your soul rating will climb sky-high. If you’re mean, don’t help people and kick their puppy, then you’ll lose points and bring your soul rating down into the ground. Oh, and trophy hunters need to know that there are a couple of trophies attached to being very good or very bad, so be ready!

The combat system is a bit on the slow side since you need to always be ready to defend and counter the attacks from all enemies since they have very distinct attack patterns where they will, for example, always attack three times in a row after rushing you, so you must try to avoid or defend against said rush to then counter and damage them little by little. On top of this, enemies are greatly overpowered right from the start, which means players will need to get some coin on them and fast in order to purchase the many skills available from skill trainers who love to charge a pretty penny for their services. Do take into consideration that for some skills you’ll need to raise some of your attributes to a specific threshold, so be sure to decide on the type of build you’re going for so you don’t wait your attribute points!

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As you explore each of the areas, be sure to make use of the teleport stones you’ll find in your adventure because they will open valuable portals that will allow you to fast travel through each region, saving you a ton of time when you need to go back to a specific location and you’re on the opposite side of the area. At first you won’t have access to many teleport stones, but things will pick up considerably after a few hours.

After a specific event (which I won’t spoil), players will be able to join one of three factions, and once a choice has been made it will be locked for the rest of your run. This means that once you select a faction you won’t have a chance at unlocking the trophies for the other two factions (unless you make some creative use of the many save slots available in Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition – wink wink nudge nudge), so I hope you really like the faction you end up picking and the quest available for said path!

As stated before, Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition includes what used to be DLC for the PS3 version, and this means that those of you who purchase this new PS4 version will have access to the following:

* Adventure Garb: Who doesn’t like some free armor for their hero? Well, now you get some for free for a nice stat boost.

* Fog Island: An extra island where you’ll find a stranded Inquisition group that is exploring the area in search of new territory to conquer… but is there more than meets the eye in this forsaken island? This extra island is very important for trophy hunters because they’ll be able to take on a special quest that will reward them with an artifact that will increase the glory they get from quests and from enemies they defeat, and this makes a huge difference since you can now find this artifact very early in the game.

* Uprising of the Little Guys: If you liked having one free island with your purchase, how would you like to have another free island to explore? This one gets its name from all the Goblins and Gnomes that populate the island. Turns out these two groups are locked in a battle to the death, and you must step in and help the Gnomes before it is too late. You won’t let the Goblins slaughter the Gnomes, right?

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Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition is the definitive version for the game. The extra DLC being available right from the start makes a big difference, and the faster framerate, higher resolution textures, longer draw distance, new effects and all the other bells and whistles added to the game have definitely improved the experience.

pros=”Fun action RPG
Lots of graphical improvements
DLC included for free” cons=”Still some framerate dips here and there” score=85]


This review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy of Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition provided by Deep Silver