Risen 2 Gameplay Blowout

Over 20 minutes of drunken swashbucklers, pirate duels, voodoo dolls and more can be seen in these seven gameplay videos for Risen 2: Dark Waters, out April 24th for PC and coming later to PS3 and Xbox 360. Having enjoyed the Xbox 360 port of the first outing, warts and all, I’d say Piranha Bytes is on the right track with this newly pirate-stylized RPG sequel. Sure, the combat looks like it still may be a little wonky, but that’s more because of the skill-based nature of the swordplay. If it’s anything like the original, you won’t be able to haphazardly mash buttons or the mouse clicker, you’ll have to dodge, block, wait for opportunities to strike, and use what appears to be a wide range of abilities. I appreciate that approach, even if the learning curve is somewhat demanding.

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