If you didn’t know by now, Risen 3: Titan Lords is currently available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC. The game is based around evolved concepts introduced in the Gothic series, and takes a step back from Risen 2 to make the game more grounded in the medieval-fantasy concepts that helped put Piranha Bytes on the map. However, not everyone is digging the “new” and “improved” gameplay featured in Risen 3: Titan Lords, and one of those less-than-enthused individuals happens to be the one and only… Angry Joe.
Like any typical Angry Joe video, it’s a media experience rife with language that you would expect from a sailor on a drunken binge while forced to watch romantic comedies from Jennifer Lopez. It’s not a happy time.
Joe drops some memorable quotes like “Don’t start your game like this!” and a bunch of other expletive-ridden lines while explaining why the combat in Risen 3 sucks.
He explains during a somewhat epic sequence near the beginning of the game that “This is the best this game will get.” Check it out in the 15 minute video below.
It’s funny because at around the 9 minute mark Joe encounters the obese love-child of a giant enemy crab and Cthulhu, but the fight doesn’t quite go the way you might expect, with both Joe and the Cthulhu love-child getting jammed and stuck in some rocks. How the encounter ends was about as anti-climatic as you could possibly expect.
Now I understand Joe’s frustrations with the game; I can see why the combat system might be off-putting to some gamers, but at the same time I can also see why they might not get it.
Risen 3 basically has a more refined and expansive combat system based on the Gothic series. I didn’t mind it in Gothic because I understood what I was getting into; it’s not Dynasty Warriors, folks.
The slow and methodical combat system is designed that way for gamers who enjoy non-button mashing experiences that rely on tactical, timed attacks. It’s very similar in the game RaiderZ, where despite being non-targeting you still have to properly time your attacks with certain characters because the animations attempt to portray weapons that house weight and momentum that drive their mass with each strike.
With that said, I actually like that Risen 3 focuses more on stylized animations for the attacks and the weapon usage; it’s a very similar system employed by CD Projekt RED for The Witcher games.
In essence, if you’re just not into the fancy fight-mechanics offered in games like this, it’s easy to see how players accustomed to faster, quicker combat moves offered in games like Hyrule Warriors or Dragon’s Dogma would be turned off with the slowed-down approach utilized in games like Risen 3, Dark Souls or even the upcoming Lords of the Fallen.
While I’m sure Risen 3 has its issues, I tend to doubt that the gamers that the game was made for will see combat as one of them. In fact, I always thought that from what was displayed the combat was one of the bigger highlights of the game. That’s not to say that the game doesn’t look boring, because it definitely does look boring, but a lot of that depends on what you’re looking for out of an RPG experience when going into Risen 3.
If you’re expecting a Big Mac when it ends up being a lobster, you might be disappointed. Risen 3 is currently available for the old-gen consoles and PC. If you really need to learn more about the game, feel free to check out the complete gameplay walkthrough here or visit the official website.