This game continues the storyline of the original Risen game. However, they made it all Pirates of the Carribean theme, where as before, the game was dark Medieval. I overlooked the pirate theme, but the combat system I could not. This is an obvious console tard combat system. Mash buttons at the right time, but even then, the animations suck and the combat is even harder and dumber than the original game, which I actually liked! They changed too much of the game and I stopped playing after I completed the first island. I'm not interested. This game sucks.
Riften 1 is a go anywhere you want, kill anyone you want type of game. We call that non-linear. They mimicked the Gothic play style where you feel out various factions, earn its trust, and annihilate the other faction and complete the story. Even terrain exploration in Riften 1 is exemplorary because you can climb on roofs and obstacles and really get around obstacles, even if the developer didn't really intend for you to. Risen 2 essentially locks you into a linear story and traps you on islands and you can't climb or escape the linearity. I uninstalled it because of this very game mechanic. I hate prison RPG's that pretend to be sandbox. They feel like fetch quest games.