Games Like Risen Series

Games like Risen show themselves to be different to the run of the mill western RPGs that seem to clog the market. Often compared to the Gothic series of games, Risen has been praised for its more user-friendly experience.

The player begins the game as a stowaway on a small ship. Off the coast of the island of Faranga, the ship is sunk by a Titan and the player washes up on its shores. The Titans are ancient beings who once warred against the gods before being sealed away. Humanity used magic to drive away the gods but have inadvertently released the Titans who are wreaking havoc across the land. Faranga is mysteriously spared. The Warriors of the Order are now on the island under the charge of High Inquisitor Mendoza exploring the ruins and collecting artifacts.

Faranga itself is inspired by Sicily with mountainous terrain and Mediterranean style vegetation. The names and architectural style take inspiration from the Normans and Spain. The island is populated with two towns, small settlements, numerous ancient temple ruins, as well as an underground network of connected tunnels, catacombs, and dungeons.

The game offers over sixty hours of gameplay in an immersive open world. Players can choose to follow the way of the sword, staff fighting, or improve their skills as a mage. The game does not forbid beginner players to most of the island. It can be freely explored from the start though some areas in the hinterland are better avoided until the player has leveled up.

As well as the standard RPG exploration and dungeon crawling, Risen has different factions for the player to join. They can choose to become a Bandit, a Warrior of the Order, or a Mage. Each choice will affect the player’s character but have little effect on the main storyline.

The Elder Scrolls Series

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowi...
  • Released: 29 Apr, 2002
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows ME/98/XP/2000
  • Processor: 500 MHz Intel Pentium III, Celeron, or AMD Athlon
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 32 MB Direct3D Compatible video card with 32-bit color support and DirectX 8.1
  • Storage: 1 GB
Metacritic Rating: 89 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

The Witcher Series

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The Witcher
  • Released: 16 Sep, 2008
  • Genre: Action, RPG
  • Platforms: PC, MacOS
  • Developer: CD PROJEKT RED
System Requirements:
  • OS: Microsoft Windows /XP/Vista
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon 64 +2800
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 or better
  • Storage: 15 GB
Metacritic Rating: 86 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

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  • Released: 10 Feb, 2012
  • Genre: Action, RPG
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Developer: Big Huge Games, 38 Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP2 / Windows 7 SP1
  • Processor: 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 2.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM for Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 / 512MB RAM or better, ATI Radeon HD3850 / 512 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 10.5 GB
Metacritic Rating: 81 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Dragon Age Series

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Dragon Age: Origins
  • Released: 6 Nov, 2009
  • Genre: Action, RPG
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, MacOS
  • Developer: BioWare
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Single 1.6 Ghz Processor (or equivalent) or AMD 64 2.0 GHz Processor (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB RAM Vista and Windows 7)
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon X850 256 MB VRAM or NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB VRAM (Windows Vista: Radeon X1550 256 MB VRAM or NVidia GeForce 7600GT 256 MB VRAM)
  • Storage: 20 GB
Metacritic Rating: 91 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Middle-Earth Series

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Released: 30 Sep, 2014
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox ONE
  • Developer: Monolith Productions, Feral Interactive (Mac & Linux)
System Requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit: Vista SP2, Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5850
  • Storage: 44 GB
Metacritic Rating: 84 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Ryse: Son of Rome

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  • Released: 10 Oct, 2014
  • Genre: Action
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox ONE
  • Developer: Crytek
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit
  • Processor: Dual core with HyperThreading technology or quad core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB VRAM
  • Storage: 26 GB
Metacritic Rating: 61 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Divinity II

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  • Released: 20 Nov, 2009
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
  • Developer: Larian Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP3 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7600 with 256MB RAM or equivalent
  • Storage: 15 GB
Metacritic Rating: n/a Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Gothic Series

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Gothic
  • Released: 23 Nov, 2001
  • Genre: Action, RPG
  • Platforms: PC
  • Developer: Piranha – Bytes
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP/2000/ME/98/Vista
  • Processor: Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 32 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 4 GB
Metacritic Rating: 81 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Fable Series

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Fable
  • Released: 14 Sep, 2004
  • Genre: Action, RPG
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, MacOS
  • Developer: Big Blue Box Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Pentium III 1.4 GHz or Athlon equivalent
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 64 MB VRAM Shader capable 3D Video Card (GeForce3 Ti 200 + / Radeon 8500+ )
  • Storage: 3 GB
Metacritic Rating: 85 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Neverwinter Nights Series

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Neverwinter Nights
  • Released: 28 Jun, 2002
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
  • Developer: BioWare
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Pentium III or Athlon MP
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 6100 or Radeon 7000 with 64 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 2 GB
Metacritic Rating: 91 Check on Amazon Check Similar Games

Some Facts About Risen Series

Risen

Rise to the challenge as the champion of the island of Faranga. Live with the consequences of your actions in a world filled with earthquakes, monsters, and treasure. Become a powerful swordmaster, staff fighter, or mage, as you quest to save the island.

About the Game

  • Released: 30 Oct, 2009
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
  • Developer: Piranha Bytes
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Official Website:
  • Metacritic Rating: 77

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP (with Service Pack 3)
  • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Single-core Processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (nVidia GeForce 7900/ATI Radeon X1800 or better)
  • Storage: 2,5 GB

How Long to Beat

  • Main Story 28 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 37 Hours
  • Completionist 47 Hours
  • All Styles 36 Hours
  • Learn more

Risen 2: Dark Waters

Several years after the original game, Titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Monstrous creatures arise from the depths and have halted seafaring. As a member of the Inquisition, quest to stop the chaos unleashed by these monsters. Enjoy familiar game mechanics in exotic new locales with a piratical theme throughout!

About the Game

  • Released: 27 Apr, 2012
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Developer: Piranha Bytes
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Official Website:
  • Metacritic Rating: 69

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP (with Servicepack 2)
  • Processor: Dual Core with 2.1 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM Radeon 3870 / GeForce 8800 GTX
  • Storage: 5.5 GB

How Long to Beat

  • Main Story 27 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 32 Hours
  • Completionist 46 Hours
  • All Styles 33 Hours
  • Learn more

Risen 3: Titan Lords

In a world abandoned by the gods and ravaged by the brutal Titans, humanity must struggle to survive and marshall its strength. You must choose to follow one of three strands of destiny in the diverse world of Risen. Ally with guilds and factions to support you in your quest as you use your strength and magic to reclaim the shattered remnants of your life.

About the Game

  • Released: 13 Aug, 2014
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4
  • Developer: Piranha Bytes
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Official Website:
  • Metacritic Rating: 65

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 , Windows 7 SP1 , Windows 8
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 3850 or GeForce 9600 GT, VRAM 512MB
  • Storage: 8 GB

How Long to Beat

  • Main Story 26 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 40 Hours
  • Completionist 52 Hours
  • All Styles 40 Hours
  • Learn more

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