Risen is really a fun game. Released in late 2009 to the PC crowd and later to the XBOX 360 crowd, it offered what Piranha Bytes was always known for: great RPGs with a story that draws you in. Risen is supposed to be a standalone game and not a continuation of its previous Gothic series. However, fans of the Gothic series will quickly notice that this is, in fact, the natural predecessor to Gothic 3 that Forsaken Gods could never be, let alone Gothic 4 Arcania, both developed by a different company.
Risen offers a fantastic number of options to develop your character in several different areas. However, the game is too short for you to become a master of all traits. This forces you to choose a weapon class or mage discipline that you focus all of your experience points on. If you don’t focus, you will never be strong enough to finish the game. Fortunately, as with almost all Piranha Bytes games, they have left some tricks that will allow you to unlock all the skills without cheating.
When I started playing Risen, I was a bit surprised by the prank spell. This spell causes the target to forget any past transgression and become your friend again. This made sense in case you attacked the wrong person, but there were quite a few prank spells that I just found out there. It was then that I realized the purpose of the spell.
This is what you do. Join the monastery. Chapter One is almost over, exploring as much of the world as possible. Save as much marsh grass as you can. Sell the swamp weed to the farmer on the dam next to the Don’s camp. Throw it on the ground. Rob him blind. Swipe it with the Joke spell and repeat. Once you’ve joined the Monastery, you’ll have almost an unlimited amount of prank spells and with the farmer paying you every time you sell him the same swamp grass over and over again, you’ll have plenty of money to spare. You should get around 300 experience points each time.