Hi motoki, how good is Risen 2? I really wanted it to be on sale with a great price on summer sale on steam but it was $29+DLC=$50 and I've heard that is has more bugs than Risen 1 at launch (I loved Risen 1 by the way).
I currently found Risen 2 at $19 on intkeys but wonder how good is the DLC (which shloud've been part of the game since day 1).
Also, love your group on steam and thanks for the givewawys.
I liked the base game of Risen 2 quite a bit, though it's not perfect. I would say it's too hard in the beginning, about right in the middle and too easy in the end but that is kind of the usual for Piranha Bytes games.
The game did ship with some serious issues with the combat. There was no dodge maneuver and you couldn't block creatures at all. The fixed this shortly afterward with the one and only patch they released, but the the pre-patch version was the one that got reviewed.
Overall it was fun to play a pirate and a have a crew and I found the story interesting and the humor (mostly) good. There is some exploration and the world opens up a bit when you get a ship but don't expect a totally open world like Skyrim. It's more along the lines of the The Witcher where you go through set areas at a time sequentially and can explore those areas but not the whole world. Also you don't actually get to sail the ship, it just acts as a loading screen segue between areas.
The DLC I don't think is worth it at full price. The two quest ones are short, bland and don't tie into the main game very well. They just feel tacked on. The clothing one gives you a nice looking outfit but there's one with better stats that you can buy in one of the ports once you get a ship.
Don't feel like you aren't getting the full experience without the DLC. 98% of the content is in the base game and the content there is more interesting than the DLC.
I would say only get the DLC if it's on sale cheap (ie 75% off) otherwise wait on it.
Oh and when you get ready to sail to fight the final boss who basically has been the main enemy for the whole game, Patty your first mate will ask if you are sure you are ready. Make sure to keep at least one save before you tell her yes. Otherwise you will not be able to go back and do the DLC if you decide to get it later.