Thanks for the impressions and nice to see Piranha Bytes' fans around here. I like the unique handcrafted content in their games unlike the recycled dungeons that plague the genre.
Hopefully Giant Bomb will do a quick look of the PC version even though it seems like you need to put some time into the story first. I feel like Vinny would like it the most but AFAIK the east coast is without PC yet. @drewbert might you pretty please do a quick look of this german game? :)
Risen 2 waits longer to give the player story choices and skills than the first Risen (I think you get to choose factions on the third island). I still haven't finished it because I spent too much time on the side quests and exploring everything.
I've tried playing the Gothic games for the first time recently but I feel that they haven't aged well.
Why do people complain that Piranha Bytes keeps making the same game when story driven adventure RPGs are so few and far between (isn't Dragon Age more focused on combat and romancing your crew members than actual adventure)?