Hook, brine and sinker: Raven's Cry trailer debuts gameplay

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Topware's upcoming pirate-based romp Raven's Cry has a new trailer, which shows off some nice CGI jarringly cut with a little gameplay footage. In the game you play as Christopher Raven, a man on a quest for revenge after the slaughter of his family. According to the trailer, "revenge" means "stabbing anything that casts a shadow". There is a lot of impalement in the trailer, but there's respite from the pointy-thing-meets-flesh action when a man's set on fire at the end.

Risen 2 screenshots show sunny scenes, golems and piracy

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I found myself falling into the trap of thinking that Risen 2 was much gloomier than it actually is. First, there was that tag line,"Dark Waters," then there was the grimy back-street brawling of the Risen 2 debut trailer. In fact, Risen 2 may be one of the sunniest RPGs around. It's set among a series of Southern archipelagos run by pirates and brigands. The choppy waters between landmasses hide dozens of roaming sea monsters preying on ships and assaulting ports. A pirate RPG, with guns, and kraken? That'll do very nicely indeed.

Risen 2 is due out in the US on April 24 and Europe on April 27. Check out the Risen 2 site for more info, and get the latest screenshots below, featuring jungles, a really cheerful spider fighting an alligator, and lots of guns. Click to see them full size.

Risen 2: Dark Waters dev diary surfaces

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Despite our tepid review of Teutonic RPG Risen, a lot of people went out and bought it. Which means one thing: sequel time. And sequel time means one thing: dev diary videos. And dev diary videos mean one thing: dodgily dubbed German people talking about their game.

Risen 2: Dark Waters eschews land-based RPGing in favour of going fully into pirate land. A YARRRPG, if you will. Here developers Piranha Bytes - whose studios appear to be in a garden centre - talk about the design of the game, and how they’ve made the jungles look especially jungley.

The most pleasing thing about Risen 2 is that it reminds me a little of Monkey Island, which gets namechecked in the video. But then I remembered that Pirates of the Caribbean reminded me of Monkey Island, and I’d rather get scurvy than have to watch that again.