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Risen 3 Benchmarked

David versus Goliath. While most RPGs have more than a 100 people in the development team, Risen 3 is produced by a very small studio. This shows in the gameplay of the game. Find out more about this game with our in-depth benchmarks.
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For the original German article, see here.

Game Engine

It was clear even before the release, that the graphics of Risen 3 would not be on par with that of competitors like The Witcher 2. Although the Piranha Bytes studio has improved the Genome Engine significantly since Gothic 3, they still need to do some work in a few areas: whether it is the texture quality or polygon count. For a game released this year, Risen 3 looks very old.

However, Piranha Bytes has managed to alleviate some issues: unlike the dull Gothic series, the colors in this game are much stronger which helps make the Caribbean Pirate atmosphere seem authentic. Furthermore, the natural landscape and lush wildlife provide an enjoyable immersion. We really liked the realistic transition from day to night and the water looks great.

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Sadly, the game is plagued by a lot of flaws which should not be found in a modern game. The stiff (face) animation and clumsy combat system, which is based on luck and not skill or character attributes. The AI and pathing should also be improved. The familiar story comes across as staged and boring. Other games (like Mass Effect) present the world in a more exciting way.

However, Risen 3 deserves a play, especially due to the character system. Each character can be customized in multiple different ways and the RPG offers many different options when interacting with NPCs. Overall, the world of Risen 3 offers a lot to explore and discover.

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We like the graphics menu as, although it offers a mere 10 settings, user to adjust the visuals in-game. We were sad to find out that there was no decent Anti-Aliasing available. The rough borders hint at FXAA which is not very demanding on the hardware.

The four graphics presets (Low, Medium, High, Ultra) allow the user to optimize the graphics and gameplay to suit their system. Medium settings look decent and the user should avoid the Low settings, as at this level, the shadows, textures and visibility are negatively affected. The graphics quality at High are decent as long as you don't get too close to objects. Ultra details do not change the graphics or hardware performance by much but are not available for each setting.

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As expected of a Piranha Bytes game, Risen 3 is a little buggy (do not worry, it is nowhere near as buggy as Gothic 3). The following is a summary of the bugs we found in our test:

  • Notebooks with a dual-core CPU can have rare performance issues and stutters.
  • Powerful graphics cards stay stuck at 50 fps in some areas.
  • At medium details, sometimes a grid appears on the screen.
  • At times, High-End GPUs run the game more fluidly at max settings than at lower settings. With the GeForce GTX 780 Ti this resulted in a drastic difference (57 fps @ Minimum, 90 fps @ Ultra).
  • On the Radeon R9 M290X Risen 3 causes massive errors (Catalyst 14.7 RC1 and RC3 tested). As this is a notebook with switchable graphics, it could be that the Beta driver of the HD Graphics 4600 was responsible for these errors.
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Benchmark

For our benchmarks we use the island of Antigua. The test starts at the west coast and moves along the beach to the main city. The benchmark ends at the villa of Admiral Alvarez after 50 seconds of gameplay (see video).

Results

Despite the mediocre game engine, Risen 3 requires significant graphics power. Entry-level models with a HD Graphics 4600 can only run the game at low resolution and settings (~42 fps @ Core i7-4700MQ). For Medium settings at 1,366 x 768 pixels we require a graphics card from the multimedia section. Even a GeForce GT 740M has to fight to get a good frame rate (~29 fps). 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and the High settings require a graphics card on par with the GeForce GTX 765M (~32 fps) or above. Modern high-end laptops, which have at least a GeForce GTX 860M, can run the game at Ultra details.

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GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
90 (49min) fps ∼85%
78.4 (49min) fps ∼98%
67.3 (49min) fps ∼71%
57.1 (49min) fps ∼58%
Radeon R9 290X, 2600K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X Desktop
63 (57min) fps ∼60%
64 (60min) fps ∼80%
65 (60min) fps ∼69%
65 (59min) fps ∼66%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
59.2 (38min) fps ∼56%
63.1 (49min) fps ∼79%
66.4 (49min) fps ∼70%
56.7 (49min) fps ∼57%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
56.4 (47min) fps ∼53%
50.4 (49min) fps ∼63%
94.7 (59min) fps ∼100%
77.9 (50min) fps ∼79%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
54.9 (45min) fps ∼52%
52.7 (48min) fps ∼66%
92.9 (50min) fps ∼98%
89.7 (63min) fps ∼91%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
52.3 (43min) fps ∼50%
53.9 (49min) fps ∼68%
87.1 (49min) fps ∼92%
94.8 (49min) fps ∼96%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
45.4 (36min) fps ∼43%
55.1 (46min) fps ∼69%
71.8 (48min) fps ∼76%
99 (91min) fps ∼100%
Radeon R9 M290X, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
39.7 (33min) fps ∼38%
49.3 (42min) fps ∼62%
58.1 (48min) fps ∼61%
97.6 (82min) fps ∼99%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
37.4 (26min) fps ∼35%
46 (40min) fps ∼58%
67.2 (48min) fps ∼71%
57 (49min) fps ∼58%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
36.4 (29min) fps ∼34%
44.4 (38min) fps ∼56%
50.2 (48min) fps ∼53%
98.8 (91min) fps ∼100%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
32.4 (26min) fps ∼31%
41 (33min) fps ∼51%
51.4 (48min) fps ∼54%
98.2 (72min) fps ∼99%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
26.5 (20min) fps ∼25%
32.4 (27min) fps ∼41%
52.7 (47min) fps ∼56%
85.1 (49min) fps ∼86%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
21.8 (14min) fps ∼21%
25.9 (21min) fps ∼32%
47.3 (38min) fps ∼50%
75.9 (42min) fps ∼77%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
15.4 (11min) fps ∼15%
18.5 (14min) fps ∼23%
40.2 (29min) fps ∼42%
51.8 (48min) fps ∼52%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
11.9 (9min) fps ∼11%
15.3 (13min) fps ∼19%
38 (29min) fps ∼40%
52 (39min) fps ∼53%
GeForce GT 640M, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
11 (8min) fps ∼10%
13.1 (9min) fps ∼16%
27.7 (17min) fps ∼29%
49 (34min) fps ∼49%
Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop), A10-7850K, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
A10-7850K Asus A88-XM-PLUS
9.9 (7min) fps ∼9%
12.5 (10min) fps ∼16%
28.5 (19min) fps ∼30%
49 (37min) fps ∼49%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
9.8 (7min) fps ∼9%
11.8 (9min) fps ∼15%
28.8 (21min) fps ∼30%
52.2 (39min) fps ∼53%
Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
9.9 (7min) fps ∼12%
24.3 (15min) fps ∼26%
42.6 (28min) fps ∼43%
GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM, Seagate Momentus 7200.5 ST9750420AS
Asus N56VM
7.9 (5min) fps ∼7%
9.5 (7min) fps ∼12%
26.4 (17min) fps ∼28%
47 (35min) fps ∼47%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
8.1 (0min) fps ∼10%
19.3 (0min) fps ∼20%
27.2 (0min) fps ∼27%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
6.4 (5min) fps ∼6%
8.3 (7min) fps ∼10%
23.8 (19min) fps ∼25%
41.8 (35min) fps ∼42%
HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
7.2 (5min) fps ∼9%
17.6 (9min) fps ∼19%
36.4 (24min) fps ∼37%
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Lite-On LMT-256M3M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
3.4 (0min) fps ∼3%
4.3 (0min) fps ∼5%
9.5 (6min) fps ∼10%
17 (13min) fps ∼17%

Test Systems

Four of our test models came from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

These laptops ran with Windows 7 64 bit on a 480 GB Crucial M500, provided by Micron.

A further model, provided by Nvidia, was used:

  • HP Envy 15-j011sg (Core i5-4200M, 12 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 740M)

GPU driver: Nvidia 340.52, AMD 14.7 RC3 Beta, Intel 10.18.10.3652 Beta

We also ran benchmarks on other notebooks which may use different drivers.

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5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
?Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
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