The island is fictitious, as are the fantasy creatures that inhabit it. In Risen, the player has different options for weapons, classes and fighting styles, including your standard hack and slash with a sword. There is an option to focus on a magical route, avoiding brute force all together with the mage class. There are professions the player can focus on as well, including smithing and lock picking, which are leveled up in the same manner as the main weapon and magical classes. The PC version game has gotten decent reviews from major sources such as IGN and PC Zone, but the Xbox 360 leaves much to be desired in terms of control and bugs.