Everybody is loving on the Gothic, which I totally agree with, but not so much on Risen. I enjoyed the hell out of all 3 games in that series, maybe not quite to the level I did Gothic, but I finished them, and I think I played the first one through twice. Yeah, Elex didn't get the hype train it should have, seemed to be under the radar, but I'm glad others enjoyed it besides me. A sequel news is cool.
What I like about all three series is that you start out totally weak and will die very quickly if you don't figure out how to fight correctly and/or wander into an area with tougher baddies. Eventually you become bad-ass, of course, and the payoff really feels good because of how much you worked for it.