If you wanted to check out Risen
before you purchased it (which seems like a good idea given the less than favorable reviews the game is getting, the folks at Deep Silver have released a demo of the game
which allows you to explore the early parts of the game.
Of course the frustrating thing about demos like this is that if you do buy the game you're going to have to re-play this part of the game again. While it does go faster the second time isn't it about time that game developers starting taking their demos into account so that those who purchased the game after playing the demo could start out where they left off instead of having to play that part of the game again? Let me know what you think in the comments.