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Gothic 3 (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Specially designed easy combat system
  • Clear main goals -- story driven yet dictated by player's choice
  • Huge free-roaming world -- virtually no boundaries
  • Advanced human behaviour AI for hundreds of individual characters with full audio dialogues
  • Countless side-quests for the player to choose from
  • Over 50 different monsters and animals and dozens of human enemies
  • Over 50 different powerful spells and over a hundred different weapons
  • Unique class-free character development
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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Computer Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000A432TW
  • Release Date: 10 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,954 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

In a nutshell:
It’s not just the Japanese that can put together a decent role-playing game, as the Gothic series returns with state-of-the-art graphics, a giant game world and more monsters to vanquish than a whole Tolkien trilogy.

The lowdown:
It may not be as famous as The Elder Scrolls games but this latest entry in the Gothic series can give Oblivion a run for its money as the deepest, most expansive Western role-playing game around. The plot isn’t necessarily the highlight of the game but you are completely free to sign up with the rebels defending your homeland from orcs or welcome your green-hued masters and get work as a mercenary. The combat isn’t quite as slick as it could be but the game world manages to offer both a huge amount of freedom and a more focused set of story missions, that make levelling up far less of a chore than in other games. In fact this is probably one of the most underappreciated Western role-playing games around.

Most exciting moment:
The most immediately impressive aspect of the game are the graphics, which are truly stunning. Although the game features all kinds of unpleasant monsters and violence, in actual fact just wandering around the unspoiled verdant game world is strangely entertaining in itself.

Since you ask:
Although you only play as one character throughout the game, not a team, you do get allies helping you out during certain sections of the game. They’re a bit foolhardy when it comes to taking on bad guys but it is nice to have the company.

The bottom line:
The best Western role-playing game you’ve never heard of.- HARRISON DENT

Manufacturer's Description

Gothic III will deliver what other games have only promised: A living world where the players can freely choose the way they want to play. Players may explore the world and enjoy its richness and enchanted atmosphere or decide to follow a darker path and even ultimately destroy it.

You have saved your home island from the forces of evil in Gothic I and II. Now it is time to travel to the realms of the mainland.

Invading Orcs have enslaved the human kingdom. There are but a few free humans in the icy north and the southern desert and a handful of rebels hiding in the forests and mountains of Midland.

You may either join the rebellion or serve the Orcish Usurpers but you will ultimately tip the scales and decide the outcome of the last war to save humanity.

There is no simple linear story in Gothic III, every game will be different and unique.


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Gothic 3. A retrospective review by Graham Schofield

READ THE NOTES ADDED AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE REVIEW, 4/1/2012.

I truly wanted to love this game...I really did.
I also wanted to give this game 5 stars all the way, but problems got in the way.....Read on ( long review warning !!!! )

On paper it sounded perfect, a vast free roaming RPG that can be played in first or third person perspective, a limitless level ceiling, hundreds of quests that , whilst I was playing certainly did not feel generic OR dull.

No indeed from the first moment this game booted up and ran I new I was in for one hell of a ride. I love RPGs. Especially PC based RPGs.
All the Might & Magics done ? Check. All the Fallouts done? Check. Every PC AD&D game done ? Check. Did I lose my life to Everquest? Check. Am I now losing my life to WOW?...well, you get the picture....that's me...uber-RPG- geek.

So when I first saw how beautiful this game looked, and how potentially complex, yet also, conversely ,how easy the combat could be...I was lost. I became the wayward warrior forging his way home after years of hardship, only to arrive at the local dock, head straight for my home town and finding it infested with invading Orcs, dispatched them as best I saw fit. Once that introduction to the combat was complete, I ventured round my home town, picked up a quest, which just so happens to be THE MAIN STORY QUEST. And what was that quest? To find a blind human necromancer called Xardas who had helped the Orcs conquer your homeland. Why had he done this? It was up to you to find out. If you, like me, read into that simple quest description " find the badguy and kill him" then join the club, as inevitably, that is what the game is about.
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Fun to play, good improvements over Gothic2 in graphics, resources management (e.g. don't have to wait 50 times to cook 50 pieces of meat, items increase health in percents instead of points, etc)

But...

Uses only one CPU, 100% (so having a dual or quad core machine is no help)

Requires lot of resources (I'm playing on Vista, 2GB memory, NVidia 7600), the game gobbles up the whole memory, up to 1.5MB of memory when it crashes with "Smart heap: Out of memory" errors.

This happens during Load or Save (regular and Quick); after restart the saved game is corrupted, and trying to load it will deadlock. Annoying!
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First off - the overall game is not at good as Oblivion IV, so buy that if you have not done so. However in its own right it has some potential and if you endure with it (and reload often) it can bridge the gap until the next Elder Scrolls comes out next year! :)

Some good points:
- Great world to wonder around in - lots (sometimes too many) monsters/animals to slay
- Life-like in that you are not just shepherded through the main storyline (i.e. at the moment (half way through the game) I only have an inkling of what I have to do and where)
- For its age the graphics are good and the music is not annoying
- Many skills to develop to take the character into different directions (though you will be hard pushed to get around becoming good with the sword first)

Some bad points:
- Character very weak at the beginning - bl***y hard to survive at first
- You do not get armor from foes only weapons (not very life-like)
- You need to install all the updates first (inc 1.72!) otherwise game is quite bugged
- Although there is a more complex fighting system (with blocking etc) I find slashing works best
- At first animals (especially wolves) will mull you - so save often

Enjoy!
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Finally got around to playing this game (in 2014) and what a pleasure this epic RPG is proving to be. I thought I'd played all the best/major 'swords and magic' RPGs but this game is right up there with the best of them.

Gothic 3 is quite a few years old now but still looks and plays a treat. The game has many of the key elements that are familiar to fans of the genre - massive open world, lot's of quests, spells and weapons aplenty, varied bestiary, alchemy, crafting etc.

The game itself has a buggy history but this has been rectified with the community patch which is freely downloadable or available bundled with the Gold edition. The patch also allows optional modification (toughening up?) of the gameplay balancing and combat mechanism.

The game has a few drawbacks - a) Due to the unbounded open world design, it can be jerky when loading data as you move around the game world. b) The savegames are a bit slow to load (20 secs on my PC, although apparently this is a vast improvement on the pre-patched versions). c) The ironically? advertised 'Specially designed easy combat system' can at times just be an exercise in mouse mashing (although the community patch does provide an option to address this issue).

Above niggles aside, Gothic 3 is an essential must-play for RPG fans. It'll keep you occupied for weeks and weeks.
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From the ever dubious glowing first review to the people who've given up too easily. I've played with an out of the box install on a 3400XP 2gig ram, 7800GS system without any problems at all but other people have definitely had issues. More ram seems to help the most. There's been a patch released since launch and another one due.

The Gothics never handed you anything on a plate and have always been a little rough around the edges but offer the meatiest roleplay experience in my opinion.

I had to liberate an orc held city. Well actually I didn't have to but it was an option. I was having difficulty doing it by convential means so I lead a troop of monster from a nearby cave into the city and let the orcs deal with them first. By the time the battle was over the city was ripe for conquering. Just one example of how you could solve a quest in G3. There were probably other unorthodox means I could have used but I'll reserve that for my second play through.

I can understand how frustration with gameplay issues and crashes would lead anyone to dismiss this game and if that's going to be an issue then you should wait perhaps a month or two for a definitive patch before deciding to buy it. But do buy it.
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