Gothic 3 (PC DVD)
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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: 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.
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In a nutshell:
Its 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.
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 isnt 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 isnt 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. Theyre 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 youve never heard of.- HARRISON DENT
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The largely negative reviews that this game received upon its release, were largely justifiable at the time due to the bug ridden train wreck of an unfinished game which Jowood... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by BobBobson
I tried to play this in 2010 on a modern PC with the latest community patch. As a fan of Risen, Oblivion, Morrowind, I'm used to the RPG conventions. Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2010 by Stokie Dave
This game is a few years old but does not feel dated in the slightest.
When it first game out the was lots of performance issues but now, with the help of patches and mods, it... Read more
This is a great RPG game, that seems to have been a bit over looked. There is a huge map to explore and the combat is great. This is also helped along by a good story line. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2010 by I. Singleton
unfortunatly there are a few glitches with this game but downloading the latest patches helps the graphics are good
there is no set objectives so to get the xp you need to do... Read more
Gothic 3 is something of a gaming tragedy. It's a vast and extremely ambitious role playing game that should have been a worthy rival to Oblivion and a shining example of how to... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2010 by P. Tschismarov
As soon as gameplay starts you realise this is going to be one of those games you'll peck away at for about 20 mins then lose all interest and never touch again. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2010 by F. M. Havicon
I fould this game realy good. I would say that you should get it.Published on 21 Dec. 2009 by A. J. Roberts
Gothic 3 is the best fantasy based RPG game available. It is even better than the awesome Oblivion. When the game was released it was almost unplayable. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2009 by Stuart Hughes