Gothic 3 (PC DVD) (XP/Vista) £4.47 @ Amazon
Gothic 3 (PC DVD) (XP/Vista) £4.47 @ Amazon

Gothic 3 (PC DVD) (XP/Vista) £4.47 @ Amazon

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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.
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 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

Manufacturer's Description
You have saved your home island from the forces of evil in Gothic I and Gothic 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 -- but all will ultimately lead to you deciding the fate of humankind.

Product Features
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


Even more clunky than oblivion, but if you can put up with that then it has it's moments.

I'd say better than oblivion, once the bugs got fixed. Much more interesting storyline and interesting scenery. The combat/levelling system is also less borked.

Gothic 2 had all the amazing features of oblivion (persistent huge worlds, daily routines for NPCs etc), but several years before. And it was severely bugged on release as well.

good deal now the bugs are sorted.


Gothic 2 had all the amazing features of oblivion (persistent huge … Gothic 2 had all the amazing features of oblivion (persistent huge worlds, daily routines for NPCs etc), but several years before. And it was severely bugged on release as well.

So did Morrowind, and I'd rather have that or fallout 3 than either. I'm not sure I'd call it an interesting storyline (given that I can't remember it) but it did have some good scenery, especially the icy mountains and it's waterfalls.

good game, tried this on my i7 and phenom 940 II and after hours of patches the game still stutters badly when loading areas, very badly optimized engine which made me stop playing the game altogether.

It does have it's moments, but be prepared for a very thorough patching to start. Today's more powerful equipment helps but the engine just doesn't show it over Oblivion (it's primary competitor).
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