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ArcaniA: Gothic 4

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Windows
63
2.8
Xbox 360
60
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Description

The hero of the Gothic saga has fulfilled his destiny and became King Robar III. Once he recklessly agreed to deliver a strange amulet for a blind lady, and from that moment on, his soul became corrupted. Now all the former hero can think about is power and conquest - but not for long, as a new hero has risen somewhere else...

ArcaniA: Gothic 4 is the successor to Gothic 3 and based upon the stories of the previous games, but does not continue it. It is a single-player, role-playing game with a "back-to-basics" approach, and features which have been slimmed down.

Taking place a decade later than the previous game, players take the role of a new hero whose motivation and goal is to destroy the forces who have massacred his loved ones.

Unlike other Gothic series games, the world map here is much smaller. Although each location can be explored fully, once at a new location there is no going back to a previous area. The plot is linear. Through the series of quests, the storyline progresses as each objective is reached, eliminating guesswork. There are no guilds or factions to align with, and no in-game morality code so the player doesn't need to worry about being thrown in jail for opening the wrong chest, stealing an item or killing someone. In addition, the amount of inventory items that can be carried has no cap.

There are three main classes (mage, ranger and warrior), skill trees and levelling up as experience increases. Battles are action-based. Choose to fight with ranged or melee weapons, or cast one of the three types of spells (fire, lightning or ice). Spells increase in strength in alignment with the player's levels. Gather plants and minerals to create potions and other items using a simplified crafting system. Upgrades to armour and weapons can be purchased with the gold amassed from fallen foes or quest rewards.

Screenshots

ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows Xardas still uses a skeleton servant.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows There are a couple of quests which give you freedom to choose between two or three options of solving them.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows Tree of Tooshoo. A place which welcomes Mages of all three gods. Innos, Beliar and Adanos.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows Shadow beasts, just as nasty as ever. ( In terms of appearance at least. )

Alternate Titles

  • "Готика 4: Аркания" -- Russian spelling
  • "Gothic 4: Genesis" -- Working title
  • "Gothic 4: Arcania" -- Working title
  • "ArcaniA: A Gothic Tale" -- working title

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The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 11, 2010 79 out of 100 79
PC Gamer Windows Oct 13, 2010 76 out of 100 76
IGN Windows Oct 12, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
GameFocus Xbox 360 Oct 22, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Windows Oct 15, 2010 6.9 out of 10 69
Game Informer Magazine Windows Oct 19, 2010 6.75 out of 10 68
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Oct 26, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Mar 23, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GamersGlobal Windows Oct 16, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 15, 2010 11 out of 20 55

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Trivia

Working titles

ArcaniA: Gothic 4 underwent quite some name changes during its development. Announced as anonymous sequel to Gothic 3 calling it Gothic 4 informally was a logical consequence. Though there have been four official announcements wreaking some confusion among the players. Here is a naming history:
  1. Aug 2007 Gothic 4: Genesis
  2. Apr 2008 Gothic 4: Arcania
  3. Sep 2008 ArcaniA: A Gothic Tale
  4. Mar 2010 ArcaniA: Gothic 4

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