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ArcaniA: Gothic 4

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Windows
63
2.8
Xbox 360
58
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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 A map of the realm with the island of Argaan as the next objective of Robar III's expansionist desires
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows People of Feshyr aren't very nice.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows After the opening, the mandatory tutorial, just in case you forgot what WASD are for
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

GamersHell.com Windows Oct 27, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Xbox 360 Oct 12, 2010 7 out of 10 70
HardGamers Windows Nov 06, 2010 70 out of 100 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct 12, 2010 69 out of 100 69
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
Entertainment Depot, The Xbox 360 Dec 12, 2010 5 out of 10 50
Xbox Mag Xbox 360 Dec 07, 2010 10 out of 20 50
Gamekult Windows Oct 20, 2010 5 out of 10 50
4Players.de Xbox 360 Oct 13, 2010 30 out of 100 30

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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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