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ArcaniA: Gothic 4

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Windows
63
2.8
Xbox 360
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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 The tutorial was just a dream of the actual hero: a simple shepherd!?
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows You can craft stuff after you learn their recipe.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows You can get to important parts of every area faster and easier when you activate these teleport devices.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Windows After the opening, the mandatory tutorial, just in case you forgot what WASD are for

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
Digital Chumps Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2010 7.6 out of 10 76
Vandal Online Windows Oct 21, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Meristation Windows Oct 15, 2010 7 out of 10 70
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Windows Nov 16, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Console Monster Xbox 360 Nov 09, 2010 60 out of 100 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Mar 23, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Eurogamer.de Windows Oct 15, 2010 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Xbox 360 Oct 18, 2010 5 out of 10 50
Xbox Mag Xbox 360 Dec 07, 2010 10 out of 20 50

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Good gawd, someone kill this series already. 15 Indra is here (19671)
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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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