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ArcaniA: Gothic 4

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Windows
63
2.8
Xbox 360
60
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79
WindowsGamers.at
Wir hätten uns nach so langer Wartezeit aber eigentlich ein wirklich „fertiges“ Spiel erhoffen dürfen. Im Vergleich zur Originalserie hat man in Sachen Gameplay, aber auch der Story, abgebaut. Gesteht man dem Spiel allerdings einständigen Status zu, ist das ganze gleich nicht mehr ganz so schlimm. Unterm Strich ist ArcaniA – Gothic 4 nämlich technisch und spielerisch ein gutes, aber eben nicht sehr gutes Rollenspiel. Das alles soll auch die schlussendlich Gesamtwertung ausdrücken.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Arcania: Gothic 4 soll die beliebte Rollenspiel-Serie gebührend fortsetzen. Im Test zeigt sich allerdings, dass Spellbound das Ziel verfehlt. Im Vorfeld versprach man viel. Heute zeigt sich, dass nur wenig gehalten wurde.
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Xbox 360Digital Chumps
In a week with the release of Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition and Fallout: New Vegas, I'm reminded that I personally have yet to play either series, not to mention Mass Effect or Elder Scrolls. There are several reasons for this, one of which I would attribute to accessibility and the time it can take to get fully in tune with those series'. Another would be the diversity and sheer combination of endings and character paths. Which is why when I fired up Arcania: Gothic 4 which I have been playing this week, I was pleasantly surprised and nearly instantly hooked on a very satisfying and addictive RPG in the vein of an Elder Scrolls or Dragon Age. Perhaps it's no surprise, but I haven't played any of the previous Gothic titles before (although I've read that they are well received). While not as polished, deep, or epic (for lack of a better word) as some of its counterparts, Arcania: Gothic 4 is a solid open world RPG experience that embraces newcomers and veterans of the genre alike.
76
WindowsGamingXP
Abschließend sei gesagt, dass Sie eine gewisse Einarbeitungszeit benötigen werden (der Einstieg kostet Nerven), genauso wie zumindest einen Mittelklasse-Rechner. Das Rad wurde definitiv nicht neu erfunden, doch das Kompendium aus den einzelnen Komponenten gefällt. Verlassen Sie Ihre Schafe und begeben Sie sich auf eine Reise von gigantischen Ausmaßen, und zumindest für zwei Nächte haben Sie einen treuen Gefährten gewonnen: „ArcaniA: Gothic 4“.
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WindowsPC Gamer
Gothic veterans may be left cold by this uncomplicated outing for the series, but for those looking for a good old-fashioned fantasy romp, Arcania has its charms. It’s predictable and shallow, with horrendous voice work, but if you go in expecting no surprises, there’s some incredibly addictive adventuring to be had.
75
WindowsVandal Online
Arcania: Gothic 4 nos ofrece un planteamiento bastante limitado en el esquema jugable, coartando muchas de las posibilidades de exploración (algo importante en un título de estas características) y reduciendo el sistema de juego a un simple intercambio de golpes con algo de evolución y mejora. Aunque sus prestaciones y planteamientos son sólidos, quizás no hacen gala de lo que podrían haber sido de mejorarse o ampliarse un poco más en sus cometidos finales. Lo que debería ser un juego de rol clásico y complejo, se ha convertido en una aventura divertida y entretenida ambientada en un mundo de fantasía. No hay que darle más vueltas. Así pues, aún con sus fallos, Arcania: Gothic 4 es un juego bastante recomendable.
75
WindowsGamersHell.com
Gothic games have been bemoaned for their graphical bugs and sloppy code but things are a lot cleaner and tighter this time around. Gone is the open-world of previous titles, replaced by mundane, rote, disappointingly shallow RPG that lives and breathes in an engaging, beautiful, and invitingly realized world. But for an RPG—as in life—just being pretty isn't enough.
75
WindowsIGN
While the PC version is certainly superior to the console port, Arcania: Gothic IV does very little to progress the genre – particularly in mission structure and storytelling areas – but what it ultimately does deliver is a loot-heavy dungeon crawling experience that doesn’t tax your skills. Instead it lets you leisurely enjoy the world and kill a lot of goblins and swamp flies along the way. In this way, the Gothic series has always filled in a more casual space than similarly minded RPGs. The combat has a decent level of depth, the island is sprawling though certainly not truly open-world, but at least varied and detailed. The story is distracting and disposable – kind of enjoyable but never subtle. It’s not going to please hardcore D&D purists or gamers looking for the next Elder Scrolls, but as a middle ground between deeper entries and linear adventures, Arcania: Gothic IV hits its stride.
70
WindowsGame Captain
Während Gohtic 3 vor allem mit seinen Bugs zu kämpfen hatte, sind solche Technikmängel beim offiziellen Nachfolger eigentlich kaum ein Problem. Stattdessen hakt es beim Rest. Nicht zuletzt angesichts hochkarätiger Konkurrenten, die eben genannte Dinge deutlich besser machen, wirkt das Spiel oftmals altbacken und verschenkt viel Potenzial. Wer gern ohne großes Kopfzerbrechen eine überwiegend hübsch anzusehende, abwechslungsreiche Fantasywelt samt schöner Soundkulisse bereist und Spaß an unkomplizierten Beutezügen mit ausgeprägtem Hack&Slay-Anteil hat, kann an Arcania trotzdem Gefallen finden, und nicht zuletzt auch Einsteiger werden angesprochen. Ein echtes Gothic ist es aber nicht geworden.
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Xbox 360Game Captain
Während Gohtic 3 vor allem mit seinen Bugs zu kämpfen hatte, sind solche Technikmängel beim offiziellen Nachfolger eigentlich kaum ein Problem. Stattdessen hakt es beim Rest. Nicht zuletzt angesichts hochkarätiger Konkurrenten, die eben genannte Dinge deutlich besser machen, wirkt das Spiel oftmals altbacken und verschenkt viel Potenzial. Wer gern ohne großes Kopfzerbrechen eine überwiegend hübsch anzusehende, abwechslungsreiche Fantasywelt samt schöner Soundkulisse bereist und Spaß an unkomplizierten Beutezügen mit ausgeprägtem Hack&Slay-Anteil hat, kann an Arcania trotzdem Gefallen finden, und nicht zuletzt auch Einsteiger werden angesprochen. Ein echtes Gothic ist es aber nicht geworden. Wer kann, legt sich die PC-Version zu, welche dem Xbox-Pendant grafisch deutlich überlegen ist.
70
WindowsGNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Spellbound Entertainment a rendu une copie intéressante et prometteuse. Elle ne répond pas aux critères des excellents RPG comme Fable III ou encore Dragon Age Origins, mais elle laisse entrevoir un joli potentiel. Pour le peu que vous aimiez l’aventure et l’exploration, vous saurez apprécier le titre à condition de fermer les yeux sur son aspect sonore et d’accepter d’être volontairement guidé tout au long de l’histoire.
70
Xbox 360IGN
Arcania: Gothic IV does very little to progress the genre – particularly in mission structure and storytelling areas – but what it ultimately does deliver is a loot-heavy dungeon crawling experience that doesn't tax your skills, but instead lets you leisurely enjoy the world and kill a lot of goblins and swamp flies along the way. In this way, the Gothic series has always filled in a more casual space than similarly minded RPGs. The combat has a decent level of depth, the island is sprawling - but certainly not truly open-world, and varied and detailed. The story is distracting and disposable – kind of enjoyable but never subtle. It's not going to please hardcore D&D purists, or gamers looking for the next Elder Scrolls, but as a middle ground between deeper entries and linear adventures, Arcania: Gothic IV hits its stride.
70
Xbox 360GameFocus
Arcania isn’t a bad game. It just feels like it should have come out a few years ago. An overused story that’s poorly delivered, some technical difficulties and a decisive lack of RPG staples make this a lot more of an action game made for the 2006 crowd. Fortunately, the combat is solid and in games like this, that’s usually not the case. Overall, Gothic 4 won’t stand out on any scale, but it does hold it’s own int he middle of the pack. You won’t pick this up before grabbing Dragon Age, but if you’ve already moved past the RPGs released over the last few years, Gothic 4 is an easy going and serviceable runner up.
70
WindowsMeristation
Lo que hace Gothic 4, lo hace bien, aunque no excelsamente, algo que se manifiesta especialmente en un combate entretenido y variado -aunque podría serlo más-. Por si alguien quieren hacerse una idea de las sensaciones que genera este título, se puede establecer cierta comparación con Fable, excepto que en el juego de Lionhead hay mucha más interacción con los personajes y más capacidad de actuar sobre el entorno, Arcania es bastante más simple que eso. Al final, es un juego interesante, bien hecho y presentado, pero al que le falta algo de esa chispa que tenían sus predecesores, y que los hacían tan especiales, incluso cuando estaban plagados de problemas. Si eso no se tiene en cuenta, estamos ante una aventura entretenida, que dará al jugador algunos combates apasionantes y preciosas vistas, pero al que le falta para llegar a ser destacable.
70
Windows3D Juegos
El reseteo de las series Gothic ha sido un paso atrás en la franquicia. No tanto por el cambio de género, sino por un descenso de calidad ciertamente acusado en todos los sentidos. No es que ArcaniA sea un mal videojuego, es estimable desde algunos puntos de vista, pero esperábamos mucho más de una saga tan veterana como esta.
70
WindowsGamer.no
Hvis du er Gothic-fan fra før vil nok Arcania skuffe. Jeg mener likevel selv den største blodfan kan ha en fin spillopplevelse med Arcania. Du får møte gamle venner, føre historien videre, bekjempe velkjente fiender og oppleve en vakker spillverden. Arcania er i bunn og grunn et velfungerende og tradisjonelt rollespill. Hadde det vært et ekte Gothic-spill kunne det vært fantastisk, fremfor bare godt.
70
WindowsHardGamers
Bref, Arcania: Gothic 4 aurait dû tout simplement s’appeler Arcania. D’un côté, appeler ce jeu un Gothic risque d’aliéner les fans de la première heure et de l’autre, les amateurs de hack & slash ne seront probablement pas attirés par un jeu issu de la série Gothic compte tenu de son passé très RPG hardcore. Manifestement, les développeurs ont voulu rendre le jeu beaucoup plus simple, peut-être pour le rendre accessible sur PS3 et Xbox 360. Arcania n’est pas un mauvais jeu, mais il aurait été préférable de le sortir avec moins de bogues et surtout ne pas lui donner le sobriquet Gothic; la note aurait été bien meilleure.
69
WindowsHooked Gamers
But I also never encountered a memorable moment. I never experienced an epic battle or even felt challenged. I started out with the purpose of avenging my murdered family, and then I succeeded. Everything in between seems so inconsequential and forgettable.
69
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Dabei stört mich nicht, dass Arcania mit den Gothic-Tugenden bricht, ich mag auch lineare Abenteuer wie Divinity 2 oder The Witcher. Mich stört, dass sich Arcania so beliebig anfühlt: Was nutzen die schönsten Landschaften, wenn ich darin fast nichts Denkwürdiges erlebe? Ja, das Spiel sieht hübsch aus, es hat flotte Kämpfe und wenige Bugs, kurz: es funktioniert. Aber es vermag in keinem Augenblick, wirklich zu glänzen. Arcania hat keinen Charme. Deshalb kann ich es auch niemandem empfehlen.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
If looked at as a jumping off point for newcomers to the western RPG genre, Gothic 4 is an enjoyable if shallow romp that will entertain less demanding fans with solid combat and a good amount of loot. Longtime fans of the genre, and especially fans of the Gothic series, will be disappointed in the games lack of depth and emotionless narrative. Games of this style are difficult to get right on consoles, as generally developers walk the fine line between simplifying the game to work with a standard controller and presenting enough depth and complexity to keep things interesting. If this series makes another appearance on multiple platforms, hopefully they'll be able to better strike this delicate balance.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Arcania isn't what anyone thought Gothic 4 would be. It's a marginally competent action/RPG with all the depth of a kiddie pool, not the huge open-world role-playing epics the series was previously known for. At least it isn't afflicted by the plague of bugs that crippled Gothic 3 at release. I didn't hate my time with it, and it's by no means impossible to find some value here. Just know what you're getting into before taking the plunge.
67
WindowsHasta los Juegos
Gothic 4 usa el núcleo de un juego de rol japonés estándar, envuelto en el caparazón de un RPG occidental, debidamente pulido y liberado de características que puedan complicarle demasiado la vida a los jugadores casuales. Da igual que en apariencia sea un RPG europeo, sus controles, su aplastante simplicidad, me recuerda más a un juego de la liga de Final Fantasy que a un título salido de la factoría Gothic.

62
WindowsCheat Code Central
The Gothic series has always been somewhat lackluster in the production department, so it's nice to see the new engine generating such amazing scenes. Perhaps the audio can be overhauled next time. The sound effects, particularly the environmental ambient sounds, are great. They are accompanied by a rich orchestral soundtrack that evokes the appropriate mood for the scene. But it's the voiceacting that kills me. There's the odd character that sounds believable, but most of them are atrocious. It's as though the actors just learned how to read. And with such awful dialogue that is also poorly translated, it's inappropriately comical. This is one time I wouldn't mind going back to the classic text-based RPG. You make your own decisions in life. You don't really have to make a lot of decisions in Gothic 4, but at least you can make the decision to buy it or pass on it.
60
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
If you like a well-focused story with interesting characters, attractive backgrounds, excellent music and streamlined gameplay, this is right up your alley. But if you’re a hardcore RPGer who is turned off by all of the hand-holding and the sloppy graphics details, you might want to move along to something else. As for me, I had a blast with the game, despite its flaws, which I hope the inevitable sequel’s developer will manage to fix.
60
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
For a company to follow the typical medieval fantasy fiction in an RPG the title needs to offer features that stand-out; unfortunately, Arcania barely offers a game that is respectfully presentable never mind unique. Arcania Gothic 4 may contain homage content for the authentic RPG player - and a substantial amount of that content to play with - but holding traditional value in a lot of character grinding and looting is not enough for the needed refurbishment of the Gothic series.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
So on the whole I’m unpleased with Gothic 4. It’s a wonderful graphics engine with an adequate combat system hampered by dull quests and a lack of action. More action would have put them into the action RPG realm, which I personally think is somewhat under-populated on the PC platform. Of course, more mainstream RPG fans are going to be turned off by the lack of common RPG elements. You’ll likely be better off picking up Dragon Age on the discount rack if you, like me, haven’t played it yet.
60
Xbox 360Console Monster
Arcania turns out to be a passable RPG, it has pleasant enough locations and plenty of quests to get stuck into, even if they do feel a bit similar to each other. The timing of such a generic release couldn't have come at a worse time however, and with Fable III and Fallout New Vegas also vying for attention, Arcania is a pretty hard sell.
60
WindowsEveryeye.it
Arcania: Gothic IV è il punto più basso della parabola discendente della serie. Di un grande GDR Occidentale, resta ormai un relitto sull'orlo di una fossa oceanica. Resiste ancora, alle correnti che si chiamano Fallout e Dragon age, grazie ad un gameplay comunque divertente, nonostante sia del tutto privo di profondità, e ad una componente artistica e visiva che lo salva dal limbo. Ma Arcania fallisce nel tentativo di presentarsi come il “terzo polo” della scena ruolistica. Evidentissimi difetti concettuali lo rendono adeguato solo ai fan più convinti della serie o del genere.
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WindowsGame Over Online
So on the whole I’m unpleased with Gothic 4. It’s a wonderful graphics engine with an adequate combat system hampered by dull quests and a lack of action. More action would have put them into the action RPG realm, which I personally think is somewhat under-populated on the PC platform. Of course, more mainstream RPG fans are going to be turned off by the lack of common RPG elements. You’ll likely be better off picking up Dragon Age on the discount rack if you, like me, haven’t played it yet.
60
Xbox 360Xbox World 360
Gothic has traditionally been a PC title, and although Spellbound have included radial menus to make 360 owners feel at home, this is still a pretty poor conversion and it needs the PC staples of quick-saves, scalable graphics and a mouse to be worth the asking price. If the Gothic series is ever going to be a success on console, Spellbound have much to learn.
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WindowsGamersGlobal
Arcania hat mit der Gothic-Serie nur im Setting und der Grafik etwas zu tun. Spielmechanisch ist es ein Action-RPG, das bei der Handlung, den Quests und den NPCs deutliche Abstriche im Vergleich zu den bisherigen Serienteilen macht.

Was bleibt, ist ein relativ bugfreies Spiel mit einem soliden Kampfsystem, das für die Zwischendurch-Erbauung gut geeignet ist, gestandene Rollenspieler aber nicht befriedigt. Durch die mangelnde Item-Vielfalt werden auch Action-RPG-Fans nicht perfekt bedient.
60
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Arcania is een zware klap in het gezicht van Gothic- en RPG-liefhebbers, maar biedt wel genietbare hack & slash in een knappe wereld.
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WindowsEurogamer.de
Wer Gothic will, ist bei Arcania falsch. Spellbound hat mit einem großen Rotstift das Fähigkeitensystem zusammengestrichen, die Spielwelt eingezäunt und die Charaktere zu Hülsen degradiert. Das gestaltet das Spiel vor allem leichter, aber auch langweiliger. Der exzentrische Oldie hat sich zum Fließband-Abenteuer gewandelt. Ein Abenteuer, das auf älteren PCs und Xbox 360 auch noch ruckelt.
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
ArcaniA is functional, it looks good, but it offers nothing special in its 20 or so hours. And if this is the bright future of the series, I can already say “May it rest in peace”.
55
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Arcania tente la démocratisation d'une série fondatrice d'un genre, façon « Gothic pour les Nuls ». Le résultat est consternant. Dépouillé de tout ce qui faisait la richesse et l'intérêt de ses prédécesseurs, ce quatrième volet peut à peine être considéré comme un jeu de rôle. Alors comme un Gothic... Mais le vrai problème n'est pas qu'Arcania soit un titre tout public, c'est plutôt que cette nouvelle orientation se soit résumée à supprimer de nombreux éléments sans faire valoir en parallèle d'autres qualités : doté d'une aventure générique et de personnages insipides, affublé de choix de game design hasardeux et d'un manque de finition pénalisant, Gothic 4 a peu de chances d'attirer un public en quête de RPG "light", qui lui préférera à la rigueur Venetica.
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WindowsPC Format (UK)
Like an MMO, there's an undefinable something that keeps you playing, probably far beyond what your sanity can properly stand. But it's not an MMO, far from it (obviously), so any slack you can cut games from that genre can't be granted to Gothic 4. It's got none of the depth of the previous Gothic games and is effectively just a relatively compelling hack-and-slash game. Hardcore fans will be disgusted, while casual slasher players probably won't even know it exists. Even if they did, it won't be offering them much they haven't seen before.
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Xbox 360Xbox Mag
Arcania : Gothic 4 alterne les hauts et les bas, mais parvient tout de même à enterrer une licence bientôt vieille de dix ans. Avec son côté RPG simplifié à l'extrême, une technique dépassée, et un monde bien trop petit, nul doute qu'Arcania restera une déception pour beaucoup. En revanche, ceux qui parviennent à passer outre les multiples défauts cités, pourront se surprendre à passer plusieurs heures à parcourir les plaines et les montagnes d'un continent qui ne restera malheureusement pas dans les livres d'histoire.
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Xbox 360Entertainment Depot, The
Arcania – Gothic 4 suffers from many problems, the least of which is that it doesn't come across in any way like a Gothic title. Save for a few characters and references, long-time fans of the series would have no idea they were playing the latest entry in an expansive CRPG series known for its difficulty and world interaction. With so many elements streamlined (crafting) or removed (factions), what's left is a lot of tedious nested fetch quests that will try your patience as much as it offers any adventure. Arcadia has the core elements of what makes CRPGs so exciting and addictive – discovery, pliable character advancement, and world interaction – they're just watered down and shoehorned in a rudimentary, repetitive design.
50
WindowsGamekult
Moyen Déception assez prévisible : ce Gothic 4 n'est ni un bon Gothic, ni un bon Action-RPG. C'est, au mieux, un produit scolaire, tout juste convenable avec ses graphismes assez réussis, ses aspects hack and slash plaisants, et son histoire pas désagréable quoique rendue confuse par la volonté d'en faire trop. La comparaison avec un Risen ou même un Drakensang est sans appel, et Gothic perd sur à peu près tous les tableaux : histoire, ambiance, immersion, profondeur de jeu, gameplay. Générique, quelconque, linéaire, simplifié à l'extrême, ce quatrième opus est en quelque sorte un Gothic light qui ne fait pas vraiment honneur à l'héritage hardcore de la saga et réussi l'exploit de ne même pas arriver à faire aussi bien que son prédécesseur. Certains blâmeront les consoles, on pourrait aussi fustiger l'inexpérience dans le domaine d'un studio a qui on a confié une commande et qui s'est exécuté bien gentiment, sans insuffler d'âme à un jeu finalement très oubliable.
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WindowsEurogamer.it
Avrebbe potuto essere un titolo moderatamente piacevole se non fosse stato parte dell'universo Gothic, che ci ha abituato a ben altri standard, e se fosse uscito qualche anno fa. Si salvano solo un sistema di combattimento semplice e intuitivo e un comparto grafico sopra la media: peccato però che un RPG abbia più bisogno di una storia appassionante che non della tecnica.
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WindowsBit-Tech
It's difficult to see just what JoWood were looking to achieve with Gothic 4 really. It's far, far too simplistic for series fans to enjoy, as all they'll be doing is lamenting what they used to be able to do the whole time. On the other hand, it's not got the right production values to attract the hack-and-slash crowd, so fans of that genre will retreat to the likes of Bayonetta. A sad day for the Gothic series then. In attempting to appeal to the mass market, JoWood has alienated its core fan base while not doing anywhere near enough to get the casual crowd on board. It's difficult to see who'll end up playing this, other than the developers, JoWood executives and us poor games reviewers.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Unlike its more interesting predecessors, Arcania: Gothic 4 is a commonplace action-RPG with boring quests, rudimentary controls, and dreary character development. All of these flaws make the game difficult to get emotionally involved in, which is the kiss of death for an epic RPG like this one that demands dozens of hours of commitment.
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Xbox 360NowGamer
Despite all these problems, Gothic 4 is just about playable, but when there are far better examples of the classic RPG out there, wasting your time with this would be an insult to the time an effort those titles had poured into them.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
To make things as short as possible, Arcania: Gothic 4 needs something to pull it away from the colossal bog of generic gaming, which is its current home. There's nothing distinctive about the world we're allowed to explore. Additionally, you have rather basic combat mechanics and a crude and uninspiring character development system. This is just another action RPG, destined to get lost in the ocean of other similar-looking games (did I say ocean, I meant pond... I said pond earlier, didn't I?).
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Windows4Players.de
Das ist ein Schlag ins Gesicht für jeden, der leidenschaftlich gerne in Rollenspiele abtaucht! Ich habe selten so viel Langeweile, so viel grausame Dialoge und so viel Unglaubwürdigkeit ertragen müssen. Was soll das bitte sein, Spellbound? Ein Deutschland-sucht-den-dümmsten-Helden-Wettbewerb? Oder Wie-portiere-ich-richtig-schlecht-auf-360? Die grenzdebile Verbeugung vor dem anspruchslosen Mainstream, der sich in einer Taverne gerne mit Klon-Reisenden unterhält? Ich habe nicht erwartet, dass man mit einem neuen Team genau das markante Spielgefühl anbietet, dass Piranha Bytes mal ausgezeichnet hat. Ich habe allerdings erwartet, dass man mit "Gothic 4" als Untertitel nicht nur Markenhengste anlocken, sondern eine ehemals faszinierende Spielwelt mit eigenen Ideen kreativ bereichern will. Das klappt nur an der Oberfläche der urigen Festungen und der idyllischen Landschaft. Aber darunter ist nichts als die Kastration auf primitivstes Rollenspielniveau [...].
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WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Beneath Arcania's often outstanding art direction and technical achievement lies a dry spreadsheet of must-have RPG elements, none of which is sufficiently developed to compel and all of which fail to balance against one another. But its ultimate failing is that it treats you like a heel. It neither mentally nor materially rewards the player, which is absolutely fundamental to an enjoyable RPG.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
На выставке gamescom 2009 мне довелось увидеть ранний билд Arcania. Скучающий продюсер бродил по безлюдным селениям, невпопад отвечая на пытливые вопросы журналистов. Прошел год. Игра как была, так и осталась пустышкой в блестящей обертке. Хотя даже графика, которой авторы кичились на презентации в Лейпциге (если показ начинают с получасового рассказа о шейдерах и честном HDR-освещении — жди беды), отстала от прогресса. Симпатичные пейзажи испорчены уродливым небом, изрыгающим ниточки серых пикселей, а по улицам шляются клоны с одинаково пухлыми, водянистыми рожами и похабными голосами1. Не красят Gothic 4 и кривенькие ролики, сляпанные, видимо, на последние евроценты.