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Gothic (Windows)

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Description

With the orc hordes invading, the king needs a lot of magical ore to create enough weapons for his army. All the criminals are now sentenced to work in the ore mines till the end of their days. To prevent them from escaping, the king has a group of powerful wizards create a magical, impassable barrier. But the barrier grows out of control, capturing a large chunk of terrain within itself, and the wizards become imprisoned inside. In the confusion that follows, the prisoners kill the guards and take over the whole area within the barrier.

Many years later, the prisoner community has been divided into three camps: the Old Camp, where miners dig up ore and sell it to the king in exchange for goods from the outer world; the New Camp, where anarchy rules, and where the miners dig up ore in hope of blowing up the barrier with its magical power; and the Brotherhood, whose members worship a mysterious god called the Sleeper, hoping that he will release them. A new convict has been recently dropped into the prison, trying to find his place within the community, and knowing nothing about the pivotal role he will soon play in earth-shaking events.

Gothic is a third-person perspective 3D action role-playing game. The game is set within the Colony, the large area of land within the barrier. The player is free to explore most of the Colony from the beginning, thought it may prove difficult, as the protagonist is initially very weak and most wildlife can kill him with one attack. Combat with melee weapons requires the player to input combinations of keys to execute various types of attack.

The player character must train to increase his attributes - Strength, Dexterity and Mana. As he vanquishes creatures and completes quests, he receives experience; with enough experience, he will gain a level, which not increases the number of his hit points (and thus lengthens his lifespan), but also gives him skill points. If the hero meets someone who is eager to teach him, the player will be able to spend skill points to increase attributes or learn completely new skills.

Skills include: the increasing ability to fight with various types of weapons; the ability to pick pockets and locks; and the ability to jump further and sneak. The protagonist can also learn to harvest furs, claws and other things from the animals he kills, and then sell them for money. Collecting plants and getting meat from defeated creatures can be very useful, since eating food heals the main character, or restores mana lost when casting spells. The game features a day and night cycle, character schedules, and interactivity with the game world: for example, the player can find a pan or a stove and roast raw meet to raise its healing qualities.

The player can choose to join any of three camps, which influences most of the quests in the first part of the game. By focusing on particular skill sets the player can turn the main character into a specialized melee fighter, archer, or mage. However, it is also possible to learn skills belonging to other classes at any time. Even if the player doesn't want the protagonist learn mage skills, he can still find or buy scrolls and runes which allow the hero to cast various magic spells, e.g. toss fireballs at the enemies, teleport, turn himself into other creatures, and many more.

Screenshots

Gothic Windows Main menu
Gothic Windows Inventory
Gothic Windows The New Camp
Gothic Windows Some of the people in old camp

Alternate Titles

  • "救世英豪" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "哥特帝国" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Готика" -- Russian spelling
  • "Gotika" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

A pleasant surprise! אולג 小奥 (168743) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A CRPG to praise for all of the eternity Herzalot . (301) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
To take or to be lunch, that is the question micnictic (385) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A well-executed RPG with a great atmosphere SharkD (415) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
My best RPG experience so far Cabeza2000 (691) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Sadly unknown, but fantastic for those who found it Mattias Kreku (423) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
A good RPG, worth the twenty dollar purchase. Aaron Jones (16) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Great story, fun to play, highly addictive! Maja Bommel (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

RPGDOT May 21, 2001 91 out of 100 91
PC Action Mar 21, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Game Captain Mar 27, 2001 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania Mar 15, 2001 88 out of 100 88
Miasto Gier Dec 28, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 2001 87 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy Jan 15, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Over Online Mar 29, 2002 78 out of 100 78
JeuxVideoPC.com Nov 10, 2006 13 out of 20 65

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
German title? 2 Terok Nor (18404)
Jan 09, 2009

Trivia

Development

Gothic was developed without an option for mouse control -- everything was keyboard-only. When editors of gaming mags were shown an early build, they complained about the cumbersome handling and sluggish controls. So the developer, Piranha Bytes, put in mouse control -- in the last month before going gold!

Music

In the beginning of chapter 2, the band In Extremo (a German band that mixes medieval music with elements of rock) gives a virtual performance in the old camp. Due to licensing issues, the performance is cut in some non-German versions and re-releases.

References

In the swamp camp the player can meet an insane NPC named "Baal Netbek". He is named and modelled after Joachim Nettelbeck who was a reviewer for the German magazine PC Player at the time. He even lent his voice to the character.

Version differences

The German and the US-American versions of Gothic are both censored but they are censored in different ways: In the German version there's less blood and in the US-American version there's no nudity.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2002 - Best RPG in 2001
    • Issue 02/2002 - Best Game World in 2001
Information also contributed by Mobygamesisreanimated and Monkeyhead

Related Web Sites

  • Gothic I - Español (This Language Pack is based on the Spanish Gothic I release by Egmont Interactive (1.08j). It contains the menu scripts, game scripts, subtitles, fonts, and three videos in Spanish.)
  • Gothic@RPGDot (Comprehensive Gothic Site for Gothic 1 and 2 including news, commentaries, designer diaries, screenshots and forums)
Alexander Schaefer (2326) added Gothic (Windows) on Apr 13, 2001