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Gothic II (Windows)

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Description

The demon known as The Sleeper has been banished and the magical barrier around the prison mining colony on the isle of Khorinis destroyed. The nameless hero who accomplished this, however, had to pay a high price: he lies buried under a pile of rocks.

Shortly afterwards he is revived by the renegade mage Xardas. A new threat is rising: evil armies, led by dragons, are gathering in the old mine valley. Someone has to take the news to the people of Khorinis and help them in defeating this menace. But the people have their own problems: the war against the orcs is still raging on on the mainland, and the king has sent his paladins to Khorinis to make sure that the mining of the magical ore continues, now that the prisoners have fled the mine. Many of the former prisoners have now become mercenaries, hired by the farmers on the island, who refuse to obey the king and his minions any longer. Violent conflict seems inevitable.

Gothic II is a 3D action role-playing game that uses a refined version of the previous game's engine and controls. The world is many times larger than in the first game: the mine valley (which has changed a lot in the meantime) is still accessible, but is only a relatively small part of the game now. As in the original game, the player can join one of three different factions, with the choice influencing the player character's abilities, opening up different quests and changing the details of the story. The available factions are the city militia, the mercenaries and the fire mages.

Aside from significantly expanding the environments and adding many new weapons, armor, and monster types, the sequel plays very similarly to the preceding installment. Combat and magic are action-based; melee fights are based on combinations of attack moves and directional arrows. Non-playable characters follow a daily schedule, and many objects are usable.

Screenshots

Gothic II Windows Reading books is educational and can improve your stats.
Gothic II Windows A very accessible but well guarded Dragon Slicer sword
Gothic II Windows The Ice Dragon
Gothic II Windows Fighting a mighty Orc.

Alternate Titles

  • "救世英豪 II" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "哥特王朝II" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Готика II" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Gimme more Gothic! אולג 小奥 (168605) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Good continuation of the first. Addicting and satisfying .. but not perfect. Jeanne (75617) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Challenging, beautiful, open-ended, smart, long; class gaming ShadowShrike (309) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Another Great Game Experience Cabeza2000 (681) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Who could have thought they would top Gothic? Mattias Kreku (423) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ruined by superficiality András Gregorik (65) unrated
Excellent sequel Wimp (75) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

The Press Says

Quandary Oct, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jun 28, 2003 90 out of 99 91
4Players.de Nov 29, 2002 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2002 88 out of 100 88
PC Zone Benelux Jan, 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Nov 17, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
IGN Nov 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Mar 05, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Thunderbolt Games Jul 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2002– #2 Best PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002– Best PC Role-Playing Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 13, 2003 - Best RPG in 2002 (Readers' Vote)

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Felix Knoke (136) added Gothic II (Windows) on Dec 02, 2002