Gothic 3

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At the end of Gothic the nameless hero destroyed the Avatar of the god Beliar known as the Sleeper. But although his body was gone, the Sleeper wasn't ready to give up and chose an undead dragon as his new form in the world. So in Gothic II the goal was to defeat his four minions, which he left behind in the mine valley, and the Sleeper himself with the power of the Eye of Innos.

In Gothic 3 the hero and his companions have now reached the mainland of the kingdom of Myrtana. Despite the efforts of the mining colony on Khorinis, the orcs won the war and enslaved the humans that wouldn't acknowledge their rule. There are now three main factions on Myrtana: the rebels who are still loyal to King Rhobar and want to defeat the orcs; the orcs themselves; and the mysterious assassin guild with their own agenda. During the game the player needs to choose which side he is on and help them to fulfill their goal.

To make things even more difficult, all rune magic has disappeared from the land. Only the magic of the ancients still works; but for that the player needs to find the magic scrolls well hidden across the land. The goal is now to find out what happened in Myrtana and find the mysterious wizard Xardas, as there are rumors which say that he's the one who helped the orcs win the war - and some even say that he is the one behind the disappearance of the rune magic.

To do so, the player is free to roam the world from the start (even so it's not wise since many animals will eat the hero for breakfast). The journey begins in a small village the hero helps defend against the orcs; in the north lies the icy region of Nordmar, and in the south there's the desert of Varant, where the assassins chose to live. The game world is significantly larger in this installment and includes three vast regions with several towns and other settlements in each, almost any of which can be accessed and explored at any time. Teleporter stones unique to each location can be found and used to shorten travel times.

The core gameplay is similar to that of the earlier games in the series. Leveling up and learning new skills and talents requires learning points as well as gold needed as payment for the trainers inhabiting the world. Points can be invested to learn new abilities or improve available ones (e.g. fighting with one-handed swords). Since in the previous two games the protagonist has defeated everything from a Bloodfly to an Undead Dragon on the island of Khorinis, in Gothic 3 he starts already as a fully grown hero equipped with a good weapon called Orcslayer. However, tougher foes await him, and many side quests can be undertaken in order to improve his skills as well as his reputation among the competing factions. Unlike the preceding games, there are three difficulty levels available; also, enemies populating the surface are roughly of the same strength regardless of the location, making free-roaming much more feasible than before.

Another difference from the previous games, besides the visual updates, is the new fighting system. More combo attacks are available, and combat is fully controlled by two mouse buttons instead of the old keyboard-based system (though the control scheme can be customized). For the first time in the series it is possible to use shields for better blocking. Additionally, there are more talents to learn, for which a basic skill in the correspondent area needs to be increased: for example, the ability to pick heavy locks requires a thief skill of at least 30, etc.

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  • Готика 3 - Russian spelling
  • 哥特王朝3 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • 救世英豪 3 - Chinese spelling (traditional)

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Average score: 72% (based on 52 ratings)

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Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 69 ratings with 4 reviews)

My kingdom for a horse

The Good
The graphic environment and musical score is beautiful and probably the best I've seen and heard (more realistic than Oblivion), I especially enjoyed the part when you just enter into Nordmar and hear the Scottish bagpipes and it begins to snow.. wow!

The amount of choice and freedom in the storyline is very interesting, allowing you to do basically whatever you want to do. When I first played, I envied a Paladins sword and shield, so I took him out and used the shield to the end of the game.. granted it took a lot of hacking, arrows, potions and running away to accomplish this.

As with other Gothics, the skill up levels are clever and the fact that levelling up does not become progressively more difficult as you proceed through the game, makes it fun. Gothic III continues with the unlimited itinerary stuff which you can carry which although is not realistic, it is way more practical, and not annoying like Oblivion where you may become overburdened and can't move when a minotaur is chopping away at you.

The Bad
Unfortunately I was one of those who played the game without patches (some of us only have dial-up) at the beginning so I experienced most of those critters... and their are plenty of em, but once you patch them, they are no longer such major problems.

Although you have freedom to do what you want, if you go overboard and kill too many Orcs they all want to kill you and you lose the general plot of the game...sometimes you can mess up the main quests or lose the plot. If you can find the plot!

The Combat systems in Gothic 3 is Neolithic (caveman style), a big disappointment when compared to Gothic 2 where you actually had to concentrate and be clever when fighting. Often you end up chopping up one of your buddies by mistake, and then have to knock him out to become friends again!. When you attempt fancy moves your opponent often dodges them so the best method is often slash and hack. Backing away monsters, wolves etc.. is also annoying. If you die, you may as well go and have a cup of Coffee whilst waiting for the game to reload. (even on highspec computers)

Although you do get Teleport stones, it would be nice if their were horses around, sometimes you have to travel loooooooooooong distances to reach a target and back again. Sometimes you have to get teleport stones from rooms and get bust for thievery!! (maybe patches change this)

The main story line is difficult to pick up, and sometimes you wandering around in the wilderness at a loss.



The Bottom Line
I enjoyed this game, but did not feel part of the character like I did in Gothic 2. The storyline was a bit vague.

If you are looking for a fantasy RPG world with amazing graphics and freedom to do what you like then this is definitely a good game to get hold of. It is comparable to Oblivion, but different (you shoot your bow horizontally not vertically)

Good fun, just make sure you load the latest patches and keep all the wolves skins you find!! plenty of folks want them on side quests.

Windows · by Thekwane Black (30) · 2009

The poor man's Oblivion

The Good
First off, I did not touch this game until the Community Patches were available and mature, so my review is based on the modified gameplay, not the original. I got the game to run under Windows 7 64-bit, but it required finding and updating the DRM driver. There were plenty of doom and gloom reviews when it originally arrived in late 2006, but after four years of bug fixing and number tweaking, it's a rather enjoyable, playable game. Parallels to Oblivion can obviously be drawn, much like comparisons between Gothic 2 and Morrowind.

The world of Gothic 3 is much bigger than 2. You can spend days, or even weeks, immersed in the forests of Myrtana, and then realize you have a whole snow-capped mountain range and barren desert to traverse as well. Teleport stones are a blessing in this game -- they're the first thing to find in any new city.

The storyline of the game is dependent on whom you side with. Rebels, orcs, nomads, desert traders, northern clans, rangers.. there is a lot of diplomacy and treachery to be had in this game. Hope you like quests, because there are several hundred of them in Gothic 3. Sure, there are a few shopping and extermination quests, but there really is a wide variety for what the game can do.

The day/night cycle is great; this game is a real treat with HDR and shadows. Lots of ambient sound effects, and a nice, dynamic orchestral soundtrack to back it up.

The Bad
Maybe it's just Win7-64, but the game is very RAM hungry. 2 GB was not enough, had to upgrade to 4, and even then it ate all it could. Lots of HD reading, but that's the consequence of turning detail up to max.

While I appreciate keeping the content focused, I miss a few things. There is little lore in the game, just a background story on the three gods and their factions while you read a few lecterns. Ironic that the towns are full of bookshelves when there are so few books and scrolls. Also, no flying or riding, just a lot of walking and running (and a little bit of swimming, but not underwater). Creatures don't fly either; there are a couple dragons but confined to caves.

Magic doesn't have the attention in Gothic 3 that it deserves. You meet few mages in the game, mostly toward the very end. Spells are fewer than Gothic 2, and not competitive with a sword and bow until much later.

For such a well populated world, there sure are very few women.. all the NPCs are male. There is an enormous amount of spoken dialogue (not at once.. just amongst many NPCs), and not a great variety of actors to speak it. Granted, the game was developed in Germany..

I get really annoyed by the time needed to make swing attacks, drink potions, and use spells/items. I realize it can be considered more realistic, but any attempt to use items near enemies will get the hero sent airborne in a screaming ragdoll death. Then you get to wait for your saved game to load..



The Bottom Line
Gothic 3 is about as non-linear as an RPG can get while having some sense of purpose and an ending in sight. You play the nameless hero, shipwrecked on a new continent with all your former friends. Gothic 3 sticks with the basics. No classes, alignment, elves, dwarves, fairies, or princesses.. Just you, the occasional ally, and a gigantic mass of land, filled with a few factions of humans and a whole lot of orcs, among some other wildlife. The Community Patch team did a pretty good job of bringing the Gothic 3 experience a little more in line with 1 and 2. That apparently changed with Gothic 4: Arcania, so it looks like I'll be trying Piranha Bytes' "Risen" instead.

Windows · by Andy Voss (1861) · 2011

I am a little bird flying high, but taking a hard fall.

The Good
First of all, I must mention that the graphics of this game are great! Everything looks natural and... well beautiful. Maybe some characters have dumb faces, but that's okay... you can overlook that.

Maybe the best thing in this game is the soundtrack. I never thought I would ever hear such a good soundtrack. I mean... every song this game has to offer is on my winamp playlist, and that says a lot. Most of them have the "repeat" option enabled :D.

The story of the game is okay, nothing new though. You simply go to Myrtana, and as usual, you clean the place of orcs. Wait! There is something. Now, you can join the orcs too. I liked that, even if I never joined the orcs. Maybe someone else did, having enough of the classic "orc hater" hero.

The game also features tons of secondary quests, which will keep you busy until the end of the adventure.

The Bad
That would be all the good things. First of all, Gothic 3 tries to overtake any "enemy" it finds. But unfortunately, Gothic 3's "warfare" requires lots of "ammunition" and it seems Piranha Bytes had no more. Creating something without having the required elements from the "recipe" will ultimately result in a big "crash!". Gothic 3 was made like that. A huge game, that ultimately falls under its own weight.

First of all, I must tell the reader about the new actors, PB used for the voice recording. Maybe that wouldn't have been such a bad thing after all, if the voices didn't sound stupid. Wait... sorry about that. The voices sound REALLY stupid. The nameless hero, once had one of the best voices I've ever listened to in a game. A voice full of sarcasm and stuff, and any dialogue with the hero was a delight. Some of them were really funny, because the hero used to say lots of jokes. Now, our nameless hero has the voice of a brainless brute. No more jokes, only taunts. Yay! (may some say. I didn't)

The game will drain all your PC's strength. The Graphical engine is badly done and the game will lag a lot even on high-end PC's, but of course if played on maximum details.

There are a lot of bugs and glitches in the game. Oh yeah... I almost forgot. There are bugs that cause crashes. Even with the latest patches, most of them were not fixed.

Usually, while roaming some woods, you get attacked by some beasts. Cool. Crash them all! Yeah, you crash them, but after that you find out that you finished a quest you haven't even started. What the...??!

The game takes a lot of time for loading/saving/ quitting. That is annoying. Really. Even if you can roam trough all Myrtana/Varant/Nordmar without a single loading screen, waiting 5 minutes for first loading is REALLY annoying.

The Bottom Line
First of all, the game is okay, and it's worth to play it. It offers more than 20 hours of gameplay and fun. Even if most of the secondary quests are all the same. But, after some time, you get annoyed of anything you liked in the game... and you begin to feel sorry for playing it.

Windows · by Hypercake (1310) · 2008

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Trivia

Bugs

At release, Gothic 3 still contained a lot of bugs. Even three official updates did not solve all problems. A community member from the official Gothic 3 board of the publisher's forum, Hans Trapp, made the first unofficial (fan-made) bug fix. His so called "Fire Chalice Bugfix" fixes an unresolvable main quest. It was released on June 7, 2007 and started a huge wave of fan-made bug fixes, which ended in the semi-official "Community Patch" which was supported by publisher JoWooD Productions Software AG.

The previous Gothic 3 gold master was called back because of the amount of bugs that were still present. On Sept. 26, 2006, JoWooD Productions Software AG let the public know that the new gold master for Gothic 3 was officially finished and in production:

Liezen, Österreich, 26th of September 2006; Thousands of fans have been shocked after the message: “Gothic 3 is not gold anymore”. Rumours about delays, current situation of development and quality problems circulated trough the community and fans became much more nervous each day. JoWooD Productions, Deep Silver and Piranha Bytes attach great importance to on a very good quality which suits the expectations of the fans. Due to this reason the version has been optimized till the last second. Now it’s done: Gothic 3 is ready and in production. The game will be released on the 13th of October.

Game engine

The graphics engine used in the game is called GENOME and was developed by Piranha Bytes. Gothic 3 is the first game to use this engine.

PC Powerplay

The German magazine PC Powerplay gave the game an unenthusiastic review of 67%, mostly because of the bugs, and used the headline "Why Gothic 3 is a huge disappointment" on their cover. According to their own account in issue 12/2006, they received an angry phone call by JoWooD's marketing director (shortly before the magazine's distribution) in which he threatened to withdraw all advertisements and to convince all other companies of the gaming industry to do the same. Later JoWooD's lawyer threatened to take out a restraining order to stop the distribution of the magazine unless they blacken out the headlines of the cover. Later the threats were driven back to a compensation lawsuit. The German online magazine 4players.de, which awarded 68%, reported of a similar reaction after their review.

References to the game

The game was parodied in two episodes of Die Redaktion (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. They were published on the DVD of issue 12/2006 and 01/2007 respectively. The first one is an indirect parody about the many bugs in the game.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – Most Buggiest Game of the Year
    • 2006 – Biggest Disappointment of the Year
    • 2006 – #3 Best Voice-Acting of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – Biggest Disappointment of the Year (PC)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 01, 2007 - Best PC Game in 2006 (Readers' Vote)
    • February 01, 2007 - Best German PC Game in 2006 (Readers' Vote)
    • February 01, 2007 - Best PC RPG in 2006 (Readers' Vote)

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  • 3D Gamers - Gothic 3 Downloads
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  • Community Patch Team
    The website of the semi-official community patch team. Which consist of community members of the Publisher's (JoWood) officials board. Here you can find the current Updates for Gothic 3 made by the community members.
  • Gothic 3
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  • Gothic 3 Game Guide
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  • Gothic3.net
    Another comprehensive site about the game, in German and English.
  • Gothic@RPGDot
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  • Gothic³ Interactive Map [G3iMap]
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  • UHS Hint File - Gothic 3
    Comprehensive solution and strategy guide set up in question and answer format.
  • World of Gothic
    Another Gothic site available in German & English.

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Game added October 14, 2006. Last modified January 28, 2024.