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Gothic is a series of role-playing games with action combat, originally created by the German developer Piranha Bytes. The games are set in an unnamed medieval fantasy world, in or around the fictional kingdom of Myrtana.

Story

The first three Gothic games are united by an overarching storyline. The nameless male hero is initially deported by Rhobar, king of Myrtana, to a prison colony separated from the rest of the world by a magic barrier. The first Gothic (2001) describes the hero's struggle in the colony, which ends in his escape. In Gothic II (2002), the hero travels to the island of Khorinis, trying to avert the advent of a fearsome dragon, and getting involved in a war between humans and orcs. Finally, in Gothic 3 (2006), aided by his friends, the hero reaches Myrtana and neighboring countries, where he must find a way to stop the war and discover the plans of the manipulative magician Xardas, who had been his instructor in the first two games.

Gameplay

Gothic games are set in vast 3D environments, which can usually be freely explored. The protagonist is able to jump, climb, swim, and dive. Combat is action-oriented. Experience points are awarded for defeating enemies and completing main and secondary quests. Leveling up grants the player a number of ability points. However, the player must also find NPCs who would train the hero in various categories; the player can then decide into which ability he/she wishes to channel the gained experience. The protagonist can specialize in close combat, ranged weapons, and magic. Choosing one path does not exclude the others; theoretically, the hero can be trained fully and acquire all the skills in all three categories.

Conversations with NPCs and sub-quests play a significant role. Typically, the player must perform quests to gain the trust of NPCs and raise the hero's social rank. The player can (and often should) join some of the factions present in the games. Usually, joining a faction alters some of the subsequent quests, and might also influence the events of the storyline.

Trivia

After developing three main games in the series, publisher JoWooD announced in June 2007 that they will continue development of the series with another studio. JoWooD now owns the rights to the name Gothic and the franchise, which was officially confirmed on June 6, 2007.

The official fourth game in the Gothic series, developed by Spellbound, is called Arcania: Gothic 4, and features noticeable gameplay changes compared to the previous games in the series. However, original developer Piranha Bytes has teamed up with publisher Deep Silver to release Risen, which looks and plays similarly to a Gothic game and can be considered a spiritual successor of the series, despite the fact that the developers were forced to invent a new world and new characters after losing the copyright.

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail 8 Succès Hits Compilation 2007 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Arcania + Gothic Pack 2011 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif 2011 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
5.3
box cover thumbnail ArcaniA: Gothic 4 2010 Windows, Xbox 360 Role-playing (RPG)
6.2
box cover thumbnail ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (Collector's Edition) 2010 Windows, Xbox 360 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Arcania: The Complete Tale 2013 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Gold Games 6 2002 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Gothic 2001 Windows, Nintendo Switch Action, Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Gothic (Fan Edition) 2006 Windows Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Gothic 3 2006 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
7.1
box cover thumbnail Gothic 3 (Collector's Edition) 2006 Windows Special edition
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Gothic 3 (Game of the Year Edition) 2008 Windows Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods 2008 Windows Action, Role-playing (RPG)
4.8
box cover thumbnail Gothic 3: Gold Edition 2008 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Gothic 3: The Beginning 2008 J2ME Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Gothic II 2002 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Gothic II: Gold Edition 2004 Windows, Nintendo Switch Compilation
7.7
box cover thumbnail Gothic II: Limited Gold Edition 2004 Windows Compilation, Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Gothic II: Night of the Raven 2003 Windows Add-on
8.2
box cover thumbnail Gothic Universe 2007 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Gothic: Collector's Edition 2005 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Gothic: Complete Collection 2012 Windows Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Gothic: Playable Teaser 2019 Windows Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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Heldenzeit 2004 Windows Compilation
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