A nameless hero becomes a legend! Myrtana, a world in upheaval: overrun by orcs from the dark lands in the north, King Rhobar is defending Vengard, the former stronghold of the humans, with his last troop of followers.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (499 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 13, 2006

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"Very buggy game at release. Later fixed by one of the greatest community patching efforts ever - be sure to play with fan patch 1.75 - Good Action CRPG!"
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About This Game

A nameless hero becomes a legend!
Myrtana, a world in upheaval: overrun by orcs from the dark lands in the north, King Rhobar is defending Vengard, the former stronghold of the humans, with his last troop of followers. Chaos reigns without: rebels are offering resistance, and the Hashishin of the south are openly collaborating with the orcs.
Rumours that the nameless hero of Khorinis is on his way to the mainland spawn both hope and worry. Whose side will he take? Who will feel his wrath, who enjoy his favor? Only one thing is sure: his deeds are going to change Myrtana forever...
Liberation or annihilitaion – the fate of the world of Gothic lies in your hands! Create your own individual gaming experience through different solution paths.
Dynamic, action-packed combat system: choose between Fast Attacks, deadly whirlwind close combat, or shooting from a distance.
Immerse yourself in the most colorful and authentic fantasy world of all time – Myrtana awaits you!
  • Specially designed easy combat system
  • Clear main goals—story driven yet dictated by player’s choice
  • Huge free–roaming world—virtually no boundaries
  • Advanced human behavior AI for hundreds of individual characters with full audio dialogues
  • Countless side–quests for the player to choose from
  • Over 50 different monsters and animals and dozens of human enemies
  • Over 50 different powerful spells and over a hundred different weapons
  • Unique class–free character development

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows XP/2000/XP 64-Bit/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD CPU 2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1024 MB Ram or higher
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 128 MB Ram and Shader 1.4
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 4.6 GB
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
For me, playing Gothic 3 was a lot like owning an old pair of underwear.

On its own, it's nothing impressive. But put it over your head, and you can be the life of the party for a total of 10 minutes, at the expense of your dignity and sanity, leaving you to question "Why am I doing this again?" and remembering you're in too deep to stop now. After all, Gothic 3 can be a great time sink when your eyes and ears are covered. Sure, it's deceptively fun while it lasts, but it'll leave you feeling a sense of remorse when the party ends.

I'm not game to play it without the community patch from the reviews I've seen, and judging of what I've played so far. All things considered, I enjoyed exploring for the most of it, given I would deliberately have to ignore awkward camera controls, occassionally frustrating optimisation, half-arsed animation and a game-breaking mountain jumping option.

The last offender, when I discovered you could stumble upon end-game with ease detered me from playing.

Overall, got my kicks out of it, but I wouldn't say Gothic 3 holds up as a decent game in this age.
Posted: September 26
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
An underrated gem. With the community patch, this buggy and broken game becomes slightly less buggy and broken to the point where the strength of it's other elements is able to shine.

Namely, a massive open, explorable world with a variety of towns, locales and the ability to make choices with consequences ingrained into the game mechanics in a way which makes sense for the story. The writing is somewhat bland, but the freedom is stellar and the soundtrack is breathtaking (if small).

Gud gaem. Not a polished AAA production by any means, but better than it's given credit for.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Please, ignore my gameplay hours, you will find in my post why.

Well, for the year this game was made it has great graphics, i think the best graphics for that time, please don't forget it is made in 2006 and don't forget they were forced to relase the game sooner. It is an inimaginable game for that time and I strongly suggest you to play it.

In Gothic3 you can be whatever you want, you can fight for the Orcs or for the Humans, you can be from a full thief to a hero, from a strong warrior to a smart age, you can end it in different ways, it's all about you. You have all the freedom you want, but you explore it at your own risk. You have a lot of side quests and a great main quest line. It is more action-orientated than other Gothic games because you will fight with your own army (yes, your own army!) for saving cities from enemies, etc.

I suggest you to play it's predecessors to see how much the game evolved and because the storyline continues from the end of Gothic2. For all of those saying: "I am a Gothic fan, but I don't like Gothic3!" well, then you are not a Gothic fan, why could you say something like that? Same storyline, same characters, same awesome hero, it is not Arcania, it is Gothic3, it is really good and unlike Arcania they really keep the storyline.

About the Community Patch, yes, you need it for the game to run well, but if you can play a better game, why should you complain about the Community Patch? Don't forget that the game was forced to be released sooner

I know I have a low gameplay time, because I have a really weak laptop, but I still love the game because it is simply awesome! :D

10/10
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
91.9 hrs on record
Compared to Gothic 1 and 2, there's virtually no storytelling, most dialogues have been simplified and shortened significantly, and there are errors in the plot continuity. The five friends make a return, but they've been reduced to quest givers for one simple fetch/hunt quest, and after that they never play a role again.

Even though the game fails to connect to what its predecessors established, I’ve had a positive experience playing Gothic 3. It boasts an immense open world, and the voice acting for all dialogues as well as the beautiful music still provided enough immersion to enjoy it.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Nostalgie <3
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
First off I would like to say, even though my time says I have only played 30 hours. That is when I got it on steam. I actually got the game on a CD first(saddly the CD broke and lost all my saves >.<), and I've clocked well over 60 hours on that. I don't know my exact time but i've seen and played a lot of this game.

Much like the Gothic series, this games boasts a HUGE landscape to explore. Even if you look on the top world view(main map) That is about half the map as their is a whole other level to the game, the amount of caves and tunnel you have to explore is huge as well. The areas you have to explore are beautiful and some scenes you can just stand there watching it for awhile. The map is huge for a game that doesn't give your a great fast-travel system, but that is the fun of an open world game, them forcing you to explore.

This game, is unfinished though, even the developers came out saying that the people who put them up to it, rushed the game to be released long before it was ready. So you will find caves that are completely empty, pockets of pitch blackness even with a torch. Grass and trees that don't match the landscape. Even some areas that are just empty of anything. Anyone who has played through and explored the map has seen this, it does mark the game as not completed. Now, if they had completed the game, it might have been THE best game of that time, but, who knows, they never did.

Comabt wise, the game is very simplistic, it goes on a 'duel' system, so you'll rarely have 2 or more people gang up on you, so it is mostly 1v1, even if you are surrounded by an army. Your moves consist of the same thing and it's very easy to kill the enemies. Saying that though, any archers or magic users are not afraid to cast their spells at you, even when your already fighting someone, and spells in this game are VERY unforgiving, some even doing a 1 or 2 hit on you. What makes this game all the harder, is that there is no auto-save feature. So you will have to manually save. It's smart to save every time you enter and leave a town, this game will make you a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ saver. Getting killed with a sword or axe though, is just as easy, as the computer gets the exact same attack patterns you do, and if your not careful, you can be quickly killed off. (Basicly, once they start a combo and you can't break it, your dead.). Archery works fantasic and forces you to aim and be accurate, shields actually do their job, I.E. stopping arrows from hurting you and magic... magic is a ♥♥♥♥♥ sometimes. Overall, the combat is wonky and unforgiving sometimes, but workable.

The quests, although quite simple at times, range wide, towns usually consist in the same but you'll find that the game does follow the progress so, killing off an orc town, well, that means going into any other orc towns wont be easy. This game also has quest that spans the continants. For instance, one quest, for you to get a boat skimatic, which is roughly the middle of hte map, well, to get said skimatic you have to go to the south, into the varrent, a desert, well, sorry, the guy wants ice wolf pelts, and those, can only be found in the north in nordmar. The game makes you travel to this fantastic areas to grab something, it is truely amazing the amount of work was put into this game that wasn't even finish.

This game lacks polish, that is evident in the fact they got rushed to release it, I don't blame the dev's for that, you can only do so much in a certain amount of time and your not allowed to push over. If you can look past it's flaws the game is great, the story is lacking somewhat and isn't that straight forward, but, it makes you take your time and explore. Overall, it is a good game for those who don't mind the lack of polish and the sometimes wonky gameplay. I've loved playing it and I think many others will too.

Quick tip to anyone wanting to get this. Focus on leveling up and getting lots of quests done before truely picking a side. You'll get twice the amount of quests.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
It's currently $2.49 US. Buy it. A game that's been around for a long time, I have personally played the crap out of it long before I got it on STEAM. If you are dissapointed, you simply don't like open world RPG games.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.2 hrs on record
Casual gamer here.
I played Gothic 3 the same time Oblivion was released. My motive for trying/buying it again was purely that it was on sale and decided to give it another crack (and that i had lost my previous CD). I thought i might choose another way to end the game (3 different yet similar endings). For those who seek a game of exploration and 'liberation' of cities without loading everytime you enter into a door, this could be the game for you (1 time game loading).
The bad.
- Story is predictable with same generic quests
- Combat gets repetitive, left click the mouse and let the monsters just die
- Characters look like tomb raider 1
The good.
- HUGE WORLD with a lot places to go and explore... some being quests others just having some epic loot
- Day and night cycles, when NPC's go to sleep and move around
- Music is actually very good.

Before playing install the Community patch and remember that a boar can kill you >.<

Thanks for reading!
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
If Piranha Bytes had another year to polish, add more content and work out the kinks Gothic 3 could of been one of the best video games EVER made. But instead, its just a really awesome game. Gothic 3 is definitely the best and most beautiful game in the series and a game that makes you feel allot of nostalgia when you play it. and when you are playing it you can't help but to often think that the game could of been epic level if the game was polished and had more main story quests. it is most definitely worth the low asking price on steam. a must play game if you are someone who can still love a game despite it's bugginess, anyone who has played a bethesda game knows what i'm talking about, bethesda's games are epic but buggy and so is Gothic 3.
Posted: October 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
It's an ok game.

The game worked ok for me, though when turning around as it loads the different environment it seems to lag a bit.

Combat animations are very lazy, the same sword slash motion is used when weilding a spear. Looks very strange to swing a spear in the left right slash animation, a spear should have a thrusting animation of it's own. And the weapon hitting doesn't make a sound.

Thought I didn't like the game, but I keep returning and wanting to play.

I'd rate the game 5/10 but not really a game I'd recommend. If you really want to try this game get it on sale like I did for $2.49

It's not totally terrible especially if you like old school RPG's.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
This isn't a popular opinion, but I think the Community Patch makes this the best game in the Gothic series. The end game kind of breaks down, but the journey is incredible. The cold, war-torn world of Myrtana is brutally indifferent in every way, and merit is the sole determiner of success in this harsh landscape.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
The best game for me... A good story, a huge world and all the things that you expect from the Gothic Series. The only problem are the BUGs but if you pass them you'll discover a great game.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
it's good so far.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
A disappointing sequel for such a promising series. It still managed to be something unique.
Gothic will always keep the title "best rpg I have ever played" on my list.
Posted: October 21
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
The first 3 hours consisted of looting villages with their residents not caring and running away from small pigs that headbutt you to death as well as monkey-goblins with sticks.

The next 3 hours contained running away from giant trolls with large sticks and orcs that you can only see from 6 metres away because of the game's render distance system.

I ran into a giant city with a forcefield around it and killed myself accidentally because I didn't realize I couldn't enter the city at all.

In this game, the deer equivalent are packs of wolves roaming together in lofting green fields, and the wolf equivalent are small pigs that can kill you in groups of 3. The wolves jump through the fields gracefully, chewing on the grass happily with their kin. The pigs however, are meat eating, campfire starting, forest lurking beasts that are an unwreckable force when there are more than 5 or 6 of them in a group.

The game is quite fun, but the only issues I have with it are the previously mentioned render distances which also affect landscapes harshly, the lack of a good tutorial system, and the fact that it still carries some bugs involving combat and movement around steep terrain.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Just as tedious and boring as the first Gothic, lost interest. Suprised it worked though.
1/10
Posted: September 27
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5 of 14 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
"THIS IS THE ♥♥♥♥TIEST GAME IVE EVER PLAYED"
-God-
Why the hell would anyone want to buy this game.. yah its on sale but the fighting ,the interface, the whole god damn game is terrrible and you will be disapointed in this game.. buy it if u want a really terrible game :)
Posted: October 18
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225 of 247 people (91%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
This is my first serious (mind the end) and public review on Steam.

Basic Infos
Gameplay lengh: About 300-500 hours if you want to level high and see everything. 150 if you play through most content quickly.
Required skill level: Experience with RPG games and knowledge in oldschool RPGs. Studing how the game mechanics work but also keeping a cool head for hours.

Please note even if I'm merely clocking about 50 hours of it on Steam as of this review, I've already played through the game with the DRM-free version of it and it took me over a month of playing this game daily without any rushing through.

Furthermore this review has been written considering the following essential mod, depending on how you see it. It is about as detrimental for the game as the game itself.

- Gothic 3 Enhanced Edition Patch v1.75 International release

It is highly recommended that you install this patch before you play this game.

There are a couple of other mods out there that enhance this game, like the "Questpaket" version 4.2, which has English subtitles available.

About Gothic 3:
A lot of negative things can be said for a game like Gothic 3. It was released, as all releases of the Gothic series as a catastrophe. In 2006 at the time of release it was such a crash prone, bug ridden mess that almost nobody liked it, not even hardcore fans. Very similar to Gothic 1 it even was unbeatable because of the many bugs and problems. But since Piranha Bytes has a strong bond between them and the fanbase, they dicided to handle things over to the community. While some might argue that this is a rather lazy way of developing a game, a lot of others believe that the fans certainly knew for the best, sonsidering the unreasonably strict timeline publisher JoWood inflicted on Pyranha Bytes. After over 3 years of patching and care-taking, this game was finally able to become the greatness as envisioned by the developers but also the fans. It's considered the definite version of the game.

You also don't need to play through Gothic 1 and 2 in order to understand this games backstory. However, it can answer a lot of questions regarding the world, the Hero himself and his way to handle prople. Still, if you take your time reading through hundreds of pages of dialogues alone you can quickly grasps what happened around you.

Gameplay:
Gameplay-wise this game has the typical Hack and Slash action formula with the twist of also adding role playing elements in a different way as people knew already from previous Gothic games. Imagine a Game like Diablo with the freedom from games like Fallout but in third person, and you get what Gothic 3 is supposed to be. That might be the best way to describe this game.

The main theme of this game can also be considered its main gameplay aspect, and that is the theme of freedom both in the storyline and gameplay-wise you'll find yourself in a world that doesn't explain much to you. Because of that you should properly always think about focusing your skills so you can live an easy life and Gothic typicaly this game is anything but easy.

For instance and without spoilering of course there are quests in which the player has to defeat hundreds upon hundreds of enemies with the help of maybe one Non Player Character. Quests can range from simple "Kill this Person or this Monster" and fetch quests, to whole adventures based on exploration. Even non Gothic fans know about the infamous "Where is the Guro?" questline that only people who truely enjoy exploration found as it's entirely optional regarding the entire game itself and the reward is to travel throughout the game while finding interesting and secret things. This doesn't mean that this game is boring, as Hacking and Slashing is the main focus and leveling up itself offers so many options to choose from.

To give a few examples, there are 39 spells to choose from, and there are 23 passive skills to learn just for doing physical attacks or to defend yourself and there are much more different skills ranging from smithing, to stealing from someones pocket. All of them need learning points and you get 10 of them with each level up and while this sounds simple it merely gives you free room so you tackle the immense hordes of hundreds of enemies in the middle game.

The Gothic series is known to be very challenging and hardcore games and the third incarnation is no exception from this. Almost all of the several hundred Quests are available from the start of the game where the only true requirement is to find them if the player chooses to wander around looking for important "named" Non Player Characters. It has to be noted that this game is totally MASSIVE. Apart from MMORPGs, most single player games don't come close to this in scale. This can be intimidating for newcomers of the genre, as there is no fast travel or any form of help other than a compass. It takes about an hour to walk from the lower left to the upper right corner of the entire game. About 40 minutes if you choose to run (about twice as fast as walking) and wait for the stamina to replenish.

As you can walk to almost every place right after the start of the game and due to the freedom of this game it's totally up to you on how to handle things entriely your own way. However, with this freedom a lot of considerable mistakes are bound to happen. As the Hero shapens the way you can desire to choose whatever you want so it's recommended to always think about your next step, like what you would like to skill next or if you really want to follow a specific quest.

I haven't yet tackeled the general setting, but thats just because that this game is focusing on hardcore hack and slash gameplay that even hundreds of quests aren't exactly this eye-catching. The premise goes like this, you either join up with either the Orcs or Humans and kill those who are in charge, of this entire ordeal. As every NPC is killable right from the start, it's up to you to kill EVERYONE, or follow the rules as set up in the beginning of the game. This may sound simple in paper but believe me its far from it, as you need careful planning to archive the main goals of this game.

Graphics and Sound:
Graphically this game was amongst the prettiest in 2006 and as it actually stood the test of time says a lot about its graphical fidelity. To be honest the grass landscape of Myrtana alone looks almost as good as Skyrims and considering the age and budget gap of both games I believe thats surely an achievement.

In terms of sound however, this is one of the best games for the PC, ever. Seriously, if you even just enjoy good music you have to get this game right now. Kai Rozenkranz is a genius when it comes to creating atmospheric music that fits spot on into the game. However, there is one song that stands out negatively and thats the Battle music. It's always the same theme when you're fighting a usual enemy and after a few hundred hours this may get on your nerves. This is forgotten when the player finally reaches the city of Ishtar, where argueably the best music in the entire game plays and you'll find yourself again after spending hours upon hours of your free time into this game without noticing that it's dark outside already, in the real world of course.

Verdict:
Gothic 3 is a very ambitioned game and I believe that its too bad the project was cut short for release due to the old publisher. With the user created patches and mods mentioned above however I believe that this might be one of those games that will stay fun even after decades to come. I highly recommend everyone to buy this game when a Steamsale comes along if you're still not sure if this game might be of interest to you. If you think this game is interesting and you enjoy huge in scale RPGs with an oldschool soul, get this now.

Recommended food while playing:
German Beer with Sausage and hot mustard
Posted: June 17
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34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This has got to be my favorite of the series released so far. It's the original Piranha Bytes and not Jowood's repurposed attached naming Arcania, nor their butchered works of Gothic 3 Forsaken Gods. Most would prefer of the series the Gothic 2 as their favorite, but I prefer Gothic 3 for its community patches, content packs, and revised combat system, that makes use of button combinations for different attacks, of parry, reposte, slash, poke, and kill shots, as well, for a game that came out nearly a decade ago, it can still push a system, due to its complete open world nature, and openGL based engine. For that reason, I still use it for testing systems max volume decibel level on fans of gpus. This game has gotten better with age, and it shows with special thanks to an active community of content refiners. I look forward to and have high hopes of the return to Myrtania in the next true Gothic named sequel with Piranha Bytes at the helm again. This series holds a special place in my heart, and the soundtrack is masterfully written, and captures the scale and variety of locales. With a lot of voice acting, multiple ways to play, and freedom to go wherever you wish, this game has managed to keep me occupied full of episodic gameplay that I can pick up and put down whenever I like. This is truly a game I would love to see how much better it could look, if it got a remastering or High resolution facelift as it would still be worth buying for the 6th time. If you like action rpgs that give you the ability to be in 3rd person, 3\4 view, and first person view with a plethora of myth and lore to boot, you owe it to yourself to give this game, and franchise a try.
Posted: June 20
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
English Review
I love games, where weapons are used as swords, bows, axes, maces, ...
I've had this game on CD earlier, but when I found out about its discount on Steam, I didn't hesitate to buy it.
Gothic 3 is the game for more demanding players, who love twists and challenges. Colorful environments, great fighting invent, many techniques of fighting, searching for objects and artefacts, putting on an armour, using magic or learning new abilities to improve technique skills and many other stuff which this game offers.
The game has amazing story and your main hero can deside which side he will choose. Either rebels or the king Rohbara who worships god Innos, either mercenaries collaborating with orcs who worship god Beliar or unexpected cooperating with wizard Xardas. The map is divided to three units, in which you accomplish tasks and by this you improve your abilities, but inventory also.
As you can decide whos side you're going to choose, then there are going to be three different ends.
I have passed this game many times and also mentioned ends.
If you want to know more about the game, play it or find more about it, nothing stands in your way to buy it immerse into the story and the role of main hero.
Rating: 10/10

Slovak Review
Milujem hry, kde sa využívajú zbrane ako meče, luky, sekery, kyje, ...
Túto RPG hru som mal už skôr z CD a keď som sa dozvedel o jej zľave na Steame, neváhal som o jej kúpe.
Gothic 3 je hra pre náročnejších hráčov, ktorí milujú zvraty a výzvy. Malebné prostredia, široký bojový invent, rôzne techniky boja, hľadanie predmetov i artefaktov, nasadzovanie si brnení, používanie mágie či učenie sa nových spochopnosti k vylepšeniam techník a dovednosti a mnoho iných vychytávok ponúka táto hra.
Hra má krásny dej a náš hlavný hrdina si môže vybrať, na koho stranu sa postaví. Či k rebelom a kráľovi Rohbarovi vyznávajúc boha Innosa, žoldákom spolčených s orkmi vyznávajúc boha Beliara alebo nečakaného spojenia sa s čarodejom Xardasom. Mapa je rozdelená do 3 celkov, v ktorých plníte rôzne úlohy a tým si vylepšujete svoje schopnosti, ale aj invent.
Tak ako môžte si vybrať na koho stranu sa postavíte, tak potom budú 3 rôzne konce.
Ja sám som prešiel túto hru už viackrát a spomínané konce tiež.
Ak sa chcete dozvedieť viac o tejto hre, zahrať si ju či zistiť ako sa veci majú, nič iného neostáva, len si túto hru kúpiť a ponoriť sa do deja, do roly hlavného hrdinu.
Hodnotenie: 10/10
Posted: July 26
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