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 (537 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
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I know this game has been around a long while now, but I've never played this game before and let me just say this game is amazing. I've had much more fun with this game than other big rpgs like Skyrim and I'm 30+ hours in and not even half way finished. The game world is huge and this game is truly meant for adventurers, explorers and questers, there is so much to do. Tons of quests even hidden quests, and tons of hidden things to discover. You can steal most items from chests or the game world just like an Elder Scrolls game. The game never holds your hand and if you play with the community patch the game is quite challenging to. I'm really thinking this game may have been underrated or something, & I was told it was unplayable at release so that must be it. It's totally playable now though so I'm not sure why there aren't more people talking about it? It's an RPG that came out in 2006 and is easily better than most RPGs that have come out since that time. Every NPC in the entire game is even voice acted and there are tons of NPCs & towns in this game. You can kill every NPC in the game even quest NPCS, and anything you kill or pick up never respawns. I'd love to see another game like this get made in the future. I realize there have been more games made like "Risen" etc, but they are a bit different in certain ways. I didn't feel that the screenshots for the game in the Steam store did it justice, I feel the game looks better than what is shown.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
75.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
8/10 - The last true Gothic to bear that name. Forget Gothic 4 or the DLC. This great (after many, many patches) RPG is the true end to the saga. World is vast and worth some exploring. Worth investing time into.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Only 4 hour in, and yes, STEAM users bundle Gothic 1/2 DO NOT WORK :(

However, I am enjoying Gothic 3

Play on, kill stuff, get killed, save lots, it's like many rpgs but more fp than 3rd person compared to the likes of diablo1/2 which I love.

Not as detailed as MAngband, but ASCII isn't everyones cup of tea (newbs try Angband first as its turn based)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Things and stuff. 9/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I love this game...
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
with the community patch this game is wonderful :)
onceagain metacritic score is way off
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Very nice game !! You can craft, fight, explore, swim, make friends, make enemies, upgrade your skills, do quests! You can do everything! Ok, maybe the - is the groups. I founded 1 group of orcs. And there were about 30-60 orcs ! That's just unrealistic! But i am recommending this game! I will give it 10/9!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
vary fun game ! good trade system and amazing skill system
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Достойное продолжение серии, при первом прохождении затягивает очень и очень надолго, srsly.
P.S. категорически запрещаю играть в Gothic 3 без комьюнити патча. Ставьте сразу, чтобы не плеватсья от дефолтной боевки.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Even with community downloaded content meant to patch the game, its broken. Cant get it to run regardless. Wouldnt mind getting my money back
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5 of 14 people (36%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Horrible game, do not recommend. If you like doing nothing but pressing left mouse button over and over again, this is a game for you.

-Beautiful world, lots to explore
-Everything is voice acted, but very poorly compared to g1 & 2

-Very simple dull combat
-Armor just docent look or make you feel badass compared to G1 & 2
-Really buggy
-Voice acting is ♥♥♥♥ (is gorn voice acted by a white guy?)
-The changed all the characters that got on the boat with you at the end of G2, the voice acting is no were near what they were and they changed the armor of them so much that if their name was not above their heads you could not tell it was them.
-Character models just look plain silly, some character's heads just look way to small for their body.

This game would be playable an enjoyable if they combat was not so damn boring and simple.
If you liked G1 & 2 you will probably be disappointed with this game.

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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Not a bad game .

always has some problems , after i exit the game and i have to restart the pc .

6 / 10

** black friday and christmas sales are coming **

save your money there are many better things to buy
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5 of 18 people (28%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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.

But now after 32 hours of game play the game is frustrating me, with vague quest descriptions causing me to wander in circles and then alt tabbing out of the game to do a search for how to complete quests, I end up with a black screen and crtl alt delete doesn't work and have to manually shut down after the black screen. Don't waste your time playing this. AVOID at all costs.

I'd rate the game 3/10 not a game I'd recommend. A waste of time even if it was free.
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8 of 28 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Honestly didn't play the game much. Started with the lackluster tutorial where I walked around smacking down orcs and stealing my neigbors' stuff. Nothing groundbreaking but not really fun. Still, maybe it just starts slow.

Here's the ♥♥♥♥♥. In the middle of the tutorial, attempting to click on a chest and steal my neighbor's stuff, I accidentally clicked on his bed instead. (That's not the problem. That was totally me being clumsy, not the game's fault). My character walks towards the bed, but there's a chest in the way. You'd think he'd path around it, right? No, the dumbass walks up to the interveneing chest then just keeps on walking against it dry humping it for all he's worth.

Does he eventaully path around it? NO
Does he eventually stop? NO
If I mash every key on my keyboard, will it cancel his action and make him stop? NO
Can I bring up the menu to try and save my game and reload? NO
No, he's so damned determined to frotteurize that poor helpless chest that he, and the game with him are blind to the world. Unlike it's crappy older brother though, I CAN Ctrl-ALT-DEL out of the game.

Was it good enough to re-invest that 25 minutes? NO
Is it likely that the rest of the game is programmed perfectly and I just hit the only game-breaking bug in the whole game 2 minutes in? NO
Am I willing to play the game in a constant state of paranoia, saving before every action in case this kind of crap is pervasive? NO

Am I glad I only spent $5 on the entire (so far completely unplayable) Gothic Series? YES!!!
Am I sick and tired of buying games on Steam that someone at steam should have at least made an effort to QC? DOUBLE YES!!!
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2 of 34 people (6%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
this game sucks ♥♥♥ and balls and ♥♥♥♥ all at the same time dont get this ♥♥♥♥ing game its the worst game ive ever played
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13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A game I had played before I got it here on Steam. Thanks to the community patch the game is actually playable. And I can have fun too! Excuse my lack of hours, new account on Steam. I'd reccomend the game if you're a fan of RPgames and when I say a fan I mean a FAN like die hard for the genre. It's more difficult than your Elder Scrolls and what have you. But Gothic is easily my favorite series in the RPG genre.
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50.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Gothic 3 is every fan's wet dream. Contrary to what most fans complained and still complain, this game is a dream come true. PB delivered to us what anguished us all along. Nordmar, the northern land inhabited by rough warriors and blacksmiths, the legendary smiths that you read and hear about all along. Varant, the last place where Lee fought against the 2 Varantian warlords. Myrthana, your homeland, goverened by King Rhobar himself. The one, who convicted you to the Penal Colony.

And while the main storyline is not completely dull, what kills the most important aspect of the game is the faction system. No matter what you are, Orc Mercenary, Hashishin, Paladin, Druid..no one will greet you or remark about those things. Gothic 2 did it right and for that it will always be my favourite.

All of these factions, quests, places are laid out in a non-linear environment waiting for you to explore it. Accompanied by majestic soundtracks. Make sure you install the last Community Patch from WorldofGothic.com and enjoy it to the fullest.

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234 of 256 people (91%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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-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.

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
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
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.
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