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 (562 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
37 of 38 people (97%) 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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27 of 30 people (90%) 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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24 of 27 people (89%) 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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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
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
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11 of 11 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
I had to kill the cows on the farm belonging to the orc city, and free the slaves in the camp nearby. I sniped 4 of the 5 cows and angered the farmers. So, I ran away to free the slaves. Ended up running back to the farmers, followed by the slavers, and then to the city, where the fight alerted the orcs. So, I then had the orcs, the farmers and the slavers all chasing me, and the last cow had disappeared.

Who could blame it?

So, I ran away into the woods, with the whole bunch following me, where they began fighting with the local wildlife. The woods were alive with the sounds of battle. Hiding, I stumbled across some grain thieves camped beside a cave filled with gigantic ants. The giant ants attacked everything, the grain theives attacked the orcs, the slavers and the orcs attacked the grain thieves, and in amongst it the wildlife had a go at whatever crossed its path.

I sneaked away but ran into a pack of wolves and led them back to the ongoing epic confrontation in the woods via a bridge, whcih they then fell off one by one into a gully below. Some grain thieves arrived and I led them back across the bridge. They too failed to negotiate the bridge and fell into the gully with the wolves.

I never did find the last cow.

I suspect it fell out of the world with the shock of it all.

13/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
English Review
Very good game with a good storyline. I've already played, but the Czech, so I know what to do. Great graphics, good Fighti and also there are good built missions, sometimes some are more difficult. Jdná only thing I do not like it in English, as the disadvantage for the task. Sometimes I do not know how I task. But is otherwise cool game.
My rating 8/10.

Slovak Review
Veľmi dobrá hra s dobrým dejom. Už som to hral, ale po český, takže viem čo a jak. Grafika skvelá, fighti dobré a aj sú tam dobré stavané misie, občas niektoré sú ťažšie. Len jdná vec sa mi nepáči, že je to po anglický, čo pre nevýhodou pre plnenie úloh. Niekedy ani neviem, ako mám úlohu splniť. Ale inač pecka hra.
Moje hodnotenie 8/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I've read a lot of reviews saying NOT to get this game.

UNpatched perhaps you shouldn't.

I've been playing G3 with the "Gothic 3 1.75.14 Community Patch" and while it looks a little dated... it has worked flawlessly and it's a really enjoyable Action/RPG.

I'll update this review once I finish the game. 30hrs in and it has been well worth the few bucks I paid for it. (Thank you steam sale)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
With over 500 game hours all I can say is that this is one of the greatest games ever created, ever.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I have always loved this game. I highly recommended it to others as well as playting from the 1st Gothic because all the stories align with each other. The first two games controls are a bit rough, about a 1 hour learning curve, but well worth it. Also, you really have to download the community patches to make these games come to life due to early pushing of the producer. The community has done a great job to maintain this game as well as fix almost all bugs from the first 3 in the series. Have yet to play the 4th game but look forward to it. I have bought every game in the series so far and will continue to do so. Good alternative to games like The Elder Scrolls if you're looking for that immersive, huge world gameplay.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
AHHH Old times
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
It's a really good game. It's just sad that it was released too early because the publisher was not patient. Therefore there are a lot of bugs but the enchaned edition does fix a lot. The music is amazing. It's a game with a lot of potentiale but not as good as Risen.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I am an RPG fanatic and with the "community patch" this game is transformed into a mastpiece.

This is one of my favourite RPGs, buy it on Steam/GoG sale and expereince it for yourself.
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