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 (696 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
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126 of 133 people (95%) found this review helpful
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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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147 of 166 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
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Graphics:
+ detailed landscapes and cities
+ chic spell effects
+ coherent illumination
- some ridiculous animations

Atmosphere:
+ lively world
+ working reputation system
+ day-night cycle, weather
- various logic error

Sound:
+ orchestral soundtrack
+ ambient noise
- some moderate effects

Balance:
+ three levels of difficulty
+ dangerous areas are guarded by big monsters
+ improvements by Community Patch 1.75
- high degree of frustration
- level varies

Quests:
+ exciting story
+ well integrated into the story
+ several solutions
- sometimes tedious jobs

Combat System:
+ many combos possible
- but not necessary
- in groups inaccurate
- punches catch allies

Character System:
+ extensive skill system: melee, ranged, magic
+ useful professions
+ heroes development easy to plan

Items:
+ faction-specific weapons and armor
+ much spells
+ creating custom objects

Game Size:
+ three large areas
+ much quests
+ three fractions
+ replay value
+ to discover countless secrets

Multiplayer: no multiplayer

As good Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion may have as role-playing, so sterile and generic it works in the long run. This is exactly why I love Gothic 3 over all: The world is so incredibly vivid that I, even after dozens of hours of play still discover new details. Be it Slaves Working grumpy to himself, wolves chasing a herd of deer or the picturesque sunset, bathing the world in soft light - I have rarely seen such a coherent role play.

However, you can tell the game at all corners that the developers have been missing for a few months to abrade the last edges. Everywhere disturbing little things, be it at the enemy AI, operation, balancing the quest or the combat system. As a Gothic-lovers look about such things away easy, all other RPG fans will surely turn up their noses after purchase.

Score: 79 / 100
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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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47 of 56 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
75.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
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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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
91.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This is still a great game even though it is 8 years old!
I even like it better than skyrim.

9/10 Brillian Game
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Finnally the game is patched to a state where it should have been when it was released:

Excellent game with fantastic music and dialogs.
Tricky gameplay in Gothic style.
I love it!
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
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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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
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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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
85.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I love this game...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
The Gothic I and Gothic II are my childhood love.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
First I want to say that I am a huge fan of Gothic series.

Where should I start? This game is just broken ; Bad combat system , really huge bugs , story is a little bit bad for other Gothic games BUT with the community patch this game is just awesome. They improved AI , many bugs were fixed and game is just ready. I have Gothic Universe and I've beaten the whole 3 games like 5 times maybe more but I'm still playing it. I don't know maybe the atmosphere is too good maybe I'm just being "fanboy" but this game is a total badass especially soundtracks are the best.
Story: 7/10
Gameplay: (with C.P)8/10
Soundtracks:10/10
Graphics:8/10 (still really good for an old game like this)
Make yourself useful Morra.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
It's a bit buggy and clunky, it doesn't run perfectly even with the community patch, the art direction is hideous -- everything literally looks like it was made in Spore and the game lost one of its biggest strengths -- the surreal and depressive atmosphere. The combat system is a complete mess: bows don't feel right and I'm not sure why weren't they made target-lockable like magic spells; melee is a RMB-spamming stun-locking shitfest. Most quests are a fetch snoozefest, although personally I enjoyed them, for some reason. I guess, the gigantic pretty numbers in front of your face help a lot.

Despite all this, it still has it's own charm, it really does. It's not an Alpha Protocol-tier hidden gem, but if you're able to tolerate some of the technical weaknesses, you'd have a really great time with it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
pigs and wolves.

Nuff said
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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