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 (722 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
148 of 155 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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56 of 64 people (88%) 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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53 of 62 people (85%) 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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36 of 41 people (88%) 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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30 of 34 people (88%) 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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25 of 29 people (86%) 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
91.1 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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
24.1 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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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
132.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I love this game...
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11 of 16 people (69%) 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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12 of 18 people (67%) 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
119.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Gothic 3 proves that if you increase the territory of the map, but don’t have enough character to give it, it will feel shallow. You start the game with you’re 4 companions and kill some orcs, after that they all leave and give you a total of one quest each when you find them, if you did not play Gothic 1 and 2 you would be asking yourself why are they so important that they get a ending resolution.
And pretty much applies for the rest of the game, you go to a city, you talk to anyone that has a name, then you go to the rebels that have names, you do all the quests that are neutral and move one to the next city. You lack any care for most of the tasks you are given. because they are mostly a source of XP and money. The hero is the only interesting character because he does not take anything seriously and comments about repeating cliches you have to go through.
Leveling up is a costly business, every attribute, skill or spell costs a fortune, and makes it so that at certain points in the game I had over 200LP but because I was saving money, they ware useless, nobody gives you skills for free. When you actually manage to get that much money and actually have some fun, the game is great, it’s a shame it has to be such a chore to get there.
The game looks graphically better than G1 and G2, however it has stutter issues that might even freeze your game. The game does not close properly sometimes. Beasts and NPCs may clip through the terrain during combat, a few times a beast was stuck below the ground but kept fallowing me and NPC ware reacting to a beast nearby, but could not attack it.

Combat: Range is not auto-lock you actually have to aim, melee and magic are auto-lock making it difficult when fighting more than one enemy.
Melee, a difficult task that boils down to who can stun-lock the other first unless they block.
Range, get a rock and hope the lack range weapons.
Magic, this time I actually played mostly as a mage and it was a lot of fun, mostly because you can get regenerating mana(eventually), it was the only combat that made the game reasonable and satisfying.
The Gothic Trilogy at least gets a proper closer.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
73.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Gothic 3 is my great, white whale.

I bought it when it first came, but gave up on it due to balance issues and frustration. Basically, Gothic 3 was another victim of a publisher (JoWood) forcing a developer (Pirahna Bytes) into puppy-milling out a game before it was ready for prime time. G3 lingered as that one game I wanted to play and finish to get closure on the series, but the infuration of playing it was not worth it.

Until ...

Over the years a Community Patch was created that fixed most of the nut-kicking issues. Folks said it was better once the patch was applied. So, I decided to take the plunge. I wasn't expecting stellar GOTY game play or awesome balance. I just wanted to grind through it to get the story and slay my great, white whale. Or, at the very least, come to terms with it over a nice cup of tea at the cafe while talking about old times.

For the most part, the patch makes G3 better. Much better.

But ... now we just get to the "normal" annoynaces that may put gamers off of it:

* The Gothic universe is not for everyone. Dinosaurs are running around your savage, medival land. Factions and politics are abundant. Everyone cops an attitude with you (even your allies). It's not your prancy, elf-laden world of high-fantasy. It's like the Land of the Lost, The Lord of the Rings, Mobsters and the Elder Scrolls got together and had an illegitimate love-child.

* There's obvious moral high/low ground, but it's up to you to decide how to go. Orcs hate humans (you're human), but you don't get auto-attacked in Orc towns. This may throw some folks for a loop when they first play, them pulling out a weapon to assault an Orc town without realizing you can just walk in and talk to folks instead. If you like to shoot first and ask questions later, Gothic may not be the series for you.

* The story just picks up where G2 left off. And I'm not talking vanilla G2, I'm talking the Night of the Raven (?) add-on / expansion. If you've never played G1 or G2, you're going to be lost. There's bits and pieces of back-story thrown at you, but you'll still be lost. Even reading an overview online will leave you lost. You can play it as a stand-alone game / story, but you'll get reminders here and there that you're missing a part of the back-story.

* Per Gothic's SOP, you start out as a wuss-bag, and slowly, desperately, try to claw your way up. Even with the patch's combat / AI balancing, combat is still a brutal affair. Every Gothic has been that way, so fair warning. However, G3 (pre-patch) was notorious for having low-level wolves gang-r@ping your high-level character with machine-gun-like lunge attacks en masse while a low-level character was able to use a polearm to easily dispatch high-level trolls. So... yes, the patch did balance combat ... a LOT. But, combat is still brutal. Upgrades to armor are majorly expensive. Upgrades to weapons come slowly. The skill progression system is a slow grind, having to spend points to raise skill levels just as points of entry to unlock actual skills you want. (EG: you have to spend skill points to learn an arbitrary level of alchemy skill to unlock your ability to learn to craft mana potions, or transformation potions, or permanant potions. Does a higher alchemy skill level help you? No. It just acts as a gate-keeper to unlock those skills. So, you'll feel like you wasted a lot of skill points raising skill levels that ultimately did nothing but act as gatekeepers.) You will have to very carefully pick-n-choose your combats, because you will get your rear handed to you over and over... even on easy mode!

* Load times still suck a big one ... I'm not kidding. One reason I gave up G3 back when was because the load times from a HDD took like a minute or two! And saving took time, too. This is the kind of game you want to quick-save and reload, because you will bork things up time and again. Getting punished with a 2 minute reload time EVERY time you did somethign stupid or found out some wuss-creature was able to own you was just torture. If you have an SSD, then they are manageable, but still expect to wait 10-20 seconds.

* Combat is still a tad glitchy post-patch. Making special note of this, because you will still find some animals that seem to lean back and magically avoid all of your attacks even though you see your stupid weapon going right through them. Then they lunge in and nail you. It's not as bad post-patch, but it still happens.

* Quests are banal sometimes ... you will get the usual "go here, kill this, fetch this, deliver that" junk. But, you grind those for xp and levels. The real merit of the game is when you get to decide how to overall play it. Will you side with the humans or the orcs? Is it time to liberate a town? If so, how? (Will you side with some rebels to take it over, or go in solo?) Each move you make impacts your rating with factions, so if you liberate enough towns your rating with the orcs will go down and they will attack you on site going forward. Or, you can go wipe out those nasty rebels for the orcs.

* Walking ... so ... much ... walking. The game world is overly huge, and you'll get stuck aimlessly wandering about. It can be fun exploring, and they try to coax you into hitting the cities in a certain order. But, you can go and do whatever you want. They try to cordone off certain areas by putting harder monsters in your way, but you can run past them or jump up mountains to get around. You can go places you "shouldn't" early on as you please. You'll get your rear handed to you, but it can be fun. But, the game world is flipping huge, and trotting every where will waste hours of your time. Fortunately they put in teleporter stones you can carry to help you get from town to town faster, but you have to find the stone for each town. That can be tricky sometimes (especially when it's hidden in a place that's restricted until you win the town leader's favor). So, break out your walking shoes.


Overall...

Would I recommend G3? Yes, but only if you played G1 & G2 and liked them.

Would I recommend G3 without the Community Patch? No. Heck no. You have to go to a separate web-site to get the community patch, and once it's installed it's installed. And, if you already started a save game you'll need to restart the game (it invalidates pre-patch save games). So, install G3, install the Community Patch, then play the game. Don't even open or play G3 without the community path.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
One of the best RPG's ever made!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I Recomend you know nothing about this game before trying it also Free Roming RPG Gamer's (Elder Scrols) type game
Spoiler's alerd

This is a Great Game whit a lot of Awesome Magic and Perks that makes you feel it when you get stronger you can fling a Person or Creature far Away and when you get smarter (Magic Inteligents) you can transform to a fliping Dragon yes a flying dragon or Howering (a little sad part) but that those not matter the game is old after all and hell it is awesome but i only Recomend it to Free Roming RPG Gamers that Loved the ♥♥♥♥ out off Skyrim Also Don't look this game up becuse that spoils the game but a Nice thing to do is to make a guide of what to do if you found out somthing aweome about the game that you wish to lett other people to know But hope you have fun in this Magical World

This game is Great still don't know evrything 9/10
10/10 is the Real one but well
i still love Skyrim
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
134.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
With the Community Patch, Gothic 3 is one of the most ambitious, challenging, and varied RPGs that I've played. It is beautiful and engrossing. It blends the grittiness of Witcher with the scope of Skyrim and just doesn't quit. The character progression is superbly balanced. The map design is superlative and gets you excited to explore. I haven't seen better. You will die, and die, and die but it never feels unfair. This game is bizarrely underrated.
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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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