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.
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Release Date: Oct 13, 2006

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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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Drunk Pilot
80.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Only pooring so much time into this game I realised what a mess it is.

It starts out nice enough, with nice enviroments, it's cool mechanics, the freedom, exploration and what not, but it is after a while that you realise that under the surface lies a horendously broken game. If you try to vir off the beaten path you will break the game. Gothic 3 literally alows you to break it.

One such instance is when I tried to assasinate the varant emperor. I just transformed myself into a meatbug and entered the city, and into the treasury. I hit from the inside and abusing the games broken combat system and silly AI, I killed the emperor. The game acted as if he was alive giving quests that could never be completed.

BTW, Did I say broken combat system? Yeah, its fair when you want to fight lesser enemies. At least thats what it seemed at the start. Your enemies can leave you in a stunned state permanently until they kill you. Going over to fighting greater enemies it does not feel great. Its drab and boring and enemies take a hell of a lot of time to beat. Needless to say, fighting bosses is not exciting or fun. Theres also a noticable complexity to the combat mechanics

Other gripes with this are that theres not many models and voices for NPCs and you can tolerate seeing the same NPC with the same voice so many times, theres also a problem with the anachronistic names and the fact you can wake up people while on meatbug form.

All and all this game could not be salvaged even with the impressive amount of modwork that went on.
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lil-tats
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
At first I hated this game with a passion, but once I actually gave it a fair chance I fell in love.
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Jerwin
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I discovered the Gothic series rather late, but sure glad I did. Gothic 1-3 are all worth playing for the great characters, story and gameplay. Play them in order since the story is connected. Mods out there to improve visuals, etc. as well. Recommended.
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FLEX
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The story is a continuation of "Gothic" series but i disappointed with this part. The game stutters sometimes and is not the fault of the computer. If you die you have to wait 60 seconds because the game is loads.
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The King Possum
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I really like this game but it falls under the catagory of ye anther pc game that was a great idea but no love was given to it while it was being developed.I figure either the developers just didn't care or the pulisher forced the developer to rlease the game before it was ready.
at least the fan patch has been officially released on steam through the steam client thanks to either the developer or publisher.
perhaps if pc gamers didn't enjoy being rippd off by these companies we could get very good quality games made. I only recommend on a very good sale or for really cheap in a bundle with a bunch of other games, otherwise look at the thumbsed down symbol I have given it.
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ETPC
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I absolutely adore the Gothic series and sunk many hours into Gothic and Gothic 2 before starting Gothic 3. G3, at launch, was a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ mess. Pushed out before it was ready by JoWooD to stave off their death, it was met with bad reviews and an angry community who questioned why the sequel to Gothic 2, one of the best Western CRPG's ever made, could have ended up like this. However, years and years of community support, patching, modding as well as the onward march of hardware have restored this flawed work into a masterpiece.

Gothic 3 is *massive* in scale, scope and ambition. Continuing the outward expansion of the series that started with a prison colony in G1, Khorinis as a whole in G2 (plus the land of Jharkendar with NOTR) and now an entire continent of which includes three massive land masses, all with completely different settings, characters, factions, quest lines and items. There is the lush, green forests and fields of Myrtana, the sweltering desert of the Varant and the frozen mountains of Nordmar. They aren't the most original places when it comes to medieval fantasy works but the execution is terrific. My only complaint is that Varant is kinda super orientialist and I wish it was handled better.

The story picks up immedietly after G2 with the Orcs finally winning the war that has been waging in the background of the first two games and having conquered all of Myrtana except for the last remaining stronghold of the King. Orcs have enslaved most of the population and it's up to you and your crew from G2 to free the continent! Or not. You can choose to fight along side the Orcs, or you can carve your own path through both of them. It's exceptionally freeform and there are a lot of variables that you can touch in order to effect the ultimate outcome of the game.

There is a *ton* of stuff to do in G3 and even after 60+ hours I never saw everything. There are entire questlines and paths through the game I never saw, and that is super cool! There is also a lot of room to develop your character, with the standard Learning Points system that has been in every Gothic game up to this. One thing I didn't like that was changed from G1/2 to G3 was that health became something you had to spend LP on to increase, but that stopped becoming a hassle eventually. Just know going in you shouldn't ignore it! Combat is also fun and responsive with a suprisingly robust moveset and ways to fight, but even with end-game gear and stats, stunlocking from even weak enemies such as wolves remains as much as a problem as it is in the early game.

Now for some of the negatives. Despite all the incredible work the community has put forward into patching and fixing G3 over the years, performance can sometimes leave something to be desired. I don't mean in terms of framerate, I mean in terms of weird hitches and stutters in weird areas that can't be cured even with the help of the G3 Clean-Up tool and a super fast SSD. The game is pretty stable now, but ocassionally weird open world janky stuff will happen, like deer falling from the sky. I didn't encounter any broken quests or crashes in my 65 hours with the latest community patch installed along with the newest (as of the time of this writing) Update Pack which fixes some of the lingering issues and adds some really nice quality of life features to the game. It's important to note that if you are going into this game expecting a super easy experience, you are going to be in for a bit of a shock because G3 dosen't really roll that way. Now, this can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, but in my personal experience, the journal/quest log and navigating some areas in Nordmar kinda goes past the "this is tough but fair" line and straight into "what the hell does this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t game want me to even do here". Again, YMMV.

Also, just as an aside, it's kkkkkkkinda weird how there are barely any women or people of colour in the entire game. Seriously. I don't think it was intentional but the only non-dude character you can talk to in the game either have only one line of dialogue and have no name or are exotic dancers that you have to escort. That's it.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a really good, slightly janky but incredibly deep western CRPG, look no further. Gothic 3 will fit that bill and then some!

Tools and Mods links:

Community Patch v1.75.14: http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1140053-Gothic-3-Patch-1-75-release
Update Pack: v1.04.10: http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1347969-Release-Gothic-3-v1-75-Update-Pack
G3 Clean Up: http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1225965-Ank%C3%BCndigung-Beta-Release-Gothic3-Clean-Up
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--CaLegend--
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Well I can't form an opinion about this game since the controls dont seem to work... If you're on a laptop with a plugin mouse that is... I spent more time trying in the beginning trying to get my guy off the damn ground since he wont swing his damn sword unless I'm using my built in mouse and the "Lock-On" mode that is bound to R in my controls list doesnt even work... Yeah I don't recomend this for anyone. Hell my Gothic 1 and 2 don't work either and crash every time I try to start a new game and I get a weird error.

So far, not impressed and I just wasted money on a series I can't get a refund for or even play.
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Raptorz
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
In my opinion it's one of the best RPGs I have ever played.
(I played the non-steam version)
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[P]etya
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
As a Gothic fan, I adore the first two Gothic games, but this game is atrocious. Many Gothic fans say that Arcania was bad, but I disagree, this is far worse. I thought I'd play the game through once again, because it's been a decade since I played this game, but I just can't, it's just so bad. Many people claim that the community patch fixed many issues. While this is true, but the game suffers from countless of other issues like:
-Certain enemies have irrationally small hitbox (khm. Snapper), so yes, shots can go through the enemy's texture, without damaging it
-Stunlock is still a thing, which the CP was supposed to fix. Boars can't stunlock you, but Shadowbeasts still can.
-AI is dumb, basically relies on cheating and stunlocking
-AI cheats a lot: ignoring collision, so they can hit you through walls or go through walls
-Poison damage is poorly executed: if you don't have anti-dote or a cure poison spell, then you will suffer constant damage until you find one of those things, and yes, low-value targets can sentence you to death with a single attack.
-Certain enemies have attacks, whose animation ends quite later than the hit being registered, so you can get damage when the attack animation isn't even over.
-World is too big and has no in-game quest marker. It wouldn't be a problem, if the quest descriptions weren't so cryptic and inaccurate. (Like there was some issues when they said that you should go north, but in fact you should go south)
-Lots of repetitive quests

Overall the game had potentials and it could have been great, but thanks to JoWood, who has gone bankrupt, thanks Beliar, forced PiranhaBytes to release an unfinished game, which was probably in its late alpha, early beta stage

And I only have this game on steam, because I bought the Gothic bundle for really cheap and it contained this one too.
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Ragjan
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
The end of an epic franchise...

First off - I played and finished Gothic 3 on a non-steambound copy, so my amount of played hours is inaccurate.

As you can see by the pictures on the store page, Gothic 3 is an old game with aged graphics (which WERE top notch in 2006/7) so if you can't stand playing without more up-to-date graphics but still want to have a simular experience you should check out Risen - the spiritual successor to the Gothic series. Combat in Gothic 3 feels different and less brutal than in it's predecessors and you could say that they kind of botched it by making it too imbalanced – button mashing is the most viable tactic...

Despite having (nowadays) outdated graphics the soundtrack and voice acting of Gothic 3 good most of the time (at least the german voice acting - sadly I haven't heard the english one yet). The map is large and littered with monsters, trinkets and cities. One of the largest differences to the two prior games is the even larger map, which is divided in 3 large areas – a desert, a large area of hills, plains, coasts and forests and an icy area in the northern mountains. You'll journey across this map and interact with different fractions – you'll even be able to conquer cities to influence the ending.

Gothic 3 is the third (and in my opinion LAST*) installment of Piranha Bytes "Gothic" series. The launch was rushed and the game recieved bad initial critics for plenty of issues but I still found it to be enjoyable enough to be a fitting finisher for this awesome series.

It's story begins with shortly after the ending of Gothic 2. The nameless hero from the first two games returns to his home-continent "Myrtana" and finds it to be overrun by Orcs. From there on you can basically go everywhere and ally with everyone you want – from slavery-approving assassins to Orcs to the last resistance of remaining humans...

Gothic 3 treats you more gently than it's two predecessors, combat is easier and weapons as well as armor is faster to be aquired – But the game will not hold your hand and you'll have to figure out how you can reach your goals - making it even more rewarding if you solved a complicated quest or if you managed to take down an enemies camp/city by slashing your way through enemy hordes.
Fighting in this game can make you feel like a god and CAN be very rewarding, but due to problems with poise and staggering it can also easily screw you over...

After playing a while you'll be able to permanently join one of three fraction mentioned above. Each fraction has a unique realtion to the people of Gothic and you'll be treated in a different ways by NPCs depending on which fraction you chose – But I found this feature to be more visible in the prior games... The questlines and sidequests of these paths differ a lot and are all genuinly well implemented - even in the late game, giving you a solid reason for replaying.

Overall Gothic 3 is (in my opinion) an extremely detailed game with plenty of hours of fun and immersive playtime to keep you busy – it's huge and will take hours on end to be completely finished, even by the most determined players. There are many secrets to discover and to collect... But the game sort of lacks connections to the excellent background lore and feeling of Gothic 1 and 2, so I would only recommend it to veteran players of the franchise.

*(I refuse to call the Forsaken Gods Extention or "Gothic 4 – Arcania" a part of this awesome franchise... Those two games were horrible and butchered the franchise if you'd ask me.)
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Wandered in Myrtana: Wing
Gothic 3 is great culmination of Gothic Saga made by Pirahna Bytes(For everyone who thinks Arcania: Gothic 4 is culmination - ♥♥♥♥ You).
Even though this game was made in 2006, graphics, audio and story are unforgetable even now, in 2016, nearly 10 years after release (13 October 2006). For those who played Gothic 1 and 2, 3rd part can be completely different, I mean, bigger map, more NPCs, more quests, other fighting style, more... definitely MORE SKILLS, and the most important thing - This game is finally hard, but only when you'll install Community Patch 1.75 in connection with Quest Pack 4 + Content Mod 2.6, and before starting the game you'll turn on the Alternative AI and Alternative Balance, this will make enemies don't stand like idiots and waiting for dead, they will be harder, they need some sort of tactic to kill, and if you'll spam LMB, you'll die in 90% of time
Game itself have 3 endings
  • Innos Ending - Good ending, humans win, orcs are minority
  • Adanos Ending - Neutral ending
  • Beliar Ending - Bad ending, orcs win, most of humans are slaves, Paladins are dead
For players of Gothic 1 and 2, you'll meet many of your lovely friends, for exampleGorn, Milten, Diego, Lester, Saturas, Xardas and more!
In game we have few "factions" to choose
  • Rebels - if we are going to Innos Ending, we are helping them, if not - killing them
  • Orcs - Same as above, but with Beliar Ending, we are helping them
  • Paladins - Only a few of them survived when Magic of Runes was destroyed
  • Assassins - Same as Orcs
  • Nomads - Same as Rebels
  • Fire/Water Mages/Druids - Nothing special, they just are
  • Barbarians - Neutral, they hate Orcs for invading their Ancestors' Tombs.
Remember in Gothic 1 and 2 you had only 1 land? Gothic 1 - The Khorinis Penal Colony ; Gothic 2 - Khorinis and Irdorath for a moment. In G3 you have 3 lands and you can wander through them loosely
  • Varant - Land of desert, Nomads, Assassins, Ruins, Water Mages, Cursed Temples, Beliar and everything what's funny!
  • Nordmar - Land of snow, Barbarians, Fire Mages, Innos, and everything that wants to kill you (Yes, even snow)
  • Myrtana - The biggest land, of hiding Rebels, dominating Orcs, slavery, and thousands of quests
But even though there is bulk of side quests, we have only few Main
  • Find Xardas - Main Quest for 75% of the game
  • Find 5 Adanos Artifacts - Main Quest for 85% of the game (Until you find Xardas, the quest is hidden)
  • And here's difference, it depends on which side you choose, I chose Innos so I got this quest:
  • Liberate Myrtana - Liberation = Banish orcs from every city in Myrtana
SUMMARY
Gameplay - 8/10 - It's nearly perfect, if you forget about bugs and glitches
Audio - 10/10 - Masterpiece, Clean Masterpiece, for me - Funeral March of Gothic Saga
Graphics - 9/10 - As 10 years ago, it's clean, nice, NPCs and monsters are designed pretty nice, and whole world is beautiful
Storyline - 10/10 - Same as audio, this story is continuation from G1 and G2, it's Funeral of Gothic
Difficulty - 5/10 (With QP4 + CM 2.6 + Alternative AI + Alternative Balance - 9/10) - Without Community Patches, it's too easy

OVERALL - 9/10
- A Masterpiece, culmination of Gothic Series, with great audio, undying graphics, beautiful story, shocking gameplay. For true fans, or RPG fans, get this. Let's just underline that Completing that game took me loosely 50 hours, beautiful, worth of 10€, 50 hours...
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
In my opinion it's one of the best RPGs I have ever played.
(I played the non-steam version)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Even tho many people did not like this game back in the day because how unfinished it was and how it kinda felt like a none Gothic game, I still think this game deservs your attention today. Community has made the patch that fixes and balances almost everything. Although I dont understand why Piranha Bytes did not patch their game themsleves after a few months, instead the community had to do it. I guess JoWood screw them up so hard that it probably had the effect on that as well. Also I would recommend you downloading the Conted Mod too. It brings back that old "Gothic" feel that was kinda missing from the vanilla game. Soundtrack is spectacular, one of the best soundtracks if not the best I have ever heard for any video game. Its so atmospheric and it fits the mood perfectly. Quests are kinda boring and the combat sux (I would recommend playing as a mage or archer), but the overall exploration and the beautiful world the game has with the great soundtrack just makes you play more. You have deserty and snowy areas also, each one with their sort of people and their story behind them. The developers paid so much attention to the details, it brings the immersion to whole another level. Gameplay is fun, but the main story not so much. Its a typical story you find in many games, movies, books you name it. Overall Gothic 3 is not as good as G1 and 2, but its a very underrated game and the graphics are very nice considering this was made in 2006. Very demanding for PCs back then tho lol. If you like to play games for pure fun, atmosphere, exploration etc. this is the game for you. But dont play this first or even worse only. Buy Gothic 1 and 2 NotR. Those games are a must play. You can also try Risen 1. With that game they proved that JoWood screwed them up with Gothic 3, because Risen 1 feels more like a Gothic game then Gothic 3. Dont bother with the rest of the Risen franchise tho. Below avarage games. Gothic 3 gets a score of 7.5/10 from me.

FYI Dont look at my playtime, I had this game on a disc (still have it, just like all PB games) but I decided to buy it on this steam summer sale just to support the developers even more. Got the Risen 1 and 2 also :D (Dont know why i got the 2nd one doe lol). I have beat PB games many times and I think they have great replay value.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
One of the best RPG games ever! Open world, variety of quest, weapons, magic and skills. You can become a blacksmith, thief, alchemyst, mage, hunter or warrior. Or you can combine what ever you want. For example you can become a battlemage, necromancer, assasin or what ever ! Graphics is not bad either. And with patch 1,75 is the game absolutely without bugs. If you a big fan of Gothic 1 ,2 then you cant miss this one!
Really looking forward to the next game if pyranhas = ELEX = !
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
First got the game on sale

Knocked out my companions and sold their weapons at the start of the game

Explored some caves and killed some cave beasts

While looting one of their bodies, a giant spider suddenly leapt from the side of my screen, which lead me to dying and quiting the game out of fear because I have serious arachnophobia.

10/10
Would get spooked again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I absolutely adore the Gothic series and sunk many hours into Gothic and Gothic 2 before starting Gothic 3. G3, at launch, was a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ mess. Pushed out before it was ready by JoWooD to stave off their death, it was met with bad reviews and an angry community who questioned why the sequel to Gothic 2, one of the best Western CRPG's ever made, could have ended up like this. However, years and years of community support, patching, modding as well as the onward march of hardware have restored this flawed work into a masterpiece.

Gothic 3 is *massive* in scale, scope and ambition. Continuing the outward expansion of the series that started with a prison colony in G1, Khorinis as a whole in G2 (plus the land of Jharkendar with NOTR) and now an entire continent of which includes three massive land masses, all with completely different settings, characters, factions, quest lines and items. There is the lush, green forests and fields of Myrtana, the sweltering desert of the Varant and the frozen mountains of Nordmar. They aren't the most original places when it comes to medieval fantasy works but the execution is terrific. My only complaint is that Varant is kinda super orientialist and I wish it was handled better.

The story picks up immedietly after G2 with the Orcs finally winning the war that has been waging in the background of the first two games and having conquered all of Myrtana except for the last remaining stronghold of the King. Orcs have enslaved most of the population and it's up to you and your crew from G2 to free the continent! Or not. You can choose to fight along side the Orcs, or you can carve your own path through both of them. It's exceptionally freeform and there are a lot of variables that you can touch in order to effect the ultimate outcome of the game.

There is a *ton* of stuff to do in G3 and even after 60+ hours I never saw everything. There are entire questlines and paths through the game I never saw, and that is super cool! There is also a lot of room to develop your character, with the standard Learning Points system that has been in every Gothic game up to this. One thing I didn't like that was changed from G1/2 to G3 was that health became something you had to spend LP on to increase, but that stopped becoming a hassle eventually. Just know going in you shouldn't ignore it! Combat is also fun and responsive with a suprisingly robust moveset and ways to fight, but even with end-game gear and stats, stunlocking from even weak enemies such as wolves remains as much as a problem as it is in the early game.

Now for some of the negatives. Despite all the incredible work the community has put forward into patching and fixing G3 over the years, performance can sometimes leave something to be desired. I don't mean in terms of framerate, I mean in terms of weird hitches and stutters in weird areas that can't be cured even with the help of the G3 Clean-Up tool and a super fast SSD. The game is pretty stable now, but ocassionally weird open world janky stuff will happen, like deer falling from the sky. I didn't encounter any broken quests or crashes in my 65 hours with the latest community patch installed along with the newest (as of the time of this writing) Update Pack which fixes some of the lingering issues and adds some really nice quality of life features to the game. It's important to note that if you are going into this game expecting a super easy experience, you are going to be in for a bit of a shock because G3 dosen't really roll that way. Now, this can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, but in my personal experience, the journal/quest log and navigating some areas in Nordmar kinda goes past the "this is tough but fair" line and straight into "what the hell does this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t game want me to even do here". Again, YMMV.

Also, just as an aside, it's kkkkkkkinda weird how there are barely any women or people of colour in the entire game. Seriously. I don't think it was intentional but the only non-dude character you can talk to in the game either have only one line of dialogue and have no name or are exotic dancers that you have to escort. That's it.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a really good, slightly janky but incredibly deep western CRPG, look no further. Gothic 3 will fit that bill and then some!

Tools and Mods links:

Community Patch v1.75.14: http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1140053-Gothic-3-Patch-1-75-release
Update Pack: v1.04.10: http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1347969-Release-Gothic-3-v1-75-Update-Pack
G3 Clean Up: http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1225965-Ank%C3%BCndigung-Beta-Release-Gothic3-Clean-Up
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
At first I hated this game with a passion, but once I actually gave it a fair chance I fell in love.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The story is a continuation of "Gothic" series but i disappointed with this part. The game stutters sometimes and is not the fault of the computer. If you die you have to wait 60 seconds because the game is loads.
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308 of 330 people (93%) found this review helpful
359 people found this review funny
Recommended
81.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
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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50.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
This is my first serious (mind the end) and public review on Steam.

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

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

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

- Gothic 3 Enhanced Edition Patch v1.75 International release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As you can walk to almost every place right after the start of the game and due to the freedom of this game it's totally up to you on how to handle things entriely your own way. However, with this freedom a lot of 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 on paper but believe me its far from it, as you need lots of carefully planning to archive the main goals of this game.

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

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

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

Recommended food while playing
German Beer with Sausage and hot mustard
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