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 (741 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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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
163 of 171 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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39 of 46 people (85%) 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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 & ♥♥♥♥nd 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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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
132.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I love this game...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
One of the best RPG's ever made!
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
50.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Gothic 3 is every fan's wet dream. Contrary to what most fans complained and still complain, this game is a dream come true. PB delivered to us what anguished us all along. Nordmar, the northern land inhabited by rough warriors and blacksmiths, the legendary smiths that you read and hear about all along. Varant, the last place where Lee fought against the 2 Varantian warlords. Myrthana, your homeland, goverened by King Rhobar himself. The one, who convicted you to the Penal Colony.

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

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

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A hidden gem with some flaws but good over all.

Pros:
Nice amount of weapons to chose from.
Huge map to explore.
The game dosen't hold your hand on every little thing.

Cons:
"Spam style" fighting that can ♥♥♥♥ you off frequently as you can die in the most BS ways.
Random lag spikes while both running arround and combat that can some times kill you. (Save often)
Huge map to explore with no way to get around faster, like a horse to ride.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
One particularly nice person sent me to his boss. That boss gave me a job - Find out who is traitor. To find out who is traitor i had to: Cooperate with the enemy, Kill cows, report lazy soldier, lure guards away from their position and many more. After I found out who the traitor is.. well.. I needed proof. What is better way to get proof than to beat up the person in question? I went ahead and found a letter that basically says "Owner of this letter is traitor".
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+Xardas is very nice as always, weakening paladins and betraying order of the fire mages even more than he already did in previous games
+You can side with good or evil (or be kinda neutral)
+In every town, there are many town specific quests, including revolution or helping orcs
+you'll see familiar people from other Gothic games
+There are lots of quests everywhere
+Runes are destroyed, new kind of magic is here - Ancient magic learned from powerful mages or even Gods themselves
+From fireball (Innos), through sleep spell (Adannos) to summoning demons (Beliar)
+Different weapon kinds to choose from - staves, spears, swords, poisoned knives, bows, crossbows, orc weapons, sword and shield, dual wielding weapons and other
+You can be a mage who uses spells, dual wields 2 poisoned knives and is master at picking pockets
+Open World

-If you've played 1st or 2nd Gothic game, you might not like how the graphics have changed
-Wild boars are more dangerous than golems
-You have to rest or eat consumables to regain mana, making it kinda difficult to play as mage from start (regaining mana over time is a learnable perk from some mages once you have 250 ancient knowlege)
-Takes a long time until you find/can afford magic robes
-some bugs
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Although I've been a fan of the Gothic games back in the days (don't let my played hours fool you, I must have put hundreds of hours into the series), in 2015 I have to say these games have the worst annoying fricken combat ever. I just can't play it any longer because I get so angry that it's not healthy. The first two games were better, with less bugs, so less annoying, but the combat was essentially the same lame ♥♥♥ unresponsive "ungh" fest.
I do recommend it, it's not a misclick. I would recommend the first two installments though instead of the third. Gothic has a very atmospheric feel, great interaction, exploration, and it's a great RPG. I just can't get past the combat anymore.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
pigs and wolves.

Nuff said
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Found a nude mod... women exist in this game... 10/10 IGN aproves
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
F5/F9 simulator 2006.
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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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255 of 274 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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