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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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Does your mouse not work when playing this game? NO PROBLEM, go to libraries, right click Gothic 3, then properties once your in properties on the top right select BETAs and select the cpt_testbranch and there you go. All done, and now you can start to enjoy this game, its like Two Worlds 1 with a (hate to say this beacause I love TW1 so much) better combat system VERY similar world and atmosphere...
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game is so much fun, too bad its poorly optimised. (Install community patch, it's a must!)
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
203.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
It is hard, but not unbeatable especially with the community patch.
If you have time(!!!) and need a lot of frustrating moments, this is your game.

Don't forget to save!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
My favourite RPG of all times and one of the best games I ever played.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Garbage. I couldn't even get past the opening fight scene because, I'm assuming, bugs. The first time, every orc I approached immediately one-shotted my character. Second time my characater just sat down on the ground with nearly full health and refused to do anything else while the orcs killed everyone around him.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
after Gothic 2 NoR, it's not possible to play Gothic 3. Combat is horrible,there's no skill just luck in combat. From begining is horrible. Only grafics is "little better in comparison to 2nd and world map is much bigger but really a lot of running in field. Orks are ..so weak .
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Oh wow. I couldn't get the mouse to move the camera. Combat was so, so, sooo terrible. What were they thinking?
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343 of 368 people (93%) found this review helpful
391 people 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.

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282 of 310 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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-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.

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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200 of 212 people (94%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
134.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
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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Flexi the Border Collie
48.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
This part of gothic is just great. Many endings, many possibilities and options. Its just quite difficult. Story is interesting, I went through all endings (at least I think so) and I'd recommend this game to anyone. There is just one thing: its not gothic 1 or 2 anymore. People are fussing around because "its not gothic anymore" and stuff like that. This game has been released 4 years after gothic 2 so its obvious that it'll be different, that there will be a lot of improvement, both technical and graphic. There are bugs as well, thats for sure but for me everything went for the best.
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14.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
Worst game i ever played. Bugs are literaly on every corner. There is so many bugs it will ruin whole game. Also fps drops like hell and lags when you turn 180°. I hated this game when it came out and i hate it still. Worst game for me
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 28
how do i return this 20fps game
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
Warning none of these game work right Gothic 1 and 2 is just a way to sale the game they won't even work on newer window and 3 the key that are set don't work for some reson even when you reset them, you can not trust this game site to fix any thing all they do is let you look through endless decussions trying to find an answer when it should be an easy way to get help... look at all reviews and if they have no thumbs down it's allso not trust worthy hidden bad post to sale the game.... some reson the gaming associtation is allowing such trickery and this is unkown so buy games at your own risk... I'm not saying that steam is involved but they sure don't seem to help much and i wish this was not true because i like this site but hate it do too a lot of my game have issue not being fixed... I think all fix and issue should be in easy access so you can fine them any ways this game that works now in bata 1.75 fixs issue but it still not that fun i have no block and die easy do to moving way to slow to even battle enemy and other game play issue like i said bad reveiws are not posted like this one which is a waist of our time...
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13.0 hrs
Posted: September 28

I grew up with this game and in july I descided I'm gonna get it again ..
I love this game so much and WON'T stop playing it!

Thanks Creators!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
It's probably fine game, BUT as it seems to utilize only one CPU core not good for any multi-core CPU builds where number of cores, rather than frequency is needed (my 2.1 GhZ 2x XEONs cannot handle it on "HIGH" settings)... Probably also due to drivers issues...
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
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