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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mixabuben
( 91.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Not as good as Gothic 1 or 2 but still very good RPG
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Nardo
( 42.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
One of my favourite games of all time.

Not only do you have an absolute S*IT ton of choices, you can kill EVERYBODY!

So if you feel like buying a game where you want to go apesh*t, go ahead and buy it. But it is still a great game, give it a chance!

Trust me, the time I have played isn't even half of what yo ucan experience.
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tuncstic
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Initially I was unable to attack. Switching to patch 1.75 fixed this, but created another problem: it must be run as Administrator, which causes it to hang when run over a Steam Link. There seems to be no solution to this, so I requested a refund.
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Why Naught K
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Unlike its predecessors, this game is entirely open world, you will experience 0 linearity in the story and gameplay. It works around the same concept as the previous games just planted on a much larger map and it's very original for that alone. The progression in these games, accompanied with the still lingering sarcastic stature of the npc's and your own nameless dingus, the beautifully structured world along with your position within it truly only emphasizes the game's independence amongst other series.

The most useful piece of information you can possibly receive about this game is that you're either going to hate or love it.

Bottom line, best way to know is to actually try it. Don't forget the community patch, without it it's a broken, unstable and unbalanced mess.



Cheers.
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blakestacy
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I loved Gothic 3 growing up but so far im completely unimpressed with the version of Gothic 3 released by steam, i pay for the game and install it and now everytime i start a new game the mouse does not work and i loose all ability to move the camera and control my sword. I paid for the working game and not a glitched out steam version. Great game but it looks like you're better off buying it somewhere else to avoid the headache of trying to fix a game you havent even gotten to play yet.
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Shugo
( 90.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
A brilliant game from Piranha Bytes, the guys behind the previous Gothic games and the Risen series.

Gothic 3. Probably the best experience of my life.
Damn, guys. I'm awful at writing reviews as I never know what to say, but this won't really be a review. This will be.. my experience with this series, you could say.

I remember playing the ♥♥♥♥ out of Gothic II when I was younger. This series is the best RPG series i've ever played in my entire life. Now, I know it's not the best, but what i want to tell you, is that the experience that I had with these games will never leave my mind. The story is great, i will never forget any of the characters, even the minor ones. The graphics in Gothic 3 are still very good to this day. I never played Gothic in any other language than my mother language, which is Polish, and i always loved it. Almost all orcs had the same voices, many human characters as well, but to hell with it, it was still brilliant. I spent more than 1000h+ in this game and i still play it a lot. I have this kind of a cycle, that every year i have to complete it at least once. That's how much fun i get from this game.

I almost forgot to mention the soundtrack. Kai Rosenkranz, you are a genius. Gothic 1 and 2 have had brilliant soundtracks and what he did in Gothic 3 is.. incredible. They finally hired a real orchestra for the soundtrack. I.. really don't know what to say.. Right now, i'm getting really dizzy because it's.. I.. I really don't know what to say. The moment i start listening to the soundtrack, I instantly leave this world and feel like i'm in the world of Gothic. It's amazing. It's something i have never experienced before. Just go and listen to Vista Point.. or Northmar's Clans, or really anything else. They are all beautiful. Oh God, my eyes literally got wet while writing this...

You know what i really hate right now? The feeling that you, the reader, can't experience all the things i have throughout my whole life while playing this series.

The devs got a lot of hate because the release was AWFUL. Really awfull. The game was nearly unplayable. And even the Steam version is not really that great...

AND HERE IS WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT POST NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF OLDER GAMES.
Please guys, patching/modding the game by yourself is not hard, and by giving a great game a thumbs down on a review, people will see that, and the chances that they'll buy this game will lower. I, for example, never say a game is ♥♥♥♥ because the Steam version sucks. Why not? Because i don't ♥♥♥♥ing care. I can patch/mod it by myself. Just google it. It's not hard. There are almost always fixes for older games that require the work of the community in order to run on newer systems. Even the Steam Community Guides will help you with running the game. So please, install the Community Patch before judging this game.

I don't care if i get any thumbs down on my review. I just hope you can understand what i experienced throughout this series. How it is literally bond to my soul right now. It's like something i can't live without. I don't know what else i can do to convince you into buying this... Sorry.. I just want you to know that this game is something different from other RPG's.. something that literally (i think i'm overusing this word :P) changed the way i feel when playing it. Or hearing the soundtrack. Anything that has to do with this game.. it's just an amazing experience. Please, buy the whole trilogy and maybe you'll understand.

tl;dr Don't judge the game by the Steam reviews. Community made this game awesome, and i love them for it. The soundtrack is the best i've ever heard (and i've heard a lot). Gothic 1 is brilliant, Gothic 2 is even better and Gothic 3 was something different.. something i really fell in love with. It's only 9.99€, it's cheap as hell. Buy it. You won't regret it.

PS. Piranha Bytes, i love your work. You made something that changed my life. Please, make ELEX a great game. Not like Risen 2 and 3.

Edit. I forgot to mention the community of this game. It's one of the best communities i've ever seen! They are very dedicated to what they are doing. I hope the community will survive for at least another 10 years :)
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Lokenson
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
unplayable. followed the tool tips to use mouse to attack. unable to attack or do anything but get knocked down.
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Sikh Teleturban
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
The most efficient use of a potion is to reach for pocket, and drink it while an ARMY OF ORCS IS TRYING TO MURDER YOU...!!!

10/10 will die from drinking potion again....
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_PaGz_
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
I love thus game everything about it is very good. I lost my early life here and i got it again and this game is my favourite game of all time. One thing to put in mind is that when you buy the game the mouse mechanics arent good and the game is unplayable and i recommend to download the community patch that fixes this problem. Even though this game was made in 2006 this is an awesome looking game and it has awesome gameplay. Highly recommend this game to anyone that likes rpg games
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Game where your worst enemies are not Orcs,Dragons,Ogres or something.
Your worst enemy is pack of wolves.
No matter of level
No matter of equipment
No matter of skill
They will always ♥♥♥♥ you without mercy
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
90.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
A brilliant game from Piranha Bytes, the guys behind the previous Gothic games and the Risen series.

Gothic 3. Probably the best experience of my life.
Damn, guys. I'm awful at writing reviews as I never know what to say, but this won't really be a review. This will be.. my experience with this series, you could say.

I remember playing the ♥♥♥♥ out of Gothic II when I was younger. This series is the best RPG series i've ever played in my entire life. Now, I know it's not the best, but what i want to tell you, is that the experience that I had with these games will never leave my mind. The story is great, i will never forget any of the characters, even the minor ones. The graphics in Gothic 3 are still very good to this day. I never played Gothic in any other language than my mother language, which is Polish, and i always loved it. Almost all orcs had the same voices, many human characters as well, but to hell with it, it was still brilliant. I spent more than 1000h+ in this game and i still play it a lot. I have this kind of a cycle, that every year i have to complete it at least once. That's how much fun i get from this game.

I almost forgot to mention the soundtrack. Kai Rosenkranz, you are a genius. Gothic 1 and 2 have had brilliant soundtracks and what he did in Gothic 3 is.. incredible. They finally hired a real orchestra for the soundtrack. I.. really don't know what to say.. Right now, i'm getting really dizzy because it's.. I.. I really don't know what to say. The moment i start listening to the soundtrack, I instantly leave this world and feel like i'm in the world of Gothic. It's amazing. It's something i have never experienced before. Just go and listen to Vista Point.. or Northmar's Clans, or really anything else. They are all beautiful. Oh God, my eyes literally got wet while writing this...

You know what i really hate right now? The feeling that you, the reader, can't experience all the things i have throughout my whole life while playing this series.

The devs got a lot of hate because the release was AWFUL. Really awfull. The game was nearly unplayable. And even the Steam version is not really that great...

AND HERE IS WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT POST NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF OLDER GAMES.
Please guys, patching/modding the game by yourself is not hard, and by giving a great game a thumbs down on a review, people will see that, and the chances that they'll buy this game will lower. I, for example, never say a game is ♥♥♥♥ because the Steam version sucks. Why not? Because i don't ♥♥♥♥ing care. I can patch/mod it by myself. Just google it. It's not hard. There are almost always fixes for older games that require the work of the community in order to run on newer systems. Even the Steam Community Guides will help you with running the game. So please, install the Community Patch before judging this game.

I don't care if i get any thumbs down on my review. I just hope you can understand what i experienced throughout this series. How it is literally bond to my soul right now. It's like something i can't live without. I don't know what else i can do to convince you into buying this... Sorry.. I just want you to know that this game is something different from other RPG's.. something that literally (i think i'm overusing this word :P) changed the way i feel when playing it. Or hearing the soundtrack. Anything that has to do with this game.. it's just an amazing experience. Please, buy the whole trilogy and maybe you'll understand.

tl;dr Don't judge the game by the Steam reviews. Community made this game awesome, and i love them for it. The soundtrack is the best i've ever heard (and i've heard a lot). Gothic 1 is brilliant, Gothic 2 is even better and Gothic 3 was something different.. something i really fell in love with. It's only 9.99€, it's cheap as hell. Buy it. You won't regret it.

PS. Piranha Bytes, i love your work. You made something that changed my life. Please, make ELEX a great game. Not like Risen 2 and 3.

Edit. I forgot to mention the community of this game. It's one of the best communities i've ever seen! They are very dedicated to what they are doing. I hope the community will survive for at least another 10 years :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
The most efficient use of a potion is to reach for pocket, and drink it while an ARMY OF ORCS IS TRYING TO MURDER YOU...!!!

10/10 will die from drinking potion again....
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Amazing game, unfortunately with lots of bugs, so I recommend installing the Community patches and mods (World of Gothic has great guides also about the order in which to install them) they really lift the game. Then it does feel the way you would expect the sequel to Gothic 2 to feel, with all the Gothic-typical ups and downs: High difficulty (= frustration but even bigger satisfaction once you manage), huge open world and extremely addicting. A must for fans of Gothic and Gothic 2 (I recommend playing those first).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Good, fun game. But can someone please make the mouse work for the game on Windows 10 please, I am playing the game with just the keyboard and it doesn't work.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
One of my favourite games of all time.

Not only do you have an absolute S*IT ton of choices, you can kill EVERYBODY!

So if you feel like buying a game where you want to go apesh*t, go ahead and buy it. But it is still a great game, give it a chance!

Trust me, the time I have played isn't even half of what yo ucan experience.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
298 of 319 people (93%) found this review helpful
346 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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269 of 297 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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194 of 206 people (94%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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141 of 152 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
115.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
One of the greatest RPG I have played. Seeing many of the hideous comments about Gothic 3 made me not even want to play it. But, I gave it a chance. The Community Patch(http://www.g3cpt.eu/) is extremely needed, as it fixes many of the issues. I say, after 100s(almost there) of hours played, that this is amazing. The music, the background dialog, the quests and the storyline is what you will expect of the gothic series. It is extremely addictive and could eat your spare time easily. I can only say that everyone needs to give it a try.
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