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 (505 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 13, 2006

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"Very buggy game at release. Later fixed by one of the greatest community patching efforts ever - be sure to play with fan patch 1.75 - Good Action CRPG!"
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About This Game

A nameless hero becomes a legend!
Myrtana, a world in upheaval: overrun by orcs from the dark lands in the north, King Rhobar is defending Vengard, the former stronghold of the humans, with his last troop of followers. Chaos reigns without: rebels are offering resistance, and the Hashishin of the south are openly collaborating with the orcs.
Rumours that the nameless hero of Khorinis is on his way to the mainland spawn both hope and worry. Whose side will he take? Who will feel his wrath, who enjoy his favor? Only one thing is sure: his deeds are going to change Myrtana forever...
Liberation or annihilitaion – the fate of the world of Gothic lies in your hands! Create your own individual gaming experience through different solution paths.
Dynamic, action-packed combat system: choose between Fast Attacks, deadly whirlwind close combat, or shooting from a distance.
Immerse yourself in the most colorful and authentic fantasy world of all time – Myrtana awaits you!
  • Specially designed easy combat system
  • Clear main goals—story driven yet dictated by player’s choice
  • Huge free–roaming world—virtually no boundaries
  • Advanced human behavior AI for hundreds of individual characters with full audio dialogues
  • Countless side–quests for the player to choose from
  • Over 50 different monsters and animals and dozens of human enemies
  • Over 50 different powerful spells and over a hundred different weapons
  • Unique class–free character development

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows XP/2000/XP 64-Bit/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD CPU 2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1024 MB Ram or higher
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 128 MB Ram and Shader 1.4
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 4.6 GB
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
An underrated gem. With the community patch, this buggy and broken game becomes slightly less buggy and broken to the point where the strength of it's other elements is able to shine.

Namely, a massive open, explorable world with a variety of towns, locales and the ability to make choices with consequences ingrained into the game mechanics in a way which makes sense for the story. The writing is somewhat bland, but the freedom is stellar and the soundtrack is breathtaking (if small).

Gud gaem. Not a polished AAA production by any means, but better than it's given credit for.
Posted: October 12
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Please, ignore my gameplay hours, you will find in my post why.

Well, for the year this game was made it has great graphics, i think the best graphics for that time, please don't forget it is made in 2006 and don't forget they were forced to relase the game sooner. It is an inimaginable game for that time and I strongly suggest you to play it.

In Gothic3 you can be whatever you want, you can fight for the Orcs or for the Humans, you can be from a full thief to a hero, from a strong warrior to a smart age, you can end it in different ways, it's all about you. You have all the freedom you want, but you explore it at your own risk. You have a lot of side quests and a great main quest line. It is more action-orientated than other Gothic games because you will fight with your own army (yes, your own army!) for saving cities from enemies, etc.

I suggest you to play it's predecessors to see how much the game evolved and because the storyline continues from the end of Gothic2. For all of those saying: "I am a Gothic fan, but I don't like Gothic3!" well, then you are not a Gothic fan, why could you say something like that? Same storyline, same characters, same awesome hero, it is not Arcania, it is Gothic3, it is really good and unlike Arcania they really keep the storyline.

About the Community Patch, yes, you need it for the game to run well, but if you can play a better game, why should you complain about the Community Patch? Don't forget that the game was forced to be released sooner

I know I have a low gameplay time, because I have a really weak laptop, but I still love the game because it is simply awesome! :D

10/10
Posted: October 16
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
For me, playing Gothic 3 was a lot like owning an old pair of underwear.

On its own, it's nothing impressive. But put it over your head, and you can be the life of the party for a total of 10 minutes, at the expense of your dignity and sanity, leaving you to question "Why am I doing this again?" and remembering you're in too deep to stop now. After all, Gothic 3 can be a great time sink when your eyes and ears are covered. Sure, it's deceptively fun while it lasts, but it'll leave you feeling a sense of remorse when the party ends.

I'm not game to play it without the community patch from the reviews I've seen, and judging of what I've played so far. All things considered, I enjoyed exploring for the most of it, given I would deliberately have to ignore awkward camera controls, occassionally frustrating optimisation, half-arsed animation and a game-breaking mountain jumping option.

The last offender, when I discovered you could stumble upon end-game with ease detered me from playing.

Overall, got my kicks out of it, but I wouldn't say Gothic 3 holds up as a decent game in this age.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
It's currently $2.49 US. Buy it. A game that's been around for a long time, I have personally played the crap out of it long before I got it on STEAM. If you are dissapointed, you simply don't like open world RPG games.
Posted: October 13
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
This isn't a popular opinion, but I think the Community Patch makes this the best game in the Gothic series. The end game kind of breaks down, but the journey is incredible. The cold, war-torn world of Myrtana is brutally indifferent in every way, and merit is the sole determiner of success in this harsh landscape.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
91.9 hrs on record
Compared to Gothic 1 and 2, there's virtually no storytelling, most dialogues have been simplified and shortened significantly, and there are errors in the plot continuity. The five friends make a return, but they've been reduced to quest givers for one simple fetch/hunt quest, and after that they never play a role again.

Even though the game fails to connect to what its predecessors established, I’ve had a positive experience playing Gothic 3. It boasts an immense open world, and the voice acting for all dialogues as well as the beautiful music still provided enough immersion to enjoy it.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
First off I would like to say, even though my time says I have only played 30 hours. That is when I got it on steam. I actually got the game on a CD first(saddly the CD broke and lost all my saves >.<), and I've clocked well over 60 hours on that. I don't know my exact time but i've seen and played a lot of this game.

Much like the Gothic series, this games boasts a HUGE landscape to explore. Even if you look on the top world view(main map) That is about half the map as their is a whole other level to the game, the amount of caves and tunnel you have to explore is huge as well. The areas you have to explore are beautiful and some scenes you can just stand there watching it for awhile. The map is huge for a game that doesn't give your a great fast-travel system, but that is the fun of an open world game, them forcing you to explore.

This game, is unfinished though, even the developers came out saying that the people who put them up to it, rushed the game to be released long before it was ready. So you will find caves that are completely empty, pockets of pitch blackness even with a torch. Grass and trees that don't match the landscape. Even some areas that are just empty of anything. Anyone who has played through and explored the map has seen this, it does mark the game as not completed. Now, if they had completed the game, it might have been THE best game of that time, but, who knows, they never did.

Comabt wise, the game is very simplistic, it goes on a 'duel' system, so you'll rarely have 2 or more people gang up on you, so it is mostly 1v1, even if you are surrounded by an army. Your moves consist of the same thing and it's very easy to kill the enemies. Saying that though, any archers or magic users are not afraid to cast their spells at you, even when your already fighting someone, and spells in this game are VERY unforgiving, some even doing a 1 or 2 hit on you. What makes this game all the harder, is that there is no auto-save feature. So you will have to manually save. It's smart to save every time you enter and leave a town, this game will make you a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ saver. Getting killed with a sword or axe though, is just as easy, as the computer gets the exact same attack patterns you do, and if your not careful, you can be quickly killed off. (Basicly, once they start a combo and you can't break it, your dead.). Archery works fantasic and forces you to aim and be accurate, shields actually do their job, I.E. stopping arrows from hurting you and magic... magic is a ♥♥♥♥♥ sometimes. Overall, the combat is wonky and unforgiving sometimes, but workable.

The quests, although quite simple at times, range wide, towns usually consist in the same but you'll find that the game does follow the progress so, killing off an orc town, well, that means going into any other orc towns wont be easy. This game also has quest that spans the continants. For instance, one quest, for you to get a boat skimatic, which is roughly the middle of hte map, well, to get said skimatic you have to go to the south, into the varrent, a desert, well, sorry, the guy wants ice wolf pelts, and those, can only be found in the north in nordmar. The game makes you travel to this fantastic areas to grab something, it is truely amazing the amount of work was put into this game that wasn't even finish.

This game lacks polish, that is evident in the fact they got rushed to release it, I don't blame the dev's for that, you can only do so much in a certain amount of time and your not allowed to push over. If you can look past it's flaws the game is great, the story is lacking somewhat and isn't that straight forward, but, it makes you take your time and explore. Overall, it is a good game for those who don't mind the lack of polish and the sometimes wonky gameplay. I've loved playing it and I think many others will too.

Quick tip to anyone wanting to get this. Focus on leveling up and getting lots of quests done before truely picking a side. You'll get twice the amount of quests.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Casual gamer here.
I played Gothic 3 the same time Oblivion was released. My motive for trying/buying it again was purely that it was on sale and decided to give it another crack (and that i had lost my previous CD). I thought i might choose another way to end the game (3 different yet similar endings). For those who seek a game of exploration and 'liberation' of cities without loading everytime you enter into a door, this could be the game for you (1 time game loading).
The bad.
- Story is predictable with same generic quests
- Combat gets repetitive, left click the mouse and let the monsters just die
- Characters look like tomb raider 1
The good.
- HUGE WORLD with a lot places to go and explore... some being quests others just having some epic loot
- Day and night cycles, when NPC's go to sleep and move around
- Music is actually very good.

Before playing install the Community patch and remember that a boar can kill you >.<

Thanks for reading!
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
If Piranha Bytes had another year to polish, add more content and work out the kinks Gothic 3 could of been one of the best video games EVER made. But instead, its just a really awesome game. Gothic 3 is definitely the best and most beautiful game in the series and a game that makes you feel allot of nostalgia when you play it. and when you are playing it you can't help but to often think that the game could of been epic level if the game was polished and had more main story quests. it is most definitely worth the low asking price on steam. a must play game if you are someone who can still love a game despite it's bugginess, anyone who has played a bethesda game knows what i'm talking about, bethesda's games are epic but buggy and so is Gothic 3.
Posted: October 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
It's an ok game.

The game worked ok for me, though when turning around as it loads the different environment it seems to lag a bit.

Combat animations are very lazy, the same sword slash motion is used when weilding a spear. Looks very strange to swing a spear in the left right slash animation, a spear should have a thrusting animation of it's own. And the weapon hitting doesn't make a sound.

Thought I didn't like the game, but I keep returning and wanting to play.

I'd rate the game 5/10 but not really a game I'd recommend. If you really want to try this game get it on sale like I did for $2.49

It's not totally terrible especially if you like old school RPG's.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
The best game for me... A good story, a huge world and all the things that you expect from the Gothic Series. The only problem are the BUGs but if you pass them you'll discover a great game.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
A disappointing sequel for such a promising series. It still managed to be something unique.
Gothic will always keep the title "best rpg I have ever played" on my list.
Posted: October 21
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Nostalgie <3
Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
it's good so far.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
The first 3 hours consisted of looting villages with their residents not caring and running away from small pigs that headbutt you to death as well as monkey-goblins with sticks.

The next 3 hours contained running away from giant trolls with large sticks and orcs that you can only see from 6 metres away because of the game's render distance system.

I ran into a giant city with a forcefield around it and killed myself accidentally because I didn't realize I couldn't enter the city at all.

In this game, the deer equivalent are packs of wolves roaming together in lofting green fields, and the wolf equivalent are small pigs that can kill you in groups of 3. The wolves jump through the fields gracefully, chewing on the grass happily with their kin. The pigs however, are meat eating, campfire starting, forest lurking beasts that are an unwreckable force when there are more than 5 or 6 of them in a group.

The game is quite fun, but the only issues I have with it are the previously mentioned render distances which also affect landscapes harshly, the lack of a good tutorial system, and the fact that it still carries some bugs involving combat and movement around steep terrain.
Posted: October 19
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Honestly didn't play the game much. Started with the lackluster tutorial where I walked around smacking down orcs and stealing my neigbors' stuff. Nothing groundbreaking but not really fun. Still, maybe it just starts slow.

Here's the ♥♥♥♥♥. In the middle of the tutorial, attempting to click on a chest and steal my neighbor's stuff, I accidentally clicked on his bed instead. (That's not the problem. That was totally me being clumsy, not the game's fault). My character walks towards the bed, but there's a chest in the way. You'd think he'd path around it, right? No, the dumbass walks up to the interveneing chest then just keeps on walking against it dry humping it for all he's worth.

Does he eventaully path around it? NO
Does he eventually stop? NO
If I mash every key on my keyboard, will it cancel his action and make him stop? NO
Can I bring up the menu to try and save my game and reload? NO
No, he's so damned determined to frotteurize that poor helpless chest that he, and the game with him are blind to the world. Unlike it's crappy older brother though, I CAN Ctrl-ALT-DEL out of the game.

Was it good enough to re-invest that 25 minutes? NO
Is it likely that the rest of the game is programmed perfectly and I just hit the only game-breaking bug in the whole game 2 minutes in? NO
Am I willing to play the game in a constant state of paranoia, saving before every action in case this kind of crap is pervasive? NO


Am I glad I only spent $5 on the entire (so far completely unplayable) Gothic Series? YES!!!
Am I sick and tired of buying games on Steam that someone at steam should have at least made an effort to QC? DOUBLE YES!!!
Posted: October 24
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Just as tedious and boring as the first Gothic, lost interest. Suprised it worked though.
1/10
Posted: September 27
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5 of 16 people (31%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
"THIS IS THE ♥♥♥♥TIEST GAME IVE EVER PLAYED"
-God-
Why the hell would anyone want to buy this game.. yah its on sale but the fighting ,the interface, the whole god damn game is terrrible and you will be disapointed in this game.. buy it if u want a really terrible game :)
Posted: October 18
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0.4 hrs on record
★★☆☆☆
Posted: October 25
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20.7 hrs on record
with the community patch this game is wonderful :)
onceagain metacritic score is way off
Posted: October 25
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