Gothic II: Gold Edition brings together the excitement of Gothic II and the add-on Night of the Raven to your fingertips! You have torn down the magical barrier and released the prisoners of the Mine Valley. Now the former criminals of the forests and mountains are causing trouble around the capital of Khorinis.
User reviews: Very Positive (655 reviews)

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"This content-packed entry is considered the best in the Gothic series. Unforgiving but rarely unfair, with meaningful & satisfying character progression"
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Reviews

"The folks at Piranha Bytes have done it again. I remember hearing all sorts of good reviews of Gothic I but whatever that game was, Gothic 2 is that and more." - Just-RPG, 97%
"The game is very good in what it does. It lets the player experience a fantasy story in a seamless medieval 3D world. This world is unique in its combination of details, believable NPCs and freedom of exploration." - RPGDot.com, 91%
"This really is a game you can lose yourself in because it really is enjoyable to just run around the countryside being chased by dangerous monsters, stumbling across hidden pirate treasures, battling it out with trolls, and basically seeking fame and fortune." - Gamershell.com, 92%

About This Game

Gothic II: Gold Edition brings together the excitement of Gothic II and the add-on Night of the Raven to your fingertips!
You have torn down the magical barrier and released the prisoners of the Mine Valley. Now the former criminals of the forests and mountains are causing trouble around the capital of Khorinis. The town militia is powerless due to their low amount of force–outside of the town, everyone is helpless against the attacks of the bandits.
  • Over 100 thrilling missions on the different settings
  • A detailed, lively game environment with over 500 individual characters (each with their own daily routine)
  • The player determines the course of the story himself
  • Fight with more than 200 different weapons and magical spells
  • Over 12 hours of complete, English voice output
  • Includes the Night of the Raven add-on

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/2000/ME/98/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB Ram or higher
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 32 MB Ram
    • DirectX®: 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Maybe i'm blinded by nostalgia, but I don't care. This game is exceptionally good for all those who seek a hard core RPG experience with a quirky plot and badass dragons.

The game runs great on my windows 8.1 gaming laptop, with no errors. I have read some negative reviews which claim to have problems getting the game to launch. If the steam version has some error that I am not aware of, then there is always the option to purchase Gothic II: Gold Edition from GOG.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
132.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Gothic II. What a great, rewarding and exciting game.

After a series of events, you break out of the colony with friends you made there. Freedom, right? No.
You weren't the only one to break out. Most bandits got out too and started to rob and murder innocent citizens of Khorinis. People see you as a nobody yet again, but slowly you gain respect and eventually become a respected man across the island, saving Khorinis from an evil force that's about to struck it.

Gameplay is improved in many ways over the first game. Controls don't feel stiff. Combat is fun and never gets old: you hold LMB and use WASD to swing your weapons in different directions, no button mashing involved.
You can join different factions: Paladins, Mercenaries and Mages. All of them are very different and have a lot of faction-related quests, so it's worth it to beat the game multiple times.
You visit a lot of places in the game: the main island of Khorinis, the colony from the first game (which is now abandoned, grey and full of orcs at every step that'll murder you in mere seconds), swampy Jarkendar from the expansion and some other minor ones. All locations are unique and different, NPCs have their own chores and the game feels alive. I'll be honest, I got immersed. I spent hundreds of hours wandering around and finding cool quests and secrets.

Gothic II is my favourite RPG and I beat it many times. It's the experience I will never forget.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
I killed a dragon with dozens of summoned goblin skeletons. 10/10 would do it again.
PS: for Win 7+ users you have to patch it first (please refer to DaniLch guide), and it will work just fine.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great game, runs perfectly on Win7. If you have troubles with starting it, close all background programs. And if this game chrashes during the loading screen, go to steam/steamapps/common/gothic2/system and rename Vdfs32e to something else and run Gothic 2 as admin.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
My personal favourite installment of the Gothic series.

- 30h of a solid walkthrough (probably longer if it's your 1st time playing the game)
- Fairly big gameworld divided into 3 (+1) areas
- Tons of sidequests, "secrets" and dark mushrooms <3
- Solid soundtrack and dark atmosphere

The only thing that bothered me was the AI, which is easy to outplay once you notice the pattern.
Given the fact it's 12 year old game it's definitely worth a try if you're not familiar with it.

Off you go now, Xardas awaits.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game is everything. I remember , when I was a little child, I used to play it. I missed this game and bought it on steam, and Im happy that I have done that. This game is a deep sorry - RPG, and compared to the new RPG games, this game offers a more hardcore and more realistic gameplay. I would reccomend it to every RPG lover.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
One of the greatest RPG experience, highly RECOMENDED
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
93.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Best bloody game i've ever played 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Gothic II is a perfect action-adventure role-playing with a very huge open world that does not guide you with quest markers. Like the first game, you will find the first few hours quite difficult, but when you get some new gear, you will start enjoying the game.

The developers improved the gameplay in every possible way and the game is more challenging than the first Gothic game. There are tons of weapons, armours, skills, secret areas, monsters, characters, exploration, side quests, and much more.

This game requires the player to properly assign skill points to different stats as well as which faction they want to join. Each faction has its advantages and disadvantages. The game is very atmospheric and the soundtrack is nice. It is a rarity to have such things in a game these days.

The Gold Edition includes the Night of the Raven (Die Nacht Des Raben) add-on/expansion pack, which adds a brand new world, Jharkendar, with new content and major gameplay changes.

About the story, well, it starts off right after the first game ended, so I suggest you to try that first. Many characters from the first game return and there are many interesting quests to finish.

Gothic II is a must play for any hardcore gamer or those who enjoyed the first game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
One of the best and definitely the toughest rpg i've ever completed in my life.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Hands down one of the best RPGs of all time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
159.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
One of the best RPGs in the Steam catalog.

That's no overstatement. They threw in a massisve amount of content, in a giant open world setting. The difficulty level can be unforgiving, but once the nuances of combat are learned, the game is a joy to play. Everything works just the way it should and the OST fits it like a glove.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I love this game so much, but I don't recommend purchasing it, at least not here, because it will not work on my machine running Windows 7. This is apparently a common problem with the game, with numerous solutions, none of which have worked in my case. I recommend reading about this game on the internet before purchase, especially in regards to running it on new operating systems.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Got this one as part of my "repetance purchase" (used to pirate a lot before Steam). Still as good as ever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Never played gothic? buy it ASAP!
Best game ever !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
dont talk to me unless you have beaten the orc
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Is good
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
Don't look at my play time. I bought the game just so I can write a review.
What? Yep.. I did.

For the last 12 years I played Gothic franchise. Every winter, when the weather goes bad outside, I have to follow my tradition of playing one of the Gothic games. For 12 years...

If you read this far and you never played this game but you call yourself a RPG fan, then do yourself a favor and buy it!
Buy it and play it for at least 1 hour. This is how long it will take you to get used to the controls and to the open-world-no-hand-holding ideology.

If I could wrap up the review in some simple words, they would be: Gothic = immersion.

This is a common scene that you will find in Gothic 2:
Heavy grey sky, raining. It's night and you see the soldiers gathering around a camp fire and chat. One of them even starts roasting the carcass of a hunted animal over the fire, preparing the dinner. The merchants sit down in front of big water pipes and relax, smoking different types of weeds. An owl can be heard in the forest close to the camp while through the trees, you can see some Scavangers going to sleep for the night. You decide to also sit on a log and enjoy some socialization time after all the fighting and hunting done over the day.

Pros:
- solid story with deep lore, a mix between religion, mysticism and politics.
- unprecedented AI behavior! Seriously, this franchise is 16 years old but even today the Ai scripting, behavior and combat is unmatched in any other RPG. Sure some other games excel in certain segments of AI implementation, but overall, you wont see a more vivid and realistic AI.
- a true open world. If you see something in the distance, you will most likely be able to reach and explore it. There are many level designers that can provide good content with a large world, but only geniuses can make every inch of a small world filled with content.
- your actions matter. Stealing from someones house or chest? Bad idea. Beating up some important NPC that has many friends and connections? Really bad idea. Betraying a whole faction and be responsible for their deaths? Awesome!
- a very natural and diverse quest system. Make friends, make enemies, steal, hijack, frame some or prove the innocence of others in order to unlock more quests.
- choose your path. This is not Skyrim or Mass Effect. Once you chosen a faction, there is no turning back! Playing each faction it's basically a separate playthrough. This is how much the game changes depending on the path taken!
- absolutely beautiful soundtrack, realistic nature sounds and good voice over.

Cons:
- somewhat awkward control scheme, but it's consistent! Once you learn to handle it, the controls feel smooth.
- outdated graphics. D'oh! 16 years old engine.
- almost no hand holding. No flashing quest marks over NPC heads, no minimap, no pointers all over the screen (probably this is also a reason why the game is so immersive... nothing to distract you from the actual game)
- high difficulty in combat, but not unfair!
- access violation error for some systems, that can be easily solved by running the game in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode + Administrator rights.

By today standards the game is 7 / 10. But, by taking a look at the game industry today... this game is a 10/10 from head to toes. This is a rough gem that deserves a chance to be discovered.

Piranha Bytes, thank you for creating Gothic series. With all my heart, thank you!
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25 of 48 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Let me first state that I'm running Windows 8.1 64-bit so these issues may not apply to you.

I cannot get this game to run functionally. I perused the discussion board and tried all the tips I could find. Alas, I could only get the computer to believe it's running but I never saw any windows or anything indicating that it was running that I could actually interact with. I deleted the .dll but, honestly, at this point I'm not sure if I want to bother more if getting it to function means deleting a .dll every single time I want to play.

This game may be very good and I bought it on sale so I'm not pissed off or anything. But as it stands I cannot recommend the game.

EDIT 07/23/14:

Much later than intended I attempted to solution provided in the comments of this review. It did not work for me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is one of my favorite game series of all time. It's pretty dated now but just looking at the preview makes me want to play it again.
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