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.
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"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
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BloodySeaGulls
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
It's a delicious game and I recommend because of it's tasty story and scrumptious characters.
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M.o.M.ᴬᴱ
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This is probably the best game I have ever played (sure is my most favorite one). I started playing it 10 years ago (I was in 8 grade). Since then I have played and finished it around 12 times with all the paths and endings (including the original version and the Night of the Raven one. Now I feel nostalgic when I remember how I waited to get back from school to "kill the dragons". (havent played it in steam yet, thats why I have 0 hours)
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( 51.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Best RPG ever. Nuff said.
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And1req
( 115.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Maybe the best RPG ever created for PC. Amazing World, Characters, Story and Gameplay. Gothic2 shows all RPG´s of today , how a great Game should be. Must have!
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zshadez
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
After many years this is, in my opinion, still the best PC RPG you can get. Be prepared for a learning curve and to get your ♥♥♥ handed to you by the first few things you encounter... but stick with it for much badassness.
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Cookie
( 50.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Prawilna gra lepsza od Evolve bez Tonego nie da rady przejsc
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Whispering One
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Been playing this game for years. Although it's very difficult, it is rewarding due to a nice story, lots of secrets and very good gameplay. One of the best rpgs ever made, worth playing even now. 10/10
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aw yisss
( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
I love this game since I was 14, and when it were added on steam I was like "yes! Finally!". But it was so unwell optimised, everyone is crying for its unreal to fix the bugs and errors, so I dont know what kind of review it should be. Of course this game is a masterpiece, just like the first part of it, but this is the last good part of Gothic, tho. Great big world, especially with addons, wich makes it even bigger, great story. None of boring typical rpg quests, every storyline make sence. Atmospheric roads with goblins and other ♥♥♥♥ that wants to kill you, pirates, fire mages, DRAGONS, even ♥♥♥♥♥! You dont need more, if you are looking for a good RPG. Yeah, maybe its a bit old, but who cares about graphics, when the story is so goooood. Yeah, Im a huge fan.
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tepes55
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Best single player rpg game ever.
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Arndell
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Like pretty much every other negative review.
It's nigh impossible to get it to start, get a pirate version or retail disk if you can find it.
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Ignatius Reilly
( 79.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
No one will read this review, because the game's old, but I've been really into this old gem, and wanted to give it some love.

This is the best openworld RPG I've ever played, and I've played damn near all of them. (New Vegas might come close, but is crippled by Bethesda's idiotic VATs combat.)

The game's heart is driven by a well balanced progression that feels really damn good. The satisfaction of growing from an unknown, unliked hero who runs away from wolves to a master swordsman who slays mighty beasts has never been captured so well. Sure, every game does it, but here, you feel that change viscerally, and it's damn satisfying. Starting the game not as the Savior of Mankind but a hopeless wimp might rub some people the wrong way but I can't get enough of that sort of thing.

I also very much enjoyed the main city. Very convincing as a living place. Damn near every person you meet has something going on. You could easily spend five hours getting things done in the first city alone.

The map is huge, and rewards exploration, and while games like Oblivion might also offer that, here your exploration is lended a sizable amount of tension, as you never know what might be lurking around the corner ready to tear your head off, or what treasures you might find.

Another thing I found well considered is that each piece of gear carries a significant amount of weight. Though you may only wear a few sets of armor throughout the game, getting that first upgraded fills you with a sort of glee as you start to imagine all those difficult places you may now be able to explore. It also adds a certain element of realism to the entire experience, which aids in the immersion, which is nice in a game like this.

Choice and consequence isn't a huge part of the game, but in choosing who you ally with, there is plenty enough of that, if that's something you worry about. And many quests do give you at least one or two minor options in how you complete it.

The plot and writing aren't anything special, but the intaraction between all the guilds and your hero is well done, and it's perfect for a game like this, where your only wish is to be left alone as you run all over the map. The voice acting is stellar. Bad, but in a way that knows it's bad. So it's good!

The game obviously isn't terribly pretty, and it can be hard getting it to run on new operating systems (check the guides), but if this is your jam, then you better make some toast, because Gothic 2 is a big delicious helping of open world goodness!

6/10 IGN GOTY!!!

No, but seriously, guys. It's pretty good.
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Iuredo
( 47.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Love this game. It might be difficult to get it to run on newer versions of windows, but I'm having a blast with this game on windows 7.
Old game that has its flaws, but in my oppinion its a must have for any oldschool-rpg-fan.
Very atmospheric
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barrera_ml
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
I bought this game for the first time in 2004, I don’t even remember how many times I have finished it, and I have even tried all factions at the same time, this way I got access to all of the quests and items specific to each faction. What a master piece. Finally I got the steam version up and running, here I go again Khorinis!!!

Sadly I still keep on seen reviews complaining about the graphics, really? Apparently many gamers is all they care about, graphics; even if the game itself is a piece of crap or a senseless empty shell. I don’t know about the other fans but even the rustic graphics on Gothic 2 were just perfect for the environment in the game. A good example, what happened with gothic 3? Boy! What a rip off, I paid 50 dollars back then and I think I still regret it. What was the point on improving the graphics? Game all full of glitches, lost most of its essence it didn’t even feel like gothic anymore, it was a completely different game, not mentioning the brutally high specs for the time. That proves my point, yeah nice graphics 8/10 but 2/10 about the game itself, if I wanted to play and kill stuff for no reason in a beautiful landscape I would have played Halo on instead.

At least for me a good game is the one that catches your attention completely, makes you feel it, gets you involved, and Gothic 1 and 2 are a great example of it, actually this game helped me define my path as a gamer, since Gothic 2 I became a big fan of role playing games.

Highly recommended game 29.5 / 10 indeed ;) LONG LIFE TO GOTHIC 2 AND THE NAMELESS HERO!!!!

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Trojan_horse.exe
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
didn't work :c
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josericoiii
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
This doesn't work on Windows 10.
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ShinraVeteran
( 72.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Gothic 2 with the add-on The Night Of The Raven is truly a masterpiece of an rpg. The story, the voiceacting, the melee fighting mechanics, the vast and diverse world is one of a kind. Gothic 1 should be played before this game, so you wont have trouble understanding the story ( and gothic 1 is fantastic game as well ).

Pros
- This game is a true open-world rpg. You can visit the vast majority of places in the world without story developing into those regions
- The melee fighting mechanic is very well constructed. The combos are really fun execute. The AI meelefighters are also masterfully done. You will understand in a very short time, that you are facing a true blademaster. The parries, dodges and combos the enemies can do makes the fighting experience something beyond many rpg games i have played.
- The magic in the game is diverse. Healing, summoning, teleportation, elemental, status effect you have everything in this game. The AI mages usually use low level spells, but sometimes you encounter your usual enemy mage casting one the strongest fire spells if you allow him to execute the spell in time.
- The story is fantastic. Very well written, very well coordinated through npcs, augmented with side-quests helping you get through the main story.
- The side quest are what makes this game on the best in its time.
- The voice acting is fantastic ( especially the german)
- The integration of the gothic 1 characters is smoothly done. They fit right in where you will find them here in gothic 2
- The world is wonderfully constructed, each new region has a center plaza to rotate easily between places of importance. Different terrain in nearly all the new places you encounter. Vast number of monsters. Huge number of npcs. The npcs with no names ( eg. a novice) has speech option, where he or she will give a different responses to the different events happening in the world of khorinis at that time
- Replayable through different faction selections.
- Fantastic world and boss music

Cons
- Minor logic mistake with npc equipments
- Playing as a mage in add-on is very hard. This is very sad, because some of the add-on introduced spells are very fun to use ( the normal G2 mage is still fine)
- Some of the boss battles are not working properly, the patterns leave open a lot of abuses for archers and mages to exploit.
- There are still some bugs for unlimited gold if you have the time to do it multiple times. ( nothing gamebreaking )

Overall i give this game a 10/10
One of the best rpg ever made, the best open-world rpg in my opinion and it should on every top x rpg list for the next 50+ years . And yes i love this game ..
Dont let my 30 hours played mislead you i have played this game at least 20 times
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Commander Artanis
( 44.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
You haven't played this yet? Damn. You missed something. You really did.
Everyone should have played this.
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kapy
( 66.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
The best of all 6 (yes I put Forsaken gods, arcania + return to settariff i nthe number too) Gothic games, if you havent played it yet. JUST DO IT!
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(LRS)King*Vandal
( 136.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
this game is probably one of my favorites ive played and beaten it a million times and more.i love how you can become a paladin and another thing for gothic 1 2 3 and love all the sound tracks just amazing guarnteed to enjoy this game
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LukasBroskie
( 68.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
I love this game a lot...it's the first RPG game that i ever played and enjoyeed ( back in 2003 ), i can play this game with my eyes closed and still; finish the game.
Unfortunately the Steam version requires you to sell your soul and stand on your arms while singing "Oh Canada" backwards to get it working properly
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
115.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Maybe the best RPG ever created for PC. Amazing World, Characters, Story and Gameplay. Gothic2 shows all RPG´s of today , how a great Game should be. Must have!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This is probably the best game I have ever played (sure is my most favorite one). I started playing it 10 years ago (I was in 8 grade). Since then I have played and finished it around 12 times with all the paths and endings (including the original version and the Night of the Raven one. Now I feel nostalgic when I remember how I waited to get back from school to "kill the dragons". (havent played it in steam yet, thats why I have 0 hours)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
No one will read this review, because the game's old, but I've been really into this old gem, and wanted to give it some love.

This is the best openworld RPG I've ever played, and I've played damn near all of them. (New Vegas might come close, but is crippled by Bethesda's idiotic VATs combat.)

The game's heart is driven by a well balanced progression that feels really damn good. The satisfaction of growing from an unknown, unliked hero who runs away from wolves to a master swordsman who slays mighty beasts has never been captured so well. Sure, every game does it, but here, you feel that change viscerally, and it's damn satisfying. Starting the game not as the Savior of Mankind but a hopeless wimp might rub some people the wrong way but I can't get enough of that sort of thing.

I also very much enjoyed the main city. Very convincing as a living place. Damn near every person you meet has something going on. You could easily spend five hours getting things done in the first city alone.

The map is huge, and rewards exploration, and while games like Oblivion might also offer that, here your exploration is lended a sizable amount of tension, as you never know what might be lurking around the corner ready to tear your head off, or what treasures you might find.

Another thing I found well considered is that each piece of gear carries a significant amount of weight. Though you may only wear a few sets of armor throughout the game, getting that first upgraded fills you with a sort of glee as you start to imagine all those difficult places you may now be able to explore. It also adds a certain element of realism to the entire experience, which aids in the immersion, which is nice in a game like this.

Choice and consequence isn't a huge part of the game, but in choosing who you ally with, there is plenty enough of that, if that's something you worry about. And many quests do give you at least one or two minor options in how you complete it.

The plot and writing aren't anything special, but the intaraction between all the guilds and your hero is well done, and it's perfect for a game like this, where your only wish is to be left alone as you run all over the map. The voice acting is stellar. Bad, but in a way that knows it's bad. So it's good!

The game obviously isn't terribly pretty, and it can be hard getting it to run on new operating systems (check the guides), but if this is your jam, then you better make some toast, because Gothic 2 is a big delicious helping of open world goodness!

6/10 IGN GOTY!!!

No, but seriously, guys. It's pretty good.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Gothic II, just like its predecessor is an RPG that has one of the most satisfying progression system ever implemented. You will start as a wimp that gets a beating from pretty much everything, but if you don't get discouraged, stick around and work hard for it, your character will be steadily getting stronger. You will be an adventurer, exploring the well crafted world, trying to find every creature that you can handle (and avoiding the ones you can't), every piece of loot which you can add to your bottomless inventory, and every person in need of your help, just so you could get some experience and become a bit tougher. And doing so will feel incredibly good.

Sure, the voice acting isn't the greatest, the combat and animations are clunky, and the graphics may seem bad (even though they're not), but you won't be paying attention to any of this after you sink into the world of Gothic. This game (and the first one) is a cult classic for a reason and if you're a fan of RPGs, you simply have to play it because it's one of the best.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Music: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Graphics: ★★★✩✩ (3/5)
Gameplay: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Overall: ★★★★★★★★★✩ (9/10)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I love this game a lot...it's the first RPG game that i ever played and enjoyeed ( back in 2003 ), i can play this game with my eyes closed and still; finish the game.
Unfortunately the Steam version requires you to sell your soul and stand on your arms while singing "Oh Canada" backwards to get it working properly
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
I love this game since I was 14, and when it were added on steam I was like "yes! Finally!". But it was so unwell optimised, everyone is crying for its unreal to fix the bugs and errors, so I dont know what kind of review it should be. Of course this game is a masterpiece, just like the first part of it, but this is the last good part of Gothic, tho. Great big world, especially with addons, wich makes it even bigger, great story. None of boring typical rpg quests, every storyline make sence. Atmospheric roads with goblins and other ♥♥♥♥ that wants to kill you, pirates, fire mages, DRAGONS, even ♥♥♥♥♥! You dont need more, if you are looking for a good RPG. Yeah, maybe its a bit old, but who cares about graphics, when the story is so goooood. Yeah, Im a huge fan.
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The best RPG I've ever played! <3

10/10
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
One of the best RPG I ever played.
It manages to let you have a great adventure very well by offering you an intresting and fully interactive world. One of the best features in my mind that Gothic Series especially Gothic 2 have are the NPC. They don't feel like they are just there for a quest, but rather are a part of the living world. Things happen to them too, while you experience your adventure. Some of them even guide you in this adventure by trading with you, fighting by your side, even training you and just sharing usefull information. This is strongly supported by the great level design, while it is open to you it has many interesting places and characters for you to find, but also traps and obstacles to avoid. All this is laid with an challenging, but fair difficulty.
I have played this game four times now and I had a blast every time!
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Best game i ever played, since 2003 for now.

To bad that steam dont support orginal languages like: German Polish etc.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
104.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
A stunning improvement on Gothic 1 in every way. And it includes the add on as well which turns this game into one of the more difficult RPG experiences.
And yes you still need fanpatches. Check the community guides.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Awesome classic!
And with awesome community mods and a direct x 11 patch, also developed by the community, the game looks up to date and runs pretty smooth overall.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
best game ever :)
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184 of 195 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
One of the best RPG's ever created.

Pros:

-Fully voice acted
-Good graphics for its age
-Three really well designed classes (Militia, Bandit and Mage)
-Perfect difficulty
-Lots of content
-Believable world
-Great atmosphere
-Amazing soundtrack

Cons:

-Mediocre fighting system
-A story about dragons isn't exactly original

Overall rating: 9.5/10
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110 of 116 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Gothic II is a gigantic game in a small world. The trick that the devs pulled to make the game seem so enormous was to make use of absolutely every nook and cranny on the map. Most of these places aren't even relevant to the main story; you can plow through the game several times over and still stumble across something new hidden in an easily missed gap between rocks or behind a waterfall at the bottom of a deep valley. Since the game doesn't throw powerful items or experience at you like lots of the loot-fest RPGs out there, the (usually) small rewards secreted away across the island are always satisfying to discover. This and the fact that the game is largely loading screen- and objective marker-free makes the whole world feel alive and supremely explorable. Just be careful; the game will hold your hand for a grand total of five seconds before booting you into a world where all of the local fauna have it out for you and will absolutely WRECK you if you aren't familiar with the somewhat clunky combat system. It gets easier later on but the challenge is always there. Don't be scared though; the danger just makes exploring that much more rewarding.
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74 of 78 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
I have to say, this is one of the most beautiful RPG games I've ever experienced, it definetly earns it's place at the top with TES and other great games of the genre, it's just a shame it never had such a big communtiy and not many people know about it.

If you're an hardcore RPG fan, then this is a game for you. It offers countless hours of gameplay, lot's of sidequests and plenty of things to do besides that, from picking berries in the woods to hunting orcs and other critters in the vast open world filled with forests and grasslands. Appart from the great story, the game has one of the most enjoyable combat systems and exploration features.

Another thing to mention is the music which also perfectly fits in with the theme and creates an even deeper atmosphere to delve in, however this game isn't for everyone, the combat can be sometimes found tricky and making money hard, but most players get used to it quickly.

This is a must-have if you're an old-school RPG fan, 10/10
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67 of 70 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
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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64 of 69 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is in my opinion, the best Gothic game in the series. There is no lack of quests. the Ability to roam all around the maps and choose what & how you want to do too proceed is entirely up to you as the gamer. I also like the fact theres so many different choices you have for what class and position you take in this game. If you patch the game corectly it is pretty stable. and in my opinion the only real draw back for buying it on steam is minimizing the game. other wise it seems more stable then the stand alone. As i have all the games and expansions in regular and Gothic 2 In Gold edition as well. so if your using windowes 7 or windows 8 may I suggest the Gothic 2 Gold edition on the steam platform.
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56 of 59 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
132.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
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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