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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llr
( 105.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Gothic 2 is the best game I've ever played. So many memories
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Dotajoe
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
better than fallout 4
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Bajzelek
( 53.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Best classic game ever :)
Few issues with starting the game, but solved it easily. Ask me for advice if you need any help :)
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ShadowAngel
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Following the first Gothic and it's surprising success wasn't an Add-on as originally was planned but a proper Sequel that picked up where the story of the unnamed hero left of.
You waked up some weeks after end of the first game in Xardas new tower (honestly how can he build tower after tower in the most fitting places?) telling you that you have to save the world.

A big problem is that what people today get is the combination of Gothic 2 and it's add-on Die Nacht des Raben (Night of the Raven in english) which raises the difficulty considerably. Back then Gothic 2 wasn't an easy game since the developers thought it would be bought by people who played through Gothic 1. Since there was no character transfer (dumb decision) the developers simply raised the diffculty and when they released the add-on a year later, they raised the difficulty again thinking that the people who played through Gothic 2 had enough practice to survive. So people who never played it before beware: The difficulty is far beyond of what modern games are, no hand-holding, no overpowered items, even the first wolf can kill you.

If you make it past the beinning you will encounter a for it's time big world full of life. You will meet all the people you got to know in the first game, since they all fled after the barrier got destroyed and you're thrown right in between them, some are just there to make money, other fight for the king, some fight for the rebel who hold fort in a giant farm, all the while you go around warning everybody of dragons who are coming back (Yes, Bethesda stole most of the plot for Skyrim later) but again it's a classic old school RPG so you can choose which side you support. Wanna help the Kind? Wanna help the Rebells? Even in between you can choose to work for a thief guild, become a pirate, a dragon hunter or stay out of it all (again, Skyrim really stole a lot from this game!)
Gothic 2 features a ton of quests, a ton of sidequests, a lot of freedom to do whatever you want to do and if you play your cards right you can trick all parties against each other while making a lot gold.

While Gothic 1 had really bad controls the sequel has them a bit optimized, they're still not great but not that different from the bad controls GTA Vice City from the same year had. Get used to them, at least the inventory is...not exactly better but different. Instead of having to scroll through columns everything is one giant grid that says "have fun finding an item".
The Graphics are improved and i think look ok considering 14 years have psased, certainly it's amazing how a game from 1986 looked archaic in 2000 while a game from 2002 looks ok in 2016. We've come a long way and computers today can even move you through the city without lag, something even highend computers in 2002 were unable.
The music is from Kai Rosenkranz, highly atmospheric, fitting and a joy to listen to. The german voice acting is great, the english one is a step below at least as is the translation overall, some atmosphere is lost.

Still this is a great game with a good atmosphere and some fun quests and characters that you will remember for sure (honesly Diego is on the same level as Minsc from Baldurs Gate when it comes to "oooh i remember that guy, he was awesome!")
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Mysterious Panda Rider
( 29.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Comp
Too good I can't play it
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Revan
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Gothic is love.
Gothic is life..

Just <3
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Cloaked
( 66.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
This is one of the best RPG games that I ever played. It's not nearly as complex as The Elder Scrolls or other huge RPGs but the fact that it's simple at heart is what made it a masterpiece.
Even though the game is old, you can make it look like a beast using the DX11 mod created by Degenerated and a texture pack of your choice (yep, there's many).
Gothic II has aged and there probably won't be many new players coming over and trying it out. But if there are, I'll just let you know that the community is still very much alive for this game with tons of custom story mods, huge graphical enhancements and cool other things.
tl;dr - I recommend this game for new players looking for a solid game. Now, if you want a more detailed opinion, read more.
Alright. So leaving the graphics aside, which can be extremely upgraded with the help of some mods, the game itself is fluid and fun.
Gameplay is rather fluid like I said. There are bugs here and there but nothing that will make you rage quit and uninstall the game. The difficulty of the game however, especially with the Night of the Raven AddOn, is quite hard if you're a new player because you'll really have to be careful when, where and who you fight. The RPG mechanics are rather well done since there are a lot of character builds that you can choose from. You can become a mage, a bow user only, a crossbow user only, two-handed, one-handed, and so on. You can even combine them, you have the freedom to do so.
Combat can be a real pain in the ♥♥♥ to learn at first but once you get used to the mechanics and the timing, you'll have lots of fun. Most of the monsters have their own timing so you have to learn when to attack, when to back off and when to block (when you can). It can get annoying at times but it can also lead to great satisfaction when it works out.
Story starts 3 weeks after the events of Gothic I. If you haven't played the first game there's no biggie since you'll kind of learn the story of the first game from the main quest NPCs that you'll talk to. The story itself in the game is alright and while it's not anything groundbreaking, it's something that works. Don't expect huge plot twists or betrayals.
Conclusion
I grew up with this game. It's only natural for me to feel nostalgic and recommend it but like I said, it had and it still has it's flaws. It can get annoying at times but it's fun.. tons of fun.
Also, adding this at the bottom so it won't look like shameless advertising. I also started doing a Let's Play on YouTube on this game so if you want to check out some gameplay of it with the DX11 mod, here's my playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRTptUU9moJDl_sFe7OebLYZnMKwcghnk
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megucal grill
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Great setting and characters, too bad the gameplay is ♥♥♥♥. Playing this is akin to reading an alright fantasy novel whilst undergoing whipping and ball torture.
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GreenFox
( 88.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I like this game mostly because I'm a nostalgic guy that played Gothic I when he was young. If you are a 16 years old, probably this game wont enjoy, but in the past was an epic game, like AOE II. The story is not really extend, I could summarize that in 3 lanes, but you are free to choose some stuffs (archer, mage and swordman). The "bow" fight system is "meh", you just have to hope that your accuracy (based on your stats) is high enough to have a nice % to hit the target and the orcs, that are bigger than a cow, can be missed on 3 meters of distance. If you are attacked by 4 monsters, a sword swing hit only 1 enemy.
If you want a retro game experience, this is a great game. But the price makes this game enjoyable also if you are not looking for old games (ike playing GTA San Andreas, it's just a classic).
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Matteo
( 63.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Gothic 2 is the only true sequel to the original Gothic. It keeps the same classic feel, but expands upon the scope. If you liked the last one, you will enjoy this one. If you haven't played the last one, do that first. This game picks up right where the Gothic 1 left off. The world is very open, full of hidden secrets and relateable characters. If you enjoy medieval RPGs like Skyrim, do yourself a favor and give Gothic 1 & 2 a shot.


Just a note, it has some compatibility errors with modern OS and graphics cards, but it is fairly well patched by the community. Just be prepared to do a little Googling for fixes.
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189 of 200 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
56.6 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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114 of 120 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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76 of 80 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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73 of 76 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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65 of 70 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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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
I love this game. It takes me to another world. A world which seems to be better. I feel I belong here. But I always walk back into this existence
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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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51 of 55 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
This game was an absolute doozy and I loved every minute of it.

Pros:
- LONG STORY (took me 70 hours to complete it my first time through)
- A deeper combat system than the last game.
- A lot of dynamic characters
- Good writing
- Deep leveling system
- Unique weapons. armor and enemies
- A vast open world
- Great ambient sounds
- Magnificent soundtrack
- Nostalgia for Gothic 1 players
- DIFFICULT AS ♥♥♥♥
- Lots of replay value
- Animations for everything (even drinking and eating)
- Strong ending

Cons:
- A few glitches on the last island in Ch. 6 (can be fixed with fan made patch you can get from worldofgothic)
- Sometimes unfairly difficult
- Voice acting is still subpar
- Disappointing final boss
- Too many fetch quests
- The difficulty at the start can deter newer players


Overall this game blew me away and I can see why people claim it to be the best Gothic game out there. It deserves a 9/10.
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52 of 59 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
So let`s start: Gothic 2 is second part of RPG saga Gothic and balh blah blah (Wikipedia.org says that ). But I want to start from my point of weave and tell what I think about it: Gothic 2 was one of the first (first was Gothic 1) RPG`s I got my hands on my in my childhood, back in 2002 it was something unbelivible and awesome in terms of lore, combat, magic... and at the same time it wasnt ovrloaded like modern RPG`s with stuff you dont need.

Good side: Gothic 2 was briliant game and "Piranhas" managed to fix those problems they had in gothic 1 (exept those that were not possible to fix thx to engine limitations as I know) game is friendly to those who are new to the world of Gothic and kingdom of Myrthana and those who know it from privious game. Every NPC that was in first part almost ask you do you styll remember him or not so you can learn something about him. Gameplay: game play is devided in chapters that make game slightly harder to beat if you just fast run from point A to point B, after release of Night of Raven (and latter the Gold edition that we have here) game became biger and harder to finish at fast run. another good side is Open world that has its own life: from fealds with insects , to forests with wolves and ancient secrets in them and to swamps filled with flys and other animals that could kill you just because you went there. Oh... and almost forgot: Gothic 2 have dragons and they are more brutal then in Sky***.

Bad side of gold: First bad side is some texture glitches aspecialy in darkness, second patch used in Gold forces you to search for patch that downgrades game version so you could instal some mods on it. And ofc age of graphys could scare new people who want to try this game. and maybe some problems with searching quest locations. and there were problems with Win 7 as I remember but I belive drivers were fixed on video cards so that problem was solved

all in all: Gothic 2 Gold is an RPG that every fan of genrie should try no matter of problems that may accure as they should brake your PC in half as it gives you plenty of time to waist and you will want to try other paths of game play to see what could have be done differently. I hope I helped and make you reader interested in this game and you will spend your time with joy.
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