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%

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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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197 of 211 people (93%) 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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116 of 123 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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81 of 85 people (95%) 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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77 of 82 people (94%) 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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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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57 of 60 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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71 of 82 people (87%) found this review helpful
12 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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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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47 of 49 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
66.6 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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Morgosus
18.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
It's the best thing ever

Name Gothic II: God Edition
Release Date 13 Jan, 2010
Current Date 28 Sep, 2016
Graphics Creepy, in a weird way
Story Excellent
Choices Enough
Length [hours] 50
Achievements None

Pros
  • Great Story
  • Interesting Combat system - As you advance your skill, animations and style change
  • Multiple factions, each with a different initiation and ideology (Mages, Mercenaries, Militia)
  • Open World, includes whole world of Gothic I
  • NPCs have their own schedules (They visit tavern, sleep, eat, drink, guard etc.)
  • Lots of skills (Smithing, Alchemy, Magic, 1H/2H Swords, Bows, Crossbows, Sneaking, Lockpicking, Pickpocketing and more)
Cons
  • You might have to manually do some stuff to get it to work
  • The AI is sometimes just plain weird
Neutral
  • Some people might find it too difficult
  • You should play Gothic I first - otherwise you might be slightly lost storywise

Note: I played this game years ago outside of STEAM for a long time, pay no attention to my playtime; If you can't start a new game with windows 7, go to your Steam location and delete "GameOverlayRenderer.dll". Then you'll be able to play normally. (Tested this myself)
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AwesomeWhale
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
The best RPG ever!
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Yuri (The first Cosmonaut)
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
My favorite RPG of all time.
I played, and finished it before I had my Steam account.
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YY1337130795
9.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
lovely classic
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StormGrade
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
best game ever, no coment
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Flexi the Border Collie
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is just amazing, just like the first Gothic. Its hard to believe that Gothic II was launched on the market only a year after the first part. It's such a massive improvement from the first part! Game takes like 30-40 hours of gameplay with amazing plots, fun side mission and in general lots of fun. I returned to this game after so many years to feel some nostalgia since it was one of my first RPGs, right after Gothic I. Can't say how much it took me because I had to play on offline steam which doesn't count hours of gameplay but it was fun!

Also for everyone who are experiencing problems with newer graphic cards (just like me, meh) there is a fix online which helps with performance and adds 16:9 resolutions, so if you have any problems with starting the game then check this link:
http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/threads/1340357-Release-Gothic-½-—-SystemPack-(ENG-DEU)
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Dave McLion
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
What can I say about this game that hasn't already been said? I think I'm just going to repeat what others said, but I have to do this review

This game is incredible. As simple as that. I played it two years ago, a long time after it came out originally, and it still holds as one of the best RPGs in history. It has everything: A living and breathing world that changes depending on your actions, interesting NPCs, mission and objective diversity, a good story (not great, but it's interesting enough so you want to keep going) and a REALLY HIGH difficulty, which is what makes the game so rewarding.

I want to talk about the difficulty, which is one of the main features of the game. In fact, the combat is not the most difficult thing in the game; it is figuring out how to complete missions. This game is so realistic in that sense: You won't be given much information about most missions, you're left to reason and figure out how to solve things on your own. This might discourage some people from playing the game, but I think this is actually what most modern RPGs lack, a real challenge. For example, let's say you're given the mission of discovering a thieves' hideout. You won't see any markers on your map, don't bother to check. You won't have an NPC guide you to the hideout so you can just wipe them out. Nothing. You'll have to think and reason: "Well, maybe I should talk to the people that have been robbed." When they tell you they've seen someone suspicious around the harbor at night, you might want to go there at the right time and ask the right questions. And that's the best thing: for the most part, logic actually works in this game.
This is, as I said, not a game for everyone, as it is a hardcore RPG, but it's definitely one you need to play if you're an RPG player.

The game is basically Gothic I with more stuff, more missions, more NPCs, more polish, a wider map, and a longer playtime. You can also download mods for the game, or even create your own. And Gothic I is already one of the best games out there, so...

Stop thinking and get this game. Trust me, if you want a more challenging experience with everything that makes an RPG great, buy this gem right now
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.ZinkZi
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
steam ruined it, finding my CD in the atic instead sence its so much of a f**king hassle to get this working on steam, i wouldnt recommend anyone buying it on steam, but the game itself i would recommend
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Borokl challengeskins.com
15.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
Awesome game! I have spend so much time on non-steam version before i bought it.
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Dorreah
16.0 hrs
Posted: September 8
Ladies and gentlemans, THIS is one of the MOST LEGENDARY RPG GAME. It should be written in history of all rpg games. For most people it could be a nostalgic game, but anyway... in a few points (because I could write tons of possitives about it):

Pro:
- epic story; with datadisk even more expanded
- atmosphere
- game mechanics; for someone strange, but you get used to it
- great storytelling
- factions

Cons:
- I have donwloaded it a few weeks ago, and compatibility is a huge struggle on new OS, patches should repair it
- Addictiveness
- For someone, old and rude graphic, but there it is less important

If you can run it, buy it. You won't regret it! ;)
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