War covers the southern islands until it finally reaches the idyllic isle of Feshyr. You take on the role as the new nameless hero after your village has been pillaged and destroyed by paladins of the king. Seeking revenge, you soon realize that this cowardly attack did not just happen on a reckless mercenary`s whim.
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Release Date: Oct 15, 2010

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Arcania: Gothic IV is looking like a game that would entice even the most jaded, over-Oblivioned Crust-Dwarf into a long, deep, immersive session of RPG adventure. – Gamerevolution 06/2010

The team definitely has a keen eye for their audience of established and prospective players. – RPG fan 06/2010

About This Game

War covers the southern islands until it finally reaches the idyllic isle of Feshyr. You take on the role as the new nameless hero after your village has been pillaged and destroyed by paladins of the king. Seeking revenge, you soon realize that this cowardly attack did not just happen on a reckless mercenary`s whim. A mysterious evil power lies in waiting and fortunately you’re not alone to unravel the ancient secrets: your fate is linked to a beautiful lady wearing a powerful artifact from the long-forgotten past...

KEY FEATURES:

  • COMBAT SYSTEM: An intuitive system that offers a gradual learning curve, special moves and three different basic attack types.
  • STORYLINE: A deep, strong story embedded in the successful Gothic universe franchise accompanied by highly diversified side quests. And most can be solved in different ways.
  • ACCESSIBILITY: The amenable story, an Intuitive interface and controls, lock on targets and a sophisticated hint system.
  • CONTINUOUS ACTION: Pace is kept up along the main plot through regular surprises, cliffhangers and vigorous cut scenes.
  • HERO DEVELOPMENT: Gain experience points and level up to upgrade your attributes, skills and crafting abilities.
  • A COMPLETELY OPEN WORLD: Enjoy the complete freedom & the almost unlimited options known from the Gothic series.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon II x2 - 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 9600
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB + 600 MB virtual memory
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core / AMD Phenom X4
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 250, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTX 280
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB + 600 MB virtual memory
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
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Liviu222
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
it has very bloomy graphics i hate them 4/10
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savvym
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
The game is easy even on the hardest Gothic mode, but I die normally as my game is lagging, thus I will wait till I buy better computer. It is just left click slashing and combining with ranged attacks and magic. Though effects are good I do not like how it is raining every day many times like if there was no break for raining. Quests are simplified in Skyrim way, when you enter dungeon you get out of there other shorter way leading towards the person who gave you quest. World is open but kind of linear as is in Fable. The fighting reminds me of Witcher style just choosing the right style and rolling around enemy. Fights are even easier as the animals will stop following you after the same length distance.
I gave it a try but eventually my computer is too weak for the graphics. It looks good to me. For now I can not critisize as I can not fully enjoy game due to my computer performance but seems pretty ok so far.
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jdjoneswv
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Very Plot Hammered. You go to one area; have the main plot with 2 or 3 quests and 2 side quests. Than you go to the next plotted location with similar rules. Your money is severely restricted but you always find better items than you can buy out in the field. Each new location comes with a chance to find one new item better than the previous. As you progress, even the protagionist seems to get annoyed at the redundancy.
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Van Heilsing
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Great story, best voice acting i seen in a game for years,
the rough nudity is a plus and the advanced combat/leveling system never gets old.
This is truly on of a kind!
You don't know what RPG is until you have played this gem!
i would rate this A like ArcaniA.

87/100
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Lich
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
one of the best rpg's
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chris.liolios
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
I have very mixed feelings.
The game has very low FPS in towns and it's not any better than the previous gothic series in all the aspects. Actually it's a down graded gothic. Still I would have enjoyed it if I hadn't so many problems with the graphics. Nothing new is introduced in the gameplay and the story is much simpler than the gothics game. Buy it only if you like a simple RPG with many (really many) quests and sub-quests such as... go there-kill x enemys-return to get the quest. Do not buy it if you are a true fan of Gothic games. you'll be dissapointed.
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nicotin_for_you
( 70.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
First of all...the price! It's not worth it's 35 euros/whatever currency. It's best you buy the whole gothic collection when it's on sale.
I am 26 hours in and i am only in the third zone of the continent so it's long enough to be an rpg.
Pro:
-It is GOTHIC, it has Diego, Gorn, same mobs with more variety and different look(stronger), atmosphere, mistry.
-The graphics are nice, weather system that changes often...so you will hate running in the rain and love fighting in the sun.
-The main character is likeable and all the other characters have good dialogue with some funny lines, they do have glitches and funny voices but it's ok
-Humor, more indirect, sometimes it hits you: Ex: Orcs do dirty deal and clean deal, "Hahahaha, my name?" hahhaha"
-Items, you have choices to make since they have more atributes and some work together making you more deadly and specialised.
-World building...damn is this good, all gothic games have good world building but this one has a lot of heart into it, the houses, the cities, the villages, the farms...sometimes i wish i could live there(with internet).
-Useless interactible gothic stuff like beds, anvils, campfires
-Everything is streamlined, this can be bad but it makes exploring and stealing(you open chests and no one cares) stuff take less time....so i will put it as a good thing since exploration is enjoyable but not as long
- Combat: it's a lot more active and really needs your attention, enemies change names to be relevant the whole game. It's really a good change BUT i play on GOTHIC and it still feels easy. So you really need to play on hard difficulties.
Good pacing: first island is a tutorial, second zone is an extended tutorial, you fight some bandits and advance to big insects, some cultists, a lot of goblins. I really hated how you started gothic 3 killing orcs, it threw away the difficulty scale of enemies. Here you fight orcs in the third zone but you have real armor/weapons and they are weaker because they are lazy slackers, no armor, no training and they are not vicious.

Cons: - I can't say that something bothered me that much, i mean this is gothic 4, it has the same problems as the other. I don't know if it was patched but now it's a great game. I will still mention them but they don't affect the game that much
-Glitches, dialogue glitches, terrain glitches....sometimes the game seems unpolished, like it was made and not checked again.
- Combat can be unbalanced and you can cheat with range weapons. I play only on gothic difficulty and i use all 3 weapon types(ranged, magic and melee).Some enemies can be frustrating in groups but they were made that way....still, i ran a lot from wild groups of animals.
-Npc...some look the same, others are generic, sometimes it looks like they just made 2-3 types and put them all around.
-Fewer quests, you can still explore and find a quest or two but it really looks streamlined, you have to explore or else the game is a lot shorter
-Some quests seem useless, like gathering 30 pieces of a certain thing...don't know if i will ever do it
-It's not really a sandbox, it's very scripted, you go forward, the maps are blocked by quests and i don't see any reason to return after you do them.

My final note is 7/10 for gothic fans and 6/10 for the others. But it gets my Diamond seal of approval....it's a clasic game, you can love it and it's ageless. Even with all it's glitches and balance issues......belive me, a lot of modern rpg suck really bad and compared to this game....they look like rejected game projects:)

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Competizione
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Arcania is like dating that one hot chick in class. It looks and sounds amazing, but a few hours in you realise it's utterly shallow.
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Lycurgess
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
I grew extremely bored of this game fast, it just didnt really have anything that made me want to continue playing it any longer.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
First of all...the price! It's not worth it's 35 euros/whatever currency. It's best you buy the whole gothic collection when it's on sale.
I am 26 hours in and i am only in the third zone of the continent so it's long enough to be an rpg.
Pro:
-It is GOTHIC, it has Diego, Gorn, same mobs with more variety and different look(stronger), atmosphere, mistry.
-The graphics are nice, weather system that changes often...so you will hate running in the rain and love fighting in the sun.
-The main character is likeable and all the other characters have good dialogue with some funny lines, they do have glitches and funny voices but it's ok
-Humor, more indirect, sometimes it hits you: Ex: Orcs do dirty deal and clean deal, "Hahahaha, my name?" hahhaha"
-Items, you have choices to make since they have more atributes and some work together making you more deadly and specialised.
-World building...damn is this good, all gothic games have good world building but this one has a lot of heart into it, the houses, the cities, the villages, the farms...sometimes i wish i could live there(with internet).
-Useless interactible gothic stuff like beds, anvils, campfires
-Everything is streamlined, this can be bad but it makes exploring and stealing(you open chests and no one cares) stuff take less time....so i will put it as a good thing since exploration is enjoyable but not as long
- Combat: it's a lot more active and really needs your attention, enemies change names to be relevant the whole game. It's really a good change BUT i play on GOTHIC and it still feels easy. So you really need to play on hard difficulties.
Good pacing: first island is a tutorial, second zone is an extended tutorial, you fight some bandits and advance to big insects, some cultists, a lot of goblins. I really hated how you started gothic 3 killing orcs, it threw away the difficulty scale of enemies. Here you fight orcs in the third zone but you have real armor/weapons and they are weaker because they are lazy slackers, no armor, no training and they are not vicious.

Cons: - I can't say that something bothered me that much, i mean this is gothic 4, it has the same problems as the other. I don't know if it was patched but now it's a great game. I will still mention them but they don't affect the game that much
-Glitches, dialogue glitches, terrain glitches....sometimes the game seems unpolished, like it was made and not checked again.
- Combat can be unbalanced and you can cheat with range weapons. I play only on gothic difficulty and i use all 3 weapon types(ranged, magic and melee).Some enemies can be frustrating in groups but they were made that way....still, i ran a lot from wild groups of animals.
-Npc...some look the same, others are generic, sometimes it looks like they just made 2-3 types and put them all around.
-Fewer quests, you can still explore and find a quest or two but it really looks streamlined, you have to explore or else the game is a lot shorter
-Some quests seem useless, like gathering 30 pieces of a certain thing...don't know if i will ever do it
-It's not really a sandbox, it's very scripted, you go forward, the maps are blocked by quests and i don't see any reason to return after you do them.

My final note is 7/10 for gothic fans and 6/10 for the others. But it gets my Diamond seal of approval....it's a clasic game, you can love it and it's ageless. Even with all it's glitches and balance issues......belive me, a lot of modern rpg suck really bad and compared to this game....they look like rejected game projects:)

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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Arcania is like dating that one hot chick in class. It looks and sounds amazing, but a few hours in you realise it's utterly shallow.
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1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I have very mixed feelings.
The game has very low FPS in towns and it's not any better than the previous gothic series in all the aspects. Actually it's a down graded gothic. Still I would have enjoyed it if I hadn't so many problems with the graphics. Nothing new is introduced in the gameplay and the story is much simpler than the gothics game. Buy it only if you like a simple RPG with many (really many) quests and sub-quests such as... go there-kill x enemys-return to get the quest. Do not buy it if you are a true fan of Gothic games. you'll be dissapointed.
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216 of 256 people (84%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
I played this game for 16 hours because I really wanted to enjoy it.
First of all, I wanted to like it because I'm a fan of first 3 parts of Gothic. Let's say it straight, this is different game, don't expect fourth part of Gothic. Some elements are similar, but general feeling is: this is different game.
So in the next step I tried to enjoy it as RPG game. If game is different than Gothic, that doesn't mean it's a bad game, right? So in that situation it is not true. This game is bad. Some elements, like graphics and music are quite nice, but generally game is just bad. Main story is totally linear, you can't go wherever you want. World is divided to small parts and you have to explore them one by one, you can't encounter a lot stronger monsters than you.
I love RPGs, but this game didn't sucked me. I didn't feel that I explore the world I want to explore. I didn't feel I'm a part of adventure, I want to be part of.

VERDICT:
If you're a fan of Piranha Bytes games, save yourself the disappointment.
If you're a fan of good RPG games, there are many better games out there.
If you finished all RPGs and you need to play it, be prepared to collecting the honey in one of most stupid quests. So if you like winnie the Pooh, go ahead, this game is made for you.

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115 of 147 people (78%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2015
Hello. Are you interested in buying this game ? Let me tell you about this game. This game is not worth your time and money. This game starts you off as a shepherd (not THE shepherd) and has you trying to woo your girlfriend on some island. This game will then do what any game does to ruin the good mood and send you away on a journey for revenge.
All the story progress in this game is just for the sake of getting your revenge. Remember that, when you slug through the chapters, hoping for a cool story.

This game lets you decide on how to play it by offering you all the options : Melee, Ranged and Magic. The overly simplistic and lame skill-tree requires tough decision making from you. +1% mana and +1% mana regen or rather +1% stamina and +1% stamina regen...or maybe +1% ranged damage and +1% mana regen ? The choices...Eventually you might also reach one of the maybe 10 new skills..I say new, but in the end they just change the skill you already have to something better, like giving you a power bash or letting you combo more attacks...meh.

This game is kinda separated into different hubs, where the actual chapter is being played. As soon as you finish one, you basically move onward to the next hub area. This game is technically an open world game, but you don't have any necessity to ever venture back to the places you've already been to and instead keep following a linear route to your goal. This game sports acceptable environmental graphics, but butt-ugly character models. This game also features some of the most laid back casual combat ever. This game is hardly a challenge on normal difficulty and at least your progress will be steady..combat wise..

This game however does have a major flaw, which will most likely make you quit rather sooner than later :
THIS GAME HAS NO QUEST MARKERS. This game will just tell you to find an item/person in the east/west/north/south of where you accept the quest and then has you run around the place trying to find the item/person without any sort of indication. Even worse, this game often has the habit of only spawning the item/person you are looking for once you accepted the quest to do so. That means you can run all over the map in advance, explore everything possible and then have to do it all over again after accepting some random "HEY, FIND THIS CHEST IN THAT CAVE WHICH NOW EXISTS BUT DIDN'T BEFORE". This game will then commence laughing at you, until you open google after an hour to just look up where the item/person is, that you're looking for.

This game incorporates very boring and bland dialogue as well, which often makes you feel as if you're just playing some random mmo. Nothing in this game will make you feel involved with the world, mostly because the world itself is such a boring, empty yet quite spacy place..still very empty though..too empty even..way too empty..not enemy wise..quite a few enemies...but otherwise very empty.
This game has no redeeming qualities at all. Even the lockpicking system is really irritating with its required timing. This game does allow you to craft, but thats just reading a recipe, press "C" , select the thing and click the "craft" button.
This review is already way too long for this game, so let me tell you once again that this game is really not worth it.
This game, which I have played for 10 hours, is not recommended :P
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110 of 142 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 29, 2013
This is one of the most disappointing games I've ever played. I was looking forward to this as a Gothic fan (on it's release it was called ArcaniA: Gothic IV or ArcaniA a gothic tale because it was supposed to be the next gothic game). It's supposed to be an open world RPG but it's more like a liniar bad hack n' slash game with level progression. basicly this is what the game is: after you finish the intro (which is the only fun part of the game) you get to a tiny part of the island, you do a part of the main quest and you unlock another tiny part of the island where you can do another part of the main quest and you unlock another tiny part of the island and so on untill the final battle. And than it's game over, no more exploring for no reason at all. the main quest is boring, there are only a few side quests which are even worse than the main quest. characters are boring and not memoreble at all, even the characters from Gothic 1, 2, and 3 and exploring is rarely rewarding, not that there is much to explore as most of the remotely interesting sites are used for the main quest. if you played the demo and liked it keep it that way the demo covers by far the best part of the game.

ArcaniA a gothic fail scores a 3/10
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99 of 127 people (78%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2015
Arcania can be summarized as follows:

A grossly simplified RPG with nice graphics (for its time) that is no longer part of the Gothic Universe.

There are no quest markers, the story is possibly the most cliché I've seen in an RPG, and the gameplay makes Fable 3 look challenging. I also saw the same character model used for 5 different key npc's within the first hour and a half of playtime.

I had more fun with Two Worlds. Don't play this.
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101 of 135 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2013
Far into the game as I write this. Eventually the desire to continue wanes when immersion is broken due to the callousness to which this RPG as been constructed. Speaking directly to Spellbound Entertainment, I really couldn't care less what your budget is and I don't care about the perilous finances of your now bankrupt publisher. When you undertake a project like this and dress it with the same repeating carbon copy npc's then you have no right to undertake such a project. It's a crime against the art of game development and shows no respect for your audience.

I really want to continue. I like what's here despite the meaningless "RPG elements" and the damn crafting icon staring at me the entire play through. Go watch a movie with the same character playing 20 different roles each dubbed with a different voice.

At this point in the game's narrative I should be fully immersed in the world of Arcania but you Spellbound Entertainment have completely ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ my immersion. I'm walking out of the theater now. There weren't that many here to start. Something about the title and the game not living up to it's legacy. The naysayers were right and I a fool for not listening.
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62 of 81 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
...so being somewhere half way through the game I remember thinking: " who am I gonna recommend this game to in my review?" I thought of this game as a "game of missed opportunities" but getting through the end game grind, final boos fight and enduring the countless fillers I finally found my answer: I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS GAME TO ANYONE!!!
Arcania is a bad game and even though the world is nice and graphics is still decent 4 years later there are just not enough good things to actually ask anyone to endure this!
World is very small and with limited access, quests are extremely linear where you have to do chains of quests to access a location x only to be used by npc x and forced to do things XYZ.
This game would be compared to Gothic 3 or Risen but short answer is: it DOES NOT compary to either one of them at all!

PROS:
- beautiful world
- good graphics
- good evade system

CONS:
- mindless button mashing combat - no skill whatsoever
- low difficulty (havent used a potion till mid game)
- HORRIBLE fillers towards end game
- BOOOORING end boss fight (like most end boses but this one takes the cake)
- WORST ENDING EVER?
- boring, linear quests
- bad voice acting

Up till yesterday I thought I will give the short expansion a try but after finally finishing this game I do not want to have anything to do with it anymore...

2/10 - avoid !!!
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Not Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
Playable, but pointless.

I got this game free (thanks, Steam!) but I can't recommend anyone buy it. Everything that makes RPGs fun to play is absent from this game:
  • Story is weak and formulaic, while also being incomprehensible at times;
  • Combat is laughably easy and offers no real challenge;
  • No choices or moral decisions that affect the story;
  • Poor NPC characterization and acting, and;
  • an ending that makes no sense and doesn't resolve anything;

It's not broken by any means, and you may have some fun playing it if you're big into medeival fantasy. But in all, I don't think it's worth your time or money, as there are much better games available on steam that are dirt cheap.
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