War has been waged across the kingdom of Myrtana. Orcish hordes invaded human territory and the king of the land needed a lot of ore to forge enough weapons, should his army stand against this threat. Whoever breaks the law in these darkest of times is sentenced to serve in the giant penal colony of Khorinis, mining the so much needed...
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Release Date: Mar 15, 2001

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About This Game

War has been waged across the kingdom of Myrtana. Orcish hordes invaded human territory and the king of the land needed a lot of ore to forge enough weapons, should his army stand against this threat. Whoever breaks the law in these darkest of times is sentenced to serve in the giant penal colony of Khorinis, mining the so much needed ore.
The whole area, dubbed "the Colony", is surrounded by a magical barrier, a sphere two kilometers diameter, sealing off the penal colony from the outside world. The barrier can be passed from the outside in – but once inside, nobody can escape. The barrier was a double-edged sword - soon the prisoners took the opportunity and started a revolt. The Colony became divided into three rivaling factions and the king was forced to negotiate for his ore, not just demand it.
You are thrown through the barrier into this prison. With your back against the wall, you have to survive and form volatile alliances until you can finally escape.

Features include:

  • One of the biggest RPGs with over 100 hours of gameplay
  • A large variety of weapons and spells for your character
  • A living world where people go to work, sleep, eat and fight to survive

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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Valaryon
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
It was an incredibly immersive experience back then. I was so scared to find myself alone in a dark wood outside the camps safe walls.

The graphics aged poorly, but the story is just as good. There are mods out there that improve the game, fix bugs and enhanced graphics. Worth a shot!
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Strangelove
( 40.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
From the intro to the end this game delivers immersion at it's finest. This aint no game, this is a world you can live and breathe. It may not have aged too well for a newcomer, but once you get the hang of it you will fall in love with this masterpiece! I rate 5/5 Orc Hearts
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Rakanishu
( 25.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
It looks like the majority of the glowing reviews for this game come from those of us who played it way back in the early 2000's when it came out. Prepare for another review from someone with nostalgia-tinted glasses on. I'll keep it as spoiler-free as possible, but I make no promises.

Back in 2003 Gothic 1 was an obscure game adapted into English and sold in NA by an obscure and now defunct company called Xicat Interactive. A friend picked it up at random at EB games (back when it was EB games) and it quickly became a beloved favorite of pretty much everyone I knew. Truly a hidden gem.

The intro video (which hasn't displayed properly since upgrading from Windows XP) introduces us to a fairly run of the mill medieval fantasy setting with orcs vs humans. Nothing too original there, but as soon as the nameless hero is introduced and the magical prison of the colony is established it's hard not to get hooked. The story takes off immediately with the aid of the iconic ally Diego, who gives the player a crash course on the colony and an invitation to join one of the three factions of the world.

One element I was always fond of is how the designers figured out a way to make the "invisible wall" mechanic work into the storyline so well. The barrier, and the lands visible outside of your reach, contribute to a genuine sense of imprisonment and fill you with a desire to know what sort of world extends beyond the confines of the colony. We know there is a king, a desperately needed supply of magic ore, and a war with the orcs, but all of that is put on hold as we are made perfectly aware that there is no escape and the only way to survive in the hostile territory is to try to make it to the first town alive. This proves to be harder than it seems...

It quickly becomes clear that Gothic is rather punishing. The most frustrating and difficult aspect of the game is figuring out the controls. Re-configuring the defaults is pretty much mandatory and figuring out how to pick up something off the ground is arguably more challenging than any of the trials you face in the progression of the story. But, once you understand the "action key" function (holding LM button + pressing W when an item is highlighted) things get a little easier, at least until you're killed by the first scavenger you encounter. SAVE OFTEN. The enemies in Gothic are brutal and you will die a lot as you get used to the controls. (Pro tip: F9 and F10 are Quick Save and Quick Load respectively)

There are some other perplexing situations where the controls could have been a bit more intuitive. One being the trading system. Once again the action key is at play here, and you need to hold LM + press either A or D to move items from one side or the other. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that you control not just your own inventory but the merchant's as well. Also unexplained is that you can press shift to move in stacks of 100 and the "turn" keys to move in increments of 1. Another confounding issue is when you use a transformation scroll and cant figure how the hell to turn human again. Literally one button alone will do it (I think it's Enter).

After playing finely tuned games like Dark Souls, the combat in most RPGs pales in comparison. The Elder Scrolls games are already a bit tedious and repetitive in gameplay, but in this area Gothic has not aged well. The combat focus is very awkward, and keeping track of and keeping yourself facing the enemy you're trying to kill can be very frustrating. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that you cannot effectively fight while moving. Ranged weapons require you to be rooted in position, and while you can attack with a melee weapon while moving around it is completely ineffectual. Thus, following a strafing target can be a hassle. There's also a bug that occasionally makes your lock-on targeting stick, leaving you unable to shift your aim. This can be fixed by pressing ESC or putting away your weapon.

Bugs are common occurrences in Gothic. Some are typical visual errors and others can be frustrating movement or combat glitches. A couple can only be overcome with cheats. Anyone who has been permanently locked out of the Old Mine knows this. There were also runs when zoning out of an area back into the overworld would cause the game to crash every time. As far as I know, those glitches are unfixable and a previous save game will need to be loaded. Playing around with Marvin Mode can be fun as well as useful, as some of these bugs can be solved with noclip. Expect some bugs, but dont worry too much about it.

While weapon upgrades are critical to being able to take on tougher enemies, armor plays an ever greater role in the character's growth; both as a status symbol and in terms of survivability. Due to the combat being as rudimentary as it is, being able to take more hits proves more useful than being able to dish out more damage.

The story and characters of Gothic are its strongest point IMO. The story is immersive and the progression gripping. We are given the most freedom in the first act, when you are encouraged to visit and explore all the camps and venture as far into the wilds as you dare. Things become a bit more linear in the subsequent acts, but the writers do a good job of weaving the story together in a way that involves all the camps and the key players together in interesting and surprising ways. The lore is limited, but quite interesting and foreshadows the story that unfolds in Gothic 2. Side quests are not that plentiful, and it isn't always obvious who offers them. However, the number of named NPCs is also rather limited so this isn't much of a problem as long as you explore all areas of the camps. Despite having less scripting than other RPGs, Gothic's key characters still manage to leave strong impressions as the plot unfolds. The quality of the script is generally good and can be pretty funny. The voice acting is comically overdone, but that contributes a bit of charm in its own right. Some of the voices, especially Xardas, are quite good.

The only complaint I have about Gothic's story (and similarly affects every Piranha Bytes game I've played that came after it) was the ending. The "final boss" isn't really much of a final boss, which is fine if the challenge comes from a sort of puzzle-based encounter that has you rely more on problem solving more than combat skill, but there isn't any of that involved either. The ending offers a satisfying conclusion to the story, but not a satisfying test of your abilities.

Lastly, Gothic's musical score is amazing. From the gentle, ambling melody of the overworld to the lively theme of the Old Camp to the dark and mysterious temple ambiance, this game has a very memorable soundtrack. The title theme is especially good.

Overall, Gothic is an amazingly impressive first production from an indie game studio. The limits in budget and game development in it's time are all the more clear now, but it still manages to impress with it's well thought out storyline and immersive world. It's a sad truth that anyone jumping into the Gothic series this late in the game will not have as impactful an experience as those of us who did around its release, but I still think this is a game any RPG fan can love if they take the time to get used to the admittedly weird controls and work with the bugs that might pop up.

Story/Characters: 9/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Graphics: 8/10 (for it's time)
Music: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
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Vorkkael
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Game won't start for me. I've tried all the fixes I could find - changing compatibility, disabling steam overlay, installing systempack.
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forlanda
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I purchased Gothic 1 as part of a Gothic package. When I run this, it simply crashes on my ASUS gaming laptop with an NVIDIA GTX 965M. I've never had a game crash like this on an of my purchases at Steam. Although this looks like a good game, I can't even run it. If you don't want to risk losing money on something that may not run on your computer, I don't recommend risking it on this game. It isn't worth it.
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Rvlion
( 48.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
For years I have been a huge fan of the Gothic franchaice... (Gothic 1 and 2 mostly)

This steam version however has more bugs then the original that I played years ago.

Gothic for me always gave me the addictive habbit of wanting to play just a little longer and thus forgetting to save my games, for this version that is extra important because a crash can be just arround the corner.

In chapter 5 my game crashed at least 5 times per hour while I was in the Orc Temple, at one point I thought I could even reproduce the crash except after 5 tries it suddenly worked as intended.

The worst part is... The ending is different from what I was used to... I remember the Orc Temple crashing in on itself leaving me as the unnamed hero trapped inside, but now I simply walk out of the temple having fun going from adventure to adventure????

I will love the game forever with the original in mind, but due to the massive amounts of bugs and the changed ending I cannot recommend this version of the game.
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ElLirogono
( 38.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
- very, very ugly
- dull colours
- irritating controls
- lots of backtracking
- awkward inventory control
- constant crashes (2-3 per hour despite patches), some of which require you to logout from windows (even restart doesn't help),,,


+ ... hours and hours of one of the best RPGs ever made
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Skaabais
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
The review for Gothic 1
What makes this game what it is:
  • Ambient for this game is amazing and to me it is nostalgic too as i have already played this game before several years ago. Soundtrack is lovely and again nostalgic which makes it just better.
  • When you start game controls will feel weird as they are different then most stuff you see in modern games or games in general however i personally got used to them quite fast( approx 20 mins), they are not bad just different.
  • Combat is awesome, when you start game you are nothing and you know nothing including how to properly use weapons, every time you learn how to improve for example Two Handed sword fight style the NPC who teaches you this skill will explain how to use it, yes you heard me he will explain not just you went learned and that's that, no. Learning techniques in this game is something which every RPG should have but pretty much none has.
  • Story is fun as it is set at quite unique place, it is jail but like none i have seen in any videogame, to me at start story felt week but when i joined one of three factions i will receive tasks which i should do and certain things will happen and then to me personally story begins, it is interesting, fun & well written.
Few things/problems this game has:
  • AI, when you have some quest in which someone accompanies you, AI is real pain. For example Lester can stuck on top of Table etc. When npcs follow or they go to somewhere like Stone to his workplace he can stop and not move and if you want to reinforce ore armor you have to reload.
  • There are few occasional bugs and glitches but nothing really serious, only thing i personally had problem were 2 ladders on which when you get to top its pain to get on ground and most cases you fall down.
  • This game may not work on modern systems, in such cases you should go to Guides and follow one of them, Sadly i had this issue but thankfully there were guides with which help i could fix and play this game once again.( You just have to install 2 or 3 files which will make it run and/or turn off overlay)
Amazing game with few minor flaws, recommended to every RPG fan, pure and simple classic and must play if you don't care about how game looks.
10 out of 10, even tho game suffers from few bugs and glitches it is one of those game which i loose track of time completely and i love it.
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Vazul
( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
You can literally play the whole game only using one hand.

10/10
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pittstonjoma
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Seems like a cool game, but it wouldn't work for me, even patched. I have Windows 8.
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(•‿•) ßärräcüdä
( 39.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
This game is great. Definitely a must play. Amazing the things you can do in a game so old. Many new rpgs should learn from this game. So many things you can do and the progression really makes you feel like you amount to something. And the alternative routes are helpful too in cases when the enemy is too strong, Various ways of solving problems. You can even pull up! I mean YOU CAN PULL UP! And the setting is really cool. Sets a great mood.
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jdvabc
( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Quite old but funny. You have to check the forum to find a way to run the game on modern computers.
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tpabbez99
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Product received for free
I need help! It won't work for me and it keeps crashing and how I have violated the system; I don't know understand!
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The Atomik Doctor
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
does not work correctly. very much a hassle.
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KimchiMan
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Don't buy it in 2016
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zz
( 23.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Better and cheaper than: Morrowind, Oblivion, Oblivion with Guns, Skyrim, Skyrim with Guns and more importantly, the upcoming TES game. I guarantee it.

Get this and Gothic 2 if you want to play some good games and have fun.

Get Daggerfall if you want to play a non-returded TES game.

Pass on Gothic series if you're a returd who can't play anything but popamole crap.
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Airsoftaaja
( 29.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
One of the best open world rpg games. This game is from 2001 and it has things like parkour, sitting on benches and chairs, swimming, cooking food, picking up flowers and herbs, smoking weed, stealing, lockpicking, sneaking, crafting and animations for eating and drinking. The world is small, but still interesting and feels alive thanks to the great NPC A.I.

Some people say that the controls are bad, but in my opinion they were ok (using the alternative controls option in the settings). Controls still take time to get used to. Graphics are good for 2001.

Overall the game is a must have for RPG fans.
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Spanish Inquisitor
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I will get you BULLIT, one day, i will get you!
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ratrogue
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I just played through Gothic for the 13th time (I counted; first time on Steam though!) - because it's my absolute favourite game of all times.

But I really wish I could give a "thumbs sideways" neutral review here on Steam. While I love this game so much I'd marry it, it's also broken in so many ways. I had to install some (fan) patches to actually get it to run sanely on Win 7, and thankfully I even could restore In Extremo's little scene in the second chapter.
Yet so many things are kaput - either due to the original code, or introduced later thanks to new hardware - that it's hard to tell new people "play it, it's cool". You always had to explain five pages of things to a newbie (e.g., don't walk into a forest just like that - the controls are easy you just have to get used to them - do most quests before deciding for a camp - etc. pp.), but now you have to add ten pages of technical issues one might encounter.

Climbing on higher ledges didn't work anymore (for me at least), which means I had to cheat my way up some hills. Sometimes a dialog with an NPC breaks completely and you have to kill the game's process. (Experienced this a lot of Lester and Xardas.) A lot of enemy react strangely now; I blame the patch which removed the 30fps restriction. Collision became more awkward, sometimes the player hangs forever on a slope, so you have to reload. And there is absolutely no working fix for the vanishing inventory items.

My 13th playthrough probably is my last one because of these issues. I still do a "recommendation", because nostalgia.
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RandalMcdaniel
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Amazing RPG, I had no idea that there was a DX7 to DX11 overhaul. When i discovered it i almost jumped through the ceiling.

If you follow this link's direction down to the very T you will be able to enjoy gothic1 in DX11. I highly reccomend it. Its so cool playing an ancient game in DX11 mode.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=484664831

Out of all the video game remasters i've played. This one is by far the best (and its not even a remaster its just a direct X update but still better)
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Amazing RPG, I had no idea that there was a DX7 to DX11 overhaul. When i discovered it i almost jumped through the ceiling.

If you follow this link's direction down to the very T you will be able to enjoy gothic1 in DX11. I highly reccomend it. Its so cool playing an ancient game in DX11 mode.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=484664831

Out of all the video game remasters i've played. This one is by far the best (and its not even a remaster its just a direct X update but still better)
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
One of the best open world rpg games. This game is from 2001 and it has things like parkour, sitting on benches and chairs, swimming, cooking food, picking up flowers and herbs, smoking weed, stealing, lockpicking, sneaking, crafting and animations for eating and drinking. The world is small, but still interesting and feels alive thanks to the great NPC A.I.

Some people say that the controls are bad, but in my opinion they were ok (using the alternative controls option in the settings). Controls still take time to get used to. Graphics are good for 2001.

Overall the game is a must have for RPG fans.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
- very, very ugly
- dull colours
- irritating controls
- lots of backtracking
- awkward inventory control
- constant crashes (2-3 per hour despite patches), some of which require you to logout from windows (even restart doesn't help),,,


+ ... hours and hours of one of the best RPGs ever made
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Quite old but funny. You have to check the forum to find a way to run the game on modern computers.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I just played through Gothic for the 13th time (I counted; first time on Steam though!) - because it's my absolute favourite game of all times.

But I really wish I could give a "thumbs sideways" neutral review here on Steam. While I love this game so much I'd marry it, it's also broken in so many ways. I had to install some (fan) patches to actually get it to run sanely on Win 7, and thankfully I even could restore In Extremo's little scene in the second chapter.
Yet so many things are kaput - either due to the original code, or introduced later thanks to new hardware - that it's hard to tell new people "play it, it's cool". You always had to explain five pages of things to a newbie (e.g., don't walk into a forest just like that - the controls are easy you just have to get used to them - do most quests before deciding for a camp - etc. pp.), but now you have to add ten pages of technical issues one might encounter.

Climbing on higher ledges didn't work anymore (for me at least), which means I had to cheat my way up some hills. Sometimes a dialog with an NPC breaks completely and you have to kill the game's process. (Experienced this a lot of Lester and Xardas.) A lot of enemy react strangely now; I blame the patch which removed the 30fps restriction. Collision became more awkward, sometimes the player hangs forever on a slope, so you have to reload. And there is absolutely no working fix for the vanishing inventory items.

My 13th playthrough probably is my last one because of these issues. I still do a "recommendation", because nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
The review for Gothic 1
What makes this game what it is:
  • Ambient for this game is amazing and to me it is nostalgic too as i have already played this game before several years ago. Soundtrack is lovely and again nostalgic which makes it just better.
  • When you start game controls will feel weird as they are different then most stuff you see in modern games or games in general however i personally got used to them quite fast( approx 20 mins), they are not bad just different.
  • Combat is awesome, when you start game you are nothing and you know nothing including how to properly use weapons, every time you learn how to improve for example Two Handed sword fight style the NPC who teaches you this skill will explain how to use it, yes you heard me he will explain not just you went learned and that's that, no. Learning techniques in this game is something which every RPG should have but pretty much none has.
  • Story is fun as it is set at quite unique place, it is jail but like none i have seen in any videogame, to me at start story felt week but when i joined one of three factions i will receive tasks which i should do and certain things will happen and then to me personally story begins, it is interesting, fun & well written.
Few things/problems this game has:
  • AI, when you have some quest in which someone accompanies you, AI is real pain. For example Lester can stuck on top of Table etc. When npcs follow or they go to somewhere like Stone to his workplace he can stop and not move and if you want to reinforce ore armor you have to reload.
  • There are few occasional bugs and glitches but nothing really serious, only thing i personally had problem were 2 ladders on which when you get to top its pain to get on ground and most cases you fall down.
  • This game may not work on modern systems, in such cases you should go to Guides and follow one of them, Sadly i had this issue but thankfully there were guides with which help i could fix and play this game once again.( You just have to install 2 or 3 files which will make it run and/or turn off overlay)
Amazing game with few minor flaws, recommended to every RPG fan, pure and simple classic and must play if you don't care about how game looks.
10 out of 10, even tho game suffers from few bugs and glitches it is one of those game which i loose track of time completely and i love it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
You can literally play the whole game only using one hand.

10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game is great. Definitely a must play. Amazing the things you can do in a game so old. Many new rpgs should learn from this game. So many things you can do and the progression really makes you feel like you amount to something. And the alternative routes are helpful too in cases when the enemy is too strong, Various ways of solving problems. You can even pull up! I mean YOU CAN PULL UP! And the setting is really cool. Sets a great mood.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Seems like a cool game, but it wouldn't work for me, even patched. I have Windows 8.
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Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
- When I was washed ashore, one of the guys punched me in the face!
- They do that to all the newcomers. They call it "Standing Godfather".


This short and absurd dialogue exchanged between our nameless hero and a shadow - an agent of the old camp - basically summarizes the tone of the whole Gothic series, starting with this first installation: ruthless, cruel and challenging. Its dog eat dog world from the moment you start your game, and it won't get any easier for quite some time. Nevertheless, coming out in 2001, Gothic is one of the first open world single player RPGs where you get to choose your own progress; roaming around, choosing quests and eventually deal with one primary problem that would very much define your whole story. With this game, Piranha Bytes set the baseline for all Open World RPGs that will be eventually advanced by The Elder Scroll series and many other wondrous RPGs, changing the market expectation of a computer RPG forever.

With the opening cinematic, we are informed that there has been an ongoing war between humans and orcs for ages now, and the King Rhobar II desperately needed magical ore to finance the war. Thus, he ordered a mining colony populated with prisoners to be established by all criminals, bandits and cutthroats of the land. 10 of the most powerful mages put a magical barrier over the colony. Yet, something has gone wrong. The barrier extended beyond the intended limits; trapping all and any that were present around at the time. The barrier was harmless for the one coming into the colony from the outside, yet it was impenetrable from the inside. None would be able to leave alive... Taking advantage from this mishap, the prisoners revolted and killed all guardsmen, seizing the control of the colony. Desperate for the ore, the King came to an agreement with brigands exchanging all kinds of earthly goods for the ore needed and still keeping to send in new prisoners for the work force.

This is the point our nameless hero - whose "name" or its instant of not being revealed in any circumstances is an ongoing gag for the series - a prisoner of unknown crime, is sent down to the colony, to deliver a message to the Arch Mage of the Circle of Fire. We are given the message, kicked down to the colony to meet some locals - and get smacked by them as a casual welcome... From this point onwards, it's gonna be a zero to hero scenario. Our relatively mundane character will become the one hero of the land through exploration, careful choice of allies and smarts enough not to do or say certain things in certain conditions.

I must say that the setting and the story are fairly creative about the idea of a society established by criminals. Anyone and everyone in the colony are convicts or at least shady enough people with their own agendas anyhow. Most NPCs you'll end up meeting are pretty much a**holes and they'll lie, cheat and change alliances easily. Characters have motives, depth, agendas and personalities. So, not trusting anyone becomes our main motto quite easily. Even though the game world is relatively small here, the setting itself - with 3 primary gods, orc/human wars, different lore and system of different camps, the nature of magic and runes, fiends of vile realms etc. - are imaginative and intriguing, yet sadly the storyline hasn't been thoroughly developed into its full potential in this first game. As the series progress, we'll become increasingly invested in both our character and the setting of the world - especially with Gothic II, which I'd consider a masterpiece RPG.

Animations and display are nothing miraculous considering the age of the game, yet they are really good for their time. We are even capable to observe some basic facial features, mimics and remarks of NPCs while they are making comments - which was altogether quite new and fascinating for its time. The game world is kinetic too, with NPCs having routines, sharing meals and attending mundane business when you are not interacting with them. Even mob monsters do sleep according to day/night cycle!

Let's talk about the sucky parts of the game anyhow. Controls from hell are the primary problem that many people would prefer to pass this game. Mouse is merely used to direct camera angle - like an action adventure and you are expected to arrange a handful of odd key combinations for everything. If you are to rearrange key bindings, you'll probably override some other management option and render everything much more complicated than before. So... it's either getting used to hellish controls or not playing this game. You'll be expected to use 2-3 key combinations just to pick an item from the ground! That is some meaningless chore, I won't lie. But if you get used to it, you won't be even aware that you are arranging the combination after some point.

Let's make our peace with one certain fact at this point: dying is a natural and common part of Gothic series. With this kind of gameplay difficulty and somewhat bug-ridden environment, you gotta be either a hardcore fan of the series or a bit masochistic to learn and have fun from getting your a** kicked in casual ways. Combined with hellish controls, combat becomes fairly hard and disorienting sometimes. You are expected to perform a series of combo attacks, blocks or dodges to face your enemies or else, anything coming your way might make an easy meal out of you. When you bear the controls finally, you'll notice that input detection bugging quite annoyingly sometime too. AI is somewhat imaginative too; maintaining different approaches of combat for different kinds of enemies and monsters. Some will downright charge, some will hunt in packs, others will dance around you and some others will try a couple of hit and run tactics on you.

The AI and the environment texture are fairly old and buggy, so I strongly recommend installing some mods before taking on this journey; and for that purpose I'd certainly recommend GOG version of the game rather than Steam version, considering its way more stable with less crashes or conflicts. Worst case scenario, you are able to use a series of cheat commands called the Marvin Mode - which was used by developers to test certain modification - to arrange nearly anything in the game. Many things in game are left semi-developed due to time management problems on Piranha Bytes' part so installing Dark Mysteries mod + Ironforge Patch would fill in the blanks left by developers and fixing most glitches perfectly if it doesn't cause any problems for your system.

This game - with its scenario, its environment and its humor will always find a way to surprise you both in good ways and bad ways. Even after stating all its problems - and casual ways to work around them, I strongly recommend playing this game as a part of computer RPG history at this point. It is not only nostalgia, it is a classic - alongside Gothic II.

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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
1000 + hour in Gothic trilogy ( not on steam )

Now , let's begin. The game itself is really painful I mean not like the games we play these days. It's brutal , unforgiving and controls are hard to figure it out (kinda bad but they fixed it in Gothic II ) It's really easy to say "this game is not worth my time , we are in 2016 what is this garbage man really " well actually I said that too (about 7 -8 years ago) however this game worth your time and money.
This game is difficult ! I mean you will probably blame the game %90 of the time , like monsters are overpowered , controls are bad , you can't even do any damage to some strong opponents.You don't even have quest marks! You need to learn how to use map. You will get lost most of the time . Ohh well we can talk about those situations another time , no need to scare people from the beginning right? First you will walk with Diego everything is fine but wait some bullies are trying to take your money by offering protection , how hardcore those guyz can be , right ? "Come and get it" but damn , they will beat you up so bad you will probably cry. You are just a simple messenger ! You are not fighter , paladin or mage. They are not gonna respect you , they are not going to let you sneak upon them and steal stuff and they will beat you everytime they can because they are NPC's of this world and this is their world. YOU ARE NOTHING , you are just a prisoner who needs to deliver a message. This thing is the reason why this game is so beautiful and awesome . LEGENDARY NAMELESS HERO will learn how to fight , how to use magic he will make some friends , improve his talents , join a faction (Old camp , New camp , Swamp boyz) , smoke weed etc.( You can smoke weed anytime and anywhere you want (BLAZE IT!)). There are 3 faction / camps you can join one of them. Every one of them have different quest-lines and they are changing the story a little bit. Thanks to Kai Rosenkranz soundtracks are awesome and improving atmosphere. I don't want to say anything about story just play it.

-Story 9/10
-Gameplay 7/10
-Atmosphere-Soundtrack 10/10
-Overall 9.6/10.

Recommended ! For Innos.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
I played Gothic 1 for the first time in 2011, i had every reason in the world to find this game pathetic and disgusting in every way, but amazingly so, i didn't.

Puting the graphics aside (which is not that difficult, trust me), you'll probably have one of the most deep RPGs out there, the character progression, combat, dialogues, history progression and freedom are insane, not to mention it takes forever to close this game, i've 30 hours and i did almost nothing compared to the almighty god you become at the endgame parts.

And i really find it curious how the community ignores this game cuz i've played TES: Morrowind a long time ago (2004) when it was still relevant and i've no doubt how better Gothic 1 is comparing to Morrowind, my 2011 Gothic play was more refreshing and inspiring than my 2004 Morrowind play, and don't get me wrong Morrowind is a great game, the best TES after Skyrim, but everything in Gothic 1 is either the same (dialogues, combat, etc) or better (character progression, history progression, freedom, etc).

Trivia: i love how you can stealth-kill some 'non-important' NPCs at the beginning of the game and skip character progression like hell cuz they give TONS of experience, it's like killing MissingNO in Pokemon Blue/Red 'till you evolve your Charmander to Charizard and then destroy Brock's Onix lv 14 with a level 40 Charizard, but i only recommend this in a second playthrough.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
The first Gothic is one of the games of my childhood.I recently finished the latest 2 games with the "Gothic" subtitle(Arcania and the Fall of Setarrif),which shouldn't be called Gothic anymore and got back to this classic.And 15 years later it still feels good despite obsolete graphics,animantions etc. If you haven't had a pleasure to try this classic out then do it! You won't regret and you surely will buy Gothic II afterwards :)
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1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
It's "Escape from New York" in an alternate medieval fantasy reality.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
If Gothic II is GOLD, then this is BRILLIANT. Best old school RPG to its age.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
76.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Storyline: 10/10
NPC's (most of them are different, all of them are talking out loud!): 10/10
Voice acting (especially on orcs ^^ <3 it!): 10/10
Humour (hint - test of faith for the new camp^^): 10/10
Combat system: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
World: 9/10
Soundtrack: 9/10

Must have for all RPG lovers!
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Posted: December 29, 2015
I know it only says 2.5 hours but I played this game way back when it first came out. Yes the controls, graphics/acting is kinda eh but this game is great. The storyline is good even though the acting is kinda eh at times. Gothic 2 picks it up and makes it grand.

Regardless, I am writing this review because I think people should play it, it's a good 7/10 for it's time period which I played when it came out. NOW, for those who are putting up negative reviews cause the game doesn't work.

Go to STEAMAPPS/COMMON/GOTHIC/SYSTEM/Gothic.exe(It should be the G icon). Right click it, go to properties, compatibility mode, then put it to Windows XP SP3. Click apply, and then launch the game through steam. It might crash when quitting the game but who cares about that. The game works without any silly fan patches and etc.
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