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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (946 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 15, 2001

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"28fps lock. Can be unlocked using Gothic 1/2 SystemPack. Causes minor gameplay side effects. Genre: Action RPG"

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
Helpful customer reviews
238 of 262 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Day 1: Arrived to colony, got beaten up, went to Old camp, told the guard I'm going to kill everyone here, got beaten up again.
Day 2: Refused to pay "protection money", some digger tried to beat me up so I hid in the barrel, nearly got beaten up again.
Day 4: Bought skirt in Sect camp, put on the skirt, got 3 joints of weed for free, increased my maximum mana by smoking weed.
Day 6: Met a drunk guy in New camp who offered me to sell his weed and split profit, sold weed kept the ore nuggets for myself.
Day 8: Went to old mine, lured the guard away from his chest, cleaned up the chest, nearly got beaten up, sold him the key of his chest.
Day 10: Grilled 250 pieces of meat, put a guy to sleep with a spell, robbed his house, got beaten up again.
Day 11: Went into forest to collect mushrooms for the chef, got eaten by Shadowbeast.

10/10 Best game ever!

P.S. If you can't run it, stop complaining about it, use "Guides" section - there are plenty of suggested fixes, game works fine if your hands don't grow out of your ♥♥♥!
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83 of 94 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Although my Steam time says 22 minutes for this game, I played it mostly offline because I've had internet troubles. I completed the game after 31 hours.

I had never heard of the Gothic series before, but I got interested in checking it out after watching an interview with Jonathan Blow, the creator of 'Braid', where he talked about gameplay and game design. In that interview, he described the Gothic series as, "like Skyrim, but with good gameplay". Such zing!

I then found it on Steam and got a deal for all three games. I've heard 1 and 2 are amazing, and 3 is just okay (according to most hardcore fans), after which there are some spinoffs that are considered absolutely appalling. I'm yet to play 2 or 3 though, so this is just based on my experience with Gothic 1.

I really enjoyed Gothic 1. It's an RPG adventure type game with open world exploration. The story is great, the characters are interesting, the world is a good size (large enough to explore, not so large that it's overwhelming). The controls take some getting used to, and I recommend reading up on Google for some explanation and guidance on it. After about two or three hours though, it's a piece of cake. (You can also find the original manual for the game - yes, it was made in the era of actual game manuals - which will help in explaining a lot of how the game world works)

The main thing about the controls is that a person or item needs to be selected first before you press something else to interact with it. For example, if there's some berries on the ground, you press the select tool and then press action to pick them up. If you're trying to pick up a particular item on the ground amongst others, you press the select tool, press left or right to toggle through which item is highlight and then press action once the item you want is highlighted. Same goes for interacting with people and even moving items around when trading (explained more below). You also need to highlight a creature and then press action to attack when you have a weapon ready.

You start off being introduced to some characters and one of the three main camps. You eventually learn about all three camps and you'll need to choose one to join (each with its own way of living, style, etc). You can access almost any part of the map at any time, although early on there are places where the people and creatures will absolutely crush you until you're strong enough to survive (kind of in a Dark Souls way). You can learn all kinds of skills, including one hand or two hand weapons, agility, stealing, getting resources from animals you kill, etc.

A lot of your time will be spent trading with people, so take your time to collect everything you find as it will be worth something. The trading system appears odd at first, but like the controls, it's a piece of cake once you learn in. You put things into the middle you want to trade from your side and get from the other side, then you press 'Enter' to make the deal. The values at the top will show you if you're getting a fair deal or not. The NPCs you trade with will accept any deal that's equal or where they get an advantage, so be careful. You could end up trading away things worth 1,000s for 10 worth of stuff.

Most of this stuff you will learn over time, and there's a joy in exploring and learning to understand the world. However, there are other things that you'll wish you knew at the beginning. Some things I learnt after 20 hours into the game just by accident that would've been good to know from the get go. Here are a few of those things:

1. You can switch weapons using the number keys, but you can also hold down the space bar to toggle through them.
2. When your character is out of health and not breathing on the ground, he is dead. The game will not load a previous save for you. It's up to you to pause the game and manually load up a save. Otherwise you'll just sit there staring at your dead corpse forever. :O
3. Armour really matters in this game, both for you and enemies. There are some enemies you won't be able to even damage unless you really stagger them and get a lucky hit in. For those ones, you'll need to wait until later in the game to get some better weapons. Same goes for you though. Once you have some quality armour, a lot of enemies won't be able to really do anything to you.
4. If you're falling from a great height, hold down left or right and you won't get damaged. Can save your life and also make travelling the world a lot faster at times. (this is obviously a glitch and not an intended game design, but still)

This is not a positive review based on nostalgia for this old game. This is the first time I've ever played or seen a Gothic game (in 2015). Gothic 1 is not a perfect game, but if you can get past the graphics (although there is a mod that will help with that a bit), and get used to the controls, it has great gameplay with and an interesting storyline. I'm looking forward to playing Gothic 2 (considered by most fans to be the best in the series).
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This game is a masterpiece! Followed by it's sequel gothic II the both games are masterpieces!

offtopic note
If you have trouble launching the game in win7-8 the try the following:

Gothic I:

-install patch 1.08k
-in gothic ini (it is inside the system folder of the game) find startupwindowed and set to true
-set your resolution in gothic ini (something like xwidth=... ylength=...)
-set your texture size to 16 in gothic ini
-set extendedmenu to true

Gothic II:

-In gothic ini find startupwindowed and set to true
-set res size to your monitor's
-set texture size to 32
-set extendedmenu to true

topic stuff
The game is wonderful but their next deity is even BETTER.
The game has very interesting quests and get to choose your path (warrior/mage) during the game by joining one of the 3 factions unlike in other mmorpgs where you choose your class from the start. Very interesting storyline. The combat is quirky and hard but once you get used to it you're fine. If you want a better thought out combat system better buy Gothic II. All in all I think this the best RPG game EVER MADE
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This one is a pillar to the computer RPGs!
And even more to that - it is a game that was made in the opposition to the mainstream at given moment, and established some new standards to the RPGs with an open world. So funny to see many critics towards the game because of its "simplified skill system", "over complicated controls", "bad voice acting", "lack of quality animation"... And you know what? I will not be busting myths there.

Just make a statement: without that mature, realistic and hardened gothic game, players around the globe was in chains of stagnation, where all the brightest RPGs were an extensions to already acclaimed ideas (like Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance or Final Fantasy X). Pyranha Bytes created a new pattern, made a new trend.
I'm grateful to them. And to that game, which I explored the length and breadth 13 years ago. In which I lived for very long time.

As of question "is it worth buying and playing now?", well, it is working for me. If you played it earlier and want to refresh memories, or if you are a fan of old games in general - you may give it a shot. And if you simply want to bate your curiosity, like "I wonder, how it was 14 years ago?", just go for youtube letsplay and try a Risen game. You'll get almost the same experience (first Risen is quite a retrospective project for Pyranha Bytes).

10/10 killed orks
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32 of 56 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Just like most people here, I prefer having all my games at one place. I always loved this game and wanted to get a copy on Steam where all my other games are, but it would have been a much better idea to get this on GoG. All Steam does is dump in their DRM and sell it, regardless of the fact that there is no way to make this run on newer OS (Win7 64bit here). After hours of trying multiple patches and fixes, i finally got as far as starting the game, only to find out the graphics got totally corrupted to a point you couldn't see anything. If you get this on GoG, it works out of the box. Just install and play right away, no fixes needed. Unlike Steam, they make sure the game actually runs. There you buy a game, here you buy a bunch of files that used to be a game 14 years ago.
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