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: Very Positive (1,171 reviews) - 80% of the 1,171 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 15, 2001

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Packages that include this game

Buy Gothic Universe Edition

Includes 3 items: Gothic 1, Gothic II: Gold Edition, Gothic® 3

Buy Arcania + Gothic Pack

Includes 6 items: ArcaniA, ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif, Gothic 1, Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Enhanced Edition, Gothic II: Gold Edition, Gothic® 3

 

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
73 of 80 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
Gothic 1 is absolutely brutal.

You are nothing

You are worhless

You are just a bag of meat to puch some ore from

Until, you learn how to gain some ore.
Gain some respect.
Gain some skills.

Yes this game has its issues with controls and little bugs, but hey, there was no "patching" or other stupid thing back then.

This game has the ultimate character progression that really makes me have strong feelings even after 10 years later writing this review.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
How to launch game in Windows 7

-install Gothic
-find Gothic.exe
(C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Gothic\system)
-right click --> Properties --> Compatibility
-check box "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"
-choose Windows XP
-press OK
-play as usual

Great game, you should try it!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
This is on my top list of rpg's and i played quite a lot. It has quite a large world to explore and all of it is hand crafted by the designers. Its not huge but not a computer generated world like in elder scrolls games. There are many interesting places to explore many interesting characters to meet and monsters to kill. There is no special area for strong or weak monsters. You can bump into strong monsters anywhere. So you should learn to escape and come back when you improve. An important rpg feature most games lack unfortunetely! And monsters are also hand placed by the designers and dont respawn frequently or level up with you. They are static throughout the whole game. It has very strong story and atmosphere. You feel like a rat to be kicked around at the start of the game. Everyone pushes you around. But in the later game you feel yourself like a real hero. Exploring the wilderness is an horrifying experience. There is surprise at every corner. I experienced this kind of feeling in very few games. Story unfolds slowly and its epic! And there is night/day cycle. Npc's sleep at night, do their daily jobs during day and some of them gather around fire and chat in the evening. Everyone has his own place to sleep and work. Most of the people dislike the controls but i think it is more than ok. You will get used to it in no time if you be patient and will like it. The story continues in the Gothic 2 and that game is even better! Gothic 1+2=Epic Journey on an Epic World! 9/10 I advice these games to every true rpg fan!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
The best game ever. Better than Elder Scrolls, Witcher, or Bioware-Games.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny