☐ Bad ☐ Alright ☑ Good [even today] ☐ Beautiful ☐ Fantastic
♬ Music ♬
☐ Bad ☐ Alright ☐ Good ☑ Beautiful ☐ Fantastic
☠ Difficulty ☠
☑ Easy [it gets increasingly easier as you progress through] ☑ Average [the first view hours] ☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master ☐ Hard ☑ Unfair [in the beginning wildlife hits like a truck and stuns you to death]
§ Bugs §
☐ Bugs destroy the game ☐ Lots of bugs ☑ Few Bugs ☑ You can use them for speedrun ☐ Nothing encountered
☯ Story ☯
☐ There is none ☐ Bad ☑ Alright ☐ Good ☐ Fantastic
⚔ Gameplay ⚔
☐ Frustrating ☐ Sleepy ☑ Boring [it gets a little repetitive after a while] ☑ Fun ☐ Challenging
۞ Game time / Length ۞
☐ Really short (0 - 3 hours) ☐ Short (4 - 7 hours) ☐ Few hours (8 - 20 hours) ☑ Long (21-50 hours) ☑ Very Long(51-100 hours) [if you complete everything] ☐ Extremely Long (101+ hours)
$ Price / Quality $
☑ Full price ☐ Wait for Sale ☐ Don't buy ☐ Refund it if you can
Gothic 3 is an open world action RPG with high difficulty setting. It has many goods and flaws in each aspect especially when you compared to the first two games. The first two games are emphasized on its brilliant combat system which requires you to perform your attack wisely and carefully while Gothic 3 is focused more on the freedom of open world exploration and the character building. You will feel there is a huge stepdown from the previous game in term of melee combat. I played the first two games before Gothic 3. When I tried out this game, the melee combat system scared me. I even considered this combat system is broken and unfinished. After several attempts and some breaks to adjust myself with new and downgraded melee combat. I see the beauty of this games and I become one of my favourite RPG.
Beautiful World, Graphic and Soundtrack If you’ve played the previous gothic games, you will know that majority of gameplay is wandering the wild and killing the wildlifes. Gothic 3 has a huge world. It is much bigger world (about 3 ~5 times bigger) than previous games and it is truly open which you can travel from one side to another without a single loading screen. You will go through different areas such as grass land, dense forest, desert, etc in your playthrough while each area has landscapes which make your exploration feeling fun and worthy. There is only one complain in the world design. Compared to the design of landscape, the designs of building and structure are average and shallow in most cases especially for the starting area. Both villages and fortresses are small and similar. It does not look like the main captain of the kingdom. Graphic is another shinning part of Gothic 3. Although the game was released on 2006, the graphic is still good by today standards and it is definitely one of the top graphic game during its time. Soundtracks are considerably improved from the previous games. Much more impressive music can be found in the game such as the first music ‘Vista point’ in the game which is so beautiful. However, I found that some less immersive music are overly repeated while some distinctive music can only be heard in a small area. Also, it is weird when the music is replaced by the battle music and resumed after the battle.
Varying Style Gameplay, Variety Enemies and Character Building As mentioned above, the melee combat is a huge stepdown. There are two features of the melee combat which make the combat pretty boring and annoying for new players. First, you can swing infinitely and the enemy will be staggered when got hit. Basically, you can just button smashing to kill 90% of enemies for the entire game. Second, the enemy will perform a backward jump/move when you swing and the enemy will be pushed backward when got hit. You can perform another forward attack by using the right click attack. Still, you will find yourself keep swing and pushing the enemy to the some walls or obstacles in order to finish him. Overall, the melee combat is just simple and repetitive.
Not like the previously game, you don’t need to stick with one type of combat style. The gane wont punishing you for the long changing weapon time as the previous game. You can change your weapon and magic smoothly during the battles. In my playthrough, I was a mainly melee warrior in the first 3 hours due to the limitation of arrows I can afford in the beginning. Then I was a combination hunter and warrior, and little bit magic sometimes depending on the enemy type and situation. I enjoyed the gameplay most of the time. Trying and using different strategies to kill the enimes in the different wilds to find out the way you want, never get bored. Also Gothic 3 has large number and different type of wildlifes amongst the three gothic games. More important, the game will show you all skills you can learnt from start, so you can decide your path at quite early stage and work for the build. You can really feel the progression of the character building and the change of combat during different stages.
Bland Story and Fetch Sides Quests The story of Gothic 3 is a sequel to the previous games. This is the story to explain everything in the previous game. I love the story personally if I consider three gothic games as a whole story. However, the story presentation in this game is horrible. There are no cutsenses after intro cutsense. Main quests are barely existed. Instead learning the story form the quest, I have to explore different places, talk to different people, filter majority of the meaningless dialogue, and link the few dialogues with the dialogue of the main quest giver to understand the whole story. Due to the barely existence of the main quest, side quests become your main quests in game. And most side quests are not related to your story. And majority of quests are fetch quests such as gather number of somethings or kill number of somethings. You will feel those quests are a way to earn money rather than learning the story. Moreover, no quest markers in this game.
Poor Optimization If you want me to give you one reason I don’t recommend this game, then it is the poor optimization of this game. You will encounter choppy gameplay frequently. Both saving time (5~8 sec) and loading time (10~15 sec) are very long even for modern computer.
Final Score: 7.8 I recommend this game to people who love old classic RPG. It may not be the best RPG or best game and It has flaws in many aspects. However, it is definitely a type of RPG I want to see more in the game industry.
* I played in vanilla version, I did not crash once or encounter any major bugs.