Posted: May 26
Gothic 2 is an Action-RPG, it's the sequel to the first Gothic game and it continues the story from where the first game ended. After defeating the final boss in the first game (I don't want to spoil who it is) all hell breaks loose, there's a war, and it's up to you to get ♥♥♥♥ done once again. After nearly dying at the end of the first game, Xardas saves you and tells you about your quest to get the Eye of Innos, a powerful artifact that will help you end the war that's going on right now. And thus after the conversation with Xardas you set off into an adventure that you'll surely not forget.
There isn't much to be said about this game that wasn't said about the first one. It's basically everything the first game was but bigger and much better. It looks a bit nicer than the first game, thanks to the new setting and locations there's much more color now, with lush green forests and a big city to explore. You also get to go back to the Valley of Mines from the first game to see what happened to it after the events of the previous game. I also have to mention the soundtrack, it's incredible, it really adds a lot to the atmosphere and I love it.
Gameplay is basically the same, there's a noticeable difference in the combat though, now you can no longer block, you instead have a parry which doesn't work on monsters and animals, so you'll have to think a bit better about fighting those now. Like the first game, the character progression for the nameless hero you play as is phenomenal, you start off completely worthless and throughout the game you see yourself becoming a complete juggernaut of death and by the end of it, it's ridiculously satisfying.
The "Gold Edition" of the game comes with the expansion pack, "Night of the Raven". It increases the difficulty of the game due to popular demand (you people are masochists) so the game is even more brutally difficult, it adds pirates and a whole new area with more story and quests for you to do. I liked everything in the expansion pack except for two things: The end boss fight, which felt like it was more based on luck whether you kill him or not and it just comes down to constantly reloading your save after every death until you finally kill him, which isn't the case in the entirety of the expansion or Gothic 2 as a whole, it's always fair; and the other thing I didn't like was the way they shoehorned the expansion into the main game. At a certain point in the main quest, the game halts your progression and tells you to do one thing without really any direction or hints as to how to do it. I had to do some research online to see what the hell this is all about and I ended up finding out that this is the game's way of saying "Okay, you can't go any further until you complete the expansion pack so get to it". I was happy to find out that there's more content to this game but I feel like the way they implemented the transition between the main game and the expansion pack is terrible. Still, the expansion pack itself is great.
Basically, if you liked the first game there's no reason you wouldn't like the second one. It's a fairly hard game to get in to so if you're looking to get into the series I'd highly suggest you play the first game before playing this one, it'll ease you into it. It isn't a game that I can recommend to anyone because we live in an age full of whiny little kids who are used to objective markers and hand-holding, Gothic 2 doesn't like any of that, it's harsh, and if you're looking for a hard game that respects your intelligence and knows you can handle things on your own, this is one of the best.