Posted: October 19, 2014
Gothic was released in 2001, but it already had advantage gameplay features and graphic you can't find in other games back then: a lively open world with rich dialogues and voice acting, you can climb, swim, eat,... and pretty much everything that makes a RPG great and immersive. (and they say Morrowind was a revolution for RPG, PFFFFT!)
The story is not the best, but it's good and interest enough to keep player in the loop. Combat and control will confused people who just started the game, but you will get used to it.
Because this game was made by a German company and wasn't well marketed in worldwide, it wasn't well known (even up to now) and was result in being a very very very underrated gem. Therefore, if you are a RPG player, this game is a must.
Here are some recommend mods for you:
Unofficial patch: http://www.worldofgothic.com/dl/?go=dlfile&fileid=164
The game itself is not really buggy, some claim this patch causes more trouble than it worth but I had no problem with it.
Texure patch: http://www.worldofgothic.de/dl/download_247.htm
Gothic 1's textures are very outdated, with this texture patch, it will bring most textures from Gothic 2 to G1. It's not your kind of fancy HD texture pack, but it will improved the graphic A LOT and keep the visual style in a lore-friendly way.