|RPG, Action adventure, Open world, Sandbox||Modern (2001 -2010)||Piranha Bytes||Xicat Interactive
Nordic Games (at present)
|Medieval, Fantasy, Magic|
Gothic is one of the best RPG games ever created in terms of its story, progression, interactive environment, immersion, vast open world, and satisfactory combat system. It is also one of the hardest games out there with a very steep learning curve. In this game you start as a mere mortal human with no special skills or abilities. You work and slog your way up the ranks and soon become strong and powerful. You are thrown in as prisoner in a penal colony where everyone is held captive within a magical barrier, even the mages who originally were responsible for creating the barrier due to a malfunction during the invocation process. Soon after this disaster the prisoners inside the camp got rid off the guards inside and took charge of the place. They negotiated with the King of the realm outside the barrier and agreed to send the precious mineral magic ore in exchange for resources, food, drinks, and women. However some sects of the prisoners did not agree with this system and worked towards escape plans involving collapse of the barrier. This caused the formation of three different camps inside the colony with different goals and ideals. You have to join any one of them and proceed in order to find a way to make the escape plans work. In the course of gameplay you will hunt monsters, roam a vast open world, gather herbs and foods, learn magic if you want, fight with mighty orc warriors, and unearth an ancient mystery among several other activities. If you are a RPG fan, you simply must not miss this title!
|Complexity Parameters||Values (0, 0.5, 1)|
|Control Scheme||0.5: Moderate complexity, but can take time to get used to|
|Complexity||1: Complex (inventory, trading items)|
|Story||1: There is a story (a very good one)|
|Lore||0.5: Gothic series|
|Immersion||1.0: Very immersive roleplay|
|Difficulty||1.0: It is difficult|
|Learning Curve||1.0: Very steep|
|Total Score||6/7: Heavyweight game|
|Needs||Satisfaction Score (0-3)|
|Analytical||2: Moderately met (map reading, combat tactics, trading, puzzles etc.)|
|Creative||0: Not met|
|Mastery||3: Well met|
|Destructive||2: Moderately met|
|Entertainment||3: Well met|
|Pace||2: Moderately met|
|Horror||1: Slightly met|
|Total Score||13/21: Good Game|
TL;DR One of the best ever third person action-adventure RPGs which is also one of the hardest and most immersive. A must have for hardcore RPG fans.
- Weapons, spells, and loot
- Robust progression system
- Hardcore RPG features
- Tactical combat and trickery
- Good story
- Vast open world
- High level of freedom
- Steep learning curve
- Weird control scheme
- Difficult and clunky combat
- Clunky camera movement
Game-time 71 hrs.
Purpose – Entertainment and Challenge
Gameplay – If you can get used to the strange control scheme, and the difficult combat mechanism, gameplay is very solid in every other respect. Hardcore RPG elements, unforgiving, and tight. You must save frequently, and in different slots in order to brave the difficulties as well as the occasional bugs.
Graphics – Good for its time.
Performance – Good.
Entertainment – Very good story. Vibrant NPCs, with unique personalities, full voice-over dialogues. Humor, sarcasm. All things considered, a very entertaining package.
Plot (if applicable) –Good plot.
Replay value – There is good replay value, as you have three different factions to choose, as well as three different character types namely warrior, ranger, and mage.
Immersion – One of the most immersive RPGs. Day-night cycles and weather. NPC routines. Interactive environment and objects. Cooking, forging weapons, hunting, smoking weed and many other fully animated activities.
Overall it is a solid, meaty, and memorable experience which you will cherish for a long time.