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  • Summary: Gothic II takes you on an even greater journey of adventure and discovery. The plot continues from the cliff-hanger of the original: After the imprisoned colony members are victorious, collapsing the magical barrier, the former Prison Colony is struck by a terrible earthquake, claiming the lives of many. The majority of survivors seize this opportunity to escape with only a handful of people remaining in the derelict prison. Expand
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  1. 100
    Finally, this game deserves the highest score I can give. The things that really matter are here. For those who enjoy this type of RPG, this game offers an experience you shouldn't pass up.
  2. This game will change what you think about RPGs. The immense world provides hours of gameplay and there are enough different paths to take that the game could be won in any way you want.
  3. The storyline, while cliché, has some interesting twists, and the progression of the narrative through the chapters, and increased sense of doom that occurs midway through the game as you face a orc horde backed by dragons leads to some interesting moments.
  4. The world feels less generic and more immersive than even "Morrowind's." [Feb 2004, p.88]
  5. Anyone who appreciates action-oriented RPGs in which the focus is on creating your own story rather than following one that has been predetermined, this game is required playing. Not only is it open-ended, but also it is massive.
  6. Provided you have the necessary levels of patience, Gothic 2 inexorably draws you in. It’s resolutely old-fashioned without being tired, and credits you with, gasp, some intelligence instead of handing over every little thing on a plate. Now if just one single MMORPG could be this good.
  7. With character models that look like they crawled off the Dreamcast, muddy textures and minor but frequent collision issues, this is not exactly a pretty game. [Jan 2004, p.70]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
  1. MarcelJ.
    May 20, 2006
    10
    This is the best game ever. Although graphics are not up to date it has a very nice story and a fascinating combat system (not this easy click, slay and win). If you have some nights left, get it and play! Expand
  2. EricR.
    Mar 19, 2003
    10
    Since Gothic 2 was not released at the time I wrote this, consider it a pre-rating. Because I know the game engine is basically the same but with more detailed textures and higher res. I know Gothic 2 will rock! The first one is the single best rpg I have ever played. No other real time game has ever come so close to making a world feel so real. I know Gothic 2 will give me more of what I want. Which is simply more of the same! Despite much complaining about the interface for Gothic 1 which was in fact just fine, Gothic 2 will have 2 styles of control. I will be the first kid on my block to own this one! Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2011
    10
    Strange thing is: This game had a user rating of about 8.8- 9.2 some months ago! If you look at the reviews you will notice that written reviews are almost all very positive. But there seem to be many people who dislike the game but didnt't tell us why. And believe me: these negative ratings were not there half a year ago. My personal conclusion is: THE RATING IS MANIPULATED by haters/ other developers etc... This makes me sad because Gothic and Gothic II are masterpieces of game experience and one of my favourite games of all time! Expand
  4. Apr 10, 2011
    10
    This game is so good the music the style the gameplay the world everything is beautiful,immersive,exciting and full of dangers and adventures.The world is huge but beautifuly crafted the music just fits every time.I must say i developed a close relationship with some npc's in the game like Lee or Wolf who are just great fellows in the game.This game is good on every front and i suggest even now in 2011 to play it.You won't regret trust me. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2012
    10
    This is one of the best (if not the best) single-character fantasy-RPG. It may be a little difficult to get started, but it's very immersive and rewarding. The NPCs and the game-world is very good designed.
    What I don't understand is, how these negative critics without a text are even possible. I first tried to do it without a text, but it wasn't possible (Error: Review requires text). Very strange.
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  6. May 18, 2011
    10
    My personal, all-time favorite RPG. The nostalgia goggles will never come off on this one, and I would pay anything to experience this game again like it was the first time. I could go on for hours about this game... the music (oh god the music!), gameplay, characters, story... it all fits together so perfectly. Buy this game and name your children after NPCs. Expand
  7. Jun 23, 2012
    3
    Looks like all of the negative scores don't have any reviews, so I'll be brave and post the first one. Only tried the game out recently and was hoping it'd be an improvement over the first Gothic. As a matter of fact, there were some improvements. The controls are a bit better now and aren't as tricky as in the first game. Also the story carries on from the first right away and I generally thought that the music and the atmosphere were as good as in the first one. However, nothing else had improved. In fact, in terms of pacing it got even worse. Much worse. Now you're thrust right into a huge city without any direction as to what to do. Or in fact, you are told to go and do x, y, and z. However, when you try to find out how to get those tasks done, the game just shrugs and tells you to find it out by yourself. Now this is incredibly boring. Do I have to go around and talk to every NPC in the city in a hope that at least one of them can tell me something useful? I understand open gameplay and all, but it still needs some direction. If the game isn't going to bother to captivate and immerse me, then why should I continue to plough on, hoping that eventually it would get interesting? It's just incredibly slow paced. If you are someone who wants to get right into the game and do interesting stuff, then I'd avoid Gothic 2 for sure. Now I've still got Gothic 3 left. I'm just hoping at least that would be an improvement over 1 and 2. Expand

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