It looks like JoWood didn't learn much from releasing a bug-ridden Gothic 3 game. The new add-on is full of bugs, too. But even without them, the game wouldn't be as good as the other recently released RPGs. At least the quest and the story are well done.
I firstly played this game four years ago and it was a disaster-robbed version of GOTHIC 3 with a lot of bugs and fool quests sometimes but still I finished it, Now I bought it again in ENHANCED EDITION and many things changed, The game graphics is greatly improved, Stability is very nice, No bugs at all and it looks like a solid data disc for perfect game, The group which repaired the game did very good job here - 8/10
My review is based on the Enhanced Edition from Steam.
I just finished playing Forsaken Gods and honestly I did not find that many bugs if any noteworthy ones.
I play games for the Gameplay and the story and I played Gothic 3, so to finally after many years, to buy the standalone expansion was a must. I cannot understand the low score people give this game, but I guess most of it is based on the original edition and not the Enhanced one. If you like me loved the game and the story of Gothic 3 and even the Gothic Saga, then do not cheat yourself out of this experience. Forsaken Gods is the final link between Gothic 3 and Gothic 4.
Just make sure you get the Enhanced Edition, then you should be flying. vanAndesen
This stand alone expansion brings the player back to Myrtana, delivering a good storyline. Sadly, every flaw of the predecessor is there. The engine is still heavy and non optimized, and the same bug-fest we all remember hasn't been solved at all. Only for die-hard fans.
Forsaken gods? Rather forsaken legacy and a blatant ripoff. After two years of development we receive a game with a plethora of bugs, jerky graphics and frequent crashes to the desktop, a game that strips this franchise of the pitiful remains of its former glory. [Jan 2009]
I actually really liked it in its present state now that it's been patched a lot. Freeing Orc held towns is great fun. It's also huge (probably where they went wrong in being too ambitious). Still got a lot of bugs but I could get round them. Certainly gave me a lot of fun for a long time.
Vorab: Die 5 Punkte nur dank der offiziellen Enhanced Editon und der Content Mod. Ohne diese verdient das Spiel höchstens 3 Punkte.
Offiziell endet die Gothic Saga mit Gothic III (so zumindest die Aussage des original Entwicklers der Serie: Piranha Bytes). Aber das hielt den Publisher Jowood nicht davon ab, die Gothic Kuh mit einem neuen Entwickler weiter zu melken. Das Resultat sind Gothic III: Götterdämmerung und Arcania. Für die Fans der Reihe gehören diese beiden Spiele nicht mehr zur Lore und das aus gutem Grund. Bei Götterdämmerung wurde ein absurdes Spiel geboten, unspielbar in seiner Ursprungsform (Quests nicht abschließbar, Abstürze und fehlerhafte Übersetzungen) und verwirrend im Spieldesign. Doch die Gothic Community wäre nicht die Gothic Community, wenn sie nicht dafür eine Lösung hätte. Einige Modder haben das Spiel doch tatsächlich spielbar gemacht und zwar mit der (mittlerweile offiziellen) Enhanced Edition und einer Content Mod. Ich habe mich dazu überwunden es zu Ehren der Modder einmal durchzuspielen (Spielzeit circa 20 Stunden) und muss sagen es war wirklich verblüffend. Verglichen mit dem original Spiel vom Release ein völlig anderes Erlebnis. Keine Bugs, Quests werden erklärt, neue Waffen, keine Abstürze oder falsch übersetzte Dialoge. Man muss allerdings sagen es bleibt trotzdem noch Götterdämmerung, ein Addon ohne wirkliche Neuerungen. Keine neuen Perks, keine neue Spielwelt (dafür eine überarbeitete Gothic 3 Map ohne Nordmar/ Varant) und kaum neue Items (und wenn dann sind diese Großteils von den Moddern erstellt). Die Quests sind zudem verwirrend, Dialoge viel zu kurz und die Hauptstory sehr fragwürdig.
Fazit: Wer das Spiel als eine große Gothic 3 Mod sieht (dank Enhanced Edition und Content Mod) kann durchaus Spaß haben. Als eigenständiges Spiel fällt es durch und ist ein Schandfleck der Gothic Reihe - die aber zum Glück mit Gothic III endet.
Very similar play to Gothic 3 (no surprise). Game save/load times are greatly decresed from Gothic 3. However, there are gamebreaking bugs (such as certain characters being absent from their designated areas) that can occur even at the beginning, yet won't be know until being hours into the game. For my example I was missing Gorn. The only preventative measure to this issue is to literally run to every city and check if all the required main questline characters are there, and this is time consuming/challenging at best. The game would range around an 8 for overall playability for me, but given that the missing character issue ruined 40+ hours of game time (I like to take my time and do all the available quests in each area. Plus I restarted the game a 2nd time to start over and did it again in a streamlined way before I discovered the character was missing and I just hadn't done something wrong (I try to play w/o guides and hints when I play). The issue was actually bad enough I couldn't complete the game (and kept reappearing despite repeated installs) so the score is halved.
Somehow never played this before despite being a Gothic fan. So fantastically bad :D A third of the big world from Gothic 3 (so still a sizeable world) copied in, but with like 80% unnamed NPCs, only a bunch of really really bad quests (Skyrim ones look like high art next to this), the worst dialogue writing I've ever heard in any game, horribly imbalanced combat, and not much goodness at all :D But I kinda enjoyed the overall atmosphere (which is just Gothic 3 copycat), because I spent quite a lot of time playing that game as a kid. Still, 100% forgettable and a total waste of time until you're a moron completionist like me.
SummaryAfter having banend the influence of the gods in Myrtana, the nameless hero and Xardas have left this world in order to prevail the balance of power. In their exile located somewhere between space and time, they watch the actions of the mortal beings. As they discover a growing of the differences between orcs and humans again, they start...