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  • Summary: War has decimated the land, Orc Hordes are invading human territory and the king of the land needs a lot of ore to forge enough weapons for his army to stand against this threat. Prisoners from all over the empire are imprisoned in a large magical sphere where they have to work in the minesWar has decimated the land, Orc Hordes are invading human territory and the king of the land needs a lot of ore to forge enough weapons for his army to stand against this threat. Prisoners from all over the empire are imprisoned in a large magical sphere where they have to work in the mines for the king. You are thrown into the sphere to give a letter to the high mages, this letter may be the turning point on the war against the Orcs. [Xicat Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. With a novel, large and intricate set of societies, coupled with excellent graphics and sound, Gothic becomes one of the most immersive and believable single-play adventure/RPGs ever.
  2. 90
    One of the best role-playing games of 2001. With just a few tweaks, Piranha Bytes could have given us one of the best role-playing games of all time.
  3. The 3D engine looks unbelievably good! The surroundings are impeccable, and bear a surreal and depressive atmosphere. All the objects and buildings look just as great.
  4. 83
    The environment, the quests, and the huge world you're in overcomes some of the technical issues with the game.
  5. Elaborate story, dialogue, and characterization draw you into one of the most believable role-playing game worlds ever created.
  6. There are some deficiencies in this game – most notably, how to equip a weapon without jumping through all the hoops the game has to offer.
  7. Computer Gaming World
    70
    If you can get past the absurd control hurdle and the fact that the beginning is the best part of the game..., Gothic is a satisfying RPG to fiddle with. [Apr 2002, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 174
  1. Oct 6, 2017
    10
    One of the best rpg games of my childhood. The game immediately tightened me with its indescribable atmosphere of the world of collonia, whereOne of the best rpg games of my childhood. The game immediately tightened me with its indescribable atmosphere of the world of collonia, where you first of all are fighting for your survival and freedom. It's a game with great music, and an exciting story, in one word 10/10. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    How the hell does this game have such a low score. I'm a big fan of open-world RPG games, and this game is the definition of what I find goodHow the hell does this game have such a low score. I'm a big fan of open-world RPG games, and this game is the definition of what I find good in a game. Admittedly, it does take an hour or two before you really sink into the world and the story, but once you reach that point, and you've gotten used to the combat system, the game doesn't let you go. The world is one of the most well-designed worlds from almost any game I've ever played. Play it! Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2019
    10
    The Gothic series, as I informally dub the 'Elder Scrolls of Europe', paved the way for many modern RPG classics, including Dark Souls, TheThe Gothic series, as I informally dub the 'Elder Scrolls of Europe', paved the way for many modern RPG classics, including Dark Souls, The Witcher, and darn near every modern European RPG as it stands today. It's rare that you come across a game like this. Sure, the controls are weird, it's a bit dated graphically by today's standards, and it takes a little bit of work to get running in a stable manner on a modern PC. However, trust me, it's worth diving into.
    It's an open world RPG, and not only was it one of the first of its kind in many regards, the game was executed in such a brilliant manner that it absolutely holds up even today, despite its age. The full voice acting is teeming with charm and character. The dialogue is a wonderful and almost paradoxical combination of serious and human, and tongue-in-cheek and not-taking-itself-too-seriously. The NPC day/night and life cycles are more detailed than even many modern RPGs. Every action seems to have far-reaching consequences. The game doesn't hold your hand, doesn't give you a unicorn to ride on and a pretty waifu to e-date, the NPCs don't treat you with unanimous kindness. The whole atmosphere is very "f*** you", very unforgiving, and as an extension, very believable. The plot is twisty and surprising. The interface is very minimal, and puts nearly all emphasis on continuing immersion (think SOMA's interface, which does the same thing).
    I grew up on the Gothic series, and I've probably played through it 20 times since then, and really does hold its replay value even after that many playthroughs. It's an absolute masterwork in immersive, atmospheric storytelling, and if you're a fan of the RPG genre, please do yourself a big favor and give it a go.
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  4. Dec 8, 2020
    10
    Yes, the mechanic sucks.
    I love it for the atmosphere made by the world created and music.
    I'm really sorry for the players that will play
    Yes, the mechanic sucks.
    I love it for the atmosphere made by the world created and music.

    I'm really sorry for the players that will play it for the first time, it will be tough to get used to mechanics and combats. Hopefully, after 2-3 hours, they're going to sink in the dark and helpless atmosphere.
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  5. DanaP.
    Jan 28, 2002
    10
    Great Game.
  6. Apr 14, 2022
    9
    The graphics have not aged well, but the rest has held up really well. Gothic does a really good job at being immersive and fun to explore.
  7. Dec 25, 2020
    0
    Im big fan of RPGs and this is the holy grail of them (Gothic I + Gothic II). Great story, great world, great combat system (melee as well asIm big fan of RPGs and this is the holy grail of them (Gothic I + Gothic II). Great story, great world, great combat system (melee as well as ranged and magic too), great mysterious and adventurous atmosphere, great leveling/improving system, great thing is limited number of weapons (like about 30 of every kind, not thousands like in Skyrim, which you cant remember). Expand

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