• Publisher: Aspyr
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2006
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  • Summary: You have saved the island Khorinis from the forces of evil in "Gothic I" and "Gothic II." Now it is time to travel to the realms of the mainland. Invading Orcs have enslaved the human kingdom. There are but a few free humans in the icy north and the southern desert and a handful of rebelsYou have saved the island Khorinis from the forces of evil in "Gothic I" and "Gothic II." Now it is time to travel to the realms of the mainland. Invading Orcs have enslaved the human kingdom. There are but a few free humans in the icy north and the southern desert and a handful of rebels hiding in the forests and mountains of Midland. You may either join the rebellion or serve the Orcish Usurpers but you will ultimately tip the scales and decide the outcome of the last war to save humanity. There is no simple linear story in Gothic III – every game will be different and unique – but all will ultimately lead to you deciding the fate of Myrtana. [JoWood Productions] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. The game manages to blend just the right amounts of combat, NPC interaction, character development, exploration, and epic save-the-world storytelling into the sort of potion that your typical beardie will gulp down with wild-eyed abandon. [Dec 2006, p.94]
  2. At times gorgeous, at other times frustrating, it's worth persevering with just to bask in its snug atmosphere.
  3. It was meant to be the ultimate installment that would bring the franchise closer to the US gamers, but given all the technical errors I'm not sure that's possible.
  4. Gameplay-wise, there’re a lot of things that might turn off some players, but there’s a lot to go through, and a huge amount to explore.
  5. Ultimately, Gothic 3 is like getting into a cold bath on a hot day - it's refreshing, but somehow painful, and no matter how much you love it, you have to admit that it isn't much fun to do.
  6. 60
    It’s a glorious mess of an RPG with incredible potential, but released much too soon, and therefore bound for the bargain bins.
  7. Rating this game has never been easier. Stay the hell away from Gothic III. The amount of glitches in this game instantly ruins whatever experience it aimed to achieve. There are not enough patches in PC gaming history to sort this one out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 113
  2. Negative: 19 out of 113
  1. KingRhobar
    Nov 29, 2006
    10
    I know the true potential of this game and even though it was launched prematurely I am sure that all the bugs will be removed with the patches.
  2. Oct 28, 2017
    10
    Игру невозможно не рекомендовать! Даже несмотря на баги, недоработки и плохую оптимизацию!
    Дремучие леса Миртаны, бескрайние дюны Варанта и
    Игру невозможно не рекомендовать! Даже несмотря на баги, недоработки и плохую оптимизацию!
    Дремучие леса Миртаны, бескрайние дюны Варанта и морозные горы Нордмара!
    Повстанцы, ведущие жизнь дикарей, сохранившие однако верность королю!
    Орки, уважающие только силу и честь! Продажные наёмники, слух которых ласкает только звон золота.
    Суровые жители севера, мудрые странники и самолюбивые ассассины - жители пустыни.
    Великие охотники и кузнецы, войны и алхимики! Свобода выбора и одновременно сложность выбора! Целая философия. Места, столь отдалённые и столь заброшенные! Мир так и завораживает! Что кажется разработчик творил! Творил для себя!
    Не задумываясь!
    Вот так и рождаются шедевры!

    Готика подарила мне лучшие часы...
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  3. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    The largely negative reviews that this game received upon its release, were largely justifiable at the time due to the bug ridden train wreckThe largely negative reviews that this game received upon its release, were largely justifiable at the time due to the bug ridden train wreck of an unfinished game which Jowood decided to release. First thing to make clear, is the game which I am awarding a 9/10 for, is not the game as it was released back in 2006, but the game as it is now thanks to the Community Patch 1.75 and the Community Mod Pack 2.4. Gothic 3, running smooth as silk on a decent 2012 gaming PC, more or less bug free, with overhauled combat mechanics, is nothing less than a stunning work of electronic art. This blows every other single player RPG right out of the water bar none. Although the graphics may not be as advanced as the graphics in more recent titles such as Skyrim, the world of Gothic 3 is somehow much more appealing to the eye than that of Skyrim, with the Gothic 3 world having a much more handcrafted quality to it, with huge attention having been paid to the tiniest of details. Whilst the world of Gothic 3 may not be quite on the same scale as the world of Skyrim, it is nontheless massive and distinguishes itself head and shoulders above the world of Skyrim due to the fact that the Gothic 3 world is immensely interesting to explore as opposed to mainly serving as a Bethesda style space/time barrier between the cordoned off towns and dungeons. Whilst the Gothic 3 towns/camps are indeed the main components of where the story unfolds, they blend seamlessly into the rest of the stunning, dark, but majestic world of Gothic 3, in which dozens of hours can be spent immersed in sheer exploration. In addition to the beautiful and captivating landscape, what Gothic 3 masters more so than any other game is providing for an interaction with the flora, fauna, and minerals of the world, in a way that the player is always on the look our for certain combinations of potentially character enhancing resources and facilities. The combination of loot driven kleptomania and danger lurking around every corner and in every nook n cranny of a masterfully crafted world, makes 'exploration' an absolute delight in this game. Indeed, due to the clever placing of some highly valuable objects in various secret and also not-so-secret, the course of the game and the decisions that are made can be hugely influenced by the fruits of exploration. One of the proclaimed weaknesses of Gothic 3 when compared with its predecessors (G1 + G2), was the simplistic nature of the quests, or in otherwords, the sheer volume of 'go there, kill them, get that' quests in the game. Whilst this may ring true when analysing the game close up, if one takes a more macroscopic view of the quests then what emerges is an epic power struggle in which the gamer must ultimately weigh up the pros and cons of some crucial decisions. Whether these decisions reflect the desires that the gamer has for particular individuals or factions in the game or the need for expediency and sacrfice of otherwise favoured characters and units in the Gothic 3 world, as the game progresses the gamer will increasingly find that no decision is to be taken lightly and will have the constant urge to postpone certain things, in the hope of alternative solutions opening up (which they often do). The whole shebang culminates in the Nameless Hero rising to the position of a demi-god, in which his will (and thus the will of the gamer) decides the fate of the entire continent upon which Gothic 3 is based. There are three possible 'Grand Finales' open to the Nameless hero depending on his actions througout the course of what is probably the most open ended RPG game ever made. With that said, the 'openess' of the Gothic 3 world also contributes to one of its potential flaws whereby if the game fails to understand the mechanics of the 'in-game poltics', then he can make the game practically incompleteable at a very early stage. This was particularly true in the unpatched version of the game where it was possible to start 'liberating' towns or 'crushing' rebel camps from the very outset of the game. However, with the CP 1.75, the stun-lock click fest combat (which made simultaneously wiping out dozens of human/ork foes possible in the unpatched version) has been completely fixed. Thus it is no longer possible for the gamer to successfully embark on such uninformed rash decisions at such an early stage of the game.

    With almost 6 years having passed since I purchased Gothic 3, I have just completed the game for the first time ever and have got to say it ranks amongst my most pleasureable gaming experiences ever.
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  4. SiegfriedThees
    Oct 28, 2006
    9
    Pity about the bugs - thankfully the game runs nearly flawless on my system, I didn't experience half the bugs I heard about. A pity Pity about the bugs - thankfully the game runs nearly flawless on my system, I didn't experience half the bugs I heard about. A pity many gamers these days are whiners who can't spend time on learning how to play a game and find every challange too difficult. Thanks for getting the devs to nerf boars, you pitiful weaklings! Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2020
    7
    While the game is buggy and not very well thought out and the story was taken through some weird moments, it has a certain likeability that IWhile the game is buggy and not very well thought out and the story was taken through some weird moments, it has a certain likeability that I cannot shake off. Sure, it looks dated even more than its sequel and sometimes doesn't respect its predecessor's plot, it is an awesome culmination of the Hero's story. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2016
    6
    This game had the potential to be good, but publishers forced this game to be released before it was finished to compete with games likeThis game had the potential to be good, but publishers forced this game to be released before it was finished to compete with games like Oblivion, and it shows. You expect bugs in big open world games, but no where near as frequently or game breaking for that matter, the voice acting just stops working at a certain point and you have to rely on the subtitles. I know all of this was fixed in a patch, but relying on the community to fix the game is unacceptable, the community's job is not to finish the game-it's to play the game. And yes most games have unofficial patches but most games are also playable before you install the patch. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2018
    0
    An absolute wreck of a game. A thesis in itself for the justification of piracy. I still rage to this very day the hard-earned money I wastedAn absolute wreck of a game. A thesis in itself for the justification of piracy. I still rage to this very day the hard-earned money I wasted on this. The absolute game-breaking issue? Combat. It happens every few minutes, and whoever lands the first hit wins. The character that gets hit undergoes an uninterruptable stagger, during which time if you are hit repeats. Get hit first, get hit constantly. A fully armoured tank can be wiped out by a rat if it gets hit first. This is injury added to the insult to the potential which the game offers. I saw the sprawling skill-tree begging to be explored, but never to be exploited. To hell with this game. Expand

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