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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 theGothic 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. Positive: 16 out of 20
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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. 80
    If you can ignore the acting or enjoy it for camp, the rest of Gothic II is an incredible experience.
  5. 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.
  6. Computer Gaming World
    80
    The world feels less generic and more immersive than even "Morrowind's." [Feb 2004, p.88]
  7. Play Magazine
    50
    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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  1. Negative: 1 out of 126
  1. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    Dieses Spiel habe ich mal so geliebt, sogar heute finde ich es immer noch der totale Hammer.
    Ja, selbst 2015 könnte ich dieses super
    Dieses Spiel habe ich mal so geliebt, sogar heute finde ich es immer noch der totale Hammer.
    Ja, selbst 2015 könnte ich dieses super atmospärische Spiel spielen.
    Eigentlich gefällt mir zu viel an diesem Spiel, also es ist fast perfekt.
    Der Soundtrack und die Vertonung dieses Spiels sind selbst heute noch der Hammer. Vorallem ist es echt lustig, wenn man die Synchronsprecher, die in Gothic 2 vorkommen wieder in andere neuerscheinte Games findet. (z.B in Risen 3 kommen wieder alte bekannte Synchronsprecher vor.)
    Ich könnte noch eine grosse Liste über das Spiel selber schreiben, aber es gibt ja noch Modifikationen, über denen ich dringend noch was sagen muss. Es gibt sicher verschiedene Leute, die Gründe haben das Spiel nicht zu spielen, dafür habe ich natürlich eine Lösung parat.

    Wem das Spiel halt so nicht gefällt, der kann noch das neuerscheinte ''Odysee'' Herunterladen. ''Odysee'' ist eine Total Conversation Mod, die mehr als 200 Spielstunden bietet. Ihr könnt im WoG forum mehr darüber lesen falls ihr insteressiert seid.
    Wem das Spiel wegen der Grafik nicht gefällt, der kann warten oder Eventuell bei einer Modder Gruppe mithelfen, die das Spiel in einem Direct X11 Spiel umwandeln.
    Wem das Spiel sehr gefällt und/oder wer es schon durch hat und trozdem noch mehr will, der sollte sich unbedingt die Modifikation ''Die Rückkehr'' installieren. Eine riesen grosse Mod, die ich hier nur schwer zusammenfassen kann. Wer jedoch nicht so eine grosse Modifikation wie die Rückkehr möchte, der sollte sich ''VarusBiker'' herunterladen.
    Wer das Spiel zwar durch hat, aber irgendwie eine andere Story und eine kleine total Conversation spielen möchte, der hat natürlich ein riesen auswahl.
    Natürlich hat Gothic 1, 2 und 3 eine sehr aktive Community auf der Seite WoG. Dort erscheinen regelmässig Mods und pro Tag kommen ca. 200 neue Beiträge oder sogar mehr.
    Viel spass mit dem Spiel, wer es noch spielt oder wer es noch spielen wird.
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  2. Oct 17, 2017
    10
    Probably the only game I've replayed at least a dozen times over the years. Masterfully put together as the best and first RPG game I everProbably the only game I've replayed at least a dozen times over the years. Masterfully put together as the best and first RPG game I ever played. If this were ever remastered my life would be complete. 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 writtenStrange 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. Sep 19, 2018
    10
    For those complaining about glitches and bugs, download unofficial patch called "Gothic 2 System pack" which removes a lot of the glitches andFor those complaining about glitches and bugs, download unofficial patch called "Gothic 2 System pack" which removes a lot of the glitches and makes Gothic 2 run on modern Windows without much technical problems.

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    I love Gothic 2 (and The Night of the Raven DLC). It's Piranha Bytes's masterpiece which many players don't truly understand.

    Yes, G2 is really tough at the beginning and even weaker monsters can easily kill you. But that's the point! You have to become stronger, learn the combat mechanics, use some tactic, be patient and then you will be able to kill that damn goblin who kicked your ass several hours ago.

    -- Combat --
    I had no problem with controls, it came all naturally to me. The combat is perfectly balanced. You can hit, block, dodge back and strafe (circle around enemy) and your enemies can usually do exactly the same. Big troll won't strafe too much because it is slow for him, instead he will punch you - and he will punch you hard. Small goblins will strafe to make it harder for you to hit them, humans will try to block your attacks etc. Combat in real world is about hitting the enemy and avoiding hits from the enemy. Combat in G2 is inspired by this reality so if enemies manage to corner you, you're probably f*cked. Lesson learned, load the game and try again.

    And even if you tried 30 times and the enemy still smashes you, then try to come back later. You didn't expect to kill a group of bandits while wearing light armor and armed only with a sword that you can't even handle properly, did you?

    -- World & exploration --
    World in G2 is not like in modern open world games. There are no warning signs that "you're approaching area with high-level enemies". The only warning you'll get is from other characters who mention something like "don't go to forest, you will die". And if you go into the forest unprepared, you will most likely die - but that's *your* responsibility.

    Again, world in G2 feels like a real place. People are mostly in town and farms, skeletons in tombs, wolves near forests etc. If citizen from town tells you to find the hideout of bandits, you have to think what would be a logical place for hideout (probably somewhere near the town) and then pay attention while going through area. Seek and ye shall find.

    World isn't big, but it's easy to get lost for a first time. Did you buy a map? No. Can someone near you point you to right direction. No. Well, it was *your* decision to go into the world unprepared. Lesson learned, load the game and try again.

    -- Character development --
    You can learn melee or ranged weapons, magic and some other things. But invest your points wisely. It's not wise to decide on level 20 that you switch from melee to magic. "Jack of all trades, master of none" is approach that will only make the game harder for you.

    While the game is easiest when focused on melee, it can be finished only with bows, only as a pure mage... It just requires some experience.

    You learn the skills and attributes from teachers. You have to find each teacher. This helps to immerse you in the game because you gain strength by talking to person, not by clicking some virtual button.

    -- Equipment --
    There's a lot of armors, weapons and magic. The money is scarce at the beginning. But that's the point! You have to think twice what you sell, keep or buy. Want more money? Do quests, learn to pick locks and loot chests, steal from houses etc. But don't break the law, because penalty costs something...

    Want to get better armor and equipment? Join a faction, advance in story, help somebody, loot some ancient tomb.

    -- Story, quests & dialogues --
    Not much to write about story - it is linear, generally uninteresting.

    Quests are usually entertaining and some of them offer several ways how to complete them. Will you rat on thieves guild or join them? Or perhaps join them, take their money and then rat on them. Did you give a fee to soldier when he politely asked? No. Well, don't be surprised if he refuses to help you in the future.

    Dialogues are natural and reasonable. Talk with people, it can give you valuable information. You may miss lot of quests (and money) if you're too lazy to listen to people.

    -- FINAL VERDICT --
    Gothic 2 is a game that you can't just 'play'. You need to 'understand' the game. You will be weak. You will die. You will get better. You will die again. But it will never be unfair. You start as a weak man and end as a saviour of the world.

    Gothic 2 is a fabulous old-school RPG that requires only one thing from you - to understand the game.
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  5. AlexG.
    Nov 12, 2003
    10
    A great RPG. Good grapics, cool NPC to talk to. A very good skill and Magic system and a good story. It has everything most of the newer RPGs A great RPG. Good grapics, cool NPC to talk to. A very good skill and Magic system and a good story. It has everything most of the newer RPGs did not. If you like a GOOD RPG..try this and toss the rest. Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2012
    10
    This is the best game ever, and is even better with Night of The Raven. I have played this game at least 10 times and loves every part of it.This is the best game ever, and is even better with Night of The Raven. I have played this game at least 10 times and loves every part of it. Its a perfect mix of amount of linearity and open world. Really good combat, story, dialogs, consequenses of choices, AI, the world is beautiful and lively and the music is fantastic. Choices are not black or white, but something in between or in the eyes of the beholder. No level-scaling, thank you for that! Exploring are interesting and rewarding and the game is extremely involving and engaging (you may forget your wife and your job when playing). That is the only negative thing to say about this game;-) 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 andLooks 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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