Gothic 3 good to go

Aspyr Media sets November 13 ship date for open-ended PC role-playing game from Piranha Bytes.

Bethesda Softworks breathed some life into the single-player PC role-playing game earlier this year with the hit The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Now Aspyr Media is hoping for that particular brand of game to experience a full recovery as it publishes Piranha Games' Gothic 3 next month.

Aspyr today announced that Gothic would be shipping to North American retailers November 13, "ensuring that it lands on store shelves by November 20." Gothic 3 picks up the series saga, putting players in control of a nameless hero once more. This time, the hero's land is overrun with Orcs and it's up to the player to decide whether to throw in with the orcish hordes, rise up against them, or find some other resolution.

The game is rated T for Teen and will retail for $39.99. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest hands-on impressions.

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caesog
caesog

unionlord- yeah lol, i played gothic 2 without even knowing anything about its predecessors, and while playing i was wondering how i have got such an extent of reputation with xardas and the other guys. Besides that, gothic 2 was darn good and i am soon to try gothic 3

dylan2980
dylan2980

I don't know what your all complaining about. There's not that many bugs it runs fine on my comp. Sure its crashed once or twice but I don't even have the patch yet The game play is great although its combat is pretty hard As soon as you get on defense your basically. Dead but they said they are going to fix that in the patch. So i think its a great game But the graphics suck still all in all its a great game I'm going to get the patch peace out all.

UnionLords
UnionLords

@ For those who haven't played Gothic series, before Gothic3 - & - who asks about the predecessors of the serie... Okay. First of all, I really liked Gothic 2 very much. Gothic 1 was also good. I have to say that, Gothic series (1 & 2 & 2: Night of The Raven) have been always a story-based games. (mainly) That was, the core of the Gothic series (especially 2nd game). --- So, I suggest those who haven't played the Gothic serie before, playing this 3rd one, Gothic 3, AFTER playing the PREDECESSORS. Especially, I strongly suggest playing -----> Gothic 2 or -----> Gothic 2: Night of The Raven, if you can get. In this case, you will understand the events and situations deeply, about what happened, before the arrival of mainland, on Khorinis Island (and few other places...) which first two parts of the serie took place. So, it will make more sense everything, about what is going on around "the hero". When I play Gothic3, I will comment, about the gameplay and the "rumors of bugs" :) . ((However, I have already read lots of things about Gothic3.))

_Sam_
_Sam_

the game is almost out, and I know very little about it, so I'm not getting it yet

vfibsux
vfibsux

I just beat Dark Messiah which was an awesome game. After playing through that I fired up Gothic 3 and so far am bored to death. Framerate sucks for graphics that look outdated to me. The long distance backdrop is pathetic. It reminds me of a game from the late 90's. I played Gothic 2 and loved it, but so far this game blows. I played DM at max level with 1600x1200 rez and it ran smooth as silk, this game pauses and jerks, lighting is screwed up too. And it doesnt look near as good as DM, and I have it patched. I have a 3700+ cpu, 2 7900GT SLI, and 2gb of ram.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

It's surprising how many bugs games have today. Bugs (and not only) have ruined one of the most anticipated PC games: Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. And now this one...

felenor
felenor

Once you have played rpgs of such quality as Oblivion or KoTOR, you simply cannot sit through a game of lesser quality. And it is not about gliches or bugs because KoTOR 2 for the xbox had its' share of bugs but I still love it. It is simply about evolution of gameplay, storyline, and innovative ideas meshed into a video game. I played Gothic 2 and it just wasn't anything special to me. I liked being able to join one of those guilds but there wasn't anything to it other than just joining and learning the craft. And from what gameplay vids i've seen of gothic 3, it looks like a very UNinteractive world. I'm saving my plat for neverwinter nights 2

boozak
boozak

Lilac, ur DDR ram doesnt mean ur unable 2 have shadows, ur Ram might cause u 2 lower the settings to a certain extent, but do u honestly think that is all ur pc is capable of its depressing. The game just hasnt been tested enough and isnt compatible with alot of GPUs ( which is why mine is strugling so bad) and IMO ur earlier screens kinda reminded me of Zelda the Ocarina of Time.. & that isnt a good thing ( @ least that had "blob" shadows ) I Bought Gothic 3 because i thought it shared some resembelence 2 TES, KOTOR & maby Fable & Those games are all great in their own respect. ive been growing tired of oblivion & thought this would be a good interval until Mass Effect or Fable 2 (im aware niether are AS open ended) but this game has caused so much frustrations 2 me & how many other people who were victimized by it, that after days of trying to reslove it i returned to TES & realised how much better it looks, plays & feels i instantly better about my PC anywayz.. has the recent patch made the game playable? because i still have faith for the chuck-like main char of the franshise.

kohnoplayer
kohnoplayer

Update to my last comment. Yes it still is difficult but I was total CRAP with animals. I have improved and raised my level, I am now able to deal with those filthy beasts better. But boars still hit like trucks and bow and arrows just make them VERY UPSET. On a general note this game is good. You're thrown in a world with little or no clues and the quests themselves are sometime very cryptic but it's the game that's most similar to a RL adventure I've ever tried. The best weapon you have is your F5 key: quicksave, quicksave and again quicksave before attempting everything.

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

I'm running it 1280 x 1024, my moniters native resolution. As for pixel shader, I could run it at 3.0 but then I would have to lower some of the other settings, due to the 128mb GPU ram. I messed around for a bit and decided that it looks good the way I have it. Bottom line: Who cares about the clipping between the sword and the torso. Personally I think that Divine Divinity is one of the best RPG's out there, and that's 2D. Gothic 3 has good and that's why I like it.

boozak
boozak

Shader Quality 1.4 ur GPU can support 3.0 & the vegitation is on low a feature that comprise's half of the enviroment. It even looks as though ur running it @ 800x600.. & Even though ur screen trys to highlights the features that are on half-decent setting u can notice clipping between ur sword & torso the intire game is filled with that crap u shouldnt have 2 put up with it, I choose 2 rather accept the fact ive wasted my money than to play a average game filled with issues that ruin it, im amazed u dont. :S

boozak
boozak

The people who are comenting on the glitches are not overeacting, the game is honestly the most un-tested-un-stable games i have ever played u cant jus ignore; clipping, HUGE framerate issues, crashing ect. ect (the game still runs after u close it @ least 4 me) System: Geforce 7950XT 2 Gig Ram AMD64 4000+ And yet i get 15 - 20fps on Medium/Low & Yes i have the lastest patch, i have defragged virus checked ect. the game isnt worth the hastle to be honest even if it was really awsome which in my opion it really isnt (dont flame me jus my opion)

s0l0123
s0l0123

There needs to be a revival of the Action-RPG genre as there hasn't been any for a LONG time.

matttrd
matttrd

Ok let's get this straight I am a Gothic fan loved the first two games especially number 2, but Gothic 3 is awfull, full of bugs and glitches I have a high end PC with all the latest drivers and have patched the game yet still find the game unplayable. This game needed a lot more testing and optimisation before release. So for those of you waiting for NWN 2 I say good for you.

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

I have this game. I don't know where all the hate comes from, it's a really great WRPG.

jwb0711
jwb0711

Hmmm.... Bugs or no bugs, i think ima put my money on NWN2. We'll have to see.

runstalker
runstalker

Btw: this territory gets the updated gold of Gothic 3. I.e., the patched version. So it should be a lot more pleasant experience out of the box than the euro folks got. Consider this when reading any current European-originated Gothic 3 reviews.

theskank
theskank

This game is awesome all you haters can go to hell you don't know what a good RPG is. Go back to your final fantasy water downed poopoo rpgs.

-Sonicer-
-Sonicer-

At first Gothic II was released in Germany and it was german language version, of course. Then later was released english version. And there was a very long time to optimise the game. I have not played the original DE version, so it is not sure. But now Gothic III is available worldwide and not only in german version. I am sure that the patches will help. I hope in US is going to buy by far the better version of the game. The concept of the game is great but Gothic II EN was released as complete game. And the original version of the game is very relevant...

hdhdhdhasajkalk
hdhdhdhasajkalk

just wrote a review for this - my first ;) the fact people are commenting its bad because of its price tag and mistake bugs for stuff put in on purpouse makes me sigh. its had RUBBISH ADVERTISING. hence why nobody has heard of it. Its up there with TES and Baldurs Gate in terms of great RPG's. It's absolutely huge in Germany. Unfortunately in Britain and the US it has a small fanbase - its a cult classic its by no means for everyone, but if you consider yourself a decent rpg fan its well worth checking out.

Brutalus7
Brutalus7

Slash_out - good games never drop prices. Halo PC is still $20, and Half-Life platinum was $20 until Half-Life 2 came out. That was over 5 years. It's unheard of that a game is still available 5 years after it initial release, and HL was still out for $20. Good games will stay in retailers longer so they have a chance to drop in price, but that doesn't mean they cost less.

Slash_out
Slash_out

kaziechameleon this game sounds very bad, no wonder it's retialing for forty bucks. i think i'll skip. --------- That's nonsense. Look at Max Payne 1 and 2, or Halo's game. Price have nothing to do with the value of the game. Most of the time you'll find really crappy game sold for 59 dol.. .why? Because they know it won't sell, so they are trying to make some buck that way. Good game drop their prices often, and some time they even comes out cheap.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

this game sounds very bad, no wonder it's retialing for forty bucks. i think i'll skip.

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

[quote]Difficulty is not scaled and that's a pity.[/quote] No, that's a good thing! Animals are not hard, you just need to learn how to hunt them. Boars will charge you so use a Bow & Arrow. Bloodflies are quick, so don't use the standard attack. Use the less powerful quick jabs and they'll fall easily. Then learn how to extract the skins and teeth, and sell them at the human camps.

gargar
gargar

do what i do. wait. the bugs will be clear and the battle system and AI will improve and the next patch or two. no need to rush.

kohnoplayer
kohnoplayer

This game is not buggy, as long as you have an updated machine, it's DIFFICULT. I'm still at the beginning and animals are far stronger and deadlier than orcs!!! Difficulty is not scaled and that's a pity. Or I am a total crap at this game lol.

Exodist
Exodist

Sounds like the bugs make it VERY bad...

notTheOracle
notTheOracle

There are A LOT of bugs in the European versions of Gothic 3. For those of you interested in playing it, I would recommend you wait another 1-2 month until they have fixed most of the balancing issues and bugs.

Metaretron
Metaretron

@RobertBowen: Your 2core problem is fixed for a looong time. ;) The thing with getting hit till death, I play now 50h and it appeared...5times? When you know HOW to fight, you shouldn''t have that problem. :) ANd as I said, I had no crashes so far...

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Well, I've got Gothic 3 and used the patch that came out...and I'm still disappointed with the game so far. Although I haven't got very far yet, I have to agree with PMB960 regarding the combat. Just had an encounter with a Bloodfly - managed to hit it once and then sting, sting, sting, sting die. I couldn't even block once because it was like rapid-fire stinging. If that is someone's idea of fun, then they're a sadist. The game is unplayable unless I set it to use only 1 core of my dual-core AMD cpu, otherwise all kinds of screwy stuff starts happening (flashing between day/night and your character running at 100 mph). It's sluggish, there's no ambient sound during the night-time, the random 'conversations' between NPCs are all the same nonsensical rubbish - at least in Oblivion by listening in you could gain some insights, but in Gothic 3 they might just as well be saying 'rhubarb rhubarb'. I really wanted to like this game, but I'm afraid I'm less than impressed so far.

Subterfuge
Subterfuge

Hmm...I may check this out. I'm betting NWN2 would be a better game though.

PMB960
PMB960

I have already played this and it is buggy. I actually had all the oceans disappear and I was stuck in a large pit with no way out. Also if you get hit by an enemy first you will get hit infinitely until you die with no way to stop it even if you are an ultra high level. If you are backed against a cliff you will never be able to move and will have to reload your last save. I have also gotten stuck inside a tree with no way of getting out. This game is also very RAM dependent and from what I saw runs worse than Oblivion. If they can fix the glitches before release or atleast very soon afterwords this would be a good game to get. But until they do so I wouldn't bother since it ruins the experience.

u2mrhankey
u2mrhankey

This is definitely a game I'll wait for reviews on. I've never played a Gothic game and I hear it's even buggier than Morrowind was. At least it's $39.99, though.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Forget my last post, I finally got off my butt and checked out the link in the above story for a good, comprehensive look at Gothic 3. I guess I have to learn to think before typing.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'd like to see some more coverage on this game. If it is being compared favorably to Oblivion this game should be getting a feature story, instead of the 10th or 11th Gears of War rehashed piece with 2 new pictures.

cherrybomb257
cherrybomb257

By "good to go" they mean "ready to release on an unsuspecting public and rake in tons of dough before they find out this is a bug riddled piece of poop." Mad about beta-testing Railroads!? Then hold off on this game for a while.

teru-zefah
teru-zefah

I've been playing the UK version and unless they somehow fixed the millions of bugs only for the U.S.A. release then this game is definitely not "good to go".

matttrd
matttrd

Well hope your version is better than ours here in the UK.

profbooger
profbooger

it says in the hands on you don't

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Out of curiosity, does anyone know if you have to have played the first 2 to make sense of this one or is it more like Elder Scrolls where it's the same world bu previous knowledge isn't a necessity to enjoy it ?

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

Good to go?! What an contradiction in phrasing considering I've played the UK release and it isn't "good". :roll:

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Gothic 3 is a game I am going to have to pick up. It looks like it will be even better then the Elder Scrolls IV and if it is that will be awesome.

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

i never heard this game untill now, wow looks like i need to look back on game history lol