Nothing like before. TOTAL LET DOWN!
Heiziux wrote this review on .
I played the first Gothic over 5 times and the Gothic 2 over 2 times. I absolutely loved the storyline, all the twists and turns and overall how the game was designed.
Gothic 3 improves the graphics, game play and few other aspects of the game itself. BUT it goes very far from the roots of Gothic and Gothic 2 and that was what ruined the game. And another factor that ruined the game is a buggy engine that took TOO LONG to fix.
I had to wait over half a year after buying the game to play it normally without ridiculous bugs that made me start over.
What Gothic 3 lacks that made other Gothic games so much fun:
1st Camps - Gothic 3 eliminated joining a camp quest chain and made it so you can choose who you want to do quests for without choosing a side. Part of the fun in Gothic 1 and 2 was that you chose a side and then did the quests that lead mainly to the same goal through different paths. Camps in previous games had special abilities such as magic or weapons. In Gothic 3 camps are basically replaced by factions. Humans / Nords / Orcs / Hashishin. You can learn whatever you want from whoever you want without restrictions.
2nd and probably the most disappointing is that Gothic 1 and 2 were based on small maps that had plenty to explore and never got boring. After playing Gothic 4 times i still managed to discover something new and it was an old game. Gothic 3 expanded the map but the expansion of the map was totally useless. Exploring Gothic 3 is boring and takes lots of time and in the end you will not find anything interesting.
There are many aspects in this game that went wrong and hopefully they will fix it in the Gothic 4 but until then this game isn't worth much.
As a fan of the series i will still play this though.