If you like the series, your heart will be broken.

User Rating: 7 | Arcania: Gothic 4 PC
I was looking forward to this release. Why? Because despite the mind boggling array of technical flaws and what was quite probably the worst combat system in the history of gaming, Gothic 3 had incredible potential. All else aside, the world was huge, the story was deep and engaging, and the atmosphere was palpable. So after playing Risen (Gothic Lite) and experiencing the same kind of gameplay with a functional engine and sensible combat my hopes were up for Arcania.
Then my hopes were dashed.
Instead of the huge land of Myrtana, you get to play on a tiny little island. Instead of the open world and gameplay, you get a series of self contained areas with generic quests and predictable progression hurdles to travel to the next region.

Of course, if you don't like sandboxy games, or happen to be intimidated by the huge worlds of games like Gothic 3 or Oblivion, then this is a good option for you. It is by no means a bad game - the combat is fun, the plot is decent enough and the graphics are excellent. However if you are expecting something like, well... the rest of the series, then just do what I did. Cry.