There is nothing better to do on boring summer weekends with bad weather than playing computer games, IMO. About 1 1/2 year ago, I decided to buy and play Oblivion instead of Gothic 3
, because I feared the numerous reported bugs in Gothic 3 to ruin my fun, but some weeks ago I stumpled upon a 'Gothic 3 Game of the Year Edition
' box and - hoping it would include the patches as well, I bought it. Recently, I finished the game [see next shot ;)], so here is a short review:
In short, you play Gothic 3 like this: As used in RPGs, you go from quest to quest, and discover more and more of the game world. In Gothic 3, every time you get to a new village, city or valley, this is accompanied by thoughts like 'Holy SHIT!? How big IS this world!?". There are dozens of villages and cities which are extraordinary detailed, with countless NPCs (all with voices) and quests. All cities appear unique and convincing, and you are quite overwhelmed by the amount of possiblities what to do next. This must have been a total nightmare for the testing/quality assurance team.
Gothic 3 is comparable to Oblivion, but although Oblivion is a very good rpg, the world in Gothic doesn't feel that procedural and more organic when compared to the world in Oblivion. Also, it is fun to actually listen to the dialogs instead of skipping through them because the texters had an amusing style (e.g. An Ork named 'Urkrass' or countless appropriate sayings like 'Willst du mich verarschen oder was?!').
Gothic 3 has shortcomings, but I really can recommend that game. Yep, that's it, as most of my reviews: No spoilers, no details, extremely short :)