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Gothic Review

By BwwDtt | 25 January 2021
Average: 10 (3 votes)

Gothic is one of the pioneers of the third-person action / RPG genre in dark fantasy setting.

  • Over 100 hours of gameplay
  • A wide variety of weapons and equipment
  • Advanced skill system
  • Realistic living open world
  • Fascinating storyline

Gothic Gameplay

Gothic is one of the pioneers of open-world third-person RPGs. The project is done in the fantasy style. Gothic was developed by Piranha Bytes and published by THQ Nordic. The release took place in 2001.

The events take place in the Kingdom of Myrtana, engulfed in a terrible war with the invading hordes of orcs. People began to need a lot of special ore, from which excellent weapons are made. For this reason, people began to be exiled to the mines for every, even the smallest, crime. The colonies were surrounded by a magical barrier so that the prisoners could not escape. Anyone could enter the territory of the colonies, but no one back. The barrier was utterly isolated from the outside world. Taking advantage of this feature, the miners revolted. Three factions ruled the settlement. The king was forced to begin negotiations with the prisoners to supply magic ore on any terms.
The player acts as one of those thrown into prison. He is destined to decide which side he will fight on, as well as find a way to leave the barrier.

The gameplay presents a classic RPG adventure in an open world. The player will complete quests, some of which will be non-linear, and improve the character.

The liveliness of the game world

The Gothic developers did an excellent job of creating a "lively" world. Events in it take place regardless of the presence of a character nearby. The NPC has a personal daily routine, according to which they are busy with a specific task. Sleeping, eating, working, fighting - for these and other activities, the player will be able to catch the game world's inhabitants. This gaming feature allows you to immerse yourself in the world of Gothic and feel the competent elaboration and detail of the fantasy environment.

Combat system

In Gothic, fighting against opponents is one of the most hardcore features of the game. Since the character does not have supernatural abilities, you need to think several times before attacking a group of certain opponents. It is also worth noting the strength and variability of enemies in the game universe. There are also bosses, and the battles with them is a separate challenge.

Gothic 1 Combat system
On the way, the player will face many enemies, ranging from ordinary people, and ending with dinosaurs, orcs and large trolls.

Characteristics and skills

The game implements an attribute system responsible for character parameters, such as health, mana, etc.

Gothic 1 Characteristics and skills
Improving attributes also allows the character to use better weapons and equipment.

The skill system is unlocked after progressing through the main storyline and allows the player to use magic for various purposes.

Storyline of Gothic

Gothic is one of the RPGs that the gaming community has fallen in love with primarily for its history and quests. In addition to the fascinating plot, the game has no less good NPCs. Each of the non-player characters is mainly notable for the elaboration of their background, behaviour and dialogue.

Graphics and design

Compared to modern games, Gothic will not be visually remarkable. However, at one time it was a breakthrough in terms of the level of detail in the game world and animation of faces and character movements.

Gothic 1 Graphics
For that time, it is worth noting a good study and detail of the locations.

Gothic System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 256 MB Ram or higher
  • Graphics Card: 3D graphics card with 32 MB Ram
  • CPU: Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
  • File Size: 4 GB
  • OS: Windows XP/2000/ME/98/Vista