|a game by||Aspyr Media|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 2 votes|
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Gothic 3 starts out well enough but where it ends up probably isn't going to thrill too many. The story begins as you come back to your homeland only to discover it's been overrun by orc armies. Those not killed in the initial attack have been enslaved but there are those who still put up a strong resistance. Gothic 3 allows you to decide which side to take and the choices you make effect the outcome of the game. So you set out to either side with the orcs or support the resistance, which isn't a bad start. Unfortunately it heads down hill from there.
The first thing that Gothic 3 has going against it is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Not only did it take action RPGs to a new level, but it looked great while doing it. It also raised expectations of action RPGs and Gothic 3 just doesn't keep up.
Although the role playing elements work well and the story has plenty of potential, the action part of it is terrible. It's bad enough to significantly reduce the desire to play all together. My primary compliant is attacking an enemy. Not only is it difficult to tell if you made contact, but the motion lacks any feel that you hit something solid. Other issues like repetitive side missions and the game crashing on occasion make it challenging to appreciate the world created and really dig in and explore it.
My computer also seemed to struggle with producing the graphics and forced me to back off on the graphical detail to even run the game. Now my computer isn't cutting edge and I haven't had difficulties on other games. The background score worked however and had a Lord of the Rings feel to it but other effects were often less then interesting.
Gothic 3 is loaded with potential but missed on executing it. The setup is great, the role playing elements work well, but it's hampered by less then rewarding gameplay features and bouts of mindless side missions.