Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods returns gamers to this popular
universe and answers quite a few questions from the previous games
and of course adds a variety of new questions to the mix.
For those unaware of the Gothic franchise, it's basically an
third-person RPG title that allows gamers to explore vast uncharted
environments as they challenge a variety of foes in an attempt to
cleanse the lands and of course, make your characters more powerful.
It's classic Dungeons & Dragons!
Huge lively environment which reacts to the player's actions,
creating a very intense and realistic atmosphere
Improved graphics quality thanks to updated engine technology
Enhanced user interface
15-20 intense hours of gameplay
Improved combat system with new combat rules
Plenty of new weapons, armors, monsters and quests
The story itself revolves around a "nameless" warrior who has built
a reputation from the war between Humans and Orcs. Your job is to
reunite the lands of Myrtana and of course bring peace, however you
must first start from the bottom of the pack before you can
challenge the three warlords.
Although Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods may sound like the RPG paradise, Forsaken Gods
is unfortunately riddled with bugs, unless you download the
gamut of patches from the official website. Thankfully JoWooD have
addressed these bugs which has also caused the release of Gothic 4
to be postponed and the development company have also publically
apologized on their forums for the "buggy" release.
With that said,
once the patches have been installed, the game is considerably more
playable than without the patches which will make this game almost
on par with Gothic 3.
Although the story of the Forsaken is your
classic clichéd RPG tale that actually suits the genre (I'm a sucker
for RPG tales) as you engage in a variety of different quests and
adventures as you interact with NPC's, defeat enemies and of course
find a wide range of items for your kitty.
Unfortunately for series, the title has unfortunately dated since we last saw the
series and at times, the control system feels a little archaic and
limiting to what we now consider the norm of RPG titles. This does
become an issue when you are facing more than one foes as it becomes
quite a click-fest of buttons as you attempt to fight or run.
The characterization of the Gothic series has always been
impressive as you can virtually create your own unique and
individual RPG character
that when matched with the different skills and classes in the game,
does create some ownership in the character and assists in immersing
you into this title.
Of course experience points is a vital aspect of the game and your
character must "level" in order to become more power. By learning at
shrines, you can upgrade your characters abilities and skills and
needless to say, the choices are almost unlimited.
Although the quests are engaging, if you do not download the
patches, you may be stuck in quests and provided you have saved at a
non critical point, you may need to go back and re-attempt the
quest. The biggest problem is that once you begin a quest, you need
to stay on this journey. Once you get past the "bugs" in the title,
Forsaken Gods could have been something special, unfortunately it
seems a little rushed out the door.
Graphically, the title is a little dated and at times the slowdown
can become horrendous. Thankfully these only happen in highly
populated areas. Where the game does shine is through it's Lord of
the Rings inspired soundtrack and average to good voice acting that
suits the cheesy storyline.
the end of the day, Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods is a shame because the
series has been so strong. At times it feels like a BETA Game which
most of the patches will fix, however this is definitely one for the
fans of the series, provided the bugs don't get them first.