Arcania: Gothic 4
Finally After 4 Years Later
Played Gothic 1, 2 and currently 3. All I have to say is this game is going to be Epic hopefully, originally the Gothic series was played on computers and not consoles. Till now, I don't know how the developers are going to help new players understand the story. Because Gothic is underrated but its a very good game, I'd say better then the Oblivion series. When the game means RPG it means RPG. 1, 2 and 3 let you decide your destiny in many ways, almost everything you do in the game will affect the npcs and events and how they act towards you. The games did have bugs though. So I hope they work out the bugs in their upcoming Gothic. But then again I couldn't stop playing the series even though there were so many bugs. It's just too addicting. So to new players, I'd advise you to read the story behind each Gothic game. Because I do not know if the development team will help explain the story in this new game but they did so far in Gothic 2 and 3. So try it out and see for yourself. I will give the game a go because its just too addicting to pass up.
Elder Scrolls Lite - That's a Good Thing
Despite some rather lackluster graphics, and over simplistic plot and archetypal characters, I really did enjoy the demo. Enough even to seriously look forward to this little gem. Despite it's flaws I found the combat in the demo, to be fun and largely to the point. I also found the menu system to be surprisingly deep, yet easily accessible. In many ways, Gothic 4 is a lot like a lite version of Oblivion. I enjoyed Oblivion immensely, but with Fallout: New Vegas right around the corner, do not really want to get into a second RPG that is so deep on the back end. And since I have been jonesing for a little fantasy RPG action for a while, with no Elder Scrolls V in sight, I think this little gem will just about fill my hunger for a little while longer. Between Arcania: Gothic 4, Fallout: New Vegas and Fable III, I am going to be up to my ears in quality role-play games this holiday season.
Decent RPG game reminds me of Divinity 2
This game is similar to Divinity 2 simply because of the idea, it is a traditional RPG (spells, button mashing melee, dialogue options, etc.) but it plays like a Elder Scrolls/Fallout 3 game. This is worth looking at for fans of that genre. It plays like a third person action game with the basic fantasy role-playing elements. It appears to be focused on what looks like Celtic-like cultures or perhaps Scottish or Irish mythology and legend but it is very much a universe on it's own. I did have trouble figuring out exactly what I needed to do to complete an objective (I had the same problem with Divinity 2). Overall this is a good game for fans of Divinity and fans of Elder Scrolls. It's not to original and I'm not to familiar with previous Arcania Gothic games.
Below are games I would recommend that are similar to Arcania Gothic 4.
First of all I have been playing RPGS since the early Ultimas and Might and Magic Series. So I have the experience to judge a good Rpg. Arcania is one of those games that many players will get hooked on once they start playing it for a few hours. It is not one of those confusing Rpgs that after playing for a while you will wonder what the heck am I doing and where am I suppose to go next. You always know where to go and what you are suppose to do. In other words it is one heck of a fun game. I have 22 hours into it and not even half done. Tons of quest, Great graphics in most areas and battles are not extremely difficult. I have all the other Gothic games on pc but this game for me is by far the best. Sure is doesn't have the same graphics as Oblivion but I like this game alot more. This is more of a true rpg than Oblivion, which in my opinion would bave been alot better with traditional leveling up. So if you love Rpgs give Arcania a shot. It might be one of those few Rpgs that you will hate to see it end.
Good time to be a RPG gamer
This is one of the few games that have a demo out before the game has released. Graphics-wise its sub par with games like fallout new vegas coming out the same day (personally im buying both), but still far better than games like Risen or the first Two Worlds. The demo itself only gives a brief look into the kind of things you'll be doing, but it gets very fun after the very boring 30 minute intro. The only thing that i noticed was that the character progression screen is VERY small; only about 6 or 7 different things you can put your skill points into.
But like any other "some time long long ago" RPG you have 3 different offensive paths you can choose; ranged, melee, and spell casting. The melee combat is very fun and some enemies require you to combine your attacks, such as certain monsters needing to be shocked with lightning so they dont retreat into their shells. Overall i can clearly state that this game will not be for everyone, but if youre a die hard RPG gamer like me, you'll more than likely want to give this game a go, hopefully the graphics in the demo were scaled down for download but im not holding my breath. Expect this game to release under the radar with Fallout coming the same day.
Very good, looking forward to the release.
So I played the demo for this game yesterday. All together the game was REALLY good. There was one thing that really bugged me though. The size of the lettering. I literally had to squint to see what the words said. And I'm a fan of the Gothic series, I've played every game. None of the games had this problem so I'm in high hopes that JoWood and Spellbound can fix this problem before the game releases the 12th of this month. Other then that, the game is straight up amazing. Graphics aren't the best in the demo but they tell you that they may not be so good before you start the game. Some people are saying it's not worth the $60 it's being sold for. Me on the other hand, I say it's worth it. All the Gothic games have been very successful (in Germany). Most people haven't appreciated it as much here in the US. I'm here to tell you all to give the game a chance. Download the demo. If you don't like it, whatever. Not everyone likes the same thing. Give it a chance anyway.
A poor man's Oblivion = Excellent
True RPG fans will love this game for its simplicity. It's somewhat of a mix between Oblivion and Fable-whereas the gameplay is simple like Fable, but it has more detailed environments and quest options like Oblivion. The controls are exactly as they should be: A = action, X = sword swing, Y = blocking/evading attack, and RT = firing ranged weapons-unlike in Dragon Age where you hit "A" once and wait while your character does all the action. The big problem with the game is the rendering. There is a constant lag while running that takes some getting used to, but in my opinion, the gameplay is enjoyable enough to make up for less than perfect graphics.
Just one little problem...
I already played the demo for this game...it was pretty cool. Except for one thing. SUPER SMALL LETTERING! I couldn't read the controls! It was a mess! I couldn't do much because of that. And a map marker could help. It seems like you start a little after you being in the game so I guessed you're supposed to know where to find people but I couldn't! Other than that it was pretty cool.
Played the demo and thought it was okay.
When I first started playing the game my eyes were bothering me because the game's framerate was pretty atrocious. The controls are okay and were easy to use. Couldn't get a good feel for the story because it is a demo, but based on the initial voice acting it is going to be a rough ride; if the voices grate on you (and the witch's voice will definitely grate on you), you can turn it off and just read the subtitles. Combat was interesting and you can mix and match magic, ranged weaponry and melee combat. I think this will be a good game to buy after all the noise of October dies down (Enslaved, Castlevania, Fallout, Two Worlds 2, Fable 3, Splatterhouse and some others are coming out this month). I was intrigued by and played Divinity II and that game had pretty shoddy graphics, but a solid storyline. I expect that this one will have an intriguing storyline as well.
October is a dangerous month!
This game is on my list for this coming month. The demo is 9/24/10 for Arcania on the pc & 360, way excited about this. October is going to be a dangerous month because of Arcania, Two Worlds 2, & Fable 3. My girlfriend is going to leave me:(