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Dhruin November 14th, 2006 23:17

Gothic 3 - Shipping to NA
 
Gothic 3 is on its way to North American stores. Here's Aspyr's announcement:
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AUSTIN, Texas – November 14, 2006 – Aspyr Media announced today that its epic RPG Gothic 3 for the PC has shipped to retail stores in North America. Featuring a stunning, massive game world, a fascinating story, hundreds of quests and more than 40 hours of gameplay, Gothic 3 will keep RPG fans glued to their PCs for months to come.

Gothic 3 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and carries a SRP of $39.99. To learn more about Gothic 3, and to enter for your chance to win a high-end gaming PC, go to gothic3.aspyr.com. Contest ends November 30.
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Thaurin November 14th, 2006 23:17

I for one are very curious about the American reviews. I've always read Gamespot's reviews and I'm looking forward to what they've got to say about the game.

Acleacius November 15th, 2006 02:29

I wonder what the status of the repairs are in the US release.

ToddMcF2002 November 15th, 2006 02:58

I'm guessing the reviews will be one collective comparison to Oblivion. That will get old fast.

josephwatson November 15th, 2006 05:03

If the game is patched to 1.09, I'm guessing the reviews will average around 80%. And Oblivion will be the main comparison, unfortunately.

txa1265 November 15th, 2006 10:44

I have two reviews to write for this one … keep telling myself "don't compare to Oblivion, don't compare to Oblivion" :D

Yes, I believe that it is 1.09 patch that is shipping to NA - I preordered through my local EBGames, and their system shows it 'available' but not in stock … hopefully that means I get a call this morning …

doctor_kaz November 15th, 2006 14:36

Wow. Only $39.99. Incredible value. Reminds me of why I love PC gaming. :)

ToddMcF2002 November 15th, 2006 14:51

What remains to be seen is if any reviewer has the balls to call the game inferior to Gothic 2 Gold (NoTR). I predict none of the reviewers will have played that one though - while all will have played Oblivion to some extent.

txa1265 November 15th, 2006 14:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by ToddMcF2002 (Post 7951)
What remains to be seen is if any reviewer has the balls to call the game inferior to Gothic 2 Gold (NoTR). I predict none of the reviewers will have played that one though - while all will have played Oblivion to some extent.

Well, since my Gothic 2 Gold review awarded it 5 stars, Gothic 3 will have to be pretty masterful to equal that task. My reading to date indicates that isn't likely …

ToddMcF2002 November 15th, 2006 15:07

Realistically I predict the game will be reviewed at around 75% in NA.
Most will note that true system requirements are outrageous when comparing visual quality to the obvious benchmark (insert Oblivion comparison). The controls will be declared "fixed" compared to its predescesors (all true fans roll eyes at this one) but combat is still lacking (insert Oblivion melee comparison). Most will like the bow however (insert Oblivion comparison) but will fail to even evaluate the magic system at all. The bugs will be a pretty substantial point hit (insert Oblivion comparison). Even with the current patch the game has stability issues, quest bugs etc.

Most will conclude, of course, with a final Oblivion comparison as well as a recommendation that you play Oblivion instead - at least until all the bugs are fixed and performance is substantially tweaked.

txa1265 November 15th, 2006 15:14

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Originally Posted by ToddMcF2002 (Post 7959)
Most will note

Heck, you should sell that template - sites could save thousands on freelancers ;)

LordRac November 15th, 2006 15:22

NA reviews will summarize with something like this:

"Now Gothic 3 is a great and deep RPG. Buuuut….Oblivion had Patrick Stewart!! And, um…….pretty landscapes! So we give Gothic 3 - 79%." :p

txa1265 November 15th, 2006 15:24

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Originally Posted by LordRac (Post 7966)
NA reviews will summarize with something like this:

"Now Gothic 3 is a great and deep RPG. Buuuut….Oblivion had Patrick Stewart!! And, um…….pretty landscapes! So we give Gothic 3 - 79%." :p

Sorry, I like Todd's template better - and it mentioned Oblivion more! I give your post 66.25% :D

LordRac November 15th, 2006 15:30

OK we can use Todd's template.

Can we just use my review for 1up.com? :)

txa1265 November 15th, 2006 15:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by LordRac (Post 7968)
Can we just use my review for 1up.com? :)

So long as your score is between 4-6 (the new 7-9 scale) ;)

ToddMcF2002 November 15th, 2006 16:05

My template is public domain - as we shall see!

Arhu November 15th, 2006 16:59

And the Nostradamus Award for Clairvoyance goes to… sorry, will go to ToddMcF2002.
Quote:

Originally Posted by ToddMcF2002 (Post 7959)
Realistically I predict the game will be reviewed at around 75% in NA.
Most will note that true system requirements are outrageous when comparing visual quality to the obvious benchmark (insert Oblivion comparison). The controls will be declared "fixed" compared to its predescesors (all true fans roll eyes at this one) but combat is still lacking (insert Oblivion melee comparison). Most will like the bow however (insert Oblivion comparison) but will fail to even evaluate the magic system at all. The bugs will be a pretty substantial point hit (insert Oblivion comparison). Even with the current patch the game has stability issues, quest bugs etc.

Most will conclude, of course, with a final Oblivion comparison as well as a recommendation that you play Oblivion instead - at least until all the bugs are fixed and performance is substantially tweaked.

I usually refrain from quoting entire posts and usually I don't like QFT-posts, but this time.. this simply must be The (Ugly) Truth (tm) and deserves being stressed.

Corwin November 16th, 2006 02:20

You're all probably correct, but I wish WE got some of the thousands being paid for reviews!! :)

txa1265 November 16th, 2006 04:23

Me too! I wrote more than a dozen this week …

Maylander November 17th, 2006 03:55

You mention a very important thing Todd - all reviews fail to mention the magic system, even in comparison to Oblivion. Playing characters with at least a bit of magic, such as healing, light and a few summon spells, makes the game so much easier and more enjoyable, so I find it hard to believe all those who "reviewed" the game actually completed it without ever coming across magic..


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