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July 31st, 2015, 13:24
Call me crazy, but I'm thinking of giving Gothic III another try…first time, gave up after 20 hours or so, felt like it was too much collect x/clear y filler, but the world, as beautiful as it was, lacked that charm and personal feel of it's predecessor.
I remember something about artifacts and finding Xardas, probably tied with your rebel/orc rep, but It dragged on too much without any direction. Does it pick up at some point, and Diego/rest of the crew/ play some part in it? Any chance of kicking Rhobar's ass (with Lee, preferably) along the way?
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July 31st, 2015, 15:04
AFAIR you can indeed kill Rhobar together with Lee. The story doesn't really pick up though. If you got to the inside of the country in your 20 hours and still didn't like it enough I would just leave it be.
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July 31st, 2015, 15:50
I would say play Risen if you haven't played it yet as it was a one of my all time favorite games.
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August 1st, 2015, 22:29
Eh…I'll give it a try. Are there any crowbars in this game? Would be fun to beat Rhobar to death with it..
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August 17th, 2015, 01:37
I wish Wolf would still post here… The guy knew ins and outs of gothic story and he could provide a much better answer than I.

Anyhow Gothic 3 has an intresting story and it is worth of exploring if you liked g1 & g2 storylines. Otherwise don't bother. However this grand story is sort of "hidden" in game. You see, Gothic 3's main flaw is that npcs don't provide much backround info or share too many details about the main story. The plot is not really told through dialogs. This is due to pbs running out of time while developping g3.

Just by playing the game and exploring the gameworld and speaking to npcs, you will ofcourse get a good sense what is going on in this war-torn world. You will learn about the war and the factions this way. Speaking to faction leaders important. And you'll get to choose which one of the main three faction you want to ally with (orc, rebels or hashishin). In addition there couple of other factions (Rangers & druids, Nomads lead by water mages and The clans in Nordmar).

However it doesn't explain why all of this is happening and how it is linked to Gods, ore war, sleeper, dragons and all that good stuff from previous games. Zuben, Rhobar, Xardas etc don't really explain their motives and thoughts. Piranha bytes must have realized this and thus Gothic 3 has various bookstands placed all over the world. When player interacts with these stands he may sometimes learn few verses of this mythical story. I will post all of these "verses" below if you're just curious and don't want to play the game. Naturally these spoilers are as heavy as spoilers can get, so read at one's own risk

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As you can see, some of it is quite cryptic, but it all makes sense for a gothic junkie
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August 17th, 2015, 07:23
In short…no.

G3 is definitely worth playing, but not for the story. It has one of the most beautiful game worlds in any RPG, and it's a lot of fun to explore even if it's not quite on the same level as Gothic 1&2.
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August 17th, 2015, 09:57
I'm with JDR; it's a good game overall, but the story is nothing special.
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August 17th, 2015, 13:07
Good direct, honest post by JDR. I'd agree, but I'd also hasten to add that I think if you're a fan of the previous games, you really do owe it to yourself to see it to the conclusion of G3 just the once, as it will seal the deal and give a nice sense of closure on the trilogy for you as a player.

I wish I could say the same thing about Forsaken Gods. Unfortunately I couldn't stomach that one past half way and was almost happy when a show-stopping bug cut short my progress. Whilst I've not had the guts to try again even with the most recent enhanced patch, I can't see it improving the core experience enough to justify the hard-drive space.
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August 17th, 2015, 13:30
Yeah thats the point I was trying to make. Gothic 3 still gives a decent closure to someone who has played and enjoyed previous games. Even if main story is sort of "hidden" and not very well executed, it is still there in a way. Ofcourse story is not the main reason to play g3. The main hook is this open majestic epic world that you just want to explore.

As for FG. I have only only one advice: Avoid. When I watched the forsaken gods release trailer video on youtube, I knew right then that I would not touch on Forsaken gods even with 10 feet pole. FG is a pure cash grab and not a very entertaining one.
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August 17th, 2015, 17:56
Agree with JDR and the others … and I have reinstalled it to run through it again, as I am a fan. But for someone who put that much time in, no the story isn't worth forcing a re-try.

As for Forsaken Gods … in my review way back when I called it 'Forsaken Fans' as it was a great example of 'fan DIS-service'!
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August 17th, 2015, 19:19
Until I finished Risen 3, I had never completed a PB game. I did put a ton of hours into Gothic 3 though. To me, as an open-world fan, it was the best of the Gothics.
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August 17th, 2015, 21:36
Eh…now I'm curious. What exactly goes on in that expansion? I don't mind the spoilers…for some reason, everyone is muttering curses under his breath, when mentioning it.
It can't be THAT bad… Come on, PB games are not exactly known for their stellar writing.
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August 17th, 2015, 21:38
Forsaken gods is not a piranha bytes game. Jowood hired some unknown indian studio to do an expansion for gothic 3 with little budget. This happened after JW and PB parted ways and few months before Jowood went bankrupt. Piranha bytes had nothing to do with that expansion.
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August 17th, 2015, 22:46
Originally Posted by Dez View Post
Forsaken gods is not a piranha bytes game. Jowood hired some unknown indian studio to do an expansion for gothic 3 with little budget.
And, along with Arcania, it's not recognized as canon, so it can be safely ignored.
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