Gothic 2 Gold - All News
Friday - February 13, 2015
RPGWatch - Gothic 2 D3D11 Renderer
Pretty graphics! We all love them (some of us more than others), but we can’t deny the fact that the graphical look of games, as shallow as it may be, determines some level of our enjoyment of a game. Personally, I can handle any style or look of graphics, from games played in MS-DOS, to more modern titles that look graphically impressive, such as a modded version of Skyrim. All good games can be further enhanced by quality graphics, and what we have today is an impressive undertaking by a modder who wishes to breathe some new, graphical life into one of our beloved RPGs from yesteryear.
That modder’s name is Andre, aka Degenerated. The game – Gothic II. Interested yet? You should be!
Andre has singlehandedly taken a game that, in my view, already looks beautiful, and has attempted, with much success, to ‘port’ this game to modern hardware, in the modern graphical framework known as DirectX11. In other words, he’s taken the base game of Gothic 2 and given it a graphical upgrade that is only capable by using DirectX11, rather than the older, more dated DirectX version that Gothic II used.
In short? The game looked good, it looks even better now. Best of all? It runs flawlessly on modern hardware once again, as though the game were just released in 2015! This is a large achievement, and one that I certainly wanted to cover a bit here on the ‘Watch.
Wednesday - February 11, 2015
Gothic 2 Gold - Direct3D11 Alpha Version
In this video, we take a quick spin of an alpha version of Direct3D11. This is a project by a modder who has taken Gothic 2 and updated it to modern standards by making it run in DirectX11.
It's a very ambitious project, and right now some work has been done, but there's a lot still left to do. The potential for graphical updates like those seen in other DirectX11 games is very high, and the game, which already looks beautiful, can be beautified to an even higher level!
Here is the forum post that has the English version of the description of this mod. You can read more about it and follow the project more closely here.
Wednesday - February 04, 2015
RPGWatch - Gothic 2 Retrospective
Fluent played Gothic II , and shared his thoughts in a new retrospective article.
Open-world RPGs. We all love them. We love exploring a huge, unbounded world, picking up quests all over the map, talking to a million and one NPCs and finding interesting things hidden around every corner. The sense of freedom and exploration you can get in an open-world RPG is second to none. Some are sprawling, huge worlds with lots to see and do, and others are more focused and funneled, yet still more open than your typical linear RPG. Above all, most of the open-world RPGs I’ve played are quite good. Some of them are great. A choice few are legendary. Today we will be talking about one of, if not the most legendary open-world RPG of all, Gothic 2.
Monday - December 21, 2009
Gothic 2 - Velaya Mod English Release
This is from a week back but better late than never. An English translation of the well-known Gothic II + NotR mod Velaya: Tale of a Warrior has been released. The mod offers around 40 hours of gameplay across four chapters and an altered Khorinis. The English installation is a little tricky, so make sure you read the instructions. Here's the blurb:
Velaya - Tale of a Warrior is a German modification that tells the story of a young woman (known from Gothic 1 ), who makes her way around Khorinis, shortly after the nameless hero and his companions left the island. A lot has changed in the meantime and the land is still in need of a hero. Or heroine?
But this is not Velaya's problem at the moment. Right now she is busy rejecting Dar, probably the most unpleasant mercenary on Onar's farm. Their dispute ends after a brief fight... on the planks of the tavern. Dar has to pay a penalty to Torlof, for beating up a helpless woman, but this is not enough for Velaya. She wants to get back at the weedhead her way. And soon she won't be as helpless as everyone thinks she is...
Beating up Dar will only be the first step. There is a lot more chauvinism to face. For the men of Khorinis it's not always easy to get used to a female adventurer. But they will soon learn to respect the ambitious woman and value her deeds.
Source: World of Gothic
Thursday - July 02, 2009
Gothic 2 - IronKeep Patch v1.0a
World of Gothic has news the IronKeep team has released an updated v1.0a community patch for Gothic II. If I understand correctly, they've added an Alternative Balancing System option, which seems a major feature for a 1.0a release:
Hello WoG Community,
We're delighted to announce the official release of our latest patch, v1.0a. Okay, it's been out for a little while now , but we decided to wait until it was up here on WoG, the community where we came into being, before we made an official announcement.
We've fixed some final bugs in the scripts and added a new, optional Alternative Balancing System, for those who want to try Gothic II again but with some more flavor to the gameplay. You don't have to install it if you want to play "classic" NotR, but if you're itching for a new game experience with the same game, you might want to give it a shot.
Full details are found in the Readme, available during the setup and in the /ICP directory generated by the Setup. Enjoy our newest release!
The Ironkeep Studios Team
Head over for a list of mirrors.
Monday - May 18, 2009
Gothic 2 - IronKeep Community Patch v1.0
The World of Gothic forums has news of a Community Patch for Gothic II Gold from a group called IronKeep Studios. Here is the modest changelog:
_____Patch v 1.0______
- Fixed several text and dialogue errors.
- Certain Lines in Vatras & Lares' dialogue are now in English.
- Appraising your Goldmining Ability is now in English.
- A few more XP Bonuses.
- On the quest to get Thorben's approval, getting a blessing from Isgaroth now gives you a 100 XP bonus.
- The Stunt Bonus is now 1000 XP.
- Joining Morgan's and/or Henry's Raiding Troop now grants a 50 XP Bonus.
- Toughened up the Black Wolf of the Novice Quest, Boars & Field Raiders now yield 100 XP when killed, Ice Wolves now yield 250 XP.
- Fire Devils, and Shadowbeast Skeletons are now slightly tougher.
- Bartok is tougher, so it's less difficult to keep him alive on the "Furs for Bosper" Quest.
- Giant Rats are tougher than Young Giant Rats. Wolves, Minecrawlers, Bloodflies, Snappers, and Razors now have stats similar to Gothic I.
- Lares can now provide the Simple Way to join all 3 guilds.
- Fixed the notorious "Stuck Ornament Bug" with Lares.
- Fixed a bug with the Bandit's Tower Quest.
- Fixed the bug where the Dragons occasionally yield no trophies.
- The Orc Attack Video no longer crashes the game.
Wednesday - February 04, 2009
Gothic 2 - Now Available on Good Old Games!
As noted here:
Due to some last-minute trouble we had to postpone the release of SpellForce, however we're releasing another great RPG in its stead - Gothic 2 Gold.
Gothic 2 Gold is a third-person role-playing game by Piranha Bytes. The game's storyline picks up where the first part left off, three months after the protagonist the Nameless Hero, is rescued by Xardas. He soon learns he has much yet to do, as Khorins faces another threat. Its only means of salvation lies in an ancient artifact - the Eye of Innos - which lies in the hands of Lord Hagen, leader of the paladins. If he fails to retrieve it, war and ruin will befall the land. If you want to get hyped some more, check out the intro movies on our YouTube channel.
Download it here for $9.99!
Source: Good Old Games
Monday - December 04, 2006
Gothic 2 - Gold Review @ Plain Games
A Christian-centred gaming site called Plain Games has kicked up a review of Gothic II: Gold with a score of 3.5/5:
The game is extremely non-linear, with seemingly endless paths to explore. The mages are scheming and invite you to join their order. A violent tension is building between the paladins in town and the rebellious farmers on the outskirts of the region and both factions try to recruit you to their side. To progress in the main plot, the hero must become a proper citizen of the town, which includes obtaining a job. There are several jobs to choose from, everything from thievery to blacksmithing to herb gathering. Another option is to join the town militia, with the possible future of becoming a paladin.
Source: RPG Codex
Tuesday - July 25, 2006
Gaming Steve recommends Gothic 2 - for Oblivion players!
"I love the latest Elder Scrolls title, but what should I play when I'm done with it? Which games are similar?"
You can find Gaming Steve's excellent podcast as mp3 behind the link in the source. The relevant part starts at 1:29:54.
Source: Gaming Steve