Gothic II review by Al Giovetti


By Al Giovetti
Genre:role-playing action game
Platform: PC
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
Release:October 28, 2003
Developer: Piranha Bytes
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Gothic II

Summary * History * Company Line * Game Play * Plot * Graphics * Animation * Voice Actors * Music Score * Sound Effects * Utilities * Multi-player Features * Cheats, Hints, and Walkthrough * Journalists * References * Letters


The first Gothic was an award winner in the action role playing game genre.


Company Line

The follow-up to 2001's European smash, Gothic, Gothic II is a single player action game featurig role playing elements set in a medieval wold filled with hidden dangers and forgotten treasures. Picking up where the original Gothic left off, Gothic II features the same nameless hero that battled the notorious "Sleeper." About four weeks after the fall of the Sleeper, heavily insured and growing weaker every day, the hero was rescued by his old mentor, Xardas, and revived to combat the evil forces once again.

Gothic II features a massive and detailed environment, ranging from high mountain peaks to lush valleys dripping in vegetation to bustling villages, cities and citadels. The open ended gameplay allows the player to decide the direction in which the lead character will develop--eithe as a powerful magician, a ruthless mercenary or a noble paladin -- to overcome a variety of gameplay challenges as welll as monsters and enemies large and small.

Players battle against a swarming host of orcs, dragons, zombies and other mythical creatures, using either alchemy to create magical elements, like enchanted weapons, runes, scrolls and potions or their brawn and skill with a sword in the quest to fight evil. Deadly threats and undreamt-of riches, powerful foes and loyal allies all await the player in this epic action game.

    Game Features:
  • A hybrid action-adventure game with role-playing elements with massive, fully 3D, lush environment
  • A gripping non-linear storyline that continues from the original game; the adventure unfolds according to the career the player selects
  • More than 50 monsters, including goblins, orc warriors, trolls, shadowbeasts, and lizard men; newcomers to Gothic II include wargs fire lizards, demons, field raiders, dragon snappers, and magic golems.
  • Ability to improve skills and attributes; with success, the player will earn skill points that can be invested to improve dexterity or strength.
  • Learn a variety of abilities from skinning and declawing animals to learning how to brew elixirs. Players can also learn to forge weapons, pick locks or improve weapon attack combos.
  • More than 100 weapons are available in the game in several categories, including one-handed and two-handed melee weapons, bows and crossbows.

Game Play




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Improved over the original Gothic is the quicksave and quickload feature which is new for Gothic 2. It is hard to fathom a game, much less a computer role playing game (CRPG) with all its difficulties and complexities, produced in 2003, which does not have the features of quicksave and quickload. You will need to turn this feature on to make F5 quick save and F9 quickload.

If you use marvin mode, which is the built in cheat mode of the game F5 is being used for freezing the camera. So Quicksave will not work in marvin mode.

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