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More profeshunal perspectives on Gothic 3
Review - posted by suibhne on Fri 1 December 2006, 19:22:59Tags: Gothic III; Piranha Bytes
First up, a brief and painful Gothic 3 review hosted by Fragland. Riddled with grammatical errors and a few factual gaffes (like the dubious claim that the Nameless Hero's stats all start at 0), the reviewer nevertheless concludes it's worth the price of admission. Final verdict? 74.5% - based on a surreal scoring system in which Gothic 3's "Concept" is panned and its "Sound" rates most highly despite the following complaint:
As for the sound especially the music is very strong, while the voice acting sucks. Maybe they switched the sound band for this game with that of a porn movie. Not only do the voices sound incredibly uninspired, every time a character goes down (particulary the main character) it was apparently necessary to make it sound like an orgy (or maybe they arenâ€™t even faking).I'm guessing the pun with "goes down" was unintended.
(Thanks for the link, Elwro!)
In the other corner we find a more detailed review from GamesRadar (whose heavily Flashy website makes me want to stab out my eyes with my housekeys). The thesis seems reasonable enough:
...thereâ€™s a lot that Gothic 3 offers for role-playing enthusiasts to sink their teeth into. Whether youâ€™re sharpening your blade on a local smithyâ€™s whetstone, hunting wild game, or just admiring the view, thereâ€™s always something to do in this immersive title. Over every hill lies another area that youâ€™ll want to explore in Mirtanaâ€™s [sic] grand landscape, and with three separate factions to align yourself with and a seemingly never ending chain of quests, Gothic 3 could have knocked our socks off. But the finer pleasures of Gothic 3 get lost in its clumsy combat system, which demands frequent saving and loading.Despite citing "Tons of quests" and "Lots of professions" in the review's wrap-up, "role-playing" for this author seems to end at "admiring the view" - as the review contains no other mention of character development, quests, or solutions. The reviewer even dings the game for allowing "hare-brained" tactics like luring "a group of wolves into a camp of enemies to thin out their numbers". Concentrating heavily on the combat "stun-lock" and on technical faults, the overall rating lands at 6/10 despite describing Gothic 3 as "an engrossing and deep RPG".