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Arcania: A Gothic Tale

A spin-off to the legendary Gothic series initiated back in 2001. While the creators of the franchise, Piranha Bytes, focused on developing the Risen franchise, the latest Gothic was developed by Spellbound Entertainment, known for the Realms of Arkania trilogy, among other titles. In the game, we assume the role of a completely new character, a young boy who seeks revenge on a newly enthroned king Robhar III, whose soldiers invaded his home village and murdered its inhabitants. The story is more linear than those of other installments of the Gothic series, although it similarly focuses on exploration, performing quests, and fighting numerous monsters. Depending on the chosen class and development path, the protagonist can specialize in melee combat, archery, or magic. The action is traditionally observed from the third-person perspective, but while in battle the camera is automatically zoomed out, providing the player with a better view on the battlefield.

PC / Windows
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Arcania: A Gothic Tale

Arcania: A Gothic Tale | PC

RPG, TPP, fantasy, action RPG

Companies responsible for Arcania: A Gothic Tale

Spellbound Entertainment AG | game developer

JoWooD Entertainment AG | publisher   Official website

Arcania: A Gothic Tale release date for PC:

game language:
English

12 October 2010 | Worldwide

12 October 2010 | Europe

19 October 2010 | USA

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 6.5 / 10 calculated out of 8188 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 12348 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Arcania: A Gothic Tale (X360) Cover
Arcania: A Gothic Tale

Arcania: A Gothic Tale | XBOX 360

RPG, TPP, fantasy, action RPG

Companies responsible for Arcania: A Gothic Tale

Spellbound Entertainment AG | game developer

JoWooD Entertainment AG | publisher   Official website

Arcania: A Gothic Tale release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

19 October 2010 | Worldwide

20 February 2011 | Europe PAL

19 October 2010 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 6.2 / 10 calculated out of 497 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 7.8 / 10 calculated out of 664 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Arcania: A Gothic Tale (PS3) Cover
Arcania: A Gothic Tale

Arcania: A Gothic Tale | PS3

RPG, TPP, fantasy, action RPG

Companies responsible for Arcania: A Gothic Tale

Spellbound Entertainment AG | game developer

JoWooD Entertainment AG | publisher   Official website

Arcania: A Gothic Tale release date for PS3:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 7.2 / 10 calculated out of 508 players' votes.  

Arcania: Gothic 4 for PlayStation 3 is the fourth installment in Gothic – a famous cRPG series. Unlike the previous games, this one was not developed by Piranha Bytes Studios. After some vicissitudes, the publisher of the series, JoWooD company, decided to pass the development of the game on to Spellbound Studios, creators of such titles as: Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive and Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood. They gained some experience in developing major RPG titles in the 90s (Das Schwarze Auge trilogy, also known as Realms of Arkania).

Arcania starts off ten years after Forsaken Gods (a Gothic 3 expansion), in which the Nameless Hero, foreseeing an imminent conflict between the leaders of Myrthana – the realm that was previously reclaimed from ors’ hands – decided to intervene once more. As a result of these events, the hero finally took the rule on his own declaring himself a king and taking the name Rhobar III. The player takes on the role of a new character, who is called the Nameless Hero too. He wants to take revenge on the king for invading his home village set on a small Feshyr island and slaughtering all its inhabitants. The actual game is set on the significantly larger area of Arcania. In his quest for revenge the main character is helped by Diego, our good old friend from the previous game.

Throughout the game the player-controlled character is mosly fighting countless battles against monsters (including goblins, giant wasps, orcs, shadowbeasts, crawlers, snakes) as well as intelligent opponents. Depending on the chosen character class, combat may come down fencing (warrior), shooting enemies from a safe distance (archer), or treating them with a variety of spells (mage). In time, the main character grows in strength, unlocking new abilities ascribed to several different categories (including a series of strikes, the sea of fire spell, or the ability to take enemies by surprise). A significant influence on the Nameless Hero’s performance also has his equipment, looted from enemies, purchased from merchants, or crafted by himself. In the latter case you have to possess appropriate recipes or schematics, as well as components needed to create a particular object.

The storyline is linear, so you visit in-game locations in certain order. To unlock another world area it is usually required to aid someone or eliminate a group of opponents. Interestingly, some main quests may be completed in several ways. There is also no shortage of side quests as well as missions that require you to discover various secrets (including statues of Innos, and the forgotten graves).

Arcania: Gothic 4 for PlayStation 3 uses a graphics engine called Vision Engine, also known from The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom and Helldorado. The game uses third person perspective.

An important feature of the game, is that the camera automatically moves away from the Nameless Hero each time he starts a fight, which is helpful for overwatching the situation on the battlefield. In his adventure the main character visits many interesting places across Arcania; among others these are: Stewark – a town built on a cliff – vast areas of Silverlake, treacherous swamps, or the jungle inhabited by wild beasts.

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Arcania: Gothic 4 Game Guide

game guide 29 November 2010

This is an unofficial guide to the Arcania: Gothic 4 game. You will here a very detailed description of all quests (main and some less important, side quests).