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More profeshunal perspectives on Gothic 3

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More profeshunal perspectives on Gothic 3

Review - posted by suibhne on Fri 1 December 2006, 19:22:59

Tags: 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 aren’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:
...there’s a lot that Gothic 3 offers for role-playing enthusiasts to sink their teeth into. Whether you’re sharpening your blade on a local smithy’s whetstone, hunting wild game, or just admiring the view, there’s always something to do in this immersive title. Over every hill lies another area that you’ll want to explore in Mirtana’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".

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