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I crave an RPG like Gothic

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by OctavianRomulus, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. OctavianRomulus Learned

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    Anyone can recommend an RPG that is sort of like Gothic? Where, the world is small but dense, has brutal but engaging gameplay, where the game doesn't hold your hand but doesn't get you needlessly lost? Where the game doesn't rely on expensive cutscenes and voice acting to sell itself?

    The closest is of course Risen 1 but I already beat it 5 times. As far as I know, the other two are not that great.

    Elex is sort of like that but kind of schizophrenic, like it doesn't know whether it wants to be Gothic or something else. Combat is not that great either. The world is also too big for its own good. The bigger the world becomes, the more dilluted the game is. I want everything to be meaningful. Finding a bag with 25 gold in G2 is a big deal.

    I also think Dark Souls is similar, but I beat it many times.

    Stalker I beat many times too...

    The unofficial Chronicles of Myrtana and History of Khorinis are still a ways off and dammit I want a proper RPG for the weekend.

    So any ideas? Some overlooked, eurojank RPG?
     
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  2. ADULF HITLOR FAN KLUB Novice

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    If you're looking for some third person action eurojank, then try out Divinity 2: Ego Draconis or Two Worlds 2.
     
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  3. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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  4. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    We all do, buddy, we all do, but there aren't any. At least not in the same quasi-open-world format.

    Div2 is extra mega janky and I like it, but it has none of the tight, cohesive design & brutality that Gothic has, it's a stroll around a weird Belgian theme park. TW2 is just a mediocre soup and you might as well be playing Risen 2/3 if you're that desperate.

    Actually, the same uncompromising principles are best found in other subgenres, like AOD/Underrail, maybe.
     
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  6. cursed Learned

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    The first Dark Souls fits this description.
     
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  7. Darth Canoli Magister

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    Arx Fatalis if you didn't play it already.
    Cherry on the cake, it's very atmospheric too.
     
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  8. SlamDunk Arcane

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    I have also yearned for something like Gothic 1-3 and Risen for a long time now. ELEX was a disappointment.

    Here's hoping that some other developer house would take on the challenge since Piranha Bytes can't do it anymore.

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/531660/Exoplanet_First_Contact/ has been in development for a long time. Perhaps it will fill the need?
     
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  9. OctavianRomulus Learned

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    So far, this is the best thing we are getting (link below). It was supposed to come out but then the Chinese decided to fuck up the whole world. All I wanted was a sequel to Risen 1, with the same combat system but with a stamina bar like in Dark Souls, with a small but dense world...I love games like Skyrim but I really dislike how every open world game tries to make its world bigger, including PB. Something tells me they don't quite get what made their games so good and that the games we love were born out of limitations.

    At this rate, I'mma have to make such a game myself in a few years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUFNT0yKQcc&t=45s
     
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    Outcast maybe? The remake is really pretty. Technomancer is fun too, but it does not have that living world aspect.
     
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  11. Citizen Arcane

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    E to the L to the E to the X, what's it spell baby?
     
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  12. dawcio Learned

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    Ultima IX - Ascension gave me some Gothic vibes, but overall it's not so great of a game.
    Maybe Lionhead Studios Fable or Witcher 3 will fit the description.
     
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  13. cvv Arcane Patron

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    There is nothing like Gothic, that's the whole point of the PB charm. I actually think Elex contains a proper does of the PB charm but if it's not your jam then you're out of options.

    I recommend looking into different, yet perhaps remotely related stuff. You like Dark Souls, have you played other FromSoft games? There are quite a few non-From Souls-likes nowadays that may or may not be up your alley - Nioh, Lords of the Fallen, Ashen, Mortal Shell.

    Talking more traditional RPGs, there are some PB inspirations in other prestigious eurojank like Kingdom Come, Technomancer, Greedfall. I think Witcher 1 and 2 are still great to play today.
     
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  14. vazha Liturgist

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    Enderal.
     
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    Nothing has ever topped Gothic. And I fear nothing ever will. It's my GOAT.

    All you'll ever get is games that have some superficial aspects of it, but never the whole package. Like The Witcher series. I feel the closest game to Gothic is ELEX, despite not being at the same level. You really need all the aspects of the game to work in a cohesive manner to deliver that believable, living world, and that's quite hard to pull off.
     
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  18. Siveon Bot

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    I've been asking for that since 2013...

    EDIT: However from what I've played, god at the time it felt close to that Gothic itch hard.
     
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  19. toro Arcane

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    Wrong. It's the 1st half of Risen 1.

    Progress is steady but it's not finished.
     
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  20. Please No Literate

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    Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, unironically.
     
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  21. Avarize Learned

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    Sure AI games (Enderal and Nehrim) are held back by Gamebryo but they are still some of the best RPGs made and have many similarities to Gothic.
     
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  22. ADULF HITLOR FAN KLUB Novice

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    This too. It is a great game.

    I recently played it for the first time and couldn't put it down until I finished it.
     
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  23. Take a look at Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen.
    It's not really like Gothic (at all), but could still fit the bill.
     
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  24. Lukifell Novice

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    Anything that has a no reload style of gameplay like the older wizardries?
     
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