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The Perfect Sequel, Gothic 2

Updated on January 21, 2010

As you may have read in one of my previous hubs, I am a big fan of the Gothic series and of the developers Piranha Bytes. I loved the open play and moral ambiguity of Gothic, and I was going crazy waiting for Gothic 2 to arrive in the US. Gothic had great sales and reviews in Europe, horrible sales and reviews in the US, and there was some concern that they would never release it in the States. Luckily they did, again with horrible sales and reviews. Regardless, it was better than I could have ever expected.

Gothic 2 starts off where Gothic ended, with a little twist. At the end of Gothic, you destroy the barrier that was keeping the prisoners (and you) locked up in the mines. Gothic 2 starts with the prisoners getting out and causing a bit of trouble for the locals. The surprise for me was that you got crushed at the end of Gothic. Literally, crushed by a big pile of rocks! Your old friendly neighborhood necromancer brings you back to life (and skirts the little issue of your death and how long you have been away) and tells you that you have a lot of work ahead of you. I thought that this was a great way to make you start over as a weakling again! Come on, of course your not the muscle-bound hero anymore, you've been mostly dead for a month or so!

Gothic 2 had vastly improved the game's graphics over Gothic 1. The music was great, the lighting effects were excellent for the time, and the animations brought the people and creatures to life. By todays' standards, the graphics may seem a little lacking, but if you crank up the range of view option, it still is impressive. Piranha Bytes' focus on a detailed, hand-made world really makes it beautiful. The controls were also simplified a bit after the massive number of complaints from the people who couldn't understand the basics of combat in Gothic 1. 

Gothic 2 had a few new skills, the most important of which is alchemy. Finally there was a reason for the million plants scattered across the landscape! You can train up, and start making potions to increase your stats. They also expanded the basic weapon skills. This time, you really have to pick your favorite and just focus on it. You must decide is you want to speed of the one-handed sword and bow, or the extra damage of the two-handed weapons and the crossbow.

As with Gothic, you still have to make a pretty big decision about which major faction in the game that you want to join, there are three of them again. You can join the Mercenaries and become a dragon-hunter for hire. You can join the Monastery and become a mage. Or you can join the King's Militia and aspire to becoming a Paladin. Dragon hunters are the best warriors, Paladins are good warriors and have some limited magic, and mages have tons of magic but limited armor and weapon skills. I found that joining the Mercenaries was the easiest, but did have to replay as each of the other factions. Your choices make friends and enemies out of a lot of the characters, so make sure that you understand that every action has consequences.

Gothic 2 combined the best aspects of every RPG that I had ever played. The story was excellent, the characters fantastic, the voice talents and music unbelievable, and the gameplay was unmatched. It makes you want to play again and again, which I cannot say about most RPGs that I have played. It was fun, start to finish.

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    • oogabooga profile image

      oogabooga 

      8 years ago from El Paso, TX

      Initially I hated it alot.... I had a 8800GTX, in all of its early adopter $600 glory, and the game still chugged. After they finished patching it, and in true gothic style, teh fans patched it right, its a decent game, but g2 and risen stomp it still.

    • Vandelay profile imageAUTHOR

      Vandelay 

      8 years ago from United States

      oogabooga, I also really enjoyed Risen. Did you love or hate G3?

    • oogabooga profile image

      oogabooga 

      8 years ago from El Paso, TX

      The gothic series is great, be sure also play Risen. Somehow alot of people missed that one.

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the review of Gothic 2 - this sounds like a mind twister!

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