Release: Oct 2003
Reviewed on: PC
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Gothic II is the sequel to the first hit Gothic game and builds on the foundations set by the original. The game is again set in the medieval world of Khorinis but expands the games reach to plenty of new locations for players to explore.
The game has a single expansion pack available (Night of the Raven) that unlike other expansion packs is linked directly into the main campaign rather than being additional content on the end. For this reason players are recommended to get the expansion at the same time as the core game if they wish to experience it.
Gothic II continues the story from the original game and takes place after the barrier around the mining camp has fallen. In order to protect the world outside of the dome the king sends a large number of troops to the island in a bid to also secure the ore there. During this time a new evil is introduced into the game world and the player again finds themselves in the middle of this battle between good and evil.
This time around the evil is led by a group of powerful dragons and the player quests to learn more about their motives in the world and ultimately stop them entirely.
While some of the old locations return they are mostly limited to the early parts of the game allowing players to experience an entirely new world.
On the gameplay side of things fans of the Gothic series can expect much of the same with Gothic II. The same varied approaches to combat are there with plenty of new skills and magical spells to use in your arsenal. Crafting also makes a return and forms a greater part of the gameplay than in the previous instalment.
- Same old solid RPG features.
- Improved detail over the original Gothic game.
- Explore new areas in the game world.
- Continues the story from the first game.
- New spells and focus on crafting.