This game shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as the other Gothic games.
Haha, well you'll be happy to know the name Gothic isn't used at all other than in the name of the main quest in this version.
I actually enjoyed the combat. Kind of like Fable, but with more hardcore RPG elements. Fable is fun but I find it too shallow, so Arcania felt like something I've been looking for. But man, is it glitchy. Terrible production values. Entire houses and hillsides can disappear right before your eyes. Worse, they'd stay that way even if you had a quest or other reason to be there. Ever try to find your way through an invisible house? I'd say the graphics were downright busted.
Ah, ArcadiA. I bought the game and its expansion a while back during some fit of madness. Really soulless experience, so much so that the main thing about it I remember is how damn linear it is. As I recall you basically do a big lap of the island with pretty much no deviation or exploration or anything at all. It just felt so... artificial.
I also remember that the expansion was like two hours long max, which was hilarious considering it cost about twenty bucks at the time.
I didn't need to play more than the demo. As soon as I tried to jump across a 2 ft wide steam and hit an invisible wall, I knew.
Yeah, that's always a pleasure.
Sheesh, what else is there to say about this game... it... uh... it scores high on the Start-to-death-of-Hero's-pregnant-girlfriend review scale, there's that.
Last edited by The Doomhammer; 08-01-2013 at 03:31 AM.
It's too bad this is bad, oddly enough the PS3 is receiving plenty of quality JRPGs this year but no WRPGs(other than South Park, that should be fun I hope).
Is this connected to the Realms of Arkania remake which came out on the 30th?
If so, then I'm not surprised its bad. The realms of arkania game is an absolute disaster.
Nah, it's compeltely unconnected to Realms of Arkania. It's actually part of the Gothic series. The original PC release of this game was called Arcania: Gothic 4 (back in 2010), although they appear to have removed the Gothic branding for this release of it.
I absolutely LOVED Gothic and Gothic 2. But the third entry was pretty damned uneven. I'm not even remotely surprised at this review. It seems this style of game is tough outside of Elder Scrolls and The Witcher.
"I remember back when FF9 was coming out. People were rejoicing because it was actually a fantasy game and not a sci-fi game like 7 and 8. It's especially hilarious given modern context, with everyone wanking themselves to dehydration at the thought of an FF7 remake." - Masterchief
Funny story... we never ended up reviewing the PC version of ArcaniA because the review copy fried my brand-new video card (which was fortunately under warranty, so I got it replaced). I refused to put it near my computer after that, and I couldn't convince anybody else on the site to take the darn thing. I think it's somewhere in my basement now, shoved between old games on 5.25 inch floppy.
Last edited by Ocelot; 08-01-2013 at 08:50 PM.
They actually sent us multiples, too. The review copy I received of ArcaniA didn't unlock on launch day.
It sounds like they should rename this game 'Crap on Toast'.