Do I have big boots to fill trying to prove this
Before I start on Gothic 3 I would like to point out another game that brought me to Gothic 3
In my quest to study Elex a new game from an old developer called Piranha Bytes, I found Elex total overall style completely "innovative in every detail", yet so many bad reviews, however this is arguable. This game has a huge swing between good and bad. Being $50 at release I decided to not take a chance.
So I decided to investigate other games by Piranha Bytes and found Gothic 3.
Surprisingly back in 2005 Gothic 3 had the same mixed reviews for the same exact reasons. Being "innovative in every detail" the public had mixed reactions because of this.
During the Steam Winter sale, I picked it up for $2.95(now I think its $10). Finally I had some free time I loaded it yesterday morning and can't stop playing.
About Gothic 3:
Huge seamless open world, no quest markers instead you talk to npc's and they give you hints as quest. As you play you naturally complete them as you explore. The story is amazing and I totally hate story driven games. Everything is voice acting and best of all, decisions extremely count in everything you do, 10x more than any EA games EVER !!
As the story progresses you score points with all three factions Rebels, Orc's and later Hashishin. You talk to everyone and eventually you need to make an over all decision and pick a side ( not that far yet, but I see my faction points building to the Rebels as planed).
Here's the best part.... Abilities !!!!!..... As you level you gain ability points. This along with level and money you can mold your character in to anything you like. Two swords, sword and shield, one hander, bow, cross bow, magic, and many more, it's endless on combinations. All this but you have to find the trainers. If you talk to everyone this doesn't seem to be a problem.
Graphics..... Surprisingly better than old Youtube's make them out to be. Comparable to Dragons Dogma.
Combat...... Here's where the controversy comes into play. Three difficulty levels low normal and high. The game is hard on normal I lowered it to low, and it's still hard and just about right. Piranha Bytes are the masters of mixing hot bar and real time combat. It's so much fun switching between bow and hand weapons, yet you have to put it away to loot and enter towns. It's extremely easy to get an entire town upset with you, then not much more to have to fight them all. Simply pulling your sward starts a possible mess. Save often !
Never was a game with better AI !!!!!!!
Gothic 3 was an original mess for years until they came out with a patch that truly fixed everything. Here's a video of a guy explaining how it's both a mess and a great game. I DON'T SEE THE MESS !!
I'm extremely late, I have to go !!
Have to add this:
I was just in a deep cave, and it was so scary I almost shit my pants.... Way better than anything Skyrim !