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ArcaniA is set in the world of Gothic game series and was originally announced as Gothic 4. It was eventually released as a standalone spin-off game with only minor connections to the main plot of Gothic.


Rhobar III, the king of Myrtana and the former protagonist of the Gothic trilogy, sent his army to conquer the Southern Islands. It seems that the king is possessed by an evil force. The protagonist is a young man from the island of Feshyr. As he prepares to marry, Rhobar's army invades the island, killing the protagonist's family. Now he's to become the new Nameless Hero like Rhobar once was. His goal is to avenge his family and to save the world from the madness of the king.


The game is set in a high fantasy universe. The world is open, however, it is divided into several regions, each of them serving as an open world in itself. To unlock a new region, the protagonist has to complete certain quests for NPCs that unlock new regions.


Despite not being the proper part of Gothic series, the game shows a strong similarity to the original trilogy. It is a 3D third-person RPG with a strong emphasis on action. Some of the game's mechanics became simpler. The creators scrapped most spells from the previous games, leaving only three (fire, ice, and lightning), although they can be upgraded. There are three character classes: Warrior, Mage, or Ranger. The protagonist levels up automatically, but to distribute his XP to certain skill is up to the player. Unlike the rest of Gothic games, ArcaniA doesn't use sleep to skip time and restore health.

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THQ Nordic
Spellbound Entertainment
THQ Nordic, Nordic Games, JoWooD Entertainment, Nordic Games Publishing
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Not rated
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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon II x2 - 2.8 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 9600
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c or higher
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB + 600 MB virtual memory
  • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core / AMD Phenom X4
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 250, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTX 280
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c or higher
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB + 600 MB virtual memory
  • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card

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ArcaniA reviews and comments

Middling western style RPG with absolutely the worst ending.  
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ArcaniA Gothic 4-less Gothic Than desired? Foreword I gave ArcaniA a second Chance and was surprised. Three Years ago, in 2013, I had alluded to the retail Version of ArcaniA and immediately uninstalled it before The Prologue ended. The Game disappointed me excessively and was, in my Eyes, an Insult to the Gothic series. When I had given ArcaniA a chance a few Days ago, I realized there's more to this gothic part than the Steam reviews say. Prologue The Protagonist wakes up on the small Island of Feshyr and tells his beloved about the Nightmares that have plagued him for some time. In the latest Nightmare, he dreams of King Rhobar III, who was the Main Character of the previous Games. After the Player on the small Island does a Handful of Side Quests, he is sent on a small Mission by Diego. But when the Hero comes back, his Home Island is no longer as it was before. Storyline The Story told in this Game launches as a revenge Plot and more or less ends in a rescue Operation with a little Twist. I would say that if the Story wasn't so linear, it would have been perfectly worthy of Being titled Gothic. Even though the Overall Plot of the Game is pretty winless, it's not bad. Gameplay Even though the Secondary Title is Called Gothic, this Part has less to do with the previous Trilogy than can be imagined. The Combat System has been somewhat renewed. The Game dispenses with a large Talent Tree, which means that some Skills, such as learning Blacksmithing and Alchemy, are completely eliminated. Don't Worry, the Player can still make Weapons and Potions, just in a rather simplified Form: You don't need to make an Alchemy table anymore, but can just create them in the Menu. Unfortunately, ArcaniA is also not Open World as it is said. The Player can move freely and complete Quests in well-designed environments, but I can't get from the Initial Area to the Closing Area immediately, as is the case with Gothic 3 or Skyrim, for example. This restricts the Player quite strongly in Some cases, as the real Teleportations Bricks have also been replaced by stationary Teleporters. But all that, don't spoil the Fun! ArcaniA feels quite solid in a playful way and Is reminiscent Of the Gothic series through some Dialogues. In My Opinion, the End is quite open and gives hope that at some point in the near or distant Future there will be a further Gothic Part. The biggest Problem with the Game is that it has been suffering from massive FPS problems since Its release in 2010. Personally, I rarely get more than 35 FPS, and even that is not pointed. If the Rain sets in or a City is entered, the FPS can go to the Basement pretty quickly. For the Purchase, Lineare Story speaks Well told Good and charming Dialogue You meet old Acquaintances: Diego, Gorn, Rhobar III, Xardas ... Paralella to Risen (?) Graphically all OK (2010 Release) Open End Against the Purchase speaks Characters Graphically not very well represented opponent Models repeat Running Passages annoying No mobile Teleportsteine voice acting in Part bad Conclusion At the End remains to say that ArcaniA Gothic 4 Is an Insult to the Fans of the previous Parts. Even though some are reminiscent of the former Parts of the Franchise, you can see that you don't play Gothic. Even the not 100% Open World tilts the Motivation somewhat. However, I think That ArcaniA is a solid Role-playing game, which nevertheless has less to do with Gothic than is written on the Packaging. I recommend acquiring the Game within a Sales and making an Impression of yourself, because it is nowhere near as bad as most claim. Rating 4.5 out of 10 possible Points. If you liked this Review, you can check out my Curator Page.
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