Average action role-playing game with some violence.
Common Sense Media
20 February 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Arcania: Gothic 4 is a fantasy role-playing game that focuses heavily on combat. That said, the fighting isn't gory -- players see only a small amount of blood. Players fight other humans, wild critters roaming about, and larger creatures, such as goblins, trolls, and other mythological beasts. There is some drinking and smoking in this game as well as the occasional instance of foul language.
Conclusion: To make things as short as possible, Arcania: Gothic 4 needs something to pull it away from the colossal bog of generic gaming, which is its current home. There's nothing distinctive about the world we're allowed to explore. Additionally, you have rather basic combat mechanics and a crude and uninspiring character development system. This is just another action RPG, destined to get lost in the ocean of other similar-looking games (did I say ocean, I meant pond...
Pros: Looks and sounds very nice, it's easy to get into and there are plenty of items to toy around with;
Cons: Besides the lush environment, nothing motivates players to stay in this world, simple gameplay and simple quest structure, awful English subs (or voiceovers if you will), uninteresting story and characters, there's nothing challenging about this game.
Excerpt: Gothic 4 is an over-the-shoulder-camera RPG much like Oblivion or Mass Effect, but it leaves much of the role-playing activities out. The result is a game that would ordinarily be action heavy, like a graphically superior version of Torchlight, had the overall story and action not been so dull.
Excerpt: The Good: Stunningly beautiful realm The Bad: containing a lackluster and somewhat dull adventure The Ugly: which I hesitate to call an RPG as most contemporary role-playing elements are missing I am likely not the best person to be reviewing Arcania: Gothic 4. For one, though I like RPGs a great deal, I tend to fixate on one in particular for a very long time and play it to exhaustion, and so miss many fine entries into the RPG market that would serve as a basis of...
Cons: Boring story and nondescript NPCs, Formulaic fetch quests, A few hitches with map graphics and overall visual quality, Generic game mechanics and limited character development, Poorly translated dialogue and voice-acting
Summary: Arcania Gothic 4 is an action RPG from Spellbound Entertainment, and the first of the Gothic series to make it on to the console platforms. All previous outings have been on the PC, with one mobile title exception, starting back in 2001, so how well has the transition taken? Arcania does feel very much like a PC RPG shoehorned in to a console skin, something that's particularly evident on the inventory screens, but overall it handles well with a pad, if just a little bit...
Pros: Pleasant vistas and surroundings, Plenty of quests to find and complete, Simplicity makes it approachable
Cons: The story isn't compelling, The voice acting unappealing, Quests are very generic and similar
Excerpt: Dans Gothic 4 - Arcania, la guerre s'est étendue tel un déluge de sang sur les îles australes pour finalement atteindre l'île idyllique de Feshyr ! De retour de voyage, le héros de cette histoire voit son village pillé et dévasté. Alors que les navires des agresseurs disparaissent au...
Summary: Au final, Gothic 4 : Arcania n’est pas un mauvais soft. Mais la volonté d’épurer la série de toute sa complexité se paie cher. Autrefois un jeu de rôle, le titre ne peut désormais plus se prétendre comme tel. Au mieux, certains joueurs le verront comme un hack&slash distrayant, au pire, comme une distraction éphémère qui sombrera rapidement dans l’oubli face à une concurrence beaucoup plus convaincante.
Pros: Les combats, L'environnement
Cons: Les ralentissements sur console, Le scénario, Les dialogues