Summary: This game is terrible. Maybe it's the Xbox version that sucks more than the PC verison, but it's just terrible. It's riddled with bugs (including glitched achievements that are unattainable and will never be fixed... a HUGE sore spot for a completionist like myself). And there's just nothing going for it. The story is paper-thin. The game play itself qualifies as non-linear only in that the map is a circle.
Summary: I bought this for a relative and 10 minutes in it started to glitch, as in would take long pauses during any combat (die much?). This happened every time despite resurfacing this brand new disc twice, and playing it on two different consoles (an older elite and a newer slim). Maybe this game is fun if you can play it normally, but the glitches overshadow any fun to be had otherwise. Save your money and buy Oblivion and have infinitely more (glitch free-er) fun.
Summary: I would only reccomend this game if you are alright with cheap graphics and terrible game mechanics. I would guess that if you are looking for story line only this might be alright but I didn't get so far into it to honestly find out. I would reccomend reading a book over suffering through the bad voice acting and old school text scrolling of this game. I wish I had not wasted my money on this. For the price I expected much much more from this game.
Summary: I picked this up after finding the 360 demo charming and enjoyable. It wasn't as polished as say Oblivion or Fallout, though it was fun for what it was. === Heritage This is more of a warning to hardcore Gothic fans than a gripe about the game. If you think this is a must-buy because "Gothic" is in the name, read on. Read the reviews for the PC version (which is where Gothic has its roots) and you'll see what I mean.