Buffed on the other thinks Arcania has a compelling story without fantasy cliches, there's some real roleplaying and enough "Gothic" left. Therefore the game receives good 80%.
Gamers.at The bottom line is Arcania - Gothic 4: technical and good fun, but not very good RPG.
- Solid RPG
- Good graphics
- Continuation of the Story
- Gothic charm is missing
- High hardware hunger
- Second half of the island unfinished
PC Games gives 79% and thinks it's no real Gothic but quite okay for people only looking for a solid RPG. "A lot was promised, not much delivered." The story is weak, the quests boring and the game short.
Cynamite tested the XBox version. They think Arcania is "a good action-RPG for roleplaying newbies. But the graphics in the XBox version are so horrible that even the good content [...] can hardly compensate for the technological weaknesses." Their fun was worth 7.5/10.
IGN: It's not going to please hardcore D&D purists, or gamers looking for the next Elder Scrolls, but as a middle ground between deeper entries and linear adventures, Arcania: Gothic IV hits its stride. 7.0
Gamestar No Gothic and No good game. 69%