What is ArcaniA: Gothic 4? Well from what I've just learned myself in the last 30 minutes here or so is that ... ArcaniA: Gothic 4 appears to be a dungeon crawler.
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 definitely looks like Dragon Age right away. Some of the clips in the trailer could be mistaken for Dragon Age II easily. You know what though? That's not a bad thing. I like Dragon age and part 2 isn't coming out for a while. So maybe this might be worth checking out. I know there's a lot of REALLY GOOD games on the way. Mostly sequels though, like Fable, Fallout and Star Wars. Vanquish is going to be hit or miss and even if I do like that, I can't imagine much replay value from what I've seen. I'm not excited about any of the war games coming out, if I feel the need too shoot somebody I will play Halo.
So lets talk about ArcaniA: Gothic 4, it's been in development since 2007. The game is made by a bunch of Jimmys, I've never heard of. This game is the 4th Gothic game in the series. To understand the history of this game watch the video below.
Lookin' like a dungeon crawler right? Cool. ArcaniA: Gothic 4 boasts an endless character customization feature and what they show in the trailer looks cool. Don't know much of co-op or anything online with your friends. So you won't be able to show off your badassness. It would be cool if games like this would allow you to see your friends characters too, ala Xbox 360 avatar line-up. I would scroll that. Back to the gameplay, in the troll battle video the old force lightning trick is in full effect. Check out this combat video.
You can see the protagonist Jimmy switching to his axe, THAT IS ON FIRE! OMG! Which sets the troll on fire. Cool. Don't worry, I'm sure ArcaniA: Gothic 4 is going to have it's Final Fantasy XIV moments, but hopefully nothing as bad as the feeling of only fighting Star Marmots and Wharf Rats for your entire life. Another clip I saw was just 3 wart hogs attacking the guy and the sound effects were like swords clanking. Again this is from a company I've never heard of and series I never heard of. I am interested in this game and since the FF14 was such a let down, I'm still looking for a fresh adventure. Or at least a sequel to a game, I haven't played yet.
All these videos are from the ArcaniA: Gothic 4 official youtube channel.
New Trailer - Shows off character customization.
E3 2010 Official Trailer - lot of running at first, but the combat looks cool.
And finally a combat demonstration. *not from official youtube
Don't be a Jimmy. Let me know if you are playing this game.
There is a demo available on Xbox Live.