Note: all items here apply to Gothic & Gothic II, except the Gothic 3 Community Patch. Custom resolution
For Gothic or Gothic II, open your gothic.ini file in the install folder and change the "zVidResFullscreen" items to your default resolution, and the zVidResFullscreenBPP item to 32. Now copy the file and rename it gothic.in, then open notepad and paste this text:
copy gothic.in gothic.ini /Y
Save this as gothic.bat (all file types) in the same folder. Launch as normal.
For Gothic II, use the unofficial patch below to improve FOV (this comes with potential concerns, though). Gothic mouse controls
Change the control settings to "alternative" in your in-game settings for somewhat reasonable controls by modern standards. Gothic controls were designed around a keyboard with mouse support added late in development, however, so the experience will never be great. Note to newbies: to interact, attack, etc., hold the left mouse button and use the WASD keys as appropriate to "direct" your action (eg. W to open a chest/attack forward, A or D to attack sideways, etc).
kohan69 recommends setting the mouse sensitivity line in gothic.ini to 3 instead of 1. Experiment with numbers 1 through 10 to find what you like best. Gothic Unofficial Patch
Popular patch by Ironkeep Studios which fixes many bugs still present in the latest official version. Some say it causes more problems than it fixes, so be cautious. My personal experience with Gothic was almost bug-free, so you may want to go without. Gothic Textures Patch
Significantly enhances the graphics of Gothic. Player Kit (below) required. Gothic Player Kit
Install this to play/use the fan made modifications (mostly adventures) found here
. Unlock framerate (Gothic)
After installing the Player Kit, download and install the patch above to unlock the framerate from 25fps to whatever your machine can handle. Should provide a much more smooth gameplay experience. More blood
To increase the amount of blood in Gothic / Gothic 2 (it was censored by the powers that be, if I recall), open Gothic.ini (found in your install folder) and change "bloodDetail 1" to "bloodDetail 3". This is useful for tracking enemies, also. Stop NPC chatter
If you're annoyed by the frequency of repetitive NPC chatter in Gothic, do the following:
-create 'speech' folder in _work/data/sound
-download the NicoVDFS tool
-set root path in NicoVSFS to _work/data/sound/speech
-open speech.vdf with it
-extract all files from it to the new folder
-search folder for 'smalltalk' and delete all files containing the phrase
The same can be done with Gothic 2 using this version
of the tool, though it seems to cause stuttering.
Thanks to alexei_net for this tip. Gothic II IronKeep Community Patch
Another series of bug fixes from IronKeep Studios. Also improves FOV on widescreen monitors and improves textures. One user warns against installing the full patch and going a more minimalist approach (details here
). As with G1, the game is pretty well bug-free, so you may want to skip this. Gothic II Texture Pack
Significantly improves the textures and meshes in Gothic II. Command console
In either game, enter the character/status screen and type "marvin" (no quotes). Exit the screen. You should see "Marvin mode" in the top left of the screen. Now, after hitting F2 to open the console, you can activate a variety of commands for various effects (see: Gothic commands
, Gothic II commands
One function which should prove useful to most is teleportation -- handy if you have to get halfway across the world and don't want to walk. To do this in Gothic, type goto waypoint [waypoint] -- in the brackets goes the location you want to travel to. See for the list of accepted location codenames. For Gothic II, simply type the name of the desired location listed [url=http://www.worldofgothic.com/gothic2/?go=g2waypoints]here
. Gothic 3 Community Patch
Very popular overhaul which was since incorporated by JoWood into an official package. It makes the game look and play better improved performance, mechanics, graphics, plus bug fixes, and a whole lot more. For all the details, consult the . GOG has [url=http://www.gog.com/en/forum/general/new_release_gothic_3/?staff=yes]confirmed
the final version (1.74) is compatible with the GOG release.
Further tweaking can be done by opening gothic.ini and reading descriptions. Be careful, of course, and keep a backup default copy in case you mess something up.
If I've missed anything imperative or useful, please let me know and I'll add it.
I'm trying to change the resolution of Gothic 1 by following these instructions. Should I delete the original ini file after changing the zVidResFullscreen ? Or keep both that and the new gothic.in file and then create a 3rd file (named Gothic.bat)? So three files: The original ini file and 2 new files.