The Gothic series is one of the best RPG series IMHO. However, the problem I have with it is the massively horrible support for gamers in the US. I played to the end of Gothic and could not finish the game because of a bug...going back to a previous save did not help. I'm playing though Gothic II right now, and I notice there is a German patch out...but nothing for the US players. I notice that GII has the same nasty combat and dumb stuff like bad grammar and subtitles that still have the actor instructions in them. GII was distributed by ATARI in the US. One would think they would hold JoWooD accountable to the bring the US game to the same standard as the German version. This whole thing with Gothic pisses me off because of the lack of marketing and support in the US. It's a shame too, because the Gothic series has GREAT atmosphere and it's a game where what you do matters. Gothic has REAL consequences for what you say and do and that's a good thing.