Bargain Bin Trash

I’m sure I’ve said it here before, but it bears repeating: I’m a crazy sucker for a gaming deal.  It doesn’t take much convincing for me to buy a game that I consider “super cheap”.  Given that I’m constantly browsing gaming related web sites, news sites, and forums, I’m also fairly knowledgeable about which games are good, and which are bad, so I’m usually a very good judge of what is or is not a gaming deal.

I was browsing through a store today looking for Christmas gifts when I stumbled upon a bin of assorted PC games.  Flipping through I came across Gothic 3: Collector’s Edition, which includes the fully updated version of Gothic 3, the Forsaken Gods add-on, a making of DVD, a soundtrack CD, and a full world map, all for $5.99.  Oh, and the whole thing comes packaged in a case made of freakin’ tin.  TIN!!!

I held the luscious case of tin in my hands and contemplated the potential purchase.  I remembered trying the demo of the game way back when and, quite frankly, hating it.  I remembered the graphics being great but the combat horrible, and the voices and sound effects being unbelievably annoying.  I didn’t pay too much attention to the game after that, but I was aware that while some people quite enjoyed it, it was universally panned in reviews mostly on account of bugs.  I almost put the tin back in the bin, but I just couldn’t do it.  For some reason I just knew that if I didn’t pick it up, the decision would haunt me for the rest of the day, so I did what any sucker would do and bought it.

Back at a computer, Gothic 3 tin now firmly in hand,  I checked the game out on metacritic.  Ouch.  There are some really terrible reviews for this thing.  Granted, there are some that are relatively okay, but mostly they’re horrible.  I quite like 1up’s review of the expansion:

The only reason that this didn’t get an “F” is the original music, which is very nice.  Not excellent mind you, but very nice – and the lone thing I latched on to for sanity while trying to review the otherwise completely putrescent Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods.

My friends, let me take you on a journey through a magical land where everything sucks.  On our jaunt, the sights are ugly and outdated, the indigenous fauna’s incredibly annoying, the locals have the communication skills of Chewbacca’s illiterate, deaf-mute cousin, and the controls on our vehicle are archaic and unintuitive.  Sounds great so far, right?

That certainly doesn’t sound too promising.  But you know what?  I’m even more eager to check it out now.  If anything it’ll give me something to talk about here.  That’s worth six bucks, isn’t it?

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