To be honest I mainly bought this for Gothic II. This collection is well worth buying if like me you held off from buying Gothic 3. This is because the version of Gothic II you get here is actually Gothic II Gold - the version which wasn't even RELEASED in the UK, so I was overjoyed that JoWood saw fit to release this collection - I think it shows a publisher actually being considerate to us long suffering PC gamers. It's extra nice because the original Gothic II stood no chance at all of running on my 64bit XP. This version however runs like a dream. For the purposes of not waiting until I retire and can no longer type due to rsi before reviewing all 3 in this box set I shall review Gothic II. This one, interestingly, seems to have a better reputation than Gothic 3. It has also been favourably compared to Morrowind, yet with several key elements that Morrowind, through all of it's hype, simply cannot match. Firstly and most impressively, there are NO load points. This obviously makes the game much more immersive. Also note the swaying trees and corn (something we had to wait for Oblivion to see in the Elderscrolls series). That's not all. Again in comparison to Morrowind, in Gothic II, when you enter a house the characters do not just stand there looking at you dumbly, they shout at you to get out, or summon the guards who will attack you. That's still not all. In Morrowind you can find npc's doing the exact same thing 24/7. Not so with Gothic II. After leaving behind the workers out in the fields during the day, I went back there at night to find them out of the fields and sitting round a fire up on the hill chilling - the rest of them were asleep in the sheds. It's touches like these that make you realise that through all of it's faults, the developers know what they're doing. Some of the voice acting is very iffy but because of all the other plus points this fails to bring the game down. Combat can be extremely irritating, but this is because you need to build up your skills through the game. The world feels alive and authentic, in spite of a few glitches here and there (and collision detection isn't the best !). Gothic II has had it's detractors and many would steer you straight to Morrowind/Oblivion. But Gothic II has a few tricks up it's sleeve that clearly demonstrate that the US is not the only country that is capable of making a really immersive, deep and extensive RPG, and you would really be missing out on a good long game if you passed this one by. So don't !!