i just recently played risen and heard gothic was similar and i was wondering which gothic game to start with. i must've bought a pack on steam or something, own all 4.
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If you own all of them, why not start with 1 and play them in order...
This one isn't Gothic
With that said, start with Gothic 2
While it's totally possible to play Gothic 2 first and still enjoy the experience, it's a much better experience if you've already played the first Gothic, first. Gothic 2 takes place almost immediately after the first game and involves dozens of recurring characters and even a very prominent recurring location, while referencing a lot of things from the first game.
You can't appreciate these things if you've never played the first game. Gothic 2 may be the peak of the series, but Gothic 1 is still worth playing in its own right and I would highly recommend you start with the first game. Not only will you appreciate Gothic 2 more, but Gothic 1 has some really great atmosphere and its story is arguably best of the series.
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