Arcania: Gothic 4 demo is out

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The fantasy RPG series is back for its fourth outing, the first under new developer, Spellbound. It's got Orcs and Goblins, and dungeons full of giant spidery things to kill. It's also got a demo , so you can frolic in its idyllic fields, slaughtering weird bug creatures to your heart's content.

The demo is set at the very start of the game, when all you have to defend yourself is a shepherd's crook. You have to earn the trust of your girlfriend's father to gain permission to marry her. To do this you mostly have to beat up small creatures, which means you get a good taste of the 'slash, slash, slash - ohgodohgod dodge! - slash, slash, slash' combat. Alternatively you can just wander around the game's lovely, lovely fields for a bit. The game's due out on October 12th.

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.