Evil Avatar enters the ring with a weekend review of Arcania: Gothic 4, awarding JoWooD and Spellbound's efforts with an overall score of 3.5/5. From their conclusion:
It's not the best ARPG I've played, but it's probably the best looking, particularly the outside environments. Seeing as Diablo III isn't going to be released until at least next year, Gothic 4 is a good tide-you-over title for fans of the genre. And honestly, if you're at the school dance and can't hook up with the prom queen, there's no harm in settling for some other good-looking girl who's available, even if she's not too deep or smart or much of a conversationalist. Just hold a hushed finger up to her lips, get comfortable, and enjoy the view.