Gothic [0] – Making the Game Work on Windows 8

Surprise, surprise, made me buy another game. This time, it was Gothic. Last time I played it, I just discovered the possibilities the internet offered me, and so I managed to download a RIP of this game on a 56k dial-up connection. It weighed about 100 MB, so it took me about two nights (and a big Internet bill) to download it. It hindsight, this probably wasn’t very smart, but that’s why we have hindsight.

Gothic - Windows 8 Full Screen Issue

This is what I got when I started the game. Unacceptable!

In any case, pretty much everything was ripped from the game, including voices, videos and higher level textures. Even with that in mind, I had a lot of fun with the game. I never completed it, though, so I decided to get it the proper way this time. The problem? Windows 8 has issues with Gothic.

Gothic Full Screen Problem on Windows 8 and How to Fix It

For some reason, on my Windows 8 machine (might also be on Windows 7), the game refuses to stay in full screen. Instead, it keeps resetting to a 640×480 windowed resolution. Even worse, the windowed mode doesn’t work properly so the game keeps crashing.

Thanks to (which is an amazing site), I managed to fix this issue. I actually had to download the Application Compatibility Toolkit and install a fix in order to get around this full screen/ window issue. These days, the fix has been updated, so all you need to do is to download and run the batch (.bat) file from the wiki.

Gothic should now work correctly in full screen. If you have Gothic 2, an added bonus is that the sequel should now be fixed as well.

Now for me, while the full screen mode was now working, the game still refused to remember the resolution settings, so I had to fix that to.

How to Force Any Resolution in Gothic on Startup

This part is simpler. What you need to do is to create a shortcut to Gothic.exe and put it in any place you like. Once you have it, right click it and go to Properties. You should have something like [code]X:\InstallPath\Gothic\system\Gothic.exe[/code] in the target field. Turn it into [code]X:\InstallPath\Gothic\system\Gothic.exe –zRes:1920,1080,32[/code] to make the game run in 1920×1080 resolution at 32-bit color. Of course, you can put any other resolution in there. Most of the standard resolutions should work.

Gothic - Shortcut Properties

You need to add something to the “Target” field, not “Start in”.

There’s also a possibility that your install path has spaces in it. In that case, your path will probably look something like

[code]”X:\Install Path\Gothic\system\Gothic.exe”[/code] What you do in this case is to add the extra stuff at the very end of the string, so it looks like [code]”X:\Install Path\Gothic\system\Gothic.exe” –zRes:1920,1080,32[/code] If you put it inside, it won’t work.


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  • Alex White

    Thanks a lot man!!! I’ve got my Gothic working on Windows 8 🙂

    • No problem! Thanks for commenting!

  • Cesar Sanguineti

    Hello. Very interesting indeed. I am sorry to say it did not work for me. I have Gothic Universe (1 + 2 + 3) and Windows 8.


    • Hi!

      Which part didn’t work? The full screen fix or the resolution forcing? Or both?

  • Arkose

    The wiki’s fullscreen border fix has been updated with a .bat installer; the Application Compatibility Toolkit isn’t needed any more. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ll update my post accordingly.

  • Mihai Moisei

    Did you try Arcania Gothic IV on Win8.1 ? I got this error : The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)

    • Sorry, I haven’t. Not yet, at least.

  • Marcus

    The download don’t work?? I click Download but nothing happened..

    • It looks like there’s something wrong on the site, so you should probably try again later. If it still won’t work, I’ll try and dig up the files myself and put them up somewhere else. I’ll let you know in a reply here and I’ll update the post in that case.

    • The download link now works, but I’ve also added a mirror of my own, in case it goes down again. I’d prefer people used the official link, since that one will be most up to date, but this can serve as a backup.

      • Marcus

        Thanks Nikola, I got it. I can now play fullscreen, only that I can’t seems to get Gothic to detect my Nvidia GE635m graphic card. It’s reading my Intel GPU and the quality is abit off…

  • Piraja27

    Cutscenes are missing but game works.

  • Bushwhacker2k

    Yay! I tried that site’s borderless fullscreen fix previously but for some reason only the mirror download I got linked to from this worked (it was actually a different zip file, mysteriously)! Thanks, Nikola! 😀

    (Also, thank you, random Polish Youtubers that linked me here despite me not understanding anything you say!)

    • It’s always nice to hear something I wrote helped someone, so you’re very welcome!