EuroGamer have taken a hands-on look at Gothic, a promising third person action role-playing game which is already available in its native Germany, but is still looking for a publisher for the rest of the world. Here's a little intro:

    "Gothic is set in a dark medieval fantasy world ravaged by war between humans and orcs. The whole thing takes place within a vast forced labour camp which has been taken over by the prisoners, giving it something of an Escape From New York feel at times, and your character is himself a convict. But before you are thrown through the magical barrier that surrounds the camp you are given a sealed message to deliver to a group of magicians stranded within..."