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Baldur’s Gate 3: A Love Letter to D&D and the New Gold Standard for RPGs

If you’ve ever yearned for the ultimate Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) experience in a game, look no further than Baldur’s Gate 3! Developed by Larian Studios, this is not just a game; it’s an epic saga. After many hours of delving into its sprawling world, I can confidently say that this game is a critical hit on all fronts.

A World Teeming with Choices

From being in an ancient vault, facing a doomsday weapon, or in an underwater prison racing against time. To going all the way, sharing a tipsy kiss with a mysterious cleric on a rocky outcrop? Baldur’s Gate 3 offers all this and more. It’s like having a Dungeon Master (DM) who knows just when to throw a curveball or offer a moment of levity. The game’s narrative is so flexible that the main quest often feels like a mere suggestion. You can zig-zag through the story, revisit side quests, and even change your decisions based on new information or relationships. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure book on steroids!

Characters That Live and Breathe

The game offers six ‘Origin’ characters, each with their own compelling backstories and arcs. Whether it’s Shadowheart grappling with her faith or Karlach yearning for a normal life, these characters are not mere NPCs; they’re co-stars in your tale! They chat, bicker, and even form relationships as you traverse the Sword Coast, making the game feel like a living, breathing world.

Leveling Up the Role-Playing Game

Baldur’s Gate 3 takes the D&D’s levelling system and gives it a narrative twist. As you progress, characters can multiclass, gaining new abilities that align with their evolving stories. Magical items offering build versatility, are also a perfect fit for this digital reincarnation of a pen-and-paper classic. It’s not just about gaining XP; it’s about growing as characters in a richly detailed world.

A Symphony of Set Pieces

The game’s main quests are nothing short of spectacular, blending intricate puzzles, intense combat, and impeccable vibes. These are some of the best dungeons you’ll ever experience, period. But be warned: the game’s expansive world can be a double-edged sword. It’s easy to miss out on entire quests or reach points of no return if you’re not careful. It’s a testament to the game’s authenticity but can be frustrating for completionists.

A Few Quirks but Mostly Magic

No game is perfect, and Baldur’s Gate 3 has its share of minor issues, like performance hiccups in later acts and a sometimes-tricky camera. But these are mere footnotes in an otherwise spellbinding experience. In an era of half-baked releases, the fact that this game works as well as it does is nothing short of amazing!

Replayability: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The game’s branching narratives and multiple Origin characters make replayability a core feature. Want to try an ‘evil’ playthrough after being a goody-two-shoes? Go for it! The game is so rich in content that you could easily spend another hundred hours and still discover new things.

In summary, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a triumph of game design, storytelling, and sheer passion for D&D. It’s not just one of the best D&D games or RPGs ever made; it’s a new gold standard for the genre!

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  • Lemmy 29 September 2023

    I played loads of D&D and other games like that as a kid. Baldur’s Gate 3 implements loads of the mechanics you saw in the tabletop game but you don’t need a group of smelly mates to play it. Highly recommended.

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