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Baldur's Gate 3 Review

by Larian Studios

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Baldur’s Gate 3: A rollercoaster ride of epic battles, mythical creatures, and mind-boggling bugs. It’s Dungeons & Dragons, but with more crashes.

"Baldur's Gate 3" is a role-playing video game developed and published by Belgian game developer Larian Studios. It is the third main installment in the Baldur's Gate series, based on the tabletop fantasy role-playing system of Dungeons & Dragons. The game is available on Windows, PlayStation 5, macOS, and Xbox Series X/S.

Gameplay 8

Baldur’s Gate 3, developed by Larian Studios and available on platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Stadia, and macOS, offers a rich and immersive gameplay experience that is deeply rooted in the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition ruleset. The game allows players to create their own characters or choose from pre-existing ones, offering a high degree of customization. However, some players have expressed concerns about certain gameplay mechanics. For instance, the introduction of Patch 3 was met with mixed reactions, with some players voicing their disagreement with the changes. The turn-based combat system, while strategic and engaging, has been criticized for its slow pace. Despite these criticisms, many players appreciate the depth and complexity of the gameplay mechanics.

Graphics 8

The graphics of Baldur’s Gate 3 have been praised for their high quality. The game offers a variety of settings that players can tweak to optimize their experience. The environments are detailed and diverse, ranging from dark dungeons to lush forests. The character models are well-designed, and the animations are smooth. However, some players have reported encountering visual glitches, particularly after the release of Patch 6. These glitches, while not game-breaking, can detract from the overall visual experience.

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Storyline 9

The storyline of Baldur’s Gate 3 is set in the Forgotten Realms, a popular fantasy world. The plot picks up 140 years after the events of its predecessor, Baldur’s Gate 2. The story revolves around the player’s character, who, along with other characters, is held captive on a mind flayer Nautiloid ship. The narrative has been praised for its depth and complexity, although the impact of player choices on the overall story arc has been a point of contention. The dialogue is well-written, and the voice acting is top-notch. However, some players feel that the story progression is too slow.

Multiplayer 7

Baldur’s Gate 3 supports 2-4 player co-op, either locally or online. The multiplayer experience allows players to tackle the game’s challenges together, adding a new layer of strategy and cooperation. However, the multiplayer experience has been described as different rather than better, and the transition from PC to PS5 has been noted as a significant adjustment. Some players have reported issues with the multiplayer mode, such as connection problems and desynchronization.

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Issues 6

Despite its strengths, Baldur’s Gate 3 has had its share of issues. Players have reported bugs, crashes, and other problems, particularly following the release of Patch 6. These issues have ranged from aggressive characters to progression halts in Honour Mode. The developers have been actively addressing these issues through patches and updates, but some players feel that the game still needs more polishing.

Conclusion 10

In conclusion, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a game that offers a rich and immersive experience, with a deep and complex storyline, high-quality graphics, and engaging gameplay. However, it is not without its flaws, with various issues and bugs impacting the player experience. Despite these issues, the game has been largely well-received by the player community, and it continues to evolve and improve through patches and updates. Overall, Baldur’s Gate 3 earns a score of 8 out of 10.

Player Quotes

"Is it the intricate storytelling, the depth of character customization, the strategic combat system, or even the nostalgic music and art design that captivates you?"

"I would love to see it embedded into the game too. I submitted feedback with pretty much the same request you have laid out."

"Absolutely. Like Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, and like the Divinity: Original Sin games, co-op is there, but it's built as a single-player game first and foremost."

"Remove the baldurian background from Dark Urge for narrative consistency?"

"Larian, this place is SEVERELY overtuned. It needs reworked, because this is BS."

"All I want is split screen and controller support."

"This Is Good Game!"

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