Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 is already a hit, with players losing track of time as they get sucked into the immersive gameplay, with one even expressing worry about never being able to finish the RPG game. Others chime in with similar stories and highlight the replay value and depth of choice offered in the game. With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on the horizon, however, they express initial disappointment but then turn their attention to the new Baldur’s Gate.
“I’m already 176 hours in and I’m not even close to done,” one user expresses. “If BG3 is even half as good as the other two, it’ll be worth the money.” Another says they’ve already clocked over 100 hours and are still only in Act 1.
“I’m not a big fan of the slower gameplay,” another admits, “but I have to admit, I had a blast.” A few mention having children but remark that they manage to find time for both gaming and raising kids.
“I remember the days when I could play a game for 10 hours straight,” one user jokes, to which another replies, “I do that with every single RPG that comes out.” The fast-paced gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is contrasted with the more methodical and tactical nature of Baldur’s Gate 3, but one user who initially didn’t like the style of BG3 admits that “I’m having a blast,” and that it’s “definitely worth it.”
“I’m playing on normal and I’m constantly worried I’m making the game too easy,” one gamer says of the difficulty slider in BG3, which allows you to tailor the game to your own preferences. “Games are meant to be fun,” another replies emphatically, “if you can’t handle a little difficulty, then maybe this isn’t for you.”
The companion system
The companion system in the new Baldur’s Gate is also getting a lot of praise, with each companion being customizable and the relationships between the player, the companion, and other NPCs getting very nuanced. This, combined with multiple ways to approach every situation, means that every playthrough is different and that no choice is ever inconsequential.
“I can’t wait to get back to this,” a user says of the first few hours of Baldur’s Gate 3, “and then the rest of the game.” Another replies to a post about how you can steal items in BG3, saying “it’s like a breath of fresh air,” and highlighting that “I’ve never stolen anything in any of these games” – despite being a fan of the series.
“Play both and see which one will offer you more content and story for your money,” one user advises another, who asks which game to get between Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and the new Baldur’s Gate. “I bought both,” the reply reads, “and couldn’t even start BG3 because I hadn’t played the first two installments.” The advice is to play the previous games, then, but also to consider whether you should be pirating either of these games. “I’m sure the devs are celebrating the success of their game right now,” another user says, “so I’m not going to steal it.”
Baldur’s Gate 3 is already a hit, then, and one of the most successful launches of the year. If you’re not sure whether to buy it, hopefully this roundup of the best Baldur’s Gate 3 reviews has given you the confidence to take the plunge.