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Baldur's Gate 3 - Review @ RPGFan

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    Baldur's Gate 3 Review

    From the beginning, Baldur's Gate III hands you control of your destiny and then makes you question whether your choices were ever your own or if you were under someone else's control the whole time. By the end, even with all the choices behind me, I clearly couldn't save everyone. Possibly not anyone. Maybe not even myself. Those choices definitely mattered, but the complexities of life dictate that you can never control every aspect of it. I was a savior, but at an incredible cost. Anyway, does my pontificating matter, or is it time to roll up a new character and see if I can affect change?

    From this unique start, you set out on a strange journey with a parasite hitchhiking a ride inside your head, threatening to turn you into a mind flayer. Your character used to be an Adventurer until they took a worm to the brain. For a game promising freedom of choice, this could have presented a problem by forcing you into a narrow narrative tunnel and narrowing the possibilities for role-playing. Thankfully, this is just the start of the game. You're in an odd position, as you're not so much a hero but merely a person desperately searching for a cure to a disease that may have none. As surprising as waking up with a tadpole in your noggin would be, Baldur's Gate III spins off in even stranger directions and unfurls into a wild adventure, letting you dictate the direction, and oh, what directions you can dictate.

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    There are good games and great games, and then there are games that change the game entirely. Baldur's Gate III is that rare case that charts its own route, building on the best of what came before it and breaking new ground. With how responsive the game is to the specifics of your created character, it could be explored virtually forever with endless new stuff to discover tucked into millions of little corners. The world is intricate and wonderous enough to want to live in it, and the characters are so intriguing that you cherish every conversation and want to save them all from themselves (and good luck doing that!). It's an explosion of the imagination so powerful that it's unthinkable that Larian was able to fit it all into one game, but they did. So, gather your party and venture forth!

    Pros
    Feels like playing D&D, complex and beautiful characters, unique and enthralling narrative and story structure, beautiful lived-in world, excellent soundtrack.

    Cons
    Some serious bugs.

    Bottom Line
    It's like a D&D campaign with a DM who has a funky imagination and still manages to make you think, laugh and cry all at the same time, and it's utterly unforgettable in all the best ways.

    Score: 95/100
     
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