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Starfield - Baldur's Gate 3 has ruined it for me

Discussion in 'Game/SP News & Comments' started by RPGWatch, Sep 8, 2023.

  1. RPGWatch

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    [​IMG]Opinion piece about Starfield and Baldur's Gate 3 on PC Gamer:


    Baldur's Gate 3 has ruined Starfield for me

    Bethesda's latest can't help but feel shallow by comparison.

    When The Outer Worlds was first announced in 2017, I was super excited. A new Fallout-like game from the studio behind all-time classic New Vegas? What a pitch! But when we all got to play it two years later, the experience was muted, and I ended up putting barely a few hours into it before realising I just didn't care enough to continue.

    It wasn't that it was a bad game, but it wasn't a very innovative one, and that meant its timing couldn't be worse-because just ten days earlier, Disco Elysium had arrived and absolutely blown the doors off the RPG genre. As Fraser noted at the time, The Outer Worlds could only seem limp by comparison.

    Now I'm getting the exact same feeling playing Starfield right after Baldur's Gate 3.

    BG3 is the kind of RPG you dreamed was possible as a kid. A rich fantasy adventure with the freedom of a D&D campaign-it feels like you can be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do, and the world will always be one step ahead of you with a clever and surprising reaction.

    On the face of it, Starfield's pitch is even more the stuff of childhood daydreams: an RPG where you can jump in a spaceship, fly anywhere in the galaxy, and set foot on hundreds of different planets. A hugely ambitious prospect-but if any studio has the resources and the experience to make something so enormous, it should be Bethesda. What we've got in Starfield, however, is an oddly bland and compromised version of that idea-and where Baldur's Gate 3 is a huge step forward, Starfield feels deeply stuck in the genre's past.

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