A Legendary New Chapter
Gather ’round gamers and let me spin a tale of absolute greatness.
We’re talking about Baldur’s Gate 3, the sickest installment yet in the OG Baldur’s Gate series dropped in 2023 by the Belgian wizards at Larian Studios.
Early Access & Full Release
In 2020, BG3 slid into early access on PC like a rogue in the shadows. We got a taste of that sweet RPG action but were thirsty for more. After level grinding in early access and working out some bugs, it finally unleashed its full power in August 2023 on PC. Then the console homies got blessed – PlayStation, Xbox and macOS players could dive in!
Critical Acclaim & Awards
Now let’s discuss how BG3 came in hot, blowing up with critical acclaim.
We’re talking Game of the Year contender status, snagging trophies left and right. It seized the Golden Joystick for Best Visual Design, RP Game of the Year at The Game Awards, and a Game Critics Award for Best Role Playing Game. Straight up legendary debut. And Larian Studios took home the Studio of the Year crown for crafting this masterpiece.
Gameplay & Features
When it comes to gameplay, BG3 pulls out all the stops.
It’s stacked with single and multi-player adventures so you can squad up and siege dungeons together. Take your pick from 12 unique character classes like druids, rangers, and warlocks, with 46 subclasses to customize your hero. Non-linear questing lets you blaze your own trail through the realms. Turn-based combat and radical spellcasting provide the action. Deep relationship systems let you connect with companions.
And the voice acting? Absolute perfection – we’re talking 1.5 million words delivered by talented voices who bring each hero and villain to life.
Setting & Story
Now let’s take it to the Forgotten Realms, set over a century after the OG BG story.
Expansive landscapes like the Sword Coast, dark reaches like the Underdark, mystical planes like the Astral Sea and the shining metropolis of Baldur’s Gate. The world is bonkers huge with magical secrets and dangerous threats around every corner. The story throws some crazy parasitic tadpole biz at you for good measure too!
When it comes to companions, BG3 delivers squad goals with 10 possible allies. Each has deep backstories, motivations and ideals. Build relationships through dialogue, make game-changing choices, and even get romantic if you want. Your squad is key to saving this world . . . or plunging it into chaos.
Hype & Sales
Let’s talk hype!
BG3 crushed sales when it launched. Steam and GOG hailed it the biggest PC launch day ever.
And get this:
During its early access run, it sold over 2.5 million copies! That’s beyond expectations, y’all.
Reviews & Reception
BG3 brought the heat – 96 on Metacritic and 99% thumbs up on OpenCritic. Critics praised the next-level writing and storytelling that pulls you in deep. Some weren’t vibing with inventory management but playas gonna hate.
And the awards? BG3 snatched Game of the Year nominations across the board. It also hooked Studio of the Year and Narrative Design nods, recognizing the intricate quests and brilliant acting.
Editor’s Thoughts On Baldur’s Gate 3
So listen up people:
BG3 just raised the bar to mythic new heights. This is a landmark RPG, an instant classic in the making with insane attention to detail. A must-play whether you’re a gaming god or just rolled your first D20. Grab your vorpal sword, assemble your unstoppable crew, and embark on this epic saga. Baldur’s Gate 3 is one for the gaming history books!
If you don’t already have a copy, you’re doing yourself a big disfavor . . . you should go check this out!