Friday, October 09, 2020
Baldur's Gate 3
I rarely buy full-price PC games these days. I can get a lot of games for "free" via the Gamepass subscription, and with a lot of other games I can wait for a Steam sale. In spite of that, I bought Baldur's Gate 3 at full price for an early access version yesterday (downloaded it in the evening, haven't had the time to play it yet). That shows you how excited I am about this game.
This is not because the game carries the "Baldur's Gate" brand. In fact, I am not the biggest fan of the Baldur's Gate brand, which I think went downhill fast from the first game. I am, however, a fan of Larian Studios and their Divinity: Original Sin series of games. I love the idea that Baldur's Gate combat went from real-time to turn-based. And I am very excited that it is based on 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. (I am also looking forward to the other 5th edition D&D videogame, Solasta: Crown of the Magister, which I pledged for at the Kickstarter).
While you can't really "roleplay" in a single-player videogame, I have always considered that the tactical rules of Dungeons & Dragons were solid enough to make a good computer game. While the 4th edition D&D rules are probably better compatible with computer games than 5th edition, 4E was kind of a flop, which led to nobody wanting to make a videogame out of it. 5E is a smash hit and all over the internet, so the commercial interest is higher.
So I will try out Baldur's Gate III this weekend, and probably post some first impressions afterwards. I am aware that the game is far from finished, but it still is big enough that I won't finish the existing content in one weekend. I am really interested how much it feels like 5E Dungeons & Dragons.