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October 16th, 2020, 21:29
Pocket-Lint checked out Baldur's Gate 3:

Baldur's Gate 3 initial review: A sprawling RPG epic

Larian had been cranking out solid games in the Divinity series for good few years before its reputation skyrocketed with the release of Divinity 2: Original Sin - it struck gold with its combination of role-playing fun and devilishly organic combat.

Now the developer has been given the keys to the castle so pined-after by developers around the world - an official Dungeons and Dragons license and the long-awaited third entry in the Baldur's Gate franchise. Each bringing enormous new pressure.

But from the early access build of Baldur's Gate 3 that we've been playing, it's looking like something special once again.

A new, old start

The first two Baldur's Gate games are straightforwardly seminal in the canon of interactive roleplaying; enormous adventures that were different for each player that played them through, with a large cast of memorable characters and storylines to sink into.

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First ImpressionsUntil then, though, Baldur's Gate 3 is looking like a delightful treat for PC gamers before the glut of next-gen console launches arrives. It's got a deep adventure to offer with a range of companions that are impressivesly nuanced and fun to engage with, and combat that'll keep you thinking.

Early access versions are a minefield, so you can't really afford to come into Baldur's Gate expecting a totally smooth time - that simply won't happen. For now, though, there's still a whole lot of adventurous fun to be had, and Larian's world design has never looked so luminous and gorgeous.

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October 17th, 2020, 14:50
Great a review from someone that never played BG 1 or 2. /clap for millenial crap.

It's ok, I am just salty that it has nothing to do with BG at all - it can still be a great game that me and everybody else can enjoy.
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October 18th, 2020, 00:16
It is amazingly well written and fun. Every night I play I find new things I had missed or new ways of doing things as I go through with various characters. The tea house visit is one of my new favorites.

Also playing a Drow is ridiculously fun to do.
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Originally Posted by wolfgrimdark View Post
Also playing a Drow is ridiculously fun to do.
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Probably because Drow and Half-Drow are hated by the surface races. Just my two cents based on lore and past PC RPGs. As I wont play the Early Access version of BG III.
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Why?.
Keeping it general, to avoid spoilers, simply because there are a lot of dialogue options related to them. I enjoy getting into discussions and seeing the option:

[DROW]: Blah blah bhal

In addition I love how the goblins react to you as a Drow as they think you are one of them. You get a lot of ass kissing from them in certain cases. In one the goblin wasn't sure if he should bow to you or attack you … what happens depends on where you take the dialogue of course.

After playing a half-elf and Tiefling in the goblin areas it was rather fun to be a Drow.

Nothing earth-shattering mind you. It is these little things, however, that I often enjoy in games.
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Have you tried a Githyanki yet? I wonder how goblins are to them?
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Have you tried a Githyanki yet? I wonder how goblins are to them?
I don't think that the Githyanki have any association with goblins since they come from the Astral Plane. As far as I remember, Lae'zel didn't have anything special to say about goblins.
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