Baldur's Gate 3 GOTY
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For the many accolades Larian Studios' roleplaying epic, Baldur's Gate 3, has earned, the fact that it even exists is somehow still its most impressive accomplishment of all. Its predecessor, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, was released almost a quarter of a century ago and is still considered one of the all-time genre greats. Not only did Larian surpass it with Baldur's Gate 3, it reimagined the classic series for a new generation and found monstrous success in the process.

It tells a masterfully written story that weaves engaging character interaction and titanic combat sequences with quieter moments of revelry and contemplation. Origin characters allow the narrative to be expanded and even experienced from multiple perspectives, and Larian has the confidence to lock meaningful amounts of content behind each, adding incredibly compelling reasons to replay this lengthy game over and over again.

Combat is about as excellent as turn-based CRPGs get, and rather than make concessions, respectfully demands your attention. Easy to pick up and play but insanely complex at its core, character depth and progression make the experience of playing through the game a worthy and memorable experience, regardless of the choices made.

Baldur's Gate 3 sets the bar for RPGs so high that other developers will be playing catch up for years, and we can't wait to see where the series goes next.

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Do you agree with Baldur's Gate 3 being our #2 Game of the Year? (1,742 votes)

  1. It should be higher on the list77%
  2. Yeah, it's about right8%
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