Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 is the third main game in the Baldur's Gate series, itself based upon the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing system. Developed by Larian Studios, BG3 has been available in early access for willing gamers since October of 2020. For those that enjoy roleplaying games, the good news is that the game is a lot of fun, although given it is early access content, the game is not finished and is a work in progress for eventual release. You can play the game on Steam, Gog and Stadia (my format). Heaven help you with the latter as there is no support or encouragement offered for those foolish enough to sample the game on Stadia with a Stadia controller. 

Some things simply will not work there and reporting any bugs, glitches or wonky stuff gets you an  absolutely zero response, although there is at least been some indication that Larian Studios considers that format VERY LOW PRIORITY. Funny too, as that was not at all indicated in the fine print upon purchase?  Adding insult to injury with each subsequent patch, your saves on Stadia are erased forcing you to start back over again. At this point only the first act of the game is playable and the most egregious sin has been that since their last patch, character creation was broken somewhat and NONE of my characters will level up at all. Try tackling the tougher bosses without the benefit of more powerful traits, spells and other attributes of whichever build your were working on as a level one character that has already run through 95% of the current content and you might get the picture?

Anyway, to anyone interested (or who is desperately awaiting the eventual release of the next Dragon Age game on consoles); by the way --- so am I, this warning is meant for you. Baldur's Gate 3 may divide some of the hardcore D & D gamers who believe that this new game skews closer to a Divinity: Original Sin sequel by the same developer over the previous Baldur's Gate games of the past, but even as it stands, it shows much promise. If only someone who didn't mind selling it to Stadia users would actually fix a few of the more annoying things that their patches have fouled up? 

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