I know the last few years have been rough for a variety of reasons, but one of the few indicators that we’re not quite living in the darkest timeline was last year’s announcement that Baldur’s Gate would be resurrected by none other than Larian Studios. Their recent work on Divinity: Original Sin and its sequel – two of my favorite games – has made them, to my mind, the most qualified team to inherit the long-dormant series. I was recently invited to Manhattan for a first look at Baldur’s Gate III, and based on what I saw, the pairing seems to be every bit as perfect as I’d hoped.
Author: Mike Suskie
HIGH Chaining counterattacks between multiple enemies.
LOW The near-endless grind.
WTF How are skeletons bleeding this much?!
HIGH The climax of the necktie subplot.
LOW Way too many typos.
WTF A Whitney Houston reference in this fictional world.
Hey! I don’t have much to say. It was an okay year.
The Force Goes Back To Sleep
a blaster bolt back at the guy who fired it.
LOW Cal is the worst.
WTF An actor forgot what accent he was supposed to be doing.
HIGH “Taking heart.”
LOW The lack of options and lack of general anxiety.
WTF Selling what was previously a demo to people who already own the full game.
Try, Try Again
HIGH Yes, the developers did think of that.
LOW A handful of jokes and references don’t land.
WTF Those poor dolphins…
HIGH The constant stream of Likes from people using my structures.
LOW One dreadful product placement.
WTF Guillermo del Toro’s character is voiced by someone else?
Feed It Into The Chipper
HIGH A lush soundtrack.
LOW Falling into a deathtrap I couldn’t see.
WTF Is that lava? Why isn’t it giving off light during the dark segments?
Honk If You’re Misanthropic
HIGH A dedicated honk button.
LOW An occasionally-nauseating camera.
WTF The logic behind the trick for getting into the pub.