The title of this article says it all, but I would like to give credit where credit is due and say that this piece was ultimately inspired by @CoreyMotley and @StephenTotilo. Custom art by @Alex_Connolly!
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.
What We Scroll Through In The Shadows
HIGH Strong character writing. A great taster for the Vampire setting.
LOW Bare-bones features discourage repeat play.
WTF How’d it take this long to get some good Malkavians in a game?!
HIGH Chaining counterattacks between multiple enemies.
LOW The near-endless grind.
WTF How are skeletons bleeding this much?!
As a steampunk puzzle-platformer set in a lush fantasy world, Project Grove puts players in the shoes of an alchemist hunting for magical plants to catalog and research.
HIGH The minigames and monochrome aesthetic.
LOW Game-breaking bugs and wonky controls.
WTF A disappointing, weak climax.
HIGH Delightful visuals.
LOW An abrupt ending.
WTF Why is the co-op so unbalanced?
HIGH The first boss fight is kind of okay!
LOW The jumping is awful, and it’s a platformer.
WTF I suspect that zero people playtested the rocket-pack sequence.
Gotta Find ’em All! Seriously, you do.
HIGH The final spirit bomb is beautiful.
LOW Skipping over the journey inside Buu with a voice-over.
WTF Mr. Satan is so much more of a hero than I remembered!
HIGH The new mounts are a fantastic addition to the formula.
LOW Environmental slope attacks not triggering when they should.
WTF Shouldn’t there have been a Dragon’s Dogma crossover event by now?