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General Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access

Baldur's Gate III is now available for early access on Steam and on Stadia.

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I couldn't get the Steam version working on my Mac, but the Stadia version works just fine. The opening tutorial level is pretty gruesome (at one point I had to squish somebody's brain) and the mind flayer airship you're trying to escape from beings to mind the movie Aliens a lot.

Character creation is quick and easy, although options in the early access are limited. The gameplay is like Divinity Original Sin 2 with the 5E rules layered over it. I've only played an hour or so of the game, and as an early access game, it is occasionally a bit buggy, but nothing showstopping (yet).

This isn't a review (I haven't played enough of it to do that, and I don't think it's fair to review an early access version anyway); it's mainly just an alert to the few people who don't already know it's available. If any such person exists!
 
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CapnZapp

Legend
Yeah I actually loaded a different save first time I got to those ruins because I thought that there must have been a way to resolve an encounter with named NPCs differently. I mean why even name them if you cannot interact with them outside combat? How would I even know their names? Speak with Dead?
Note: not talking about the pair where you have an actual conversation.

Talking about 5 or so bandits you meet slightly later. Since there was no dialogue, I assume there's no peaceful resolution.
 

CapnZapp

Legend
One thing I really liked was that even the individual goblins in the encampment were named. It made the world feel more real than if it were just a bunch of "goblin tracker" and "bugbear thug" critters.
As long as you can interact with them.

Not much of a point in seeing Bob and Sue if you can only kill or be killed.
 

It would help if the player character weren't assumed to always be leader.
If you send someone charismatic to the front to take the face role, you would much easier be able to focus on your strengths.
Most of the time you can send a more charismatic character to talk, and the game even allows them to use their tags.
But yeah, the really important plot conversations are just you.
 

It would help if the player character weren't assumed to always be leader.

If you send someone charismatic to the front to take the face role, you would much easier be able to focus on your strengths.
You can - sort of. It has a tendency to flip back to the main character, and I suspect some conversations are flagged "main character only", but I managed to have companion Wyll do a good portion of the talking.
 

Iry

Hero
Shadowheart's problems do feel very "Shar". Memory gaps when you worship Shar? It couldn't be that the goddess of forgetfullness is manipulating you . . .
I think it would be possible to have her change gods or at least heavily reconsider her relation with her goddess down the line.
She's a cleric of Selûne that has been tricked into forgetting her faith. Quite the victory for Shar, at least until the player gets involved. I'm sure we will be able to influence her to stick with Shar or go back to Selûne later.
 

One thing to consider is all these character are playable, and as the PC they are free to make good or evil choices, so any of them could be played with any alignment.
 






GreenTengu

Adventurer
I will try this game when there is a mod that allows one to play as a hobgoblin or orc (even half-orc). Since it is very obvious the actual studio won't release such options.

Until then, as impressive as the videos I have watched look, I kind of feel excluded from enjoying this.
 

Gradine

Final Form
I will try this game when there is a mod that allows one to play as a hobgoblin or orc (even half-orc). Since it is very obvious the actual studio won't release such options.

Until then, as impressive as the videos I have watched look, I kind of feel excluded from enjoying this.
Half-orc will be in; all PHB races have been confirmed. The others seem unlikely in the base full game though.

Githyanki are also an option, if that floats your boat
 

MarkB

Legend
I will try this game when there is a mod that allows one to play as a hobgoblin or orc (even half-orc). Since it is very obvious the actual studio won't release such options.
What gives you that impression? Larian haven't confirmed the final races line-up, but they have said they intend to keep adding more races between now and the game's final release. Since they'll already have in-game models for most common humanoid races, there's no particular reason for them not to adapt them as playable characters.
 

Gradine

Final Form
AFAIK they've ruled out kobolds and goblins. Don't know what that means for other goblinoids though.

DoS2 had lizardfolk so that's not out of the question either
 

GreenTengu

Adventurer
AFAIK they've ruled out kobolds and goblins. Don't know what that means for other goblinoids though.

DoS2 had lizardfolk so that's not out of the question either

Ruling out anything just means it is best for me to wait until community mods. The fact that Drow and Githyanki are options but any sort of Orc or Goblinoid is the kind of thing that I dislike. I totally get that there are a ton of elf fans out there, but one doesn't build fanbases for other fantasy races by appealing only to that demographic.
There seem to be a couple fun and interesting hobgoblin NPCs in the limited narrative so far. But telling me I can only observe them for short scenes instead of getting to play as one isn't much of a consolation. And Orcs have just been entirely ignored it seems.
 

Nymrod

Explorer
Btw I've yet to have any graphics issue. Maybe it's because my PC is a beast.
I really hope this proves to be friendly to modders
 

Minato

Villager
Ruling out anything just means it is best for me to wait until community mods. The fact that Drow and Githyanki are options but any sort of Orc or Goblinoid is the kind of thing that I dislike. I totally get that there are a ton of elf fans out there, but one doesn't build fanbases for other fantasy races by appealing only to that demographic.
There seem to be a couple fun and interesting hobgoblin NPCs in the limited narrative so far. But telling me I can only observe them for short scenes instead of getting to play as one isn't much of a consolation. And Orcs have just been entirely ignored it seems.
Half-Orcs will be in the final game, it seems they just aren't ready yet.
 

Vael

Hero
I can't recall where I read(heard?) it, so take this with a grain of salt, but I thought Larian was planning on implementing every race and class that is in the PHB. So, yes, Dragonborn, Gnome and Half-Orcs for sure are coming and the other 6 classes: Barbarian, Bard, Druid, Monk, Paladin and Sorcerer.
 

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