Baldur’s Gate 3’s combat completely changed player’s minds on turn-based games

Lucas Simons
Baldur's Gate 3 Gnoll ambush

Fans of the RPG & TTRPG genres are praising all that Baldur’s Gate 3 has to offer, even some reluctant players who refused to accept turn-based combat.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has everything it needs to become an all-time great title in the RPG genre. And that can’t be said about any game you find across the myriad of options available in the market. During their Sword Coast adventures, players can meet an incredible number of memorable characters and also hateful villains.

But some players simply can’t get used to the turn-based combat, which is a common characteristic of these kinds of games. Often, they require more patience and strategic thinking, and are counter-intuitive when compared with most hack-and-slash mainstream titles.

However, players like Reddit user ‘Remi8732’ can have a change of heart once in a while. And here’s what this player found out about Baldur’s Gate 3 combat that convinced them that not all turn-based combat games are the same.

After playing Baldur’s Gate 3, Remi8732 said this about this title’s combat: “I typically thought turn based games were outdated but there’s something invigorating about taking on a fort with your companions and the rolls don’t critically miss and you win the day all because you chose to violently murder a person who disrespected one of your companions.”

And then, added: “I can explore and play at my own pace and it’s just a blast and I’m not even through the first act. It’s balanced but most enjoyable.”

Other fans of the RPG genre also responded to this user’s opinion and agreed with them: “BG3 made me realize it’s not turn-based combat that I didn’t like, but random encounters/respawning enemies. Turn-based can get tedious if you have to do it every 5 feet or every time you want to run to a vendor. I love that every encounter is scripted, quality over quantity.”

Certainly, BG3 has a lot of intense combat stages lying around, waiting to be found by players. From a group of goblins ready to ambush you when you drop your guard to a flock of cursed ravens hellbent on plucking your eyes out.

Another player added some insight on Larian’s take on RPG combat: “Combat almost always involves discovering things, resolving conflicts, delivering justice, etc. Not just killing for its own sake (unless you are doing a very specific playthrough).”

For those who want to try for themselves, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a lot of personalization options for your character creation. So here’s a good build if you want to play a Paladin, and here you have a great setup to build a Necromancer and terrorize your foes.

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