2 Hours Into Baldur's Gate 3 and We're Sold

2 Hours Into Baldur's Gate 3 and We're Sold

After watching two hours of Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay, it’s hard not to compare it to Larian’s most recent RPG-darling, Divinity: Original Sin 2. But BG3 is not simply Baldur’s Gate: Original Sin –it builds upon and morphs DOS2’s isometric turn-based RPG system into a gorgeous world, touched – well, more like bathed – in Dungeons & Dragons’ current rules, systems, and lore. As someone who loves Original Sin 2 and D&D, I’m absolutely on board for all of it. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/27/2-hours-into-baldurs-gate-3-and-were-sold”] My heart is telling me to start with the D&D nerdery, but, damn, Baldur’s Gate 3 is beautiful. Definitely watch the full video preview above to get a sense of what it looks like, and the full cinematic below. Sure, we saw a few hiccups here and there, like admittedly misbehaving hair, but since our preview build was running on what’s basically a whole new engine we were reminded Baldur’s Gate 3 is “still very much in development. While some elements have been ripped straight from the last iteration of Larian’s engine – like the 2-player local, 4-player online co-op multiplayer – Baldur’s Gate’s new rule system, its entire cinematic pipeline, and – to quote Larian directly – a “shitload” of features added on top that aren’t finished yet, are all new updates. A lot of these changes are visual – like a new dialog-driven cinematic camera, and a zoomed-in “almost-third-person” camera-view option – but some of the bigger differences are mechanical. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/27/baldurs-gate-3-opening-cinematic-in-4k”] For starters, verticality plays a major role in Baldur’s Gate 3 – with many environments comprised of three or four layers in the same space. Players can hide in the rafters, or explore seemingly unreachable areas that require creativity – like a risky jump – to access. And though it seems like a small addition, stacking boxes to leap up vertical levels opens up a legitimate new exploration tool. This adds yet another layer of gameplay, too, because from what we saw, nearly every object in Baldur’s Gate 3 can be manipulated. Hanging candelabras, for example, are atmospheric, sure, but they’re also begging to be dropped onto enemies stupid enough to stand underneath them. If environmental traps aren’t your thing, you can dip your bow into fire to acquire flaming arrows (that can light flammable materials like barrels of smokepowder), or find alternate entries into dungeons by using a rock slide to smash a hole…
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Baldur’s Gate 3 Aims to Capture the D&D Spirit

Baldur’s Gate 3 Aims to Capture the D&D Spirit

If you’re reading this, it’s because A) You want to know about Baldur’s Gate 3 the video game – which you can read and watch more about in our Baldur’s Gate 3 preview, and maybe B) How Dungeons-&-Dragons-y is Baldur’s Gate 3, really? That second point is what I’m going to cover. If you’re a D&D nerd like me, you might be wondering about things like passive perception, initiative, how a video game could possibly handle the ‘Wish’ spell, and how Baldur’s Gate 3 connects with the tabletop – you know, that good nerd stuff. So let me answer the big question the best I can: Baldur’s Gate 3 is very Dungeons-and-Dragons-y. Lots of video games over the years have tried to capture the insane unpredictability – and I hesitate to say, soul – of Dungeons & Dragons by the sheer muscly breadth of their systems. Most have failed, regardless of whether they’re good or bad video games. It’s not really about that. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/27/2-hours-into-baldurs-gate-3-and-were-sold”] If you play D&D you know that it’s more than just a bunch of cool parts bound together in a player’s handbook or monster manual, and recreating those parts alone can’t necessarily make the whole. Like a sweet, shiny clockwork golem, the cogs can be in place, those gears can whir, the pistons can surge chaotic fire through the frame, but it still doesn’t have a soul. That’s because Dungeons & Dragons is more than just dirty twenties and nat ones and plus-two loot for your action-surging fighter. There’s this intangible, honest creativity that can’t easily be programmed or rendered – if it all. It’s a thing that only seems to materialize between collective imaginations if you’re lucky enough to tap a vein of it. So, with that long-winded perspective gleaned, with everything I’ve seen firsthand and learned directly from the developers, I can say Baldur’s Gate 3 is looking like it’s damn close to lighting the spark. Measuring the Intangibles Whenever I try to explain why it’s hard to recreate the Dungeons and Dragons experience, the easiest example I go to is the arcane schools of magic and the mind-bending shenanigans they offer. You’ve got spells like Firebolt, Fireball, Haste, Dimension Door, Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion, and Meteor Storm – all fairly straightforward, right? Then you’ve got things like Minor Illusion, Major Image, Suggestion, Phantasmal Killer, Legend Lore, and Wish leaning on the intangibles of…
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Gaige Returns In New Borderlands 3 Lovecraft DLC

Gaige Returns In New Borderlands 3 Lovecraft DLC

During its PAX East 2020 panel, Gearbox announced Borderlands 3 season pass owners would receive four campaign-focused DLCs in 2020. Following on the heels of Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, Borderlands 3 will take a Lovecraftian turn in Guns, Love, and Tentacles–scheduled for March 26. Two more major expansions will be coming in 2020 as well, the third will arrive in the summer while the fourth will release later.”One of the key pillars of [Guns, Love, and Tentacles] was to put the love back into Lovecraft,” Gearbox art director Jonathan Rancourt said in an interview with GameSpot. “We’re going for a strong contrast between those [Lovecraftian] landscapes and the story of a love worth telling. You’re going to be in a frozen wasteland where there are high mountain peaks that convey a sense of horror in some ways. But the story is lighter and it’s about Hammerlock and Wainwright sharing their wedding. There’s always trouble when you’re going through your wedding and, this time around, it’s even crazier.”Borderlands 3 will get four major post-launch campaign-focused DLC expansions in 2020.Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs won’t be the only familiar faces you’ll be running into during Guns, Love, and Tentacles–Borderlands 2’s first DLC character, Gaige, is finally coming back. Much like Lilith, Mordecai, Zer0, and the rest of the Vault Hunters from previous games, Gaige returns as a companion NPC, not a playable character.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Every Secret From The Baldur's Gate 3 Opening Cinematic

Every Secret From The Baldur's Gate 3 Opening Cinematic

With a new Baldur’s Gate 3 trailer we got to work dissecting every piece of the new cinematic for hidden secrets and lore. Who is this Githyanki? What is Ceramorphosis? What is a Mind Flayer? Is that city Baldur’s Gate? We answer all those questions and more.
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We Saw Two Hours Of Baldur's Gate 3, And It Was A Lot

We Saw Two Hours Of Baldur's Gate 3, And It Was A Lot

Mike Mahardy and Dave Jewitt recently met up with Larian Studios to watch creative director Swen Wincke play through two hours from the highly anticipated CRPG Baldur’s Gate 3 – here’s what they thought.
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How Larian Studios Hopes To Transcend Baldur's Gate 3's Legacy

How Larian Studios Hopes To Transcend Baldur's Gate 3's Legacy

During a panel at PAX East, the first gameplay from the much-anticipated Baldur’s Gate 3 was revealed by developer Larian Studios, which is best known for the acclaimed Divinity: Original Sin and its sequel. Prior to this showcase at PAX, we were able to sit down with Larian creative director Swen Wincke to discuss the challenges of creating the game, working with Wizards of the Coast, and much more. Read on for our full chat and check out our breakdown of the new intro cinematic.Mike Mahardy: I know Larian has been pursuing the Baldur’s Gate license for a while now. Is it true that Divinity: Original Sin 2 was kind of like a tryout for Wizards of the Coast? A way for you to say, “Hey, we can handle this license?”Swen Wincke, Creative Director: I approached them after Divinity: Original Sin (DOS 1). I said, “You should let us make Baldur’s Gate 3. We have a lot of Dungeons and Dragons fans in the office. It’s something that would really motivate them.” They said no, then. Then we were working on DOS 2. In between, I kept on bumping into Nate Stewart at Dungeons and Dragons. He asked me, “What game would you make actually?” I said, “This is what I would make.” He said, “Okay, all right, that’s kind of cool.” But yeah, at the time, the stars were not aligned.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Borderlands 3 New Lovecraft-Themed DLC Sees The Return Of BL2's Gaige

Borderlands 3 New Lovecraft-Themed DLC Sees The Return Of BL2's Gaige

During PAX East, Gearbox revealed the content roadmap for Borderlands 3 Season Pass owners in 2020. Following on the heels of Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, Borderlands 3 will take a dive into Lovecraft with Guns, Love, and Tentacles on March 26. Two more major expansions will be coming in 2020 as well, the third DLC arrives in the summer while the fourth content drop will be released at some point before the year is up.”One of the key pillars of [Guns, Love, and Tentacles] was to put the love back into Lovecraft,” Gearbox art director Jonathan Rancourt said in an interview with GameSpot. “We’re going for a strong contrast between those [Lovecraftian] landscapes and the story of a love worth telling. You’re going to be in a frozen wasteland where there are high mountain peaks that convey a sense of horror in some ways. But the story is lighter and it’s about Hammerlock and Wainwright sharing their wedding. There’s always trouble when you’re going through your wedding and, this time around, it’s even crazier.”Borderlands 3 will get four major post-launch campaign-focused DLC expansions in 2020.Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs won’t be the only familiar faces you’ll be running into during Guns, Love, and Tentacles–Borderlands 2’s first DLC character, Gaige, is finally coming back. Much like Lilith, Mordecai, Zer0, and the rest of the Vault Hunters from previous games, Gaige returns as a companion NPC, not a playable character.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Fortnite Safe House Locations Guide: Where To Find Shadow Safe Houses (Week 2 Challenge)

Fortnite Safe House Locations Guide: Where To Find Shadow Safe Houses (Week 2 Challenge)

Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 rolls on with a new set of challenges to complete. Week 2 brings the second wave of Brutus’s Briefing challenges, and as before, many of these tie into this season’s spy theme. One in particular asks you to find Shadow safe houses. If you’re not sure what those are or where they’re located, we’ve put together the map and guide below to help you out.Where Are The Shadow Safe House Locations?Shadow is one of the two warring spy factions in Fortnite Chapter 2, and this challenge has you traveling to their safe houses. We’ve found five of these hideouts across the map, which is how many you need to visit to complete the task.What makes these safe houses particularly tricky to find is their inconspicuous appearance. They look like normal buildings from the outside, but you’ll know for sure when you stumble upon one, as they’re swarming with AI henchmen, so you’ll need to be cautious when approaching them. We’ve marked down the safe house locations on the map below:Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Fortnite Safe House Locations: Where To Find Shadow Safe Houses (Week 2 Challenge)

Fortnite Safe House Locations: Where To Find Shadow Safe Houses (Week 2 Challenge)

Season 2 of Fortnite Chapter 2 rolls on with a new set of challenges to complete. Week 2 brings the second wave of Brutus’s Briefing challenges, and as before, many of these tie into this season’s spy theme. One in particular asks you to find Shadow safe houses. If you’re not sure where these are located, we’ve put together the map and guide below to help you out.Where Are The Shadow Safe House Locations?Shadow is one of the two warring spy factions in Fortnite Chapter 2, and this challenge has you traveling to their safe houses. We’ve found five of these hideouts across the map, which is how many you need to visit to complete the task.What makes these safe houses particularly tricky to find is their inconspicuous appearance. They look like normal buildings from the outside, but you’ll know for sure when you stumble upon one, as they’re swarming with AI henchmen, so you’ll need to be cautious when approaching them. We’ve marked down the safe house locations on the map below:Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Watch IGN's Black History Month Livestream

Watch IGN's Black History Month Livestream

February is Black History Month, and IGN will be live streaming tomorrow with a bunch of special guests to celebrate. Tune in tomorrow, 28th of February from 1:30PM PST to 4:15PM PST as we play games, chat about the black video game community, the importance of representation, and getting into the industry. We’ll also be joined by Azure Bowie from EA (Producer on The Sims 4), and  FGC Esports commentator/streamer for Game Goons TV Hellpockets. The stream will be hosted by IGN’s own Akeem Lawanson and Kinda Funny’s Blessing Adeoye Jr. Where To Watch Watch the Black History Month livestream starting at 1:30PST tomorrow February 28th on the following platforms: IGN’s website IGN’s YouTube channel IGN’s IOS App IGN’s Android App [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/24/5-notable-black-characters-in-anime-history”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”]
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