Baldur's Gate 3: A Potential Game of the Year Contender
Baldur’s Gate 3, since its early access period, has seen an exceptional amount of success. Its full release in August confirmed its potential, with the game swiftly breaking records and achieving overwhelming acclaim.
Comparisons with Other Games
With consistent high reviews and constant praise, many players are now comparing Baldur’s Gate 3 to previous and future Game of the Year (GOTY) contenders. Some are holding off until Starfield, another potential GOTY candidate, has been fully released to decide. However, the majority believe Baldur's Gate 3 to be deserving of the GOTY title.
Why Baldur's Gate 3 Deserves the Title
In its support, a gaming enthusiast shared their reasoning why Baldur’s Gate 3 should be the Game of the Year: “It is downright incredible to see a CRPG from Larian compete and even surpass the first new IP that Bethesda has created in 25 years on its launch day.”
People responded positively to this statement and supported it, pointing out the game's higher ratings as evidence. One assertion was that Baldur's Gate 3 is currently the highest-rated game on Metacritic this year and in the top 10 all time, ranking higher than Starfield.
However, other views were also expressed. While some agreed with the original poster, saying that if Baldur’s Gate 3 doesn’t win GOTY, the award means nothing, others were more neutral. They expressed concern about the comparison between BG3 and Starfield, stating that they loved both games, indicating the GOTY competition will be fierce.
Critiques and Doubts
Some players expressed doubt that BG3 will even make the shortlist. They felt the impact of the third act of Bf3 was not as strong as the first two acts. Some suggested that unless Spider Man 2 excels, Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK) might win GOTY instead of either Baldur's Gate 3 or Starfield.
The Battle for GOTY in 2023
Ultimately, with so many anticipated game releases in 2023, it is impossible to predict the Game of the Year at this stage. Gamers are likely to spend many more hours exploring Baldur’s Gate 3, Tears of the Kingdom, and Starfield, but a vocal group of players have already declared their winner.