2023: A Landmark Year for the Gaming Industry
2023 is proving to be an extraordinary year for the gaming industry; with highly-anticipated game releases hitting the shelves almost every week. Notably among these releases are Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield, both of which have been in anticipation by fans for several years.
Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield: A Quick Glance
Baldur's Gate 3, by Larian Studios, launched to nearly unanimous critical approval and achieved outstanding commercial success. Following closely behind was Bethesda's Starfield which had its own successful launch in September.
Comparing the Two Heavyweights
Owing to the games' close release dates and similarities in game design, it is natural for comparisons to be drawn between the two. This ongoing debate recently caught the attention of veteran gamer and popular streamer, Shroud, who provided his own perspective. He posits that it is the level of freedom granted in Baldur's Gate 3 that sets it apart from Starfield.
Shroud's Analysis: A Veteran's Perspective
Shroud, who spent numerous hours playing Starfield during its early access period, states that while he was glued to the spacefaring RPG, it didn't offer the same level of freedom he experienced in Baldur's Gate 3. Comparing the two, he states that while Starfield offered the 'illusion of choice' to players, Baldur's Gate 3 offered 'actual, true choice'. This, according to him, is the defining factor that makes Baldur's Gate 3 an unforgettable experience.
Why Shroud Recommends Baldur's Gate 3
Having dumped 80 hours into Baldur's Gate 3, Shroud reveals there were only two instances where his creative thinking was not rewarded by the game. Even with these minor inconveniences, Shroud strongly recommends Baldur's Gate 3, describing it as a 'masterpiece' that everyone should experience.