ok, so before we start with the letter a short info about myself and why i think i can write this letter
iam playing RPG games since 1983.. first the pen +paper versions of bug rogers, than RPG games on C-64, amiga and so on and on
titels like :
bug rogers, das schwarze auge, eye of beholder, crypts of dysgrace, legends of cyrandia, and so on and on.
meaning i know the rules from times, before some of u even where born, and had any idea what an RPG is at all ...
i know many of u claim to have played BG1 and BG2......but i doubt it, because i can read a lot of stuff here, where ppl say they are bg fans, and asking for stuff from DOS, and compare it.
first of all, i wont diskuss with any of this fanboys nor i am motivated to spend any time with them at all. why ?
dont get me wrong, its not personell, but i think they have no clue about an RPG, they know the DOS series and games from larian, and thats it.
as i sayed, its not meant personell or bad, so forgive me if i hurt some feelings with the stuff iam about to write down here it will be poilite promiss^^
1: larian studios is the wrong company for BG-3
larian createt realy great games in case about the divinoty series. but thats it.this games are awesome as games themself.they createed new races, new spells, new rules ( bend them, changed them and so on )
and created games in there owen enviroment, law, rules, and lore.
that wizard of the coast watd to create BG-3 is well known since over 20 years. they sold the rights, larian got them, so OFC WOTC says its a great game, and we are pleased. would be anogo if they would say noway this game sucks.
now we get to the point why larian is the wron company.
larian implementet in a lore,law,rules, and series based games there owen stuff from divinty games. grafik, enviroment, physics,they tryed to fullfill every aspect of a game called BG-3 and overshot it like hell
using the 5e rules for a baldursgate game in the universe of BGis more than just a fail. 5e are well known as noobie arcade rules,because of the fact that the 5e rules are likely based on being : fast, not spending much time and effort, almost every char, and class can do all,learn all, and be all ( for time spending reasons, bvecause not many ppl have the time at all to play a RPG where they realy have to put effort into it )
a more concerning reason is, that larian is a copany that want to earn money, no problem with that, thats normal. but let face it, this game here is called baldursgate 3.. this game wont and will never reach nor have the magic baldursgate 1+2 had in the past 20 years.this game here is more like a mass effect andromeda, or a dragon age 2....its there, have the name, but thats it.the name bg-3 is there as a money grabber abait, nothing more.
why iam saying all this : i will list some stuff now, where u can see what my point is:
drows, are living under the earth. and are a asplitt race from elfes.they have one good.drow items, cant be worn outside of there world, because they will turn into dust as soon as daylight hits this items.
the only 2 drows who was well known in the world of BG ( i reffer to the world of gb but i mean all , all like the whole swordcoast, liely more the "forgotten realms" )
was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drizzt_Do%27Urden and https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Viconia_DeVir
drizzit and viconia.only these 2 drows where supported for the whole BG series 1 as heroic well known NPC, 1 as party member.
the demoan race, tieflings/underlings was not realy supported , just as a "monster" race u could kill. in the later events of BG2 there was an option to become one.......
these 2 : Raelis Shai+Haer'Dalis was the only 2 notable tieflings in bg1+2 and there later DLC and events
gnolls, are not a pruduct of a dead hyenna.
multy classes was able ONLY via half elf or human
magic was and is based on intelligenz for mages and witchers
paladins and kleriks and druids used wisdom and charisma
mages could NOT learn every spell, nor even use them
cleriks had helas and buffing spells like might,or shield and so on.AOE heals and sigle heals, offensice casts was verry rare for a klerik.
the fighting system was NOT turn based, and not like 1 action each round, because its based on ressource crapp like in bg-3.u could always hit the space for a break, take new actions and go on.
about the fighting system we talk later a bit more.
rolls in combat logs of bg1+2 was balanced with your class, race and your skills....it never happend, when u had strengh 18/90+, that if u needed a 15 u end up with a rolled 3 ....like in bg-3 ....
yes we can say the rules was another rules.....but as i sayed above the 5e rules are the worst they could have used for the game at all.
if it shall be a bg-3 game.. than they should have used the BG rules...point.
the next point is. ( i hope anyone of noticed this so far ) that as more levels u gain, as more miss u have at fighting.....no words for this shit.....
we have meelee miss, range miss ... but hey we also got a "critical miss ( ????????????) and magic spell miss ... öhö....magic miss never exists in the BG world...
if u can cast u hit ....the only reason u cannot cast is, if a magic user wears a heavy armor..... ( i dont want to go to deep into this ) so i just put it like this, its a mroe easy and understandable version.
magic users,like mages or witchers could only use slings, trowing daggers, crossbows, and staffs or in some rare cases a short sword.
here they can use what ever crossing there path.
the party size .... i know thats a big diskusion , and yes the party size HAS to be 6 .. not less....
a typically party in bg 1+2 was :3 fighter, 1 thief, a cleric a mage. point....
cutting it down to 4 and dont have the option for multiclasses is more than bullshit.
and yes larian had in all ther egames 4 chars . because there games never needed more because there chars could do all they wanted.
a warrior could use thief skills to disarm a trap or pick locks.he even could use mage scrolls to use magi.....wtf ?!?!?
we are playing baldursgate .. at lest larian claims it is a BG game...
4 for a bg game is by far to less.espacaly with this setting of stats,and mechaniks for the enemies.
jumping .. seriously ......noone needs that, noone want that. espacaly not of it cost 1 aktioc for a round based fighting system, and ends your turn because u cant do a shit after.
this again is pure DOS system.
i could continue, but i would be sitting here tomorrow morning, and still typing . in short terms, there is more stuff in the game that has nothing to do with the world of baldursgate, as u can imagine.
90% of the game is based on DOS.
there where 2 options for larian that would have fixed all there problöems,
renaming the game to DOS 3 or 4 or what ever...
or take bg2, put the new grafik engine on it. get a new story, but totaly stick in the universe with all stuff arround it, and i mean all.. rules, law, lore, enviroment and so on..
but nothing of this happend. instead they created a moix game.
they also said in an interview that it is a good idea to have the turn based fighting system even if 300.000 players say no its not, lairan would still say it is.
we dont need to talk about the grafik, the grafik, motions, animations and "cutscences" of a dialoge. it is awesome.
but the rest. the lore , the law, the rules, the enviroment. all of this has nothing to do wth BG series lore,law and world at all.
the fighting system :
this kind of turn based fighting system has to be removed from the game asap. it is killing the game, and the motivation of playing the game at all.
at bg u had a pause modus, but all fights where "live" ...if u enter a room with enemies, u firstly hit space for a pause. than take actions, and tell ypour party what to do, what to attack, how to attack, waht to cast. than u hit space again to continue, untill u get to a point where u want to change stuff again. if mor eenemies come across u could hit pause, and told your range classes to engage them early. or continue till they where in melee range.
this was the most awesome, thrilling and exiting part of the BG series.
the enlightmeht system, and interactiosn between the NOS who could join your party was also a big part of the game. where good chars always ha trouble with evil chars, and the decisions we took .
this is totaly not happening here in bg3
basldursgate 3 is missing 90% of the baldursgate games, and has 90% to much of the DOS games.
if this game would be called DOS 3o4 i would say its anawesome game, and woudl gladly pay even more than 60 euro for it.....
but it is a bg 3 game, and has nothing of bg ata ll except the title,a nd some small rferences in game to bg .. like the letter from volo to elminister ( what could not be possible because of the timeline larian talked about ) its more like a must have item to support the game title. not the game at all.
and because its not a bg game iam 100% sure , i wont buy it.
this is my opinion and my fazit to the game.
and yes iam a BG fan, and iam still playing the game, even with this old grafik.