BG3 is, by definition, a sequel, yes. But it is a different campaign, with a different protagonist, wich tells a different story, a hundred years apart from the first one. I don't understand why the game should kick off with main character at higher levels, just because the previous games ended with a PC at level 30+ It makes zero sense when you think about it. Larian wants us to experience every rise in power of our (new)protagonist, wich they are entitled to, and like you I like BG1 better than 2 because, for me, levels 1-10 are what I like in DnD. I am more annoyed by the settings/encounters at the beginning of the game (the hells at level 1, the underdark at level ~2,...) but I can live with that.
So then we actually agree. So why the hostility toward me?
The only difference between our takes, it seems, is that whereas you "can live with [the mismatch]," I find it very hard to do so. My immersion in the story and the setting is everything for me playing a cRPG, and this mismatch breaks my immersion and aggravates the heck out of me.
Thrust me, no hostility here, just defending my opinion.
As for the “mismatch”? I am also a “story and setting makes an RPG” kind of guy, where combat can take a backseat (I.e. Planescape) Buuuut I also like a good fight, and that is for these reasons that I can live with the slightly-off setting at the beginning of BG3. Honestly, aren’t you fed up with every DnD quest beginning in a tavern basement fighting rats? I thinks it’s a nice change of pace.
BG optinal Rat fighting in tutorial, BG2 no ratfighting but high level, NWN no ratfighting, NWN2 no ratfighting.
BG3 PnP version
DM: You wake up and se a MINDFLAYER!
Player: oh right im lvl 1 gues thats GG then 3s new record.
DM: But he just puts somekind of tadpole in your eye then leaves.
Player: Oh fucking great im turning Illithid. oh great dn did you forget i cand cast wish as a lvl freaking 1 sorc?
DM: Suddenly the there is a explosion and you break free from your imprisonment you realise your not in kansas anymore and the dead imp suggest you are in HELL!
Player: OK thats it im out!
yeah the start is the most stupid i have ver seen in an RPG Knights of xentar have better story.
Id prefer rats in basement.
its not hard to do like in bg1. Have a high level char like Gorion protect you. While elminster is around so im prety sure thats whats made the real high level baddies stay away.
not just luck a billion times