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Baldur's Gate 3

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming adventure returns with epic D&D good vs evil story.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Baldur's Gate III is an upcoming role-playing game for Google Stadia and Windows PCs. The game is the latest chapter in the massively popular Baldur's Gate franchise, which was last released in 2001. The story is set in the lands of Faerun, and casts players as adventurers that find themselves in dire circumstances. At the start of the game, players find themselves captured and infected with tadpole-like creatures by monsters known as mind flayers aboard a floating fortress. But after the ship is attacked and crashes, you find yourself in the scattered debris, wondering where you are and what happened to you. But you also receive worse news from a fellow crash survivor about the nature of being infected by mind flayers. While they provide you with special abilities, players run the risk of turning into mind flayers themselves if healers don't remove these slug-like parasites in seven days. Players will fight their way across the land, building a party of fellow adventurers, and will face off against a variety of Dungeons and Dragons creatures, such as goblins, bugbears, and skeletons. This installment of the game is based on the fifth edition of D&D, and every aspect of gameplay, from combat to player interaction, is ruled by rolls of the dice. For instance, trying to persuade people in conversations or succeeding in disarming or escaping traps are based on how well you roll dice compared to the stats of your character. That could mean that depending on what your character happens to be, you'll have an easier or harder time in certain situations. What's more, decisions that you make in the game will have significant impacts on the rest of the plot, potentially closing off some story sections and opening others. Combat plays a large role in the game, and players will use melee, ranged, and magical attacks to defeat their enemies. Blood does show up on the ground or on characters based on their attacks, and in some battle sequences, things can get rather gory. Other characters, like the demon-inspired Tieflings and extra-dimensional Githyanki, looks monstrous and could be scary to some players.

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