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Baldur's Gate 3

Game review by
David Chapman, 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 3 is a fantasy action/role-playing game, currently available in Early Access for download on Windows and MacOS based computers, as well as the Stadia streaming platform. Early Access means that players will get an early section of the game which is still in development. That also means that gameplay may feature technical flaws, bugs that crash the program, and other hiccups.The game returns players to the world of Dungeons & Dragons and to the Forgotten Realms, a place where magical forces flow like water and fantastic creatures roam from the depth of Underdark to the heights of Upper City. Players create their own custom characters from sixteen different races and subraces, and a near infinite combination of skills, spells, and special abilities, then set out on an epic odyssey of both survival and of sacrifice. Your characters have been infected with a creature that will turn them into monsters if they aren't able to find a way to remove the parasites inside of their bodies. Players can build their own party to take on the challenges, or join with other in both local and online co-op play for up to four players. The game's built on the framework of the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition rulebook, with a lot of focus on statistics, modifiers, initiative, and character development. Player choices will also make a major impact not only on the immediate story, but also on the evolution of the entire world. Parents should be aware that Baldur's Gate 3 is not meant for younger audiences. The game features heavy scenes of graphic violence and gore, with dismembered bodies, blood, and other gore regularly littering the landscape during combat. The characters' dialogue does include liberal use of profanity, such as "f--k" and "s--t," and players may also be exposed to other offensive conversations from others in multiplayer games via the party chat. Finally, there's also some partial nudity and sexual references in the story, including a cutscene which depicts some sexual activity between characters, though without explicitly showing the act.

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