Best RPGs To Play After Baldur’s Gate 3

Best RPGs To Play After Baldur's Gate 3

Is Baldur’s Gate 3 your initial foray into the realm of RPGs, or do you possess a wealth of experience in this genre? Regardless, I present a curated list of games you should consider exploring once you have completed all your playthroughs of Baldur’s Gate 3. While some may present challenges regarding difficulty curves or reliance on character builds, I implore you to give these games a fair chance. You might discover new companions that resonate with you or mechanics that surpass your current preferences. So, select your preferred class and race as we embark on a journey through a selection of RPGs regarded as essential playing experiences.

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins
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Each time a fresh video preview of Baldur’s Gate 3 came out, it drew parallels with Dragon Age: Origins, particularly its dialogue system. This evokes fond memories of Bioware during its peak when it boasted exceptional game writers. Bioware was responsible for delivering remarkable series such as Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

Although Origins may appear outdated and exhibit some issues, one should not be deterred. Certain bosses in the game may pose challenges that could discourage players, but perseverance is rewarded with a fulfilling experience. Dragon Age: Origins has captivating characters, significant moments, and arduous battles. Without a D&D license, it epitomizes the closest parallel to Baldur’s Gate 3. Furthermore, the music in Origins is of exceptional quality. I wholeheartedly recommend this game to genre newcomers or those seeking to satiate the void left by Baldur’s Gate 3. Overall, it is accessible to novices, so choose your class and embark on a journey to save the world.

Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate
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Have you played Baldur’s Gate 3 and pondered whether you desire further exploration in that particular realm? Fortunately, there exist games within that same universe. These games are set approximately 120 years before the events of the third installment. Within them, you will encounter familiar characters such as Minsc and Jaheira, who served as companions in the initial two games.

The importance of character builds is heightened in this game, yet rest assured. Your gameplay experience will not be marred if they are not flawless. If this notion perturbs you, resources are available in the form of build guides. Embark upon a journey in the past and find your way to Baldur’s Gate!

Shadowrun Trilogy 

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Paradox Interactive.

If one has found pleasure in Baldur’s Gate 3 and possesses an affinity for the cyberpunk genre, this trilogy may prove to be quite fitting. Like numerous titles on this compilation, these games boast abundant textual content. It is devoid of voice acting, but the quality of the writing is exceptional. Provided one does not mind engaging in extensive reading, they will discover remarkable games imbued with profound atmospheres.

Resembling Mass Effect to some extent, coupled with elements reminiscent of XCOM, with an isometric perspective and turn-based combat. These games offer simplicity and refrain from burdening the player with convoluted menus. The experience will not be overly cumbersome even if one’s character build is less than perfect. Journeying through this trilogy will be fun as the games progressively improve throughout the series. This game series has been tailored to suit their preferences, should one derive enjoyment from isometric-style RPGs, XCOM-style combat, witty dialogue, and well-crafted writing.

Fallout 2

Fallout 2
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Bethesda Softworks

This game is widely regarded as one of the kings of the genre due to its exceptional qualities. The post-apocalyptic setting adds a unique touch to the experience. However, it is worth noting that the user interface can sometimes be somewhat cumbersome, which can be seen as a minor drawback. The tutorial level may feel challenging initially, but I highly recommend persevering.

One of the reasons why the first 2-4 hours of the game can be challenging is the absence of a gun. Acquiring a firearm early on significantly improves the game’s difficulty. The writing in this game is undoubtedly its strongest aspect. Fallout 2 boasts some of the finest writing within the genre. If you are open to playing older games, I strongly suggest giving this one a chance.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
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This game has garnered significant acclaim since its initial release. Adapting to the combat mechanics may require some time, and initial encounters can be pretty challenging. However, should these aspects be figured out, players will discover an exceptional Star Wars narrative.

Including exceptional companions and exemplary writing ensures this experience is an absolute must-play. It is advisable to maintain ignorance regarding the storyline if one is unaware of its details. I strongly suggest referring to spoiler-free guides for guidance on character builds and assistance with any difficulty spikes. Furthermore, even individuals who don’t care for Star Wars should exercise caution, as this game can engross them into becoming a fan. 

Disco Elysium 

Disco Elysium
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Including a fully voice-acted narrator in the Director’s Cut of Disco Elysium dramatically enhances the game, accentuating its strengths. The narrator’s compelling voice complements the exceptional writing, creating an immersive experience with memorable moments. If you found the storytelling aspects of Baldur’s Gate 3 more appealing than the combat, then this game is highly recommended.

Delving into a mysterious narrative that unfolds with intrigue, this game is a must-play for those who prioritize a captivating story. I refrain from revealing too much, but the overall recommendation stands strong for those who value a game’s narrative above all else.

Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas is a beloved cult classic.
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If Fallout 2 is considered dated and flawed by your standards, you may find a more suitable option among the newer titles in the series. Unlike its predecessor, this game deviates from the isometric perspective and adopts a first-person shooter role-playing approach. The engaging writing and diverse choices within this game offer an enjoyable journey for players. A notable feature is the freedom to play and align oneself with any faction or moral inclination.

It should be noted that one’s alignment, be it virtuous or vicious, can significantly impact the outcome of gameplay. Similar to other entries in the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises, the side missions in this game truly stand out, showcasing some of the game’s finest moments. Turn on your Pip-Boy and immerse yourself in the post-apocalyptic Nevadan wasteland, accompanied by classic tunes. 

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim (2011)
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I would advise selecting Oblivion over Skyrim due to personal preference, as I believe it to be a superior game. However, it is worth noting that Oblivion has not aged gracefully. If the remastered version addresses certain issues, I highly recommend trying Oblivion. For contemporary gaming, Skyrim is the more favorable option.

The writing remains high quality, and the combat mechanics remain essentially unchanged. Elder Scrolls IV and V provide ample freedom to assume any role and play as desired. Additionally, Skyrim now includes all DLC, further enhancing the overall experience. Players will encounter numerous enjoyable and unpredictable events throughout the game world. The guild storylines offer captivating narratives and memorable characters.

You have heard of Skyrim, now it is time to play it, Dragonborn.

Dragon Age Inquisition 

Dragon Age: Inquisition
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Dragon Age Inquisition may provide a more satisfying experience if one finds the first game lacking. It offers a plethora of content and notable companions that will undoubtedly leave an impression. The game also boasts an abundance of impressive music and stellar voice acting. Furthermore, the character creator is exceptionally well-crafted for those inclined towards customization, allowing for a significant investment of time in the initial stages.

While familiarizing oneself with the previous titles can enhance one’s comprehension of recurring characters and world events, it is not essential, as the game ensures that newcomers do not feel excluded. With the sequel on the horizon, embarking on this journey now may benefit you. As the sole survivor of a cataclysmic explosion that ruptures the Veil, your role as the Herald of Andraste and leader of the Inquisition is to traverse the world, sealing rifts threatening its existence. The ultimate outcome, whether in triumph or tragedy, lies in your hands.

With your diverse party of companions, become the hero that the world desperately needs, closing the portals to the Fade and saving all of creation.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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You can embark on Geralt and Ciri’s journey without playing the first two installments. While having some prior knowledge may enhance your experience, it will not significantly impact your enjoyment of the game. If you feel like you are missing out on any details, I would suggest watching or reading a summary of The Witcher 1 & 2.

In this game, you primarily assume the role of Geralt, a mutated human trained to combat monsters. The game offers numerous highlights, such as compelling characters, memorable side quests, exceptional music, and superb writing unparalleled in the realm of RPGs. The captivating world and well-developed characters will undoubtedly make you strive for a complete and thorough gaming experience. Remember, silver swords are meant for monsters, while steel swords are to be wielded against humans, dear Witcher.

Written by Mikey Yaden

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