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Baldur’s Gate 3 is an incredible RPG that unfortunately ends too soon. Whether you played it with friends or experienced the whole game alone, the fun doesn’t have to come to an end after the credits roll. Here are 10 games that are similar to Baldur’s Gate 3 and can help you keep that magical feeling alive and well.
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Best RPGs to Play After Baldur’s Gate 3
While nothing truly matches the excellence of Baldur’s Gate 3, there are many outstanding RPGs that have stood the test of time. If you’re just starting to explore CRPGs (Computer Role-Playing Games) with Baldur’s Gate 3, then you and your friends will surely love these games.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is the game that Larian Studios released just before Baldur’s Gate 3. It was launched in 2017 and is one of my personal favorite RPGs ever created. It was this game that made me fall in love with Larian Studios and helped me anticipate the release of Baldur’s Gate 3.
Out of all the games on this list, Divinity: Original Sin 2 plays the most similarly to Baldur’s Gate 3. Although it doesn’t use the Dungeons & Dragons system, it has its own RPG system. It’s a ton of fun, has a compelling story, offers detailed character building like in Baldur’s Gate 3, and presents some of the wildest “wait, I can do that?” moments in any game.
Pillars of Eternity 2
Pillars of Eternity 2 is known as one of the greatest RPGs of all time. Although I haven’t played it yet, it’s on my list to try after completing Baldur’s Gate 3, which is why it’s included here. An added bonus is that if you enjoy Pillars of Eternity 2, you can play the first game right afterward, which is also reputed to be fantastic.
If you’re searching for a thrilling adventure that grants you complete control over combat and quests, Pillars of Eternity 2 should be your next choice. Expect an amazing story, diverse classes, and plenty of chaotic battles. The combat is action-based, rather than turn-based, but there is a turn-based mode available that makes it even more reminiscent of Baldur’s Gate 3.
Pathfinder is a tabletop game similar to Dungeons & Dragons, and there is a Pathfinder video game that many people enjoy. It features action-based gameplay, but you can pause it to create a turn-based experience. There are also many expansions to explore, which is great if you end up loving the game.
Dragon Age: Origins
While there are many Dragon Age games, Origins is the most beloved entry. Dragon Age: Origins is an authentic RPG developed by BioWare, the same team that created Mass Effect.
In this game, you create your own class and venture through a fantasy world, engaging in action-based combat. All Dragon Age games are enjoyable, but Dragon Age: Origins is commonly considered the best.
If you crave a change from magic and dragons, Wasteland 3 is an excellent RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world. It features turn-based combat and provides various options to build your character and party. Your choices have consequences, and the story is superb—everything you’d expect from an amazing RPG.
Solasta utilizes the Dungeons & Dragons 5.1 system, which is very similar to Baldur’s Gate 3. You can create your own character, choose your class, and embark on an engaging story. It’s almost like playing Baldur’s Gate 3, although it may feel a bit rough around the edges in certain aspects.
Tyranny is interesting because, instead of playing the good guys, you play as the bad guys. Every decision feels consequential, considering who will be the most affected, rather than focusing on the best outcome.
Tyranny, created by Obsidian Entertainment, plays similarly to their other games, such as Pillars of Eternity 1 and 2. Based on my research, Tyranny requires more reading and has a slower pace, so approach it with caution.
Path of Exile
Path of Exile is an excellent RPG that combines elements of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Diablo. It’s a live-service game, offering a wealth of content to enjoy, and provides a wide range of classes to choose from.
If you’re seeking a more action-oriented experience compared to Baldur’s Gate 3, then Path of Exile is an excellent choice as it grants you a lot of creativity in character building and immerses you in the fantasy realm.
Wartales is an RPG that was released in 2023 and features a vast open world set in medieval times, rather than a fantasy realm. The goal is to survive as long as possible, as opposed to following a specific story. The game doesn’t include defined classes or character creators. Instead, you control a small militia that grows over time.
Wartales offers a “do whatever you want” experience and incorporates turn-based tactics that will feel familiar if you’ve played Baldur’s Gate 3.
I adore Gloomhaven, so I had to include it in this list. Gloomhaven is a tabletop game that has been adapted into a video game, and the video game version is a lot of fun. You choose one of six starting characters, each with their own unique playstyle, and battle your way through various scenarios using character-specific cards.
It’s a turn-based card game where you unlock new classes as you progress, become a master with your chosen character, and experience intriguing storylines.
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