Baldur’s Gate 3, the latest RPG from developer Larian Studios, recently exploded into mainstream popularity and shone a light on the series as well as the talented studio. While the game has technically been available through early access for the last few years, it finally received a full launch that allowed players and critics to give their impressions and final verdicts. According to early reviews for Baldur’s Gate 3, it now surpasses The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom as the highest-rated game of 2023 so far.
On the review aggregate website Metacritic, Baldur’s Gate 3 currently holds a 97 (out of 100) average rating based on 18 critic reviews so far. This is noteworthy because it overtook Tears of the Kingdom‘s 96 rating. On OpenCritic, it’s currently tied with Nintendo’s flagship title at a 96 overall score. Of course, that score is subject to fluctuate and change as more reviews start to roll in over the next few weeks but things are looking very bright for Larian’s RPG.
This puts Baldur’s Gate 3 firmly in the running for Game of the Year, giving Tears of the Kingdom a run for its money when most previously saw it as a lock-in for the coveted award. That said, Baldur’s Gate 3‘s success should be celebrated not for how many awards it will potentially rack up but how it’s setting new standards for the genre, much like how Elden Ring did last year.
Review scores usually aren’t a great indicator that a certain game will definitely win the top awards. In 2018, God of War received slightly lower ratings than Red Dead Redemption 2 and still managed to sweep up Game of the Year at The Game Awards and on multiple gaming sites.
At the end of the year, everyone will likely have a different opinion on what’s their personal Game of the Year thanks to 2023 being a phenomenal year for video games overall.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently available on PC. A PS5 version is set to release on 6 September 2023.