Counter Strike legend Shroud compares Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3, points out where Starfield falls short and Baldur’s Gate 3 excels

Shroud explained how he had a better time with Baldur's Gate 3.


Counter Strike legend Shroud compares Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3, points out where Starfield falls short and Baldur’s Gate 3 excels

The past few months have seen the release of numerous titles vying for the coveted title of “Game of the Year.” Among them, two colossal giants have emerged: Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3. Both highly anticipated for years, these games have captured the imagination of players around the world. And who better to weigh in on the debate of which reigns supreme than the legendary FPS star and beloved streamer, Shroud?

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Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, known for his exceptional skills and charismatic presence in the gaming world, has recently delved into both Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3. His extensive experience in these games has allowed him to provide unique insights into what each title offers and where one shines brighter than the other.

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Starfield, Bethesda’s highly anticipated foray into the realm of space RPGs, has garnered attention for its massive open-world exploration and promise of interstellar adventures. On the other hand, Baldur’s Gate 3, crafted by Larian Studios, draws inspiration from the Dungeons & Dragons universe, offering players a deep, immersive experience set in a high fantasy world.

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Shroud gives his take on Starfield vs. Baldur’s Gate 3

Counter Strike legend Shroud compares Starfield and Baldur's Gate 3, points out where Starfield falls short and Baldur's Gate 3 excels
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Having dedicated countless hours to Starfield during its early access phase, Shroud had the opportunity to immerse himself in Bethesda’s spacefaring RPG. While he acknowledged its grandeur and the allure of exploring the cosmos, Shroud was quick to point out some limitations.

One instance that caught his attention was a relatively straightforward quest in Starfield, which he labeled as a “simple fetch quest.” Shroud noted that it lacked the depth he had come to expect from a game of this magnitude. He remarked, “The game unfortunately doesn’t take itself too deep there. If you’re trying to be like ‘Oh, I want to do it this way,’ chances are you can’t do it that way.”

In contrast, Shroud’s experience with Baldur’s Gate 3 left a profound impact on him. The game, deeply rooted in the rich lore of Dungeons & Dragons, offers players an unparalleled sense of freedom and choice. Shroud expressed his admiration, stating, “That’s why Baldur’s Gate 3 is, by far, the game of the f***ing decade. That is truly like, ‘Oh, you want to do it that way? Yes, do it that way.”

Throughout his 80-hour adventure in Baldur’s Gate 3, Shroud encountered only two instances where his unconventional approaches did not yield the expected results. He emphasized that the game excels in granting players the power to shape their journey and outcomes. “It takes the choice of video games and surpasses everything I’ve ever played, It’s such a remarkable experience that you’ll never forget.” he asserted.

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Shroud claims Baldur’s Gate 3 as a masterpiece

Counter Strike legend Shroud compares Starfield and Baldur's Gate 3, points out where Starfield falls short and Baldur's Gate 3 excels
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Shroud’s assessment of Bethesda’s games, including Starfield, is that they often provide the “illusion of choice rather than genuine, meaningful choice.” While these titles are renowned for their expansive worlds and storytelling, they may not reach the same level of player agency and decision-making found in Baldur’s Gate 3.

As Shroud passionately shares his experiences with both Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3, it becomes clear that the latter has left an indelible mark on him. In his own words, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a game that “everyone should experience” and stands as a “masterpiece.”

In the ongoing debate of which game reigns supreme in 2023, it’s evident that the answer lies in the eyes of the beholder. Whether you prefer to traverse the vast reaches of space in Starfield or embark on an epic fantasy journey filled with choices in Baldur’s Gate 3, both titles have left their mark on the gaming landscape. Thanks to Shroud’s insights, gamers now have a better understanding of what each title brings to the table, helping them make informed decisions about their own gaming adventures in these two extraordinary worlds.

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