Baldur’s Gate 3 Alternatives – 15 Best Games Like Baldur’s Gate 3

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Baldur’s Gate is a name synonymous with party-based fantasy RPG games. The third instalment, Baldur’s Gate 3, has been an acclaimed success since its launch. But if you’re looking for something similar to scratch that cRPG or Dungeons & Dragons itch, you might be looking for other similar games. So let’s take a look at some of the best games that are similar to Baldur’s Gate 3.

Top 15 Games Like Baldur’s Gate 3

When we think of Baldur’s Gate games, there are a few things to consider. Obviously, we’re looking for games set in a high fantasy setting. They have to be party-based and have a strong cast of characters and an overarching, epic plot. They have to have meaningful character and (to a lesser extent) gear progression, not only in the way you build them but also in terms of choices that they can make.

15. Wildermyth

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Wildermyth represents a different take on the RPG and legacy rogue-lite genre. It is a game that plays like a story-book RPG in which you follow generations of heroes, each developing their personalities, stories, and characteristics. Borrowing from its RPG inspirations, Wildermyth features many “choose your own adventure” types of choices. And when the quest ends, another one begins, with a new generation that was inspired by others that came before. The combat is turn-based, tactical, and set on a grid, with cutouts that will remind you of tabletop DnD sessions. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a lighthearted, casual RPG story generator game.

14. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

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Capcom’s take on the RPG genre, Dragon’s Dogma has an interesting twist to the popular party dynamic. Here they are known as “pawns” who while still your party members, act independently from you. This mesh of classic RPGs like Baldur’s Gate and cRPGs like Skyrim is something that has to be experienced first-hand. The combat system alone is a huge recommendation for this game, even if the plot is somewhat lacklustre.

13. The Mass Effect Trilogy

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Straying away from fantasy into the science fiction genre, the Mass Effect trilogy is a staple role-play experience. Following Commander Shepard and his crew through a trilogy of narratively connected games, you will definitely feel BG3 vibes the whole time. From intricate intercharacter connections to a deep and meaningful story that we’ve come to expect from old Bioware. And there’s even the Legendary Edition in case you don’t own the original game that’s starting to show its age.

12. Solasta: Crown of the Magister

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Solasta: Crown of the Magister was developed by a French indie studio Tactical Adventures and released in 2021. It is a cRPG that favours the tactical side of Dungeons and Dragons’  SRD 5.1 system. The combat system and adherence to the ruleset are robust and very well implemented, providing players with hours of tactical DnD gameplay. Some may find issues with the game’s story, graphics, or characterization, but they never spoil the enjoyment of the game. Plus there are even five DLCs that you can get to experience even more Solasta.

11. Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition

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Along with Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale rounds out the trifecta of the Sword Coast RPG games. All three games take place in the same large region of Faerun, sharing some characters and story beats with each other. If you love the world of Baldur’s Gate 3, then you can learn even more about its lore through Icewind Dale. Just like the previous games in the trifecta, there’s even an Enhanced Edition to play on a modern PC. The story is relatively short yet sweet, with an amazing payoff at the end, rewarding your choices throughout the game.

10. Neverwinter Nights Series

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Another gaming gem of yesteryear, the Neverwinter Nights series comes from joint forces of both Bioware and Obsidian. So you know that’s a healthy pedigree right from the start. The games feature party-based D&D gameplay, plenty of expansions through DLC, and even Enhanced Editions for newcomers. It shares the Forgotten Realms setting and the world of Faerun with the Baldur’s Gate series too, so there’s plenty of lore crossover.

9. Tyranny

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Tyranny is an RPG game in which your choices not only matter but shape the lives and destinies of a whole nation. It’s one of those rare games that puts you in the role of a “bad guy” because the empire you serve is unabashedly evil. You and your party will have to weigh the morals and consequences of your choices. As expected from a game coming from Obsidian Entertainment, it plays as a classic isometric RPG set in an engaging world of dubious ethics.

8. Torment: Tides of Numenera

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Tides of Numenera was a crowdfunded successor to the acclaimed game Planescape: Torment, once Baldur’s Gates’ direct rival. The similarities between the games remained in the mechanics, with Torment games taking on a more “weird science” and philosophical undertones. Tides of Numenera continues this tradition, with a long, intricate, and personal narrative that will leave you questioning even your own life choices by the end.

7. Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2 – Enhanced Edition

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Going back to where it all began, the first pair of Baldur’s Gate games cemented what cRPG games can be like on PC. With stories that reverberate even in Baldur’s Gate 3, these games have been cherished by fans for decades. Though the original versions are getting old, there are Enhanced Editions that you can play to relive the magic. Some characters and plots will definitely be familiar if you’ve already played through BG3’s story.

6. Disco Elysium

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Playing Disco Elysium is a truly unique experience. With an RPG system like no other and a plethora of choices for players to make, this indie gem will keep you glued to the screen for hours and hours. The world is a modern fantasy setting in which you take on the role of a deadbeat detective who’s trying to unravel a series of mysteries in a dystopian, uncaring world. With a strong cast of characters and an engaging story, Disco Elysium is an excellent way to relive the Baldur’s Gate 3 experience while delving into something different yet familiar.

5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3 is a gaming masterpiece in its own right. While it doesn’t have the party component, it more than makes up for it with deep characterization, a captivating story, and a fantasy world that looks and feels amazing, with graphics that stood the test of time. Just like in BG3, a lot will depend on player choice, with multiple endings and outcomes that reward replayability. Not to mention that The Witcher 3 boasts some of the best DLC ever released with Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine. It’s truly an adventure that you owe yourself to play.

4. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

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In the tabletop RPG world, Pathfinder is an offshoot of Dungeons and Dragons, so in a way, the Pathfinder games can be considered to be offshoots of Baldur’s Gate. Okay, we admit that’s a stretch, but there’s a kernel of truth in there. Wrath of the Righteous and Kingmaker, the game that preceded it, can thank the Baldur’s Gate games for a lot of their DNA. The worlds, classes, and systems are different, yet similar. Exactly what you would be looking for in an alternative game.

3. Pillars of Eternity & Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

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It wouldn’t be an RPG game list without another entry from Obsidian. There’s a clear homage to Baldur’s Gate in nearly everything in these games. Just one glance can tell you that they were clearly inspired by what came before. Both Pillars of Eternity games have long overarching plots (mostly independent of each other), where you and your party have to navigate schemes and mysteries in the world. The combat system can be punishing on higher difficulties, favouring proper tactics, party composition and positioning.

2. Dragon Age franchise

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When it came out, Dragon Age: Origins was a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre. With an interesting world and memorable characters, it’s no wonder that the franchise has garnered an army of loyal fans. Each game in the franchise had shaken up the formula while maintaining the character-driven gameplay centred around you and your party that Bioware games are known for. If you love fantasy RPGs, you owe it to yourself to play all of the Dragon Age games. Even DA2, warts and all.

1. Divinity: Original Sin 1 & 2

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Divinity: Original Sin was a crowdfunded game that stormed onto the scene promising to become the “unofficial Baldur’s Gate successor” at the time. Stemming from an older Divine Divinity franchise, the game went through a facelift to arguably fulfil that promise, up until Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced. Both games feature phenomenal story, great characters, and most importantly — involved gameplay and character progression. They represent the peak Baldur’s Gate-like experience until the third game was officially released. A lot of BG3 DNA can be found in the sequel, Original Sin II. Moreover, they were developed by Larian Studios, the same people that brought us the gem that is Baldur’s Gate 3.

For more articles related to Baldur’s Gate 3, check out Baldur’s Gate 3 Best Classes, Baldur’s Gate 3 – All Companions, or Baldur’s Gate 3 How to Romance and All Relationships.


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