Is Baldur’s Gate 3 turn-based?

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    If you’re looking to dive into the rich world of Larian Studios’ latest RPG, Baldur’s Gate 3, you may be wondering if it features turn-based mechanics like in their previous Divinity titles – and luckily, we’ve got all you need to know.

    A turn-based system in Baldur’s Gate 3 might be a huge turn-off for some gamers, with many RPG series like Final Fantasy having switched to action-based combat from their traditional turn-based affair. 

    Has Larian Studios ventured to do the same, though, or does the game feature a turn-based system that may appeal to old-school fans of the series? 

    Does Baldur’s Gate 3 have a turn-based combat system?

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    Yes, Baldur’s Gate 3 does indeed feature turn-based combat. As this series is based on the Dungeons & Dragons universe, players will be using the 5e ruleset from the tabletop game.

    Here, you’ll be rolling dice and playing tactically as you work out how much space your movement allows per turn and which of your skills will work best during a fight – you can even use objects and height in the environment to aid you. 

    If you’re not as keen on the turn-based combat system, however, and want to be able to get through those fights a little bit easier, there are three difficulty settings to choose from. 

    Action RPG alternatives

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    If you want a fantasy RPG that’s action-oriented instead, there are a few games like Baldur’s Gate 3 that are available to you. 

    The Dragon Age series is a good way to go if you aren’t a fan of the turn-based system in Baldur’s Gate 3, with Dragon Age 2 and Inquisition having intense action RPG combat with multiple classes to choose from. Your narrative choices account for the overall narrative direction of the game, too, and there are also romance options, just like Baldur’s Gate 3. 

    If you have a PS5, you should also check out Final Fantasy 16. It has an epic story and combat that will keep your heart racing during tough scenarios. While you can’t influence the story like Baldur’s Gate 3, the well-rounded characters and engaging writing more than make up for it. 

    So that’s a full rundown of whether Baldur’s Gate 3 features turn-based combat. For more on Larian’s latest RPG, check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 homepage, or take a look at all Origin Characters in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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