Date: October 23, 2023
By Hanna Rose
With first playthroughs out of the way, many Baldur’s Gate 3 players are going back to play as origin characters, and feeling disappointed.
Similar to Larian’s previous hit, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers players the choice to craft their own protagonist or select from a cast of pre-established origin characters. Those who opt not to take on the role of an origin character will encounter these individuals later in the game, possibly forming deep connections and even romantic entanglements.
However, despite the popularity of all six origin characters, some fans have revisited the game to experience it from the perspective of their favorite companion, only to find themselves somewhat let down. Many players express the sentiment that the origin characters lack depth and originality when compared to their potential as non-playable characters (NPCs).
Additionally, there’s a growing chorus of fans who argue that the inclusion of origin characters was unnecessary and that these characters should have remained solely as companions.
This sentiment is echoed by others in the gaming community. For instance, wasted-degrees notes, “It’s no coincidence that most discussions about origin characters revolve around their roles as companions, while most player interactions center on Tav/Durge.”
They go on to explain that by playing as an origin character, you forfeit a significant portion of their rich backstory and character development.
ForkingBrusselSprout shares their personal experience in this regard, recounting how they played as a custom character while their brother took on the role of Gale. Their brother’s limited knowledge about Gale’s intricate backstory, including his relationship with Mystra, left them bewildered. It highlights the challenge players face when trying to explore the depth of origin characters when they play as one of them.
A major factor contributing to this issue is the inability for players to engage in conversations with themselves about their character’s history and motivations. Interestingly, early gameplay footage hinted at player characters having internal dialogues, with each origin character, and even player-created characters (Tavs), having these introspective moments.
Unfortunately, due to negative fan feedback, this feature was abandoned. Consequently, character personalities are primarily conveyed through dialogue options, which limits the opportunity to truly get to know the origin characters when playing as one of them.
Nonetheless, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers the option to create Tavs and Durges, allowing players various ways to experience the game without adopting an origin character. However, those who do opt for an origin character should be prepared for the possibility of some disappointment in terms of the depth of their gaming experience.
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