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Baldur’s Gate 3 Smashes Record and Dethrones Elden Ring to take Steam’s Top Spot

The early release of Baldur’s Gate 3 has been incredibly successful breaking records and surpassing Elden Ring to become ‘the’ game on Steam. Within one day the game sold over one million copies, making it the selling early access game available. Moreover, it has garnered incredible reviews, from both critics and players alike.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Surprisingly Wins Big

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Baldur’s Gate is a living, thriving experience.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is known for providing an exceptional gaming experience and surprised many when it became available on the Steam Deck. People had doubts about its compatibility with this device, and whether it could run smoothly and without incident. It not only exceeded expectations but also surpassed Elden Ring as the most played game on the platform in August 2023. This remarkable achievement led to Baldur’s Gate 3 being recognized and verified as a game for the Steam Deck.

Since its release on PC, Baldur’s Gate 3 has consistently achieved success. Developed by the team at Larian Studios, this latest instalment in the Baldur’s Gate series has reached incredible milestones. It proudly boasts one million players simultaneously enjoying the game on Steam, which clearly demonstrates its enduring popularity.

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The official confirmation of its dominance in the Steam Deck rankings was announced through a tweet, from the Steam Deck Twitter account, which calculated and evaluated gameplay hours.

What Sets Baldur’s Gate 3 Apart?

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The question arises: what makes Baldur’s Gate 3 such an extraordinary title? One aspect that sets it apart is its unwavering loyalty to the beloved tabletop role-playing game. It faithfully embodies the core elements that fans of the series have come to cherish: a profound character creation system, turn-based combat, and a narrative that unfurls with the richness of an epic saga.

However, Baldur’s Gate 3 doesn’t merely tread familiar ground; it innovates. The introduction of a fully voiced protagonist and a narrative that branches and weaves in response to player choices injects freshness into the franchise. It’s not just a revival; it’s a renaissance.

One of the factors that contributed to Baldur’s Gate 3 success is its timing. It arrived in the gaming scene after the awaited release of Elden Ring, a game that had garnered significant attention. Despite this environment Baldur’s Gate 3 managed to establish its unique identity and captivate players appealing to both traditional RPG fans and those who enjoy more contemporary gaming experiences.

Baldur’s Gate 3 being included on the list was not surprising. It was accompanied by some contenders. Among them Armored Core 6 Fires of Rubicon from FromSoftware managed to secure the position falling behind established titles, like The Binding of Isaac and The Witcher 3.

One notable newcomer on the list was Holo Cure Save the Fans, an unofficial fan game showcasing popular Vtubers. Its rapid ascent in popularity can be attributed to its free-to-play nature and inspiration drawn from Vampire Survivors, a game that has consistently maintained a place among the charts for months.

With the official release date for Starfield drawing ever nearer, expectations have reached a fever pitch for Bethesda’s upcoming RPG. Many are wagering on it becoming one of the most-played games on the Steam Deck in the months ahead. However, its success on the platform will undoubtedly hinge on its performance on the Valve handheld, mirroring the journey of Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Early Access

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s path to success wasn’t limited to its recent Steam Deck victory. Its early access release was nothing short of a massive triumph. In a stunning display of popularity, it obliterated records and displaced Elden Ring to seize the top spot on Steam within its first 24 hours.

During this initial day, the game achieved the remarkable feat of selling over 1 million copies. This not only cemented its status as a gaming juggernaut but also established it as the fastest-selling early access title on the Steam platform. The game’s launch was akin to a meteoric rise in the gaming world.

While it may be premature to make a judgment, about the lasting impact of Baldur’s Gate 3 there is no denying that Larian Studios has achieved something extraordinary. The game not sets a high standard for early access titles but also promises a bright future for itself.

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Written by Aishwary Singh

Aishwary Singh is a 19-year-old gamer who has a deep love for RPGs and story-driven games. Gaming has been Aishwary's passion for as long as they can remember, starting from early console days all the way to their current PC setup. What truly captivates Aishwary about games like Fallout, The Witcher, and The Legend of Zelda are the narratives and meticulously designed worlds they offer. Join Aishwary on this gaming journey as they share insights, reviews, news, and helpful tips to elevate your gaming experience to the next level! 🎮