One Baldur’s Gate 3 player has recently taken to social media to share a self-deprecating tale of making a terrible mistake that could have easily been avoided if they were paying attention, or not going into the game completely blind. Their experience adds to the list of stories about Baldur’s Gate 3 making players regret their actions.
Warning! Spoilers for Baldur’s Gate 3 up to the end of Act 2 ahead.While Baldur’s Gate 3 has thousands of ending variations, most of them require reaching the conclusion of Act 3. One, however, is only unlockable in Act 2 by convincing Gale to blow himself up in the Mind Flayer colony below Moonrise Towers. Doing so will make him activate the Netherese Orb stuck in his chest, thus instantly ending the Dead Three along with the Netherbrain. The game itself isn’t coy about informing the player that this wasn’t the best turn of events, with the narrator describing it as “an ending, of sorts, but not the one destiny had in store for you.”
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That not-so-subtle hint was still lost on Reddit user megaderp675, who was convinced they beat Baldur’s Gate 3 after having Gale suicide-bomb Ketheric, Orin, Gortash, and the Elder Brain. “I’m so incredibly stupid,” the fan wrote in a recent post, all the while asking whether anyone else happened to have made the same mistake. While the anecdote spawned hundreds of comments, none of the fans chiming in on their experience admitted to doing so. Dozens of players did say that this was also the first ending they reached after going into the game blind, but claimed to have immediately concluded there was more to Baldur’s Gate 3.
The unfortunate player did not clarify on how long they were under the impression that Baldur’s Gate 3 doesn’t have a third act. And while some of the fans reacting to their experience said they find the story difficult to believe, the notion of this happening to someone does appear to be within the realm of possibility.
Namely, while Baldur’s Gate 3 does have a few special game over screens for players who really mess up, detonating Gale in Act 2 doesn’t fall into that category; not only does the game roll the credits following that decision, but it also rewards the player with the Hero of the Forgotten Realms achievement, which is alternatively awarded for reaching the good ending in Act 3. It’s hence not unthinkable that someone not paying attention to the narrator for a few seconds after Gale activates the Netherese Orb could assume they completed the game.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is available now on PC and PS5. An Xbox Series X/S port is expected to launch in late 2023.
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