Game genres are an interesting concept, because more often than not they’re telling of the environment that created them more than anything else. Just like how JRPGs are a symbol of the West’s tendency to label anything Japanese as weird, so to does the CRPG paint the image of chunky PCs and pen-and-paper RPGs.
With Baldur’s Gate 3 launching this week to meteoric success, I figured it’d be a good time to talk about the CRPG. They’re an absolute white elephant in terms of genres, yet have it in them to be some of the best gaming experiences you’ll ever have.
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