Baldur’s Gate 3 achieves unprecedented feat: Sweeps major game of the year awards

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In a remarkable achievement for the gaming industry, Larian Studios' "Baldur’s Gate 3" has secured a place in history by becoming the first game to win every major Game of the Year award in the industry. The latest addition to its accolades came at the video game segment of the prestigious British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), solidifying its position as a standout title in 2023.

This impressive feat is the culmination of a winning streak that began in November 2023 when "Baldur’s Gate 3" claimed the Ultimate Game of the Year title at the Golden Joystick Awards. The momentum continued with victories at The Game Awards in December, the D.I.C.E. Awards in February, and the Game Developer Choice Awards in March. The BAFTA win marks the final flourish of an astounding awards season for the ambitious Dungeons & Dragons RPG.

The competition was fierce, with "Baldur’s Gate 3" going head-to-head with titles like "Alan Wake 2," "Tears of the Kingdom," and "Marvel’s Spider-Man 2." This achievement has been likened to the Triple Crown of video games, albeit with two additional prizes, earning it the unofficial title of the "Quintuple Crown."

Since the inception of The Game Awards in 2014, established by Geoff Keighley, no other game has achieved this remarkable milestone. Notable contenders like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "God of War" came close in previous years, only to be edged out by other titles in specific award ceremonies. "Elden Ring," the highly acclaimed title from FromSoftware, also came close to sweeping all five awards before the BAFTAs crowned "Vampire Survivors" as its winner.

"Baldur’s Gate 3" has captivated players and critics alike with its exceptional turn-based combat mechanics, a true embodiment of the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons. Its diverse and compelling cast of characters has left a lasting impression on players, garnering widespread praise and adoration.

The success of "Baldur’s Gate 3" across different voting processes, whether by press, developers, or fans, underscores its broad appeal and exceptional quality. Larian Studios' creation has managed to unite the gaming community in celebration of its excellence, setting a new standard for RPGs in the industry.

As fans continue to revel in the immersive world of "Baldur’s Gate 3," the game's achievement of winning all major Game of the Year awards stands as a testament to its exceptional craftsmanship and enduring impact on the gaming landscape.