Amelia Tyler, the voice behind Baldur's Gate 3's narrator, revealed her favorite line from her favorite subplot in Larian Studios' critically acclaimed role-playing game (RPG).
Minor spoilers ahead for Baldur's Gate 3.
If you pick the Dark Urge background, you'll get extra voice lines from Tyler's narrator, highlighting your character's inner urge to kill.
"My favorite line [from] the Dark Urge is just a laugh," said Tyler, in an interview with TechRadar Gaming recently.
"It's just a low chuckle, I think it's after Alfira," she said, referring to a setpiece early on in the Dark Urge playthrough where charming Bard Alfira attempts to join your party. Later that night, your character gives in to their murderous urge and ends the poor Tiefling's life.
"If you roll the right things [in the game's dice-roll-centric dialogue trees], you just get this amused chuckle at what's happened."
Tyler went on to discuss the challenges surrounding the scene, especially when it came to making the right kind of sound for the Dark Urge. "Usually in scripts, when you see laughs pop up [...] your heart sinks a little bit because a laugh is so easy to get wrong. It's so easy to make it sound like it's fake," she said.
"And this wasn't even a normal kind of laugh, this was just enjoying, relaxing into what it was [sic.]. I love that people have noticed it and I got to play like that. You so rarely get a character that you can just sink your teeth into like that, pun intended."
I remember encountering this scene in my own Halloween Dark Urge playthrough and finding the scene as darkly compelling, thanks, in no small part, to Tyler's nuanced performance. Baldur's Gate 3 may be full of playful moments, but, the presence of this darker side of the game also does a great deal to enrich Larian's fantasy tale, making it one of the best RPGs of recent years.
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