This EA has been an absolute joy to play. It does some things BG3 doesn’t (when you strike critical it plays a mini cinematic - you really feel the crit!), I feel it is more true to 5th in some scenarios (darkness), flying mobs, and factoring that some mobs walk on walls! It’s really intimidating to see vampires and other beasts mount a wall amd rush you. Totally freaky!!!
My only issue in EA was that the characters were not “good looking” enough. I hope this is addressed in the final build. There is a minor issue items not showing correct description but again I imagine they will be fixed in the final build. Bug reporting has been relatively zero from me as I encountered very little in anything game breaking - only thing I did was the end fight of the EA which I was able to recover from having previously learnt that you need to make multiple game saves to avoid this issue.
Combat is fun, the mobs are smart and will take advantage of you leave a character out in the open and isolated.
The story is good and keeps you wanting to know more (though it skirts LoTR!!).
Characters make jokes and keep things “interesting”, and I look forward to more shaping and development of them in the final build.
Over all I recommend the EA - well in 21 minutes the end game is being released so go get it!!
EDIT: I have just completed this game (225.1 hrs), and found it a good story, a good over all game, the rules introduced to game were translated well and accurately.
I found the characters difficult to like as their models were not very nice to look at. like my porn, I like my games to look visually pleasing. A great game nonetheless, I won't be playing it again even though i've unlocked 62% achievements. Will I wait for an expansion or #2? Definitely.