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  • Summary: In Tyranny, the grand war between good and evil is over – and the forces of evil, led by Kyros the Overlord, have won.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. Feb 20, 2017
    90
    If you are tired of same old fantasy setting in RPGs, you will absolutely fall in love with Tyranny. Another great isometric RPG from Obsidian.
  2. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    The work of Obsidian on Tyranny is absolutely brilliant, may it be in terms of story, characters, dialogues and universe. This is undoubtedly the best western RPG this year.
  3. Nov 14, 2016
    88
    With a rushed third act and a few frustrating quirks here and there, Tyranny falls just short of reaching the legendary heights of the games that inspired it. Obsidian has, however, once again delivered on their pedigree with an engrossing and inventive story of betrayal and tyrannical rule. This game is a must-play for fans of isometric narrative roleplaying games.
  4. Nov 10, 2016
    80
    This is not a game that can properly be played casually as it is simply too complex and too vast to get the full experience from fifteen minutes a day. Mastering the nuances of everything that is offered and learning how to best interact with each faction and party member will take time. For those who have the time and desire, however, this is one of the more rewarding time sink titles available. With the winter months on the horizon, Tyranny is a highly-recommended game to lock yourself away with while waiting for the weather to warm up.
  5. Dec 14, 2016
    80
    An excellent story RPG, which excels with scenario, the dark portrayal of the world and with the rejection of the traditional elements of game fiction.
  6. Nov 14, 2016
    80
    Despite feeling new and familiar, and at times plodding and rushed in turn, Obsidian are proudly wearing the mantle left by Black Isle and have crafted another enjoyable story for fans of isometric CRPGs.
  7. Nov 16, 2016
    60
    Tyranny offers a few fresh, well-thought-out mechanics and fragments of really engrossing story, between longer periods of terribly boring combat. Open ending is not good, either - all we get after 40 hours is a suggestion that the interesting bits were saved for a sequel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 132
  2. Negative: 23 out of 132
  1. Nov 10, 2016
    10
    So far a very sophisticated piece of game!
    If you just liked Pillars of Eternity you will LOVE Tyranny!
    Prerequisite is to have some evil
    So far a very sophisticated piece of game!
    If you just liked Pillars of Eternity you will LOVE Tyranny!

    Prerequisite is to have some evil in you. ;)
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  2. Dec 20, 2020
    10
    I really love this game and premise for it so that i can be as evil as i want to. The Story AND RPG flavor of it is first rate and its fromI really love this game and premise for it so that i can be as evil as i want to. The Story AND RPG flavor of it is first rate and its from Obsidian Studios! Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2016
    9
    I was pleasantly surprised by this game since Pillars of eternity was such a letdown.
    -Spell creation system is fantastic.
    -Choices you make
    I was pleasantly surprised by this game since Pillars of eternity was such a letdown.
    -Spell creation system is fantastic.
    -Choices you make till the end of the game matter. (but still no replayability...)
    -Good old school combat system.
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  4. SH1
    Dec 10, 2016
    8
    Good points:

    * Combat mechanics * Story makes you want to play it multiple times. * Classic RPG * Cool magic system * Nice 2D art in an
    Good points:

    * Combat mechanics
    * Story makes you want to play it multiple times.
    * Classic RPG
    * Cool magic system
    * Nice 2D art in an isometric setting
    * For some reason this makes me want an HTML5/WebGL multiplayer version, where you can choose your faction from the ones in the story.

    Why not a 10?

    * Story has loose ends. I guess you have to leave something for Tyranny 2 (which I will be buying if it comes out)
    * Not sure how crafting worked.
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  5. Nov 19, 2016
    7
    Having finished this game recently, I have to change my perfect 10 score to this. My enthusiasm was all about this game being a real successorHaving finished this game recently, I have to change my perfect 10 score to this. My enthusiasm was all about this game being a real successor to classical text based isometric rpgs. Having a good fantasy setting also effected my original 10 score. The only problem was that I was too quick to review this game and here are the glaring reasons:

    - Combat is good at first but as you play through the ai involved in it is even dumber than classic rpgs such as nwn, bg etc. You can exploit the stupidy of ai to a point that it feels cheesy and disconnecting you from the world. One example would be the aggro ranges. Which is mostly individual. You can have two other enemies still having conversations while the other half of the group attacks you just because you are in range. Don't even get me started on the sorry and disfunctional "stealth" system.

    - Story is up to a point amazing. All of a sudden everything takes an abrubt and absurd turn where all of the unique mechanics introduced in this game feel unnecessary and novel. Some of the mechanics are not even implemented at all and just there for the sake of being there. The story takes a riddiculous turn as if the whole story is finished by a 10 yr old who does not know how to create relatable connections or general consistency. If your read the bleach manga then you probably understand this. I don't want to spoil the story but you can only understand this if you finish the game.
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  6. Nov 15, 2016
    6
    I liked Pillars of Eternity (hereby PoE), but I didnt love it. It has some shortcomings which have kept me from finishing the game even thoughI liked Pillars of Eternity (hereby PoE), but I didnt love it. It has some shortcomings which have kept me from finishing the game even though I tried to play it 3 or 4 times. This is PoE lite. Shorter game, fewer character options, less gear, less companions, less story, less character development per companion, less everything. Is it a bad game? No but it is a step back from PoE and still has all the nuances of PoE as well such as terrible AI, atrocious camera, boring character classes and this one ads terrible targeting feedback. I dont know how many time I target something and although the target is highlighted, the skill does not trigger. It turns out that you have to target a specific spot to get skills to trigger and if you get close to the screen you can see that the icon has a line through it but if you play far enough away it is hard to discern. Further, depending on the fight, the background colors blend into the icon colors making even harder to tell the difference. You adjust to this after a while but early on I didn't understand why skills were not working and it took a few deaths to realize that I was targeting wrong. So anyway, if PoE is a 6 (by my scale), then this has to be at least 1 or 2 points less. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2017
    0
    Forced Cutscenes mean that I gave it 30 seconds, still mashing away on the keys and the introduction kept going.... kept going.... kept going.Forced Cutscenes mean that I gave it 30 seconds, still mashing away on the keys and the introduction kept going.... kept going.... kept going. Unfortunately it kept going for longer than I have patience. Alt+F4. 1/10. Please learn to add "Skip this **** with any key". Expand

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