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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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  1. Positive: 54 out of 67
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  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: 62 out of 103
  2. Negative: 19 out of 103
  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. Nov 19, 2016
    10
    The game is fun and the story is quite original for an RPG. That said, do not buy this game seeking an Obsidian experience - this is in manyThe game is fun and the story is quite original for an RPG. That said, do not buy this game seeking an Obsidian experience - this is in many ways a Bioware game. Yes, there will be some Obsidian-quality writing, but most of the writing team are young devs who joined Obsidian for the development of South Park: The Stick of Truth and they have different sensibilities when it comes to writing. It feels like Obsidian made a Bioware-game, BUT with an original twist that doesn't involve saving the world - in that regard it's still an Obsidian title. So buy this if you enjoyed the gameplay and the writing quality of Dragon Age: Origins, but wished the plot was more interesting than saving a kingdom from evil monsters. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2016
    9
    Very well crafted and thoughtful game. While it does feel a little rushed towards the end, both story-wise and loot wise (finding a legendaryVery well crafted and thoughtful game. While it does feel a little rushed towards the end, both story-wise and loot wise (finding a legendary item in random barrels scattered around starts to feel a bit pointless), it really kept me absorbed throughout.

    The gameplay is satisfyingly complex, without being annoyingly micro, and the characters along for the ride are both well thought out and 'realistic', in that they will seldom sway out of character regardless of how you try to convince them.

    The story starts off interestingly, with choices making a solid, tangible difference and they continue throughout. Some things start to feel out of your hands towards the end, but they aren't too out of sync with the rest of your decisions.

    All in all a 10/10, with 1 point deducted for the slightly rushed end game.
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  4. Mar 4, 2017
    8
    Tyranny isnt a bad Crpg and tries to be a more story based type game. The story itself is wel written and the characters are wel done. TheTyranny isnt a bad Crpg and tries to be a more story based type game. The story itself is wel written and the characters are wel done. The world is interesting. But the choises arent always that deep... or have enough options. Its a must play for crpg fans, but dont expect a baldurs gate or Planescape. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2016
    7
    this is by far the most uneven rpg games ive ever played

    it has amazing potential, interesting lore, cool characters, great spellcraft,
    this is by far the most uneven rpg games ive ever played

    it has amazing potential, interesting lore, cool characters, great spellcraft, nice skills, very climatic 'conquer' mode, all the small things like 'hyperlinks' during speech, etc - 10/10

    but at the same time its just look incomplete
    i dont mind lack of cutscenes, voice acting, and other 'nowadays' stuff
    but the game gives you an opportunity to play your role yet the execution is poor most of the time

    SPOILER-FREE EXAMPLES (made-up but with the sense of actual gameplay):
    lets say that a farmer asks you to find his cattle, you go and find it, yet because of reasons you decide to kill his wife on a way back, once you go back to the farmer he talks hostile mouring his wife, but as soon as you mention saved cattle he becomes happy, starts cheering and celebrating and forgets about the bad things
    or
    youre told to take part in huge battle between good guys and bad guys, HUUUUUGE battle - you get there and theres 5-6 ppl on both sides, you kill all the baddies (normal weak troops), epic win, bards start creating songs about you, etc

    its still very playable, ive sunk into the world and lore
    but at the same time it is so fresh and it might have been perfect, if didnt lack polishing and sometimes common sense
    hope PoE II will learn from tyranny's mistakes
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  6. Nov 11, 2016
    6
    First of all, I did not play it for long, merely for 4 hours, so here are my first impressions.

    First thing you're gonna notice is the, may
    First of all, I did not play it for long, merely for 4 hours, so here are my first impressions.

    First thing you're gonna notice is the, may as well just say it, the LOW BUDGET. Honestly, there are no cut scenes, just some illustrations like from a book while a voiceover speaks on top of them, as well as other fluff content is missing. Gonna compare here with Divinity: Original Sin - no exactly some masterpiece from a wealthy company, but having A LOT more fluff content than Tyranny.

    Another thing I did not like is the complete disconnection from the game world. First of all your character is a douchebag, you can polish his douchebaggery in some situations but ultimately, you're evil as f... Also your followers are evil douchebags as well, well not all. All this makes it really hard to attach yourself not only to your character but to your followers as well, considering you're forced to be evil because the game offers little choice in the matter, and every choice can be separated between evil and lesser evil but still evil.
    Obviously if you have no issues with playing an evil character, then this won't matter to you. I'll just say this: the evil is not the kind of lighthearted evil you saw in Dungeon Keeper or Overlord, it's pretty serious and gritty.

    The combat is just as boring as in their previous game: Pillars of Eternity.

    Oh and one more thing. There is an actual metric ton of reading. Every conversation, no matter how trivial the NPC is, is gonna have the span of a novel, and most of it is just...garbage, pointless, yielding little interesting information, filler, it's like Diablo 3's pointless dialogue but very very very long.

    Did I mention the low budget? Yeah, that's a doozy.
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  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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