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Paradox Interactive, Obsidian Entertainment
Nov 10, 2016 - PC

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75 / 100
Game Rant
4.5 / 5
8.3 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
8.3 / 10
8 / 10
7.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Tyranny

Repetitive combat and an abrupt ending spoil what is otherwise a remarkable feat of worldbuilding.

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Obsidian returns to the world of old-school RPG gaming with aplomb through Tyranny, a fantasy epic armed to the teeth with a plot of deception and intrigue.

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Tyranny's depiction of evil is fascinating and thought-provoking, albeit somewhat obscured by convoluted quest-lines and repetitive combat.

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8.3 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Tyranny is a memorable RPG that looks great and feels fresh, even while largely working in the confines of the old Infinity Engine style. It's also the rare sprawling RPG that invites you to replay it, as its comparatively short running time and significant changes based on choice greatly change the experience from playthrough to playthrough, and combat is deep enough to last. With Tyranny, the old feels new again.

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Metro GameCentral

7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Playing as the bad guy has never been so disturbing, but despite all the nuanced decision-making the underlying gameplay is never as interesting as the premise.

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A rich fantasy characterized by deeply troubling themes, imagery, dialogue, and actions

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The banality of evil is on full display in the dark and disturbing Tyranny.

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Tyranny's bad guy morality system is a little on the nose, and other aspects of the game sometimes suffer. But the game's dedication to that conceit works, setting a path of bargaining and self-examination. Even amidst self-doubt, I did summon a volcano and destroy a library — and I’d probably do it again.

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