Tyranny: Bastard's Wound Reviews
Obsidian's dark RPG deserves a better expansion than Bastard's Wound.
Bastard’s Wound goes against everything that made Tyranny a special RPG. Interesting quests are intertwined with tedious dialogue in one of the blandest areas from any Obsidian game.
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Bastard's Wound is really for Tyranny purists, a minor DLC to help extend an evil empire a little further than you expected.
Bastard's Wound is the expansion that every Tyranny fan should definitely buy, experience, and enjoy, but it's not as… expansive as one might expect. It's good and all, but it's also a very by-the-numbers DLC that plays it way too safe, as it doesn't really try anything new.
The quests (both self-contained and the companion extras) are up to Tyranny's written standards, but in terms of combat and broader consequences Bastard's Wound doesn't make a massive impression. It's comfortably familiar, just not essential.
Bastard’s Wound is, simply put, more Tyranny. Compared to something like The White March, I found it to have surprisingly few things that end up truly standing out once you’ve left the settlement behind.
Bastard’s wound makes no profound changes to Tyranny. It provides a small amount of content with just as many paths to choose as you’d expect from Tyranny. Players shouldn’t expect to be blown away by plot twists or profound discoveries, except maybe by some of the companion stories which are the best part of the expansion. Bastard’s Wound is a great addition for players who are thinking about picking up the game with the DLC.
A fun additional chapter for Tyranny, but suffers from the same weaknesses.
Tyranny: Bastard's Wound builds upon the excellent world-building and writing of the main game to offer a compelling side-story filled with engaging characters and twists where players choices matter as much as ever before. With the lack of any significant new mechanic, however, those who expected more than just a new story may be slightly disappointed.
Tyranny: Bastard's Wound is an impressive piece of DLC as it takes the choice-heavy gameplay of Tyranny and seamlessly weaves it into the previously-made choices by the player.
Whether you have played Tyranny and want to delve back in, or have yet to experience the game, The Bastard's Wound is a very successful addition.