Tyranny Game Review | Is it Worth Playing in 2023?

Welcome to the world of Tyranny, a game that doesn’t play by the usual rules of light against dark, good against evil. In this game, we’ve already lost. The evil Overlord Kyros rules and everything is pretty twisted. But don’t think this game is just about being the bad guy. It’s so much more.

This role-playing game (RPG) by Obsidian is like a flashback to the old Infinity Engine games, packed with an exciting story, challenging combat, and loads of choices that make a real difference.

You’re not just a character in this game; you’re a Fatebinder, an arm of Overlord Kyros, and you’re a judge, jury, and executioner all in one.

Choices, Choices: Building Your Character and Your World


Creating your character in Tyranny is more straightforward than in some other RPGs. Instead of picking a race or a class, you choose a weapon or a magic type to focus on.

Then you pick your stats and skills. You’ll need to think about how you develop your character as you play, but even if you’re not a stats whiz, you can find a way to win battles.

But the most intriguing part of character creation is the Conquest mode. Here, you shape the world of the game by picking the battles your character fought before the game starts and deciding how they turned out. You push around tiny armies, raise and raze cities, and make some truly tough decisions. This sets the scene for the rest of the game perfectly.

The Reality of Power: Combat and Consequences

In terms of combat, Tyranny borrows a lot from another Obsidian game, Pillars of Eternity. You’ll often pause the game to place your units, get your spells ready, and plan your attacks, then un-pause to see the battle unfold. A new feature is combo attacks that you can do with your companions, which change based on your relationship with them.

However, not everything is perfect in Tyranny. Some of the reasons why characters join you on your journey are a bit hard to believe.

Still, the excellent writing in the game helps to overlook this. Characters are unique, dialogue is sharp and interesting, and the way characters react in important conversations really brings them to life.

A Different Kind of Evil: The Bureaucrat Villain


So, Tyranny isn’t your everyday fight between good and evil. It moves the goalposts and asks what happens when evil wins and becomes the norm. It’s unsettling at first, but by the end, you’ll start to accept your actions; evil becomes normal, and fear and violence are just part of life. You’re not a typical villain in this game; you’re more like a scary paper pusher.

And that’s truly terrifying.

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