Obsidian Entertainment is a game studio that has been around since 2003, and has had a lot of experience working with different IPs. It has Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout New Vegas and South Park: Stick of Truth under its belt. It has also begun working on its own, original worlds since then. Its second to last game was the kickstarted Pillars of Eternity, a well received western RPG. Its most recent game, however, is the result of a partnership with Paradox Interactive. Tyranny, another western RPG that has been released today.
Tyranny is a very large departure from the rest of Obsidian’s games. As the tagline for it says, “Sometimes, evil wins.” The overlord Kyros set out to bring the world under their thumb, and they were utterly successful. Now the entire world has been placed under their rule, and their word is law. This is where the player character comes in. Not as someone who rebels against her law, as one might expect, but one who enforces it. You play as a Fatebinder, one given the power of judge, jury and executioner. It’s up to you to decide how to use that power. Will you be a loyal servant to Kyros, or will you subvert their intentions?
Despite only just being released, Tyranny is enjoying a wealth of positive feedback. At the time of writing, nearly all of the Steam reviews for it are positive, with only a single outlier. The metacritic score it has is hovering at around 83. Not perfect, and with some more mixed reactions, but still a well received game. Tyranny has also managed to shoot to the top of the global best seller charts, beating even Dishonored 2. Despite the later being available now for those who pre-purchase it. Tyranny is currently priced at $44.99 and is available for PC and Mac.