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PostSubject: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:29 pm

I've finished it today after clocking 39 hours according to Steam (some of which were wasted on character creation since I restarted the game so my playthrough must have been around 35 hours).

The game has a truly epic storyline which allows the player to be evil for a change and that's refreshing.

What stands out is both the similarities with Pillars of Eternity and the differences.

Tyranny is a classless game so you can and you should embrace the concept and experiment with everything the game has to offer.

Practice makes perfect. Tyranny rewards your character's actions with experience instead of giving you points for completing quests and killing enemies. As a result if you're playing as a frontliner your character will probably get a few more levels simply because parry and dodge will level quite a bit (and if you keep your character out of harm way you may not level as much as a result).

Magic is really well done in this game. You pick a basis for a spell and then you can pick and choose some of the effects you know so instead of choosing a spell from a list you are recreating it in game.

Abilities and spells are using cooldowns (some of them can be used once per rest) which makes for a much more dynamic feel.

The party consists of up to 4 characters which makes the game much tighter. Followers are really well done by the way.

Important NPCs and factions keep track of your actions using two different gauges, one for respectively loyalty and fear or favour and wrath so you can get a rough idea of where you stand. Extremes will unlock extra abilities.

I haven't even mentioned the story and how it is presented. At the beginning you're offered a number of choices pretty much like in a choose your own adventure book and every decision you make will have an impact in the story of the game, the places you will visit and the interactions that will open up to you.

There are four different ways to finish the game depending on your choices (a bit like in Fallout New Vegas). I did pick the chaotic ending simply because it felt right to me.

Tyranny is not perfect though. I don't mind all the reading but at times I did wish for more consistency. If the text has my guy delving deep into a huge battle I'd like to face more than a few foes at a time. Seriously, the most I've ever faced in this game was probably 6 guys. Suspension of disbelief is ok but it's hard for the game to feel truly epic when you only have skirmishes.

The other problem had to do with the size of the (gorgeous) maps. In BG 1 and 2 it could take a little more than a few minutes to explore an area but in spite of that it almost never felt too short. In Tyranny you can go through and area really quickly.

I don't want to post spoilers but attacking a stronghold in Tyranny is just a matter of a few minutes and it can be over pretty quickly which can only take away from the feeling of taking part in a conflict of epic proportions. It's not just about combat as exploration really suffers from that as well.

Unfortunately these problems really stand in the way of the game taking what should be its rightful place as one of the most epic CRPGs ever made.

Tyranny is really focused on the story and it does that part really well. It also has the gameplay to back up the feeling of playing a really powerful character but although dialogues offer plenty of opportunities for deliciously evil roleplaying, battles severely lack in scale and don't allow the character to shine as much as expected.

Still, Tyranny stands out as one of the few games to offer so much variety in terms of choice and more importantly in terms of consequences. Playing Tyranny you can tell that your actions have an impact on the world and that's something many so called RPG don't do these days.

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:08 am

Sounds most interesting. I was not aware that this game even existed ('tis what I get for playing old RPGs and weird Twine things Laughing). I'll definitely try that one in the future.

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Tyranny is a classless game so you can and you should embrace the concept and experiment with everything the game has to offer.

That's good to hear; a very sensible solution. I wonder if this post-class thing will become mainstream - it definitely feels more realistic that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:27 am

Yeah, been eyeing that game for quite a while now. Finances are a bit tight but maybe after the spook period has come and gone I'll get it. A world where evil has won -- fuck yeah

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:16 pm

The game is sold for $35.99 at WinGameStore (you can take advantage of 5% off with this one time voucher code: pcgames5off) which is roughly what I've spent for it when I preordered and seems to me like a fair price considering it's a 30 hour game.

They say it has replay value but in all fairness it's entirely focused on the main quest so whether or not replaying the game is enjoyable depends on whether or not you wish to explore other factions.

The best comparison would be to refer to Fallout New Vegas and there is a reason why I only completed the game once with the Legion, once with the NCR, never with House and countless times without siding with anyone.

I'm contemplating replaying Tyranny with another character going for a different ending but the one I've just experienced felt perfect so I'm not sure what to go for next.

Trying to be a goody two shoe in this game could be an interesting challenge though. Laughing

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I wonder if this post-class thing will become mainstream - it definitely feels more realistic that way.

In all fairness it isn't new at all. The original Fallout back in 97 didn't have any classes and there are other games like that, Arcanum for instance or Lionheart (both were strongly influenced by Fallout).

Pen and paper rulesets have been trying to move away from the shadow cast by D&D and its artificial set of classes.

The moment you start putting skills in a class based game you're opening things up which is why 3E was an interesting turning point. Games like NWN 1 and 2 and IWD 2 allowed us to play around classes in order to make the character we truly wanted to play.

In my opinion a game like Tyranny is just the next logical step. You start with a background that gives a flavour to your character but there is nothing preventing you from training your character to improve skills that weren't part of that starting package and once you can use these skills in the field there is nothing preventing you from increasing them through practice.

In my game I started as a two hander because armour is a big deal in this game (it's set in a Bronze Age era and not a medieval one) but I switched to bows and then to sword and shield and it did work out fine. Sure, getting extremely specialised is not without rewards but versatility is not such a bad thing either.

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:20 pm

Cara wrote:
In all fairness it isn't new at all.

Point.

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armour is a big deal in this game (it's set in a Bronze Age era and not a medieval one)

Oh Hel yes. <3 Then I am definitely going to play this someday, if but to experience a rare instance of a fictionalized, interactive take on said era. I've been obsessed with Knossos for quite a while... I wonder if it's depicted there somehow. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:38 pm

I don't want you to be disappointed, in all fairness to me the Bronze Age thing feels a lot like window dressing although it bears some relevance when it comes to gear (it will be nice to hear what you make of this though because I'm far from an expert on the subject).

That being said the devs do have a very interesting take on gender roles in the lore of the game which is something you may enjoy (I know I do). Of course idiots all over the net got bent out of shape over this which can only add to the entertainment factor. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:35 pm

I loved the few hours of Tyranny that I have played. Unfortunately, real life has thrown a shit storm at me recently, and I haven't been able to get back to it. It's definitely nice to play a game that allows you to play an evil character in an intelligent way.
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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:24 am

Hmm, did you get thrown into one of those Trump camps, Kana?

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:21 pm

I've started replaying the game with an unarmed build and a more "neutral" (good would be pushing it) character who is less of a knave and more honourable. Surprisingly enough the game feels different even if some events are repeated -without posting spoilers NPCs who were hostile towards my first character actually respect the one I'm playing now. This is good.

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:23 pm

But still, the main story is (almost) everything so even with these differences it doesn't feel as fresh. Replaying Tyranny is more like wondering what would have happened if you made different choices and that's totally fine as we can't expect the game to be completely different. I think I'll drop it for the time being. It's an enjoyable game and I wished it was a bit longer but it's probably too soon for me to replay it and really get drawn into a variant of the story I've just completed.

With that being said, playing an honourable and almost decent character makes for an interestingly fresh perspective even if it doesn't alter the big picture all that much when considering how things are supposed to go down.

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:42 pm

Regardless, the game is now on my wishlist. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:01 pm

I strongly suggest doing what I did, i.e. taking your time and choosing the path that feels right to you.

The drawback with this approach is that going down another path is much less enticing.

That being said playing Tyranny has prompted me to play PoE again (hopefully by now they're done messing up with it -from what I've gathered the people responsible for Tyranny weren't directly involved with PoE but they did work on South Park the Stick of Truth).

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PostSubject: Re: Tyranny [no spoilers]   Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:41 pm

Yet another confirmation that Paradox suck as a publisher.

Tyranny is getting a portrait DLC, for $4 you can get 20 portraits for your character...

If anyone is looking for portraits they'd be better off going over to the Nexus or doing a quick search online.

Last but not least portraits for Pillars of Eternity are compatible with Tyranny so that's another reason not to buy that crap (unless it's 75% off and you have some Steam wallet change to waste).

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