So, I am going to preface all of this with the statement that I have enjoyed nearly every game that Obsidian has made. My two favorite Obsidian games are KOTOR 2 and F:NV. Yes, I know that those were sequels.
I was one of the original backers for POE, but honestly didn't really enjoy it. I felt that it was NOT a spiritual successor to BG. That being said, I enjoyed it much more after the DLC and expansions, though I still don't put it in my top 10. For a variety of reasons, I did NOT back Deadfire... because I didn't really enjoy POE that much and wasn't sure exactly what Deadfire was going to look like. As more information about Deadfire came out, I got more excited, because it sounded like it was going to be much more of a spiritual successor to BG than POE had been. I bought Deadfire as soon as it was out (or maybe preordered it, I can't remember), and have played it through 2 times since then. I'm waiting for all the DLC to come out before embarking on my 3rd and probably final playthrough.
If I were to give some % scores to all the Obsidian games that I have played, it would look like this:
1.) F:NV = 93%
2.) KOTOR 2 = 91%
3.) POE: Deadfire = 90%
4.) NWN 2 = 88%
5.) POE 1 = 83%
Yes, those are completely BS scores, but I think that for myself, they are pretty accurate. I love F:NV and have put hundreds of hours into the game, and feel like it has so many playthrough options, it is ridiculous. KOTOR 2 got me into the Star Wars universe... and besides Arcanum 2, KOTOR 3 is the other sequel that I dream of (I have given up on another epic D&D game, and there are plenty of good "traditional" fantasy games). POE: Deadfire is a game that I would give a higher score... if I were to actually like any of the companions more than a little bit. NWN 2 kinda falls into that same category- I absolutely HATED the companions, and the fact that you were basically stuck with them, and so while I enjoyed the REST of the game... just can't give it an "A" rating. And POE? I recognize that it was a totally new and original IP, and give it credit for trying to do something new, I just don't like "grimdark". I also didn't really like any of the NPCs very much, which severely decreases the replay and enjoyment value for me.
So, this was a ton of writing. HERE is the point. I like/love Obsidian games. I think that F:NV is the best Fallout game (after the Bethesda purchase of the IP) and that KOTOR 2 is the best Star Wars game. I think that NWN 2 is the 2nd best D&D game (counting BG as an entire series, the way that it is meant to be played). I loved Morrowind, I sort of enjoyed Skyrim, and I have hated everything else that Bethesda has made. I loved Mass Effect and really enjoyed the majority of Bioware games... until the newest Mass Effect and Anthem.
Basically, I HAD 3 favorite cRPG companies: Bioware, Obsidian, and Bethesda. Now, it is Obsidian, inXile, HareBrained Studios and looks like it will be CD Projekt Red. That SOUNDS like a good thing, right? MORE options? Except, inXile AND Obsidian have been bought out by Microsoft, and so now I can only HOPE that Obsidian and inXile do not become failed "big studios" like... Bethesda and Bioware.
If that happens, then I will basically be left with HareBrained Studios and CD Projekt Red... While I love the Shadowrun games and greatly enjoyed Battletech... I have no idea what Harebrained is doing next, and it might not be an RPG. Heck, they might go out of business or get bought out as well. And while I am incredibly pumped for Cyberpunk 2077... that might not even happen until the end of next year, or even 2020. While I think that game might very well become my #2 game... only time will tell. What that also means, is that even if it IS an awesome game... it might take them another 2-3 years to make a new game, and I might not even like that game.
So, please don't become Bethesda or Bioware, oh Obsidian. If that happens, that might very well be the death of quality cRPGs with great and interesting stories. As far as I am aware, the only cRPGs (that I would qualify as such, and I admit that I am a purist) coming out any time soon are Wasteland 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. That is 2019 and maybe 2020. I have heard of no other games being planned by any of the studios that I mentioned, including Obsidian.
*I edited the poll to remove the word "most" from "most favorite". That is redundant and perhaps confusing for your 2nd and 3rd favorite games.*
Edited by Michael_Galt, 23 November 2018 - 11:17 AM.