Disco Elysium

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a game by ZA/UM
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
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Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium

RPG games have always been, and continue to be, some of the most popular games in the market. They are also some of the most varied and interesting ones, in every way from art, to gameplay, and even music and story. There's always been a divisive line between table role-playing games and role-playing video games. Nowadays many of the modern RPG titles are heavily influenced by titles created by companies such as Bethesda, Obsidian, and Bioware, but Disco Elysium is something completely different.

In many ways, it feels as if these developers were purely influenced by physical role-playing games, where you throw dice and use a lot of imagination rather than the top games of the video game industry. But how does this play out, and what' Disco Elysium all about?

About the game

It all starts with a massive hangover, one so extreme that our main character can't remember who he is, let alone why he just woke up naked in a motel room. The man has been drunk for several days, and won't even remember that he's actually a detective who arrived at Martinaise, the fictional city the game is set in, to solve a crime that happened three days earlier.

There's a lot of consequences coming from these kinds of drunken acts, but there's much more to that. This character may already be involved in a lot of problems, but there's another one that haunts him from within. As there's a constant, very important dialogue in the game, and it's all because of his multiple personality disorder.

A dark world

Disco Elysium presents us with a different RPG game, one that doesn't even have any kind of traditional combat. All of the game revolves around making decisions and having conversations. It's a noir kind of game with many dark twists, set in an RPG world.

It’s a pretty mature game in every way you look at it, and one of the incredible things is that the game can be very different depending on how you choose to play it. You don’t get to customize the character’s name or his looks, but rather his personality. This carries a lot of responsibilities, as a detective, you have to do a lot of interaction with tons of characters to get to the bottom of the crime, but this can be a very deep rabbit hole, so make sure you’re ready for this.

Disco Elysium is a revolutionary role-playing game with an incredibly original conversation system. It all revolves around excellent characters that go through a lot of development and evolution. Not to mention the dark, world-building present in every aspect of the decadent city the game takes place in. What could very well be another simple, unoriginal, and boring detective story becomes one of the darkest and most loaded plots and developments we’ve seen in any detective-based games.

9

It is fully charged with heavy philosophical, moral, political, and mature themes, and the whole aesthetic and story of the game follow this nicely. You'll have to learn from many different characters and investigate everything you can to solve this crime. While also being haunted by the dark past of our main character.

Pros:

  • Excellent plot
  • Nicely written and developed characters
  • Great world-building
  • A fresh breathe into the genre

Cons:

  • It can be confusing to keep track of the exploration
  • Not all the characters are fully voiced

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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