Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium

5 / 5

Author:

ZA/UM

Publish Date:

2019-10-15

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Disco Elysium review

Despite its mirrorball name, Disco Elysium is quite a dark, even noire game. It’s a detective story set in the future, starting out of nowhere and leading you where your character is led by you. The specifics of your character define the further events; there is an infinite dialog within, showing you the complex human nature. Reason and emotions, body, and motorics are constantly in some sort of argument, and you are to select what to believe. This literary background makes the game so unique that one can call it groundbreaking.

So prepare for something between a quest, an RPG, and an interactive visual novel. The closest one to compare it to is probably Transmetropolitan.

The aesthetics of the two are very similar: a fantastic future city was torn apart by weird people with weird ideas and is constantly whirlpooling with revolts, crimes, and entertainment. The protagonist is a cynical antisocial alcoholic that is still required because of his sight; only your character is not a journalist but a police officer back into an investigation.

The most beautiful thing about Disco Elysium is that the game, with all its quest-like predefinition, gives you a lot of freedom in terms of choice. Select which answer is the most yours; select the prevailing element in your hero – body, soul, or intellect. It defines the further storyline: the physical type will hear other voices than, say, sensitive or mindful.

But anyway, you’ll have to hear your inner demons, as well as those of other people. Sometimes, of course, you will encounter villains or just plain trash that need some ass-kicking, but the fighting is here mostly built on randomness. Throw the dice and see whether you are successful. Well, even if you don’t beat the bastard, you may hear some interesting information instead, helpful for your investigation.

And yes, you can be a bastard too. Probably that’s what makes the game so noirely enchanting. Not bound by morals, like a real bad guy, you can accept bribes, beat people for little reason if any, have relationships with anyone you like, and go out unshaved. That’s also the way, and it can lead you to your aim maybe even quicker.

When it comes to controls, it’s a typical point-and-click game. You almost don’t have to use your keyboard or gamepad at all: your mouse does everything. Left-click to go anywhere, right-click to interact, press TAB to see everything you can interact with. Anyway, you’ll spend more time reading and processing what you’ve read. The game has a solid literature base: the overall volume is about 1M words.

Games like this usually have multiple endings to keep the player interested in replaying. Disco Elysium, for sure, does too. The ending you get depends on your actions and on your moral choices, as well as on the type you select initially. So, it’s the book you can read multiple times, and what you’ve read won’t be a spoiler. That’s why some call Disco Elysium a watershed game, the one after which the world will never be the same.

Pros:

  • Comic-styled expressive visuals;
  • The game is choice- and text-oriented;
  • No political correctness;
  • It’s a great big novel of about 1M words.

Cons:

  • The game is choice- and text-oriented;
  • No political correctness;
  • It’s a great big novel of about 1M words.

 

5

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5

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Disco Elysium

5 / 5

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Author: ZA/UM
Publish Date: 2019-10-15
We provide the official download links to legal sources like official websites, Steam, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Google Play Store, Apple iTunes and others.

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