• Publisher: ZA/UM
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2019
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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1008 Ratings

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  • Summary: Disco Elysium is an open world role playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. Apr 10, 2020
    100
    A murder mystery set in a rich, fictional setting, Disco Elysium is told with sweeping profundity and hilarious absurdity. With no combat to impede story progression, this is a choice-driven role-playing adventure that deftly raises the bar of quality for the medium.
  2. Oct 21, 2019
    100
    There’s depth, hundreds of hours of replayability and above all, an experience you won’t forget. With humour, panache, wit and genuinely touching moments, this is a hell of a story.
  3. Nov 4, 2019
    95
    I loved it, though I barely understood much of it. It's a wild ride despite being mostly walls of text. It's the only game where I honestly couldn't say what I thought my character would do at any given turn because I felt I barely knew him, and that was, I feel, by design. You're getting to know him as you're making the choices that define him. Like you are, in a way, with yourself in real life.
  4. Oct 16, 2019
    90
    Disco Elysium wants to get you in touch with the voices in your head. This detective RPG calls back to the old Infinity Engine games like Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate, but it put a unique spin on everything. With a beautiful oil painting aesthetic, it also features a system that treats your skill like additional party members, each with their own opinions on your actions. Ultimately, every lengthy run-though of Disco Elysium is about the consequences of your choices and actions, adding up to some fantastic stories. A great, surprising entry into RPG canon.
  5. Nov 21, 2019
    90
    It’s not very often that a game of this calibre comes along. Disco Elysium is mad with psychedelic energy, unabashedly dramatic, and dangerously well-written. I wish, like the detective, I could forget all about Disco Elysium, if only to experience it again as if for the first time. It’s truly one of the greatest RPGs ever released.
  6. Nov 3, 2019
    90
    With the quality of writing and the inventiveness of design, Disco Elysium brilliantly faces the traditions of role-playing. In doing so, it paradoxically succeeds in overcoming them where more "innovative" titles have failed, demonstrating that innovation is not enough as the sole aim and motivation to make a great game, but that a great game can be, by virtue of its qualities, innovative.
  7. Oct 21, 2019
    70
    A fiercely original take on traditional computer role-playing games that often seems unrefined and self-indulgent but is still a welcome shake-up of genre norms.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 249
  1. Oct 15, 2019
    10
    A unique Game of a kind, that revolutionize the RPGs with a level of writing rarely achieved elsewhere.
    True Detective plus Bukowski meets
    A unique Game of a kind, that revolutionize the RPGs with a level of writing rarely achieved elsewhere.
    True Detective plus Bukowski meets Pixar’s Inside Out where your thoughts and psyche are your skills and they talk to you.
    Just a masterpiece.
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  2. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    Disco Elysium is a text-heavy isomorphic RPG in the vein of Planetscape: Torment

    [DRAMA[Medium: Failure] A moment sir- too formal! Spice
    Disco Elysium is a text-heavy isomorphic RPG in the vein of Planetscape: Torment

    [DRAMA[Medium: Failure] A moment sir- too formal! Spice it up!
    RHETORIC[Medium: Success] A game review should at least describe
    HAND-EYE COORDINATION[Trivial: Failure]

    teh gmae in some fahsion.

    VOLITION[Medium: Success] Pull it together- you can do this!

    Despite sharing none of the setting or lore, it mimics Ps:T in being aggressively weird- the vast majority of the discussion in the game will literally be your skills competing for time inside your head, bolstered by random thoughts about invisible insects or the nature of art criticism

    SHIVERS[Hard: Success] A breeze and the sound of a child close by. The mother looks for the lost toy
    EMPATHY[Challenging: Success] Wrap this up. It's too long and the readers are rolling their eyes.
    VOLITION[Hard: Success] Not without explaining what the game is like. It's too good to ignore.
    LOGIC[Medium: Success] Writing a compelling review will help sales, thus possibly creating more games like Disco Elysium.
    AUTHORITY[Hard: Success] JUST BUY THE DAMN GAME ALREADY!
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  3. Dec 1, 2019
    10
    My GOTY no contest. Narration is top of the line, art direction is sick, dialogue can't just be more well written. What a pleasure to play aMy GOTY no contest. Narration is top of the line, art direction is sick, dialogue can't just be more well written. What a pleasure to play a non combat RPG. Identification to the main protagonist is immediate and oh the feels... Might play it multiple times to check different play styles :D Expand
  4. 4y4
    Feb 25, 2020
    9
    Great game! I have had many funny moments playing this game. Watch some gameplay on YouTube before buying it so you will know if it's for you.
  5. Oct 24, 2019
    9
    - GET READY TO READ... RATHER A LOT.
    - This game starts in something of a tropey & weird place, but it goes someplace wonderful
    I'm not a
    - GET READY TO READ... RATHER A LOT.
    - This game starts in something of a tropey & weird place, but it goes someplace wonderful

    I'm not a big game reviewer, but I felt I owed the dev team a review after I had such a wonderful experience with my first playthrough of this game (this will be other playthroughs). I laughed, I almost cried, I actually felt ashamed of one of my decisions after everything panned out. I really did care for many of these characters and really enjoyed spending over 30 hours with them. This game has some very strong writing while handling some challenging themes. I only wish my decisions lead to better outcomes...

    oh well, hopefully next playthough :-)
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  6. Mar 5, 2021
    7
    Story: 9/10
    The Way story is given: 17/20
    Gameplay: 20/30 Visual quality: 8/10 Feelings left after playing: 14/20 Playability: 7/10
    Story: 9/10
    The Way story is given: 17/20
    Gameplay: 20/30
    Visual quality: 8/10
    Feelings left after playing: 14/20
    Playability: 7/10

    AVARAGE: 75/100

    It has a very good way of revealing the story, you start the game with a very high exciment but tempo goes down. Dialogue options are also detailed but you always come to a similar result so this effects your role play experiment. In the other hand, everyone should take a look at this game. Everyone can find something about themselves in this game.
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  7. Aug 26, 2021
    0
    I was bored...yes, yes.. I've played everything...so, what is this? Looks weird... not my style game...but what the heck...let's try it. Wow!I was bored...yes, yes.. I've played everything...so, what is this? Looks weird... not my style game...but what the heck...let's try it. Wow! It was so haunting and the story captivated me (and my HDAD usually finds me skipping over). The sound track was amazing...ala Blade Runner. The sound track alone had me coming back to play. So isolating, so dark...yet so funny too. I very much recommend this game...even if its not your style game. Expand

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