• Publisher: ZA/UM
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2019
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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 471 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Dec 20, 2019
    100
    Disco manages to represent feelings I’ve only ever had when I’ve been drunk when shivers especially channels unusual, almost out-of-body mental experiences that we’ve all had at one point that relies heavily on the quality of the writing. Disco Elysium is not only the best game of this year in my opinion, but undoubtedly one of the best games of the decade.
  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 1, 2019
    95
    Disco Elysium is a difficult game to describe, but it’s easy to recommend. One of the most inventive games in recent memory, it’s an often cynical, mean-spirited RPG that’s nonetheless full of beauty and humanity. While its obsession with the nastier parts of the human psyche will definitely turn some people off, the depth of its story and systems reward a deep dive into the mire, as do its beautiful art and writing.
  4. Oct 17, 2019
    90
    Disco Elysium is a noir cRPG made of the dream-stuff: it's complex, politically involved and a true piece of art. Sometimes it can be slow, but it's a wonderful trip.
  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 8, 2019
    90
    Even for those inexperienced with text-heavy CRPGs, it’s hard to imagine anyone won't find at least something to admire in Disco Elysium. Highly recommended, and sure to be a GOTY contender.
  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. Positive: 79 out of 113
  2. Negative: 26 out of 113
  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. Dec 16, 2019
    10
    To me, this is the perfect game.

    Brilliantly written, with wonderful, interesting, and sympathetic characters, a twisting and utterly
    To me, this is the perfect game.

    Brilliantly written, with wonderful, interesting, and sympathetic characters, a twisting and utterly unexpected plot line, an amazing, beautiful world, and a heaping of art and philosophy.
    It's been quite some time since any piece of art (let alone a game) has moved me this much, and I remember no other game that has made me laugh as much.

    This is my new all-time favorite game, and I'll also happily list it as one of my favorite novels (why not) and pieces of art in general.
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  3. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    Amazing game. It combines RPG elements with text based gaming to create a masterpiece. Every decision can have a consequence - this gameAmazing game. It combines RPG elements with text based gaming to create a masterpiece. Every decision can have a consequence - this game slows you to do a LOT in terms of character build and the decisions you make. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2019
    10
    Long time im waiting this game, and is really really amazing and genious. Probably my game of the year.
  5. Jan 15, 2020
    9
    A walking+dialog adventure/rpg detective story with psychological depth, but not for a typical RPG player.

    Pros: - nice art with
    A walking+dialog adventure/rpg detective story with psychological depth, but not for a typical RPG player.

    Pros:
    - nice art with distinctive style, and good audio
    - a lot of skill checks and generally a huge number of branches in the dialogs, far more than, say, in Fallout 2 or Baldur's Gate
    - the general feel of decadence/apocalypse

    So-so:
    - it's just dialogs. No tactical/combat part that would be typical for RPGs but that's what this game is about: talking and navigating huge dialog trees with skill checks
    - text is complex and hard to read which you could call "pretentious" or "refreshing" depending on how you want to look at it. Frankly, it impressed me at first but got me even more bored after a few hours
    - the main character is an alcoholic with weak health. I guess that's interesting to try out in a game for once. However, since I don't drink or smoke IRL, I can't really empathize with that. I have zero interest in problems of alcoholics and would prefer if this game had no references to substance abuse at all, of if that topic was used in NPCs, not the main character.
    - the whole topic of a police investigation: if it's your cup of tea, you will like it, but I was bored to death after the scene with the hanging corpse (basically, where I dropped the game). Why would I be interested in investigating a crime of which the character learnt just recently and isn't even fully sure he's a cop? I would't want to be a cop IRL, I don't respect the police (in fact, even dislike it quite a lot).. i couldn't care less why some body is hanging there and what political tensions exist between some fictional organizations..

    Bad:
    - nothing really

    In short, I share the sentiments which critiques have about this game: that it's unique and a milestone in games. However, personally, it's not what I would enjoy for more than an hour because I'm more of a math person than poetry person. I see why this game is good but sorry, I'm not the type for it. Definitely check it out if you are writer/poet/journalist with a drinking problem!
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  6. Jan 18, 2020
    5
    It is perhaps appropriate that Disco Elysium came out in the final months of 2019 because it is a very much a cultural sum-up of the decade. IIt is perhaps appropriate that Disco Elysium came out in the final months of 2019 because it is a very much a cultural sum-up of the decade. I thought this game was going to be a noir murder mystery, but it's really just a political story. It's a game set in a fictional world that has all the same political ideologies as our own, and also all the same social issues. The parallels between Disco Elysium and our own 21st century reality are anything but subtle. That's fine (I guess?) but when you realise that people from "Country X" seem to speak Spanish and that they didn't even bother to come up with an alternative name for "Communism", why even attempt to disguise the setting?

    Disco Elysium might make fun of all ideologies equally, but by god does it want you to pick a side. Most of the time you're offered some sort of politically neutral dialogue option, but you can't really complete the game without making some sort of political statement out of the whole experience. You're basically coerced into being political, and in that way, playing this game is very much like living in the real world in 2019, where tribalism, virtue signalling and side-choosing is more or less mandatory, lest you want someone else to label you for you (which they will anyhow). Judging from the rave reviews, people just love this sort of thing. I like the idea of an RPG without combat, the gameplay is fine and some of the dialogue is witty.. but the occasional satire isn't clever enough to make the politics funny rather than, you know, just as exhausting as in the real world. And also the presentation tricks you into thinking it's a noir detective story.. so I give it 5/10. I hope these guys make an actual murder mystery RPG at some point, because the potential is there.

    Oh, and a side note! I see a lot of people claiming that "This is a point and click adventure, not an RPG!". As an adventure game fan, I couldn't disagree more. Perhaps the modern audience is so used to "RPGs" being loot-based, action intense, online-only experiences that they've forgotten what RPG stands for. This game has character customisation, level- and skill advancement, equipment with trait bonuses, skill checks, choices-affecting-story mechanics and the same type of longwinded dialogue as in old school Interplay RPGs. The only thing missing is combat, but that does not make this into an adventure game.
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  7. Jan 4, 2020
    0
    Its a $10 pick your own adventure book that trying to be a $50+ video game. This game is painful for me to play. I am 10 hours in and I hateIts a $10 pick your own adventure book that trying to be a $50+ video game. This game is painful for me to play. I am 10 hours in and I hate my character, I hate every boring character that has been introduced to me, I hate the environment and I hate my subconsciousness (which is a huge part of this game). I can't believe I got suckered into buying this game. You basically go around doing fetch quests but instead of just getting what you need and progressing the story you have to do a bunch of monologue with yourself, and repeated interaction with every character. I just can't waste any more time with this game. Simply the most over-hyped garbage I have played since Undertale! Expand

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