• Publisher: ZA/UM
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2019
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 899 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: 35 out of 224
  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. Nov 16, 2020
    10
    Disco Elysium is...something else. Clearly a love letter for all old-school RPG and adventure games fans. Doesn't hold back, doesn't take anyDisco Elysium is...something else. Clearly a love letter for all old-school RPG and adventure games fans. Doesn't hold back, doesn't take any crap: this is storytelling at its finest. Thanks for this amazing experience. That is all. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2019
    10
    Truthfully I'd rate this game a 7 or 8, but the amount of people rating it a 0 with the justification that this text-based, role playing gameTruthfully I'd rate this game a 7 or 8, but the amount of people rating it a 0 with the justification that this text-based, role playing game has too much text means I have to do my part to signal boost something that's actually different in a world where those same people constantly complain about things being the same. Expand
  4. Apr 19, 2020
    9
    사실 스토리만으로 보면 소설과 비교했을 때, 마지막 결말 부분에 있어서 부족한 점이 있는 것은 사실. 하지만 중반부의 몰입감은 여타 다른 문학과 비교해봤을 때도 나쁘지 않았고, 유화로 색칠한 듯한 심도 깊은 세계관 속에서 인물들과 사건들간의 복잡성 그리고사실 스토리만으로 보면 소설과 비교했을 때, 마지막 결말 부분에 있어서 부족한 점이 있는 것은 사실. 하지만 중반부의 몰입감은 여타 다른 문학과 비교해봤을 때도 나쁘지 않았고, 유화로 색칠한 듯한 심도 깊은 세계관 속에서 인물들과 사건들간의 복잡성 그리고 결국 내면에 대한 이야기라는 것을 감안했을 때는 훌륭했다. 그리고 단순한 라이트노벨게임과는 다르게, 커스터마이징, 이야기의 진행에 있어서의 주사위와 능력치 그리고 물건과 NPC 등 그렇게 퉁치기에는 게임적 요소가 너무나 다양했다. 걸작. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2019
    9
    After three solid days (and I mean, a marathon, three actual full days), of playing I've finished Disco Elysium

    It's wild. It's soaked in
    After three solid days (and I mean, a marathon, three actual full days), of playing I've finished Disco Elysium

    It's wild. It's soaked in radical politics, drugs, hallucinations, and mostly driven by you talking yourself.

    I finished play as a fascist smoking speed junkie. Well more of a woman hating nationalist. I avoided heart attacks and psychic collapse, and glimpsed the end of the world.

    Seriously, check it out. It's batty, and very compelling. Also, the music, the sound effects, the plotting, and the graphics of this engine are amazingly polished for an indie studio. The graphics blend 3d and 2d effects pretty seemlessly in a manner that impresses as much as Pillars of Eternity 2, partly due to the oil painting style art, but also shadows and lighting effects that really you wouldn't expect from a small indie (it's not easy to blend 3d and 2d in an isometric game like this)

    It's anachronistic, dreamlike and a super compelling setting. Get ready for lots of text though (thankfully, voice overs too, great ones)
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  6. Mar 3, 2020
    7
    Disco Elysium es un juego peculiar pero muy interesante. De hecho es la primera vez que he visto un juego de rol mezclado con aventura gráficaDisco Elysium es un juego peculiar pero muy interesante. De hecho es la primera vez que he visto un juego de rol mezclado con aventura gráfica (y eso que el rol es un género que se ha mezclado con casi todo ya). Una historia de memorias perdidas, un asesinato por resolver y muchos caminos para avanzar en base a qué decisiones vayamos tomando, qué pistas encontremos y cómo interroguemos a los sospechosos. Un juego muy sólido e interesante que, sin embargo, tiene como principal pega el hecho de que es muy lento, lo cual hace que algunas partes pierdan interés.

    Gráficamente el juego no es puntero en ejecución, pero sin duda si tiene un muy buen diseño que le da un look muy original. El sonido no está mal, aunque no todo está doblado y la música no llama especialmente la atención. Y, al menos en mi experiencia, no tiene bugs.

    El resultado de todo ello es un juego muy interesante, muy innovador y que con algo más de ritmo podría haber sido magistral. Un 7,5.
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  7. Dec 24, 2020
    0
    The choices are a freaking lie, its fun until it shoves you into situations that cant be solved anyhow and you have to reload your checkpointsThe choices are a freaking lie, its fun until it shoves you into situations that cant be solved anyhow and you have to reload your checkpoints like 2 days back to find a way of playing constructively, there is some really nice ideas and game design, but sadly also some of the worst. Expand

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