If you like good stories/narrative choices in videos games, and have a sense of humor, then you will absolutely love Disco Elysium. I’ll say this off the bat – Disco Elysium is the pinnacle of videogame storytelling, and hands down the best game of 2019. And it is hilarious!
You play as a cop, who seems have lost his memory due to excessive drinking. You are in the city of Marinaise, investigating a murder. You need to interact with town folks and ask them questions, explore the city and uncover mysteries, and deduce clues in piecing together what is really going on. You can play as one of three pre-set classes, or create a class of your own, and set forth as the best or the wildest detective in town. I picked wildest. And, Disco Elysium took me places.
The gameplay is almost entirely dialogue and exploration driven. There’s hardly any combat, and most encounters involve a lot of talking. the good part is that the writing is excellent, and there’s a lot of it. Plus the art is incredible. It looks a lot like an oil painting, and dives the whole place a dreary vibe, which is what Disco Elysium is going for. The music is also good, but there is not as much of it, as there is in terms of visual variety.
There’s a lot to explore and uncover, and talking to people gives you side objectives to take on. With this heavy emphasis on choice driven gameplay, the game is not hesitant to kick your butt. Pushing too hard in the wrong direction can lead to imminent failure, and it’s game over. Save often. I hit a fail stare around 5-6 times in the opening section itself.
You have an elaborate skill.perk system that determines which dialogue options will lead to success and can even open more pathways for you. It’s up to you to decide which route you want to go down. There’s a lot to see here in Disco Elysium, and even after my 50+ hours with it, I am itching to push my Inexplicable Feminist Agenda even further.
- Looks fantastic
- Excellent writing
- Choice driven
- Lot to explore
- GOTY 2019
- Not for everyone
Disco Elysium is a groundbreaking 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.