Disco Elysium, a genre-bending RPG that became a cult classic when it debuted in October 2019, is heading to consoles in 2021. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut adds full voice acting to the game, as well as new quests, more characters and fresh explorable areas.
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Disco Elysium is an experience like no other that goes best unspoiled. Put simply, it's a masterwork of world-building and character writing that absolutely demands your attention.
If you don't know what the base premise of the game is, it's a detective RPG with many elements reminiscent of TTRPGs. There is no combat to speak of, making for a very unique experience closer to a point and click adventure game than a traditional RPG. In Disco Elysium, words are both your greatest weapon and potentially your strongest enemy. Its meticulously crafted dialogue spans over one million words, yet I never once found myself bored by its whimsical style. The sheer amount of options the player is given, both in dialogue and in gameplay, is staggering to say the least. This is truly one of the few games I've played in which I always felt like I was in complete control of the events in the story. And through the many branches through which the narrative can take you through, your playthrough will distinctly feel like YOUR playthrough. Almost every situation has several methods of approach and many possible outcomes. In many ways, you're empowered to feel like your choices truly matter, for better or worse depending on the situation you find yourself in. There are a surprising lack of fail states within Disco Elysium, meaning that if a situation doesn't go the way you want it to, you'll have to suffer the consequences or find another way around your problem.
Final Cut introduces voice acting, elevating Disco Elysium even further. To say that the voice acting in this game is just good is an understatement. Almost every character is given an incredible performance that clues you in on important aspects of their character through clever subtext and quirks within their mannerisms.
All of these things are major draws towards any prospective RPG fans, but the thing about Disco Elysium is that it's very difficult to truly say what makes this game so special without giving anything away. In that spirit, I'll refrain from saying much about the actual details of the narrative. Absolutely give this game a shot if you're looking for something heavy, or just looking for a good story in general.
A really great time overall. A lot of reading, but what’s there is written brilliantly. The world’s contrast between the fantastic and the realistic is really well done and works perfectly for a detective RPG. As for gameplay, skill checks were addicting and I enjoyed bumping up my different stats to do more checks better. I feel like a lot of the developers’ personalities shined throughout, creating a personal touch in the game’s narrative. A lot of the text and world-building seemed almost excessively complex, and having a solely skill check based system removes essentially all difficulty, not to mention there being excessive loading screens even on an SSD. But overall, despite some minor flaws this game is an indie darling worthy of its great reception
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What they managed to do with this world and this characters is phenomenal. The first playthrough is an unforgettable one. The voice acting is so so good, a crucial part of this, listening Klaasje talk and already falling for her was tremendous, same happened to me with the 'ex wife'.
Also any game that has one option that is "roll up your sleeves and start building communism" or smth like that, deserves my 5 stars.