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Disco Elysium Review

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Posted: 8 days ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect Harry's mental cacophony of competing personalities. What starts as a whodunnit, soon evolves into an exploration of human brokenness and how mental health affects everyday life.

Harry wakes up in a run-down cafeteria with a hangover and amnesia, and must solve the case of the lynching of an unidentified man. You explore the vast open world, talking to the characters to glean info, while also helping them with side quests. Other quests and tasks help you to piece together your own identity, learning about your own checkered past that reveals ulterior motives, betrayal and jealousy. Ultimately, the conclusion depends on the choices you make along the way.

As well as creating a world with its own rich history spanning thousands of years, the game stands out for its watercolour art style, unique skill system, and character development in both the real world and his mind. As you progress you internalise thoughts in a way that affects Harry's personality.

You might, for example, consider living on the street to save money. This results in you becoming less composed and more compassionate. It's an impactful way to experience the interior mental instability of your character, but also opens different dialogue options when interacting with others in the game and gives you new and useful abilities.

As this continues, these thoughts become interwoven with your personality, debating and questioning each other endlessly. It communicates powerfully your fractured persona brought on by fatigue and mental struggles.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @StudioZAUM

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 16 hours and 40 hours to complete. The game's detailed story will take you through the city of Revachol, offering side quests and other distractions from the main plot. This can extend the experience considerably.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, has full voice acting to the game, adding new depth to the characters and increasing the game's accessibility. It has more options in interactions between you and the Revachol citizens that expand the lore and immersion. You can buy The Final Cut on Xbox, PlayStation and Stadia, but if you already have it it will release as a free update to the existing version on all platforms.

The Final Cut comes in 2 editions. Regular Edition and Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition includes a physical copy, a map, an art book and a sculpture. The Collector's Edition can be purchased for £250.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 for violence.

Rated ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence and Use of Drugs and Alcohol.

Rated 17+ in the Apple Store for Infrequent/Mild Profanity, Crude Humour, Fantasy Violence, Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Use.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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