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Disco Elysium Review

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Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks 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, empathy 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. The world has a rich history evoked by its watercolour visuals. You explore, talking to characters, gleaning information and collecting clues. You can choose to help characters with side quests or stick to the adventure. These extra tasks help you to piece together your checkered past and ulterior motives, betrayal and jealousy. Ultimately, the conclusion depends on the choices you make along the way.

The game stands out for its unique skill and character development system. As you talk to suspects, thoughts lodge in your psyche in a way that affects your personality. You might, for example, consider living on the street to save money. This thought affects your identity, making you more compassionate. This grants new abilities that enable you to progress in new ways.

As this continues, these thoughts become interwoven in your head, debating and questioning each other endlessly. It's an impactful way to experience the interior mental instability of your character, but also enables you to advance the story.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

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

You can adjust the text size, although this doesn't get as large as it could. There isn't a tutorial and getting started, learning buttons and understanding how to interact can be confusing and difficult.

The Final Cut version of the game offers full voice acting for dialogue.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Extensive Complex Reading: Extensive reading required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

High Contrast Mode: You can adjust the contrast of the game to be high-contrast, or the game already has high contrast visuals.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer


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