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Disco Elysium - Review @ IGN

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    [​IMG]IGN has reviewed the detective RPG Disco Elysium:

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    Disco Elysium Review

    Murder on the dancefloor.

    Like all good detective stories, what appears simple at first becomes so much more than that in Disco Elysium - and here it gets so, so much weirder, too. It takes the age-old mechanics of tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons and twists them in strange ways around a macabre tale of violence, poverty, and a society on the brink of collapse. Through sharply written dialogue and an expertly crafted world, it uses some unique game mechanics - such as debating against 24 different sections of your own brain - to create an experience that will stay with me for a long time. And, somehow, it manages to make all of this fun and, surprisingly often, funny.

    The premise of Disco Elysium is straightforward: A body has been discovered, hanged from a looming tree in the backyard of a hostel, and it's up to you to work out how it got there over the course of the 30-hour story. Everything that surrounds this core mystery is far from simple, however, not least being that you kick things off with an almighty dose of hangover-induced amnesia. You can't even remember your name, let alone that you are a cop on a murder case. A part of your consciousness described as your ancient reptilian brain - which you literally engage in conversation with - attempts to persuade you to give up your quest even as your snivelling limbic system battles against it. As you stumble around your wrecked bedroom searching for remnants of your former self, it quickly becomes clear that this isn't simply a whodunnit, but a journey that will challenge you to solve crises on both profoundly personal and societal levels. It's a gorgeously designed isometric RPG that makes you think at every turn of its painterly streets.

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    Verdict
    Disco Elysium is a unique blend of noir-detective fiction, traditional pen-and-paper RPGs, and a large helping of existentialist theory. Its twisting plot, cast of memorable characters, and sheer depth of choice combine to create an experience that begs to be savoured. A few minor gripes aside, it hits on almost every single one of the marks it sets out to achieve and left me yearning to spend more time in its world.

    Score 9.6/10
     
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