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Disco Elysium (2019) 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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Disco Elysium 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Role-Play game with Adventure and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Bad Language, Drugs, Violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There is a large amount of complexity and reading. To get the most from the game you need to be able to process the story as well as consequences of your choices.

CostsCosts

Disco Elysium usually costs £32.99 to £35.99.
 

Disco Elysium

Steam Store PC £34.99
Steam Store Mac £34.99

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut

XBox Store Xbox One £33.49

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

XBox Store Xbox One £33.49
PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99
Switch Store Switch £35.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play (Adventure and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Studio ZAUM (@StudioZAUM)


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