Disco Elysium

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ok I know this forum is more or less moribund but I can't hack it around Serious Gamers, I can't, but I happened to hear about this game called Disco Elysium and it intrigues me. Mostly because I thought it might actually involve disco, which it seems not to? But it sounds interesting anyway. Some kind of Estonian no-combat RPG, this seems kind of up my alley honestly... I don't know how I feel about the Chapo Trap House cameos but they are cameos at least?

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 30 November 2019 21:12 (one year ago) link

it seems like a game for people who like the Meaningful Dialogue Choices part of crpgs and wish they'd throw everything else away to focus on that

ciderpress, Saturday, 30 November 2019 21:25 (one year ago) link

me personally i don't care about Meaningful Dialogue Choices but I do enjoy walking simulators and the style of the game intrigued me. so i took a chance and i'm enjoying it so far! it reminds me of Gate's version of Saturday Night Fever.

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Monday, 2 December 2019 14:33 (one year ago) link

does look cool actch

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 2 December 2019 15:19 (one year ago) link

it reminds me of Gate's version of Saturday Night Fever.

dang now i want in

adam, Monday, 2 December 2019 15:23 (one year ago) link

It has it's own thread! So yeah 20% at the moment, due to it winning an award, if yer interested

Ste, Friday, 13 December 2019 13:05 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Man someone finally got round to making that video game with 'good writing' huh

It also has the prettiest title screen to date

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 6 January 2020 19:56 (one year ago) link

it seems like a game for people who like the Meaningful Dialogue Choices part of crpgs and wish they'd throw everything else away to focus on that

― ciderpress

Well, I know that's meant to be disparaging but it's pretty much me, yep, and the more I read about this the more desperate I am to play it.

emil.y, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:03 (one year ago) link

The text is as advertised, but the game also looks great. Some of the character animations are very funny.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 6 January 2020 20:21 (one year ago) link

Man someone finally got round to making that video game with 'good writing' huh

What's with the scare quotes?

Camina Burana Drummer (Leee), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:56 (one year ago) link

its good writing in the sense that it's super adaptive without showing a lot of seams. i'm not a huge fan of the style

ciderpress, Monday, 6 January 2020 23:29 (one year ago) link

i don't know what that means

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 6 January 2020 23:31 (one year ago) link

What's with the scare quotes?

― Camina Burana Drummer (Leee), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:56 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Idk just that a lot of games touted to have good writing do not

I was fully ready to find DE grating or too self-conscious but I'm frequently quivering with mirth at some of the dialogue options it offers you, and the skills-as-internal monologues thing is handled well

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:53 (one year ago) link

its good at adapting to your dialogue choices and stats without being obvious about whats going on behind the curtain is what i mean

ciderpress, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:01 (one year ago) link

I liked the writing a lot more as a low int high physical character. Which I think is an achievement.

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 10:25 (one year ago) link

MINOR SPOILER MAYBE

the v pretty title screen is the view the shooter would have had of martinaise

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 10:25 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

this game rules

rumpy riser (ogmor), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 14:03 (six months ago) link

yep

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 14:06 (six months ago) link

Still waiting for PS4 version ;_;

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 14:07 (six months ago) link

Still waiting for it to go on sale, but I very much look forward to my first playthrough.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 15:55 (six months ago) link

Hardcore!

rumpy riser (ogmor), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 15:48 (six months ago) link

Hardcore to the mega!

rumpy riser (ogmor), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 15:48 (six months ago) link

Internally coherent!

rumpy riser (ogmor), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 15:48 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

hurry up and release this shit on PS4 ok

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 11:48 (four months ago) link

Have there been any status updates? These dudes and Team Cherry re: Silksong have been pretty quiet. I guess they've been busy!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:18 (four months ago) link

this game is amazing

global tetrahedron, Monday, 28 September 2020 23:49 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

I know a few of us just started playing this business, so I’m bumping

mh, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 19:09 (two months ago) link

I'm just waiting for it to go on sale again, which is bound to happen by mid-December at the latest.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 19:12 (two months ago) link

waiting for switch/pS4

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 19:20 (two months ago) link

I really want to go back and play this again using a significantly different character roll and political direction, but man is it addictive and I'm not sure I want to get sucked back in

octobeard, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 22:31 (two months ago) link

Still waiting for PS4 version ;_;

― emil.y, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 3:07 PM (four months ago)

hurry up and release this shit on PS4 ok

― Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:48 PM (one month ago)

waiting for switch/pS4

― Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:20 PM (three hours ago)

Still waiting, waaaaa.

emil.y, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 22:38 (two months ago) link

put a few hours into this over the last couple of days and i’m very much enjoying myself, although my character’s tendency to die of despair after touching some stuff in a car or kicking a trashcan is... confounding

you are like a scampicane, there's calm in your fries (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 22:44 (two months ago) link

I have died zero times, but I feel like you’re still playing it a correct way

mh, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 00:01 (two months ago) link

i have worked out that my character's pitifully low volition was what was causing him to regularly die of the vapours when confronted with a petanque ball

another hour or so into this now, enjoying it even more now that i've decided to become solely responsible for reviving communism

you are like a scampicane, there's calm in your fries (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:11 (two months ago) link

One thing I didn't realise early on is that if it warns you your volition is dangerously low in response to some traumatic humiliation, you can click one of the healing items in the bottom left to get it back immediately

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:14 (two months ago) link

yeah, i didn't realise that until a few hours of embarrassing deaths - i should have mentioned it here to spare others the same miserable fate

you are like a scampicane, there's calm in your fries (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:18 (two months ago) link

How does this game compare to something like, say, Oxenfree (which is fun enough but basically a story-based game where you pick dialogue options and they slightly affect what happens in the end)

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:21 (two months ago) link

never played that one, nor the often-mentioned Planescape: Torment which is mentioned in hushed tones as a parallel experience

mh, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:13 (two months ago) link

worth noting that the conversation trees (and the Thoughts that come to you while conversing) can be very engrossing and wordy. many words

mh, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:15 (two months ago) link

PS:T is the watershed, a verbose dark fantasy Memento avant la lettre. Very much worth playing if you enjoy DE.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:16 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Feels kind of weird to me that they're announcing some sort of definitive special edition of this before it's come to any of the consoles in the first place. Supposedly PS version comes out in March 2021, and Xbox/Switch version in summer of 2021, though I wouldn't put much faith in those latter two, which is too bad, since I'm sure this could be a good Switch/portable game. I'm still super intrigued, though.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 11 December 2020 15:41 (one month ago) link

Is full voice acting really necessary for such a reading-intensive game? I hate how it's become an absolute must these days.

pomenitul, Friday, 11 December 2020 15:43 (one month ago) link

you can turn it off! I do when playing dragon quest xi

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 11 December 2020 15:46 (one month ago) link

Sure, but it's not a binary. I like partial voice acting to highlight key narrative moments.

pomenitul, Friday, 11 December 2020 15:51 (one month ago) link

a lot of jrpgs still do the "main story scenes are voice acted, incidental dialogue and sidequests are not" thing but people always complain about it so apparently it is necessary

ciderpress, Friday, 11 December 2020 16:54 (one month ago) link

i suspect its usually more a budgetary than directorial choice

ciderpress, Friday, 11 December 2020 16:54 (one month ago) link

switch performance will likely be dogshit : /

worzel scampidge (||||||||), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:18 (one month ago) link

Which sort of makes me more intrigued. There have been some downright magical Switch ports (Ori, apparently Witcher 3, a lot of the Bethesda stuff). Then again, speak of the devil, Doom Eternal clearly ran into a million problems on Switch. But they got Control running on the Switch, right? Granted, it's on a server, iirc, but that's a game that doesn't even always run well on more powerful consoles, maybe they will do something like that?

Am I right, though, that this seems like a big open-world game that might benefit from portable Switch play? I've been avoiding spoilers, because the praise has been so fervent, but I kind of get the sense the PS4 might not be the right fit for this. I could be wrong, though.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 December 2020 14:07 (one month ago) link

Some beautiful art in this game, seems reason enough to play

calstars, Sunday, 13 December 2020 14:55 (one month ago) link

Disco Elysium’s map is... not big

It takes a while to walk your ass from end to end because of circuitous paths but there are basically just a handful of areas

mh, Sunday, 13 December 2020 16:08 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I finally picked this up on Steam thanks to the Noah Caldwell-Gervais appraisal, and I'm loving it. It's revealed that at heart, I'm a Moralist Sorry Cop, and that's about right. I do regret terrifying a bookship owner who was minding her own business.

Looking forward to the Final Cut version as well: 150,000+ words of new content, free to all present owners, fully voiced including personality traits. It may not need the additional voice acting, but I'm a fan of most of the current characters, especially the internal monologues, so I'll have something to look forward to for supercop, sad sack, and savior of communism playthroughs...

A Like Supreme (Sanpaku), Thursday, 31 December 2020 23:21 (three weeks ago) link


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