Some gamers would argue that reading is the worst part of playing a video game. This includes RPG players who often skip the many lore entries scattered in books and other collectibles.

Well, Disco Elysium is an RPG that makes you spend 99% of the time reading. Wait, hear me out.

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Those who have played Disco Elysium would sometimes say that you’d need an appetite for visual novels to enjoy this game. That’s half-true; as long as you have an interest in a good mystery case filled with intriguing characters, you’re good to go.

Most of Disco Elysium‘s appeal can be found in the main character. You play as a detective who’s pretty much out of his mind. You’ll manoeuvre through his existential crisis through conversations with his 24 different personalities while trying to solve the murder mystery at hand.

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It needs to be said that this is indeed a depressing game. The visuals are purposely washed out to signify decay and almost every person you meet gives you more reasons to hate the world.

Still, it has a melancholic beauty to it. A sense of dark humour that’s intelligently written.

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