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A Pretty Awesome Roleplaying Game: Disco Elysium

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I like a good narrative gaming experience.  I'm the type who will play a "walking simulator" and not complain unless it's particularly poorly made or cliché.  I also really prefer my tabletop gaming experiences to be narrative character studies, rather than murder-hobo-loot-grinds.  Just the sort of gamer that I am.

 

So, when I say that Disco Elysium scratches an itch like nothing else, I want you to know what I mean.  This game OOZES with narrative goodness and personality.  Like . . . it just gets everywhere, it oozes so much.  My computer desk is all sti- er, um . . . anyway!

The game was inspired by the likes of Planescape: Torment and tabletop roleplaying, and was developed by a small team from Estonia.  The gameplay mechanics look familiar at first blush:  You have a character.  You can customize their stats, and doing so affects your starting skills.  You can then choose a single Skill to be your speciality.  But then the interesting thing happens:  All of your Skills?  They're aspects of your character's psyche.  Not only that; they're each a character unto themselves!  

 

Yeah.  It's like your adventuring party are all the different voices in your own head.  They provide suggestions, make compelling arguments, sometimes force your hand if they get too powerful, and even argue with one another!  It is so wonderful that I can scarcely do it justice!

 

Please consider taking a look.  There are quite a few reviews online already.  If you do choose to grab a copy, I STRONGLY recommend going through GOG.com, since you'll be able to get the better version of the application package.

Remember to support your indies!  Games can be better than what the mainsteam publishers push out year after year.  You just have to go out on a limb and help the little folks get their feet in the door.

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I haven't played this yet, but it's on my to-do list. PC Gamer named it their game of the year. 

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