Art style

Disco Elysium’s art style is something special – GameSpew

Put yourself in the shoes of an alcoholic police detective who doesn’t even know who he is anymore, Disco Elysee is not your typical RPG.

In fact, chances are you’ve never played anything like it. ZA/UM’s masterpiece, originally released on PC in 2019 and now available on console as The Final Cut, instantly grabs you as it immerses you in a grizzly murder investigation. But when your protagonist can’t even remember their name and have lost their police badge and his shoes, how can you trust him to do the job?

I still have a lot more Disco Elysee to experiment, but we can say that in a few minutes, I was completely hooked. Its writing is effortlessly clever, and the near-complete storytelling – at an impeccable high level – means you’re instantly immersed in the weird and wonderful (and horribly dark) city of Revachol. But there is something else that stands out, which is perhaps overlooked next to Disco ElyseeThe incredibly powerful tale of: his art style. Holy shit, is that Disco Elysee looks amazing.

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Every screen in the game looks like a painting. A dull palette meets thick, purposeful brushstrokes to create an environment so incredibly textured it’s a wonder to behold. The roads and sidewalks are carefully decorated with worn tiles, clearly once beautiful. Huge cracks cut through the concrete; the buildings are dilapidated and, in some cases, barely standing. The town of Revachol is unlucky, and every decision made to bring Disco Elysee to life reflects this.

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It’s a dark and gloomy world, but light and shadow are used wisely to ensure Disco Elysee always looks striking. Whether you’re on the street, walking by the sea, or in someone’s apartment, the amount of detail contained in each scene is mesmerizing. So much so that sometimes it can be hard to take it all in at once. Luckily, when playing on console, you can easily zoom in and out of each environment, allowing you to see everything better.

It’s an art style that’s hard to compare to any other game – although it suits Disco Elysee, which as a whole is hard to compare to anything else. This is not a game that everyone will enjoy; it’s deep, dark, and visits some incredibly macabre places. But these things are exactly what makes Disco Elysee so special, especially the way his tone is reflected so perfectly in his striking art style.

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I will have more Disco Elysee soon, as I sink deeper into its complex, beautiful, and so dark world. But I can already say without any degree of uncertainty: if something intrigues you in this game, play it. You will not regret it.