10 Games like Disco Elysium you must play

April 16, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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We discuss 10 Games like Disco Elysium that you must play. Add these well-recommended games to your gaming library. 

Disco Elysium is a 2019 RPG developed and published by ZA/UM. Players play as an amnesiac detective trying to solve a mystery, though during the investigation, he remembers parts of his own past and the forces that wish destruction on his city.

The game was well-reviewed when it launched, and its expanded version in 2021 garnered similar acclaim.

And looking at the game, it’s hard not to see why. With a strong narrative, an impressive world, and player choice woven into the mechanics, gamers immediately fell in love with it. And if you’re still looking to scratch that itch with similar games, here are ten more games that are like Disco Elysium.

10 Games like Disco Elysium

The Outer Worlds (2020)

The Outer Worlds is an RPG set in outer space by Fallout: New Vegas creators Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. There is a shared focus on choice and consequence between this game and Disco Elysium, and both also have a dark sense of humor and fascinating political commentary.

Planescape: Torment (1999)

A 1999 RPG, players take on the role of The Nameless One, an immortal yet forgetful man. Their journey is to find out why he’s been made immortal in the first place and fight The Transcendent One. Gamers who like the philosophical themes, heavy dialogue with tough choices to be made, and intricate world-building of Disco Elysium will love this game.

Sunless Sea (2015)

Captaining a Victorian steamship, players will go on countless missions (as this roguelike will send gamers back to the start each time they die) and explore a vast ocean. It’s all about players managing resources and forging their path in an otherworldy place, something that will be familiar to those who played Disco Elysium.

Telling Lies (2020)

A full-motion game that tells its tale primarily through pre-recorded video, Telling Lies focuses on former FBI agent Karen Douglas as she accesses a USB drive and searches through the mountain of files using keywords.

Together these files tell the story of Davide Smith, a current FBI agent, and during 2017-2018 he was undercover and working a case code-named Green Dagger. Those that liked Disco Elysium’s emphasis on mystery and exploration will have a blast with this title.

Outer Wilds (2019)

Outer Wilds is a game about the player uncovering the mysteries of their solar system, encountering several puzzles and hazards that seem impossible to overcome at first until gamers get a feel for the world. Anyone who liked the discovery and exploration in Disco Elysium must check out Outer Wilds as soon as possible.

Pathologic 2 (2019)

Players play a surgeon called Haruspex, a surgeon born in the Town, as they attempt to discover an outbreak of a unique strain of Plague that grips the Town. With rich themes and an ever more prosperous world, Pathologic 2 is a must-play for anyone who liked Disco Elysium for those reasons.

Torment: Tides of Numenera (2017)

An RPG with a heavy focus on its story and lore, Torment: Tides of Numenera is an isometric science fantasy game and the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment (already mentioned on this list) with a single-player narrative that’s bound to immerse players. This is something that will appeal to anyone who liked Disco Elysium.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

An action RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is a must-play for those who like immersive storytelling and character-driven conflict, something that is very similar to Disco Elysium. Players take control of Geralt, the monster hunter, as he embarks on a journey to find his former apprentice and stop The Wild Hunt, who are set to ravage the land.

Inscryption (2021)

A roguelike mixed with a card game, Inscryption is all about sacrifice, with the cards gamers play being marked with different animals and getting rid of weaker cards to gain stronger ones. With the surreal setting, focus on player choice, and a twist on established game genres and mechanics, anyone who liked Disco Elysium should play this.

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (1995)

A point-and-click adventure that drops players into the tortured and disturbing past of five humans, delving into their darkest fears with psychological warfare. The aim of the game is to beat the Master Computer AM, an AI that has gained sentience, but with various surprises along the way. Players that liked Disco Elysium should be sure to check this title out.

Do you have any other recommendations for Games like Disco Elysium? Let us know in the comments below.

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