Disco Elysium's New Hardcore Mode Makes Martinaise More Miserable

By Alistair Jones on at

If you've already completed a trip or two to Martinaise, then you're a better person than I am – to my shame, I've not got as far with Disco Elysium as I might have liked. Fortunately, I've had my memory of it jogged by a new update, introducing 'Hardcore Mode' to the game.

If you thought Martinaise was bleak before, the new mode promises to make your time in the game even worse. The difficulty of all checks goes up, making it even more likely you'll manage to kill yourself reaching for that tie. You'll also be poorer – money will be harder to come by, and the price of necessities will go up. The all-important booze and cigarettes won't be as effective either, meaning you'll need more of them to clear your addled mind.

To make up for that misery, however, developer ZAUM says that you will at least level up slightly faster, and the increased difficulty might open up new routes through the game. If you've not tried Disco Elysium out yet, it's one of the best things I played last year. That only increases my shame at not having managed to complete it several times over, but the good news is that you can currently pick it up for 20% off on Steam.