YMMV / Pathologic

  • Badass Decay: In his own storyline, Dankovski is a fearless and determined Badass Bookworm Science Hero, but in other storylines, he's just a selfish Insufferable Genius.
  • Critical Dissonance: A bit of a special example, due to Pathologic being a really bizarre game. Some reviews (even positive ones) don't even call it a game. Many critics disliked Pathologic and warned against playing it, saying that it wasn't fun in the slightest and was far too bleak. Most fans of the game completely agree with this, but love the game's plot and atmosphere nonetheless.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The Devotress' scenario has a lot of these, mainly since it's largely removed from the endless political scheming and Hobbes Was Right events in the other scenarios, making for a more optimistic and upbeat atmosphere. Most of it is simply about a frightened, confused girl who is nonetheless determined to help as many people as possible.
    • Specifically, the Heroic Sacrifice of her Adherents is particularly poignant.
    • In Bachelor's scenario, you can talk down a drunk, suicidal Petr Stamatin by running all over town, finding Maria, and bringing back her promise that she would fulfill his plan for the Polyhedron. Or you can just tell him that you care about him.
  • Cult Classic: It's hard as hell, was notoriously difficult to find until the HD port came about on Steam, and isn't really fun at all. But what it is is an incredibly engrossing experience that boasts incredible atmosphere and a fantastic story.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The gameplay is generally agreed to not be very fun, and rather frustrating, but also that the game's story, atmosphere, and world are its best qualities and worth seeing.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: It's said that Dankoski was a head of the crew of The Thanatica Laboratory, whose goal was actually cheating Death, and the Laboratory was closed by The Authorities and Professor Tehlmann. Despite having so little information, Thanatica is a frequent object of fanart and WMG.
  • Ho Yay: Bachelor and Haruspex have a good deal of this. When the devs did an AMA on Reddit, multiple people asked whether or not the game was trying to imply that Daniel had feelings for Artemiy during Haruspex's path. The fandom seems to have a large number of LGBTQ fans. (Naturally, the studio gave no direct answers.)
  • Narm: In the English version, several lines of dialogue that should be serious end up becoming hilarious due to the infamously poor translation.
    • "Simon is a sorcerer?"
    • If the sound of the baby crying or laughing when your reputation changes isn't scaring you, then it's most likely making you laugh.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Due to the first-person perspective. There could be a disease cloud or a mugger right next to you and you won't know until it's upon you. And of course, you can't see behind you either, so you'll be whipping around to check your back quite often...
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The opinion of many who don't get the story. Might be just a side effect of the "Blind Idiot" Translation, though.