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Detroit: Become Human review
by Arturas

Finished it twice, going to do that again and again, and again. Just to see it's world from every possible angle. Just to experience this daily routine of a mom, just going after everyone in the house, picking up their shit. Just to realise that subconsciously even those really close to us, are treated as soulless machines.

The game is exceptionally good, but of course, it's also quite Cagey (oversimplified dialogues, cheesy drama, amateurish scenes reminiscent of a small theatrical play, done by liberal students). All of that doesn't matter though, cause essentially Detroit is a crash course to empathy (this thing the modern world needs to rediscover). It's all about being in someone else's shoes when that someone else is being harassed for no logical reason, just because others feel like it.

Detroit mocks humanity and our rampant hypocrisy and egoism. Crowds of people protest your character's existence, just because he's an Android and he's about to steal more jobs. Especially the shitty ones. Seriously. In the game, you'll see scores of people protesting the loss of jobs, because Androids took it. The interesting thing is, that from the perspective of an Android it doesn't feel true. Androids didn't take it. Same as steam machines, or conveyors or cranes. It's funny to realize, that we as humans do all those shitty, demeaning jobs for a while, just until we figure out a way to replace ourselves with machines to save our dignity and time for a greater purpose. Save our time, for the pure joy of life and discovery. Get out from behind a counter and travel, visit places that are not so lucky, do good... Or open internet, get knowledge, become creators, poets, writers... You know. Be HUMAN. Be whatever we feel humans are, creative, feeling, caring... However, the reality is a bit different. As soon as there's a machine to clean the house, we just open up another beer and scratch balls in front of a TV till we run out of money. Then we just kick the machine and demand change. Demand our rights to do shitty jobs to be reinstated. That, I think, is a main point of the game. To show the world for what it is. Use this futuristic, yet believable setting and make us feel for a machine and it's buggy software. 

Detroit is a mediocre game in many ways, but it's also a valiant attempt to change how we see the world. And I feel like it may work. In a long run. Big thumbs up for trying. Also, highly recommended to play together with all those non-gamers in the household. Experience it as a TV drama with an opportunity to drive the narrative. Again, in comparison to most TV dramas, this one is mediocre, but the overall story is really good, the setting is believable and placing someone in control of a character, or at least decision making, does miracles with a sense of immersion. 

Friendly advice: Although it may feel like it, but watching this game on Youtube, without actively participating in a gameplay process will actually ruin your experiences and impressions. For the love of God, choose to play it, or skip it, but steer clear from walkthroughs and Lets plays.  
«Sit back and relax»
«Better with friends»
«Beaten more than once»
Sir Lagsalot
Thanks, I was about to watch the game play-through, but your advice stopped me :) will buy it and play first
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no but... this game is just really good everything about it, like the characters and the casting is PERFECT, the storyline fits and the ost makes me cry all the time; its my comfort game for. a reason LMFAOOO i love dbh
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
As far as gameplay, this is absolutely perfect.  The story is a little convoluted.  Following 3 characters is fine, but when you have to setup 3 characters separate from each other, it makes for a long stretch of setup.  Almost abandoned after cleaning up for people for a few hours...
great voice acting. very relevant
Easily one of the best story focused games. There are a couple of bad direction choices, but the overall story is interesting and doesn't fall apart in the end.

If you have played other Quantic Dream games, you know what to expect. Quick time events and dialogue choices that have an impact on the story. There is enough variation in the gameplay and events to keep it from being too dialogue or action oriented.
exceptional. incredible. the fbi agent has a potential big cock
Good story, one of the best game-movie.
exceptional for sure 
«Blew my mind»
8/10
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
Detroit: Become Human is all about story, and is a terrific visual novel.  The characterization of the three main characters is clever, and the visuals are strong.  Connor was the highlight.  Actual gameplay?  It was more like a series of quick time events when not choosing dialogue options.

It is worth multiple play throughs.
«Beaten more than once»