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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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Detroit Become Human is set in a near future where androids is a fully-realized dream. The androids does everything the humans ask them to do, until suddenly, some of them begin to stand up for themselves. In the game, you play as 3 of these androids. During the game you'll constantly make choices for each of them, which will heavily influence the course of the story. The game continues no matter what, even if a main character dies. The main characters are all really likeable, and so is the story. A lot of the performances given by the voice actors are simply incredible! 

The game's main story is very reminiscent of history events like the black rights movement, which might feel a little cliche for some people, but I personally didn't have a problem with it.

Now, one of the biggest flaws of the game is that it's gameplay consists only of quick-time events and choice-making. It's pretty much an interactable movie. This is the reason why a lot of people doesn't like the game. I personally really liked it though, as I thought the main story was very compelling, but I felt it was a little woke that main characters could die as a result of you failing a quick-time event.

The graphics are also incredible, and the soundtrack is great as well.

Pros:
• Compelling main story
• Great performances
• Soundtrack and graphics

Cons:
• A lot of quick-time events
• Not a lot of gameplay

Overall score:
7/10: Great
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Detroit is a narrative driven David Cage joint that plays out exactly like we have come to expect a narrative driven David Cage joint would.  The controls fluctuate between sharply responsive and not really giving a damn what you pressed.  The story doesn’t escape these mood swings either. Peaking and dipping in quality so hard and so fast it would make a roller coaster blush.  Still with all these flaws I would say I had a moderately fun time in the Motor City. I would even go so far as to say I rather like the character Connor and would be curious to see what other sorts of outcomes I could achieve with him.  Tragically though an additional play through also means another rump around with Kara which I have below zero interest in. But that’s the beauty of Quantum Dreams games. I can run through going totally nuts on a additional play through which could prove entertaining even with robot mom.
2.5/5
I am a big fan of interactive fiction / adventure games and "Detroit: Become Human" has been my best experience so far. The game is perfectly crafted. The story is extremely interesting and engaging; the gameplay and choices have a huge impact; the graphics and acting are excellent. Everything works in David Cage's masterpiece.
After a first playthrough where I missed a lot of stuff and I managed to get horrible endings for all three characters, I inmediately started a new game and I achieved beautiful endings, witnessing branches that I never suspected. What a rewarding amazing experience. I highly recommend this game.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
In 2010, Heavy Rain blew me away. I'd never had such a cinematic experience when playing a video game. I played the PS4 remaster in 2017 and dear lord it did not hold up. The bar for motion capture and vocal performance has been raised so high since then by the likes of The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, etc, that the half-assed performances of Heavy Rain have become retroactively terrible. Detroit: Become Human shows that Quantic Dream have come a long, long way since then.
Detroit: Become Human is the most balanced Quantic Dream game so far. It does not have major plot holes like Heavy Rain, and, unlike Beyond: Two Souls, the plot and characters are fairly interesting. However, this whole artificial intelligence theme is getting a bit too old, and David Cage is not bringing anything new to the genre. We have the usual trite sci-fi themes and reflections, and you can already expect the way things are going to evolve. I enjoyed Connor's "cases" and storyline the most, while the other two characters' paths and roles felt a bit too forced at times. I liked that the way characters feel about you changes depending on your actions, and that the game explicitly lets you know the way your relationships are evolving. The flowchart at the end of each chapter was interesting too, as it shows you the number of variations the same chapter could have. However, it might influence the way you play as you will be walking around looking for any possible element that could open up different paths instead of reacting to the events as they naturally happen around you. (6.7/10)
«Boooring»
this game is an art piece and a truly emotional experience. I felt for every character and had to weight every decision to make sure that they would end up being fine.
«That ending!»
Just great
«Can’t stop playing»
«That ending!»
A very immersive experience with quite heavy themes. 4/5, would definitely replay.
I can't stop Playing this game
«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Detroit is a game I have wanted to play since it's release. I absolutely love Quantic Dream and their previous outputs, especially 2010s Heavy Rain. When it was announced it was becoming free with ps+ I was very excited to finally get to play this. All of my expectations were matched and exceeded by a long stretch.

First of all the game looks gorgeous. The detail in the character models, facial expressions and environments are above and beyond almost all games I've seen this gen. People will argue they're only this good because of the lack of real action, which whilst probably true, you have to appreciate the work done on their engine to build this. 

The gameplay is classic QD, very limited amounts of gameplay with an emphasis on exploration, decision making and QTEs. Some of the scenes with action where you have to perform QTEs can be insanely intense as you know at any minute any character can die for good. Detroit absolutely nails the decision trees and the knock on effects of your actions. Even early on some of the things you do can affect extremely late game outcomes. This makes the game feel very in depth and also adds a great replay value. The narrative itself is amazing and the world built around androids and discrimination is detailed and very thoughtful.

Overall, this is easily in my top 3 PS exclusives and one of my favourite games this generation. The story is powerful, the game looks great and the amount of different paths offers something that many games fail to deliver. 100% worth playing at least once.
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«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
This game's story got me at the first moment. I think it's kind of modern for some topics and it's a very good thing. The cast is very well made and all the possibilities take the game to a next level of quality. The way you enter the minds of the characters make this game one of my favorites.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
8/10

+ Incredible range of story based on player choices (flowsheet sells this)
+ Each character/story has its own feel; no weak link; incredible performances
+ Oftentimes approaches photorealism

- Needs more gameplay, QTE isn't enough
- Some awkward animations pop up occasionally
- Trite overall story, feels done before
- Didn't feel compelled to jump back in