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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»
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«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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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.
What a Ride!
«Blew my mind»
«Underrated»
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»
One of the most intresting games out there
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
Actually not a bad start to it. I just played until dawn and this one is so much better. The production value, and graphics, and gameplay is all much better and the early part of the story has actually been pretty good. 

There is a much greater sense in this game that you can make decisions that lead to different outcomes. I know this because I’ve fucked up already a couple times.

I enjoy looking at the world breakdown after each mission. That adds to the enjoyment for me.

Im guessing I’m 50- 70% through the game and the story is pretty good, but sometimes a bit clumsy, and often it’s too on the nose. I’ve also made more poor decisions resulting in character deaths that I did not plan. I guess that’s the point... but I’m left a bit upset at the same time. I want to be able to change some of my decisions or search for different ways to get better results.

Marcus’s story started off strong but has fizzled out. The writing seems worse too for some reason.

I’m often picking the less walked paths which is interesting. I’m playing the game to try to create the best story. I’m choosing how I think the androids should act given their role. 

I fucked connors story so I didn’t get to play for like the last three missions. It was a real piss off. I went full aggressive with Marcus so that might be partly why I kicked off the case. Because it became too big... but still. Anyways I’m replaying from where I think I fucked up.

Okay I tried again from where I thought I fucked up but I was wrong. My fucks up turned out to not be about the revolution getting to aggressive. I fucked up because I didn’t capture any deviants. So I couldn’t question them any further. Which is kind of bullshit because three of those were conscious choices I stand by. I chose to save hanks life instead of capture one deviant. I chose to let to deviants go because they were clearly in love. I chose to not kill the deviant for more information from the head honcho. Those are all legitimate choices. One time a failed a quick time and got hit by a bus, that’s on me. One time I think I was too aggressive in my questioning and the deviant killed me, that’s also be on me. I don’t feel like I played so poorly as Connor that I should have failed. Im sure there must have been other things I could have done but im no longer into it. It isn’t fun to replay these sections again. I’m now bored.

This game is the best choose your own adventure I’ve ever done. But unfortunately, that isn’t really that big of praise because i don’t play a lot because I usually don’t like them. It did have some exciting  moments, and some of the missions I was completely into, especially in the first half of the game. I’m not a fan of the ending I got though which leaves a sour taste.

Final Score: B+
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Incredibly dumb, but I love it.

Probably the biggest downfall of the game is that it answers the central question for you. You have to buy in to the idea that androids should be defined as intelligent life and be afforded the same rights as humans in order to reasonably play as 2 of the 3 characters. Pretty stupid idea in my opinion. It really only works as a metaphor for racism, but David Cage isn't smart enough to connect it in any coherent way.

I'm just a sucker for the format, really. I like the choose your own adventure structure. I like that it allows the player to craft the most compelling narrative out of the clay provided. I just wish there was better clay.

I think it would be better if they focused on shorter (cheaper) games so they're less reliant on some dumbass Frenchman creating a long intertwining story that isn't a lot of nonsense.

Very funny that the president in the game is a woman that looks like Hillary Clinton, is named Warren, has a bizarre European accent, and completely inscrutable politics. This is prime Cage here. Throwing a bunch of random touches together with no comprehensible greater meaning. It all ends up being jarringly less than the sum of its parts.

Dogshit. Loved every second.
It has an awesome story, with excellent setting and characters that will make you feel inside the game. It's also funny to kill Connor.
«Blew my mind»
Very good game. Would recommend you to play it.
«Blew my mind»
«Liked before it became a hit»