Detroit: Become Human is a very polarizing game. People either really like it or really dislike it. The game is written and directed by David Cage – himself a polarizing figure in the video game industry and published by Quantic Dreams exclusively for the PlayStation 4. I am in the camp that likes Detroit: Become Human. I have followed its development over the years and preordered the game. Personally, the sci-fi and story elements appealed to me and it was one of my most anticipated games of 2018.
About Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human is a third-person adventure game where you play as three different androids which may or may not have overlapping stories depending on how you play. There is Markus; who starts the game as the caretaker android for a rich artist. Then there is Kara a housekeeper android with an abusive owner tasked with taking care of a young girl. Finally, you have my favourite of the three Conner – A police android thrust upon a wonky lieutenant and together they aim to figure out why some androids have started to become “deviant”.
Real actors and choices
Part of the appeal of Detroit: Become Human is the use of real actors in many of the roles. Characters can also die mid story and the game adjusts and continues with the characters you have remaining. The outcome of many missions and scenes really matter and your choices can have a drastic effect on how the story unfolds in a more meaningful way than other developers like Bioware promised in their games.
Markus, Kara and Conner
At many points during the story I was really drawn in felt connected to the characters but there are also some jarring moments of poor writing or just cliché interactions that left me equally frustrated. In my first play through, I played Marcus as violent and ruthless, Conner as an obedient robot sticking to his tasks but I, unfortunately, lost Kara in a shady mansion when she inadvertently ate a shotgun blast. In my second play through, I played Markus as peaceful and charismatic, Conner as the perfect police partner and managed to Keep Kara alive to the end. It resulted in two very different experiences and endings.
Detroit: Become Human isn’t for everyone but check it out if the narrative interests you especially sci-fi stories about potentially rising up to overthrow humans is something that interests you – We have to be as prepared as possible for when Skynet eventually comes online.