Detroit: Become Human Review Compilation

Detroit Become Human Title Shot

As it seems to be with these review compilations, I tend to focus on the big exclusives, specifically for PS4.  Detroit: Become Human is no exception, and I’ve pulled some of the review snippets and scores for Quantic Dream’s newest choose-you-own-adventure title.

I was a fan of Heavy Rain despite some of its flaws.  I missed Beyond Two Souls despite being excited by the big names attached.  Detroit is definitely on my wishlist and was included in my anticipated games earlier this year.

So far, the game is bringing in a lot of positive press.  In my own perusal of gameplay and screenshots, its obvious that this game is really pushing the PS4 and giving a big boost for the 4K adopters out there with its amazing graphics.  Of course graphics aren’t everything, so lets see what the reviews say:

(Reviews and more from OpenCritic)

Ars TechnicaNo Verdict

Try it if you really want to see how hard it is to make branching narrative work on this scale. Otherwise, just catch up on Westworld.

Cheat Code Central4.5 / 5.0

Detroit: Become Human is a game that can be rather difficult to classify. It usually improves upon the forms of storytelling and gameplay found in Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, though character movements can still be frustrating and some stories are better than others. It still relies on sensational concepts and topics to get reactions from an audience, with some androids’ routes more effectively and tactfully employing them than others. It is a more diverse game, both in terms of the kinds of characters displayed and the sorts of choices people can make. Quantic Dream’s formula is evolving, even if it does rely on some of the same crutches.

Detroit Become Human Blue Blood

Critical Hit9 / 10.0

Detroit: Become Human manages to dial back Quantic Dream’s usual style of storytelling and instead focus more on the characters and their personal journey resulting in one the most compelling adventure games in recent memory.

Destructoid7 / 10.0

Detroit: Become Human, like most Quantic Dream games, is filled with muddled symbolism and a spark of hope amidst its most interesting universe yet. It doesn’t have anything particular new to say, but it delivers in terms of drama, to the point where I started a second playthrough shortly after my first seven hour-ish run. It’s flawed, but coherent, which is an upgrade.

Digitally Downloaded2 / 5 stars

Racism and slavery is bad, folks. You can probably figure that out without playing Detroit, and if you can’t then David Cage’s writing isn’t going to change your backwards thinking in any way.

Detroit Become Human Choice

DualShockers9 / 10.0

Detroit: Become Human may not be perfect, but it’s Quantic Dream’s masterpiece.

EGM8.5 / 10.0

Detroit: Become Human is a testament to how far the genre of interactive narrative storytelling has come and, at the same time, how much further it can go. While it might still suffer from some annoying QTE moments and a few narrative speedbumps, it delivers on promises that many other games in this genre make yet fail to keep, especially in how the choices you make can lead to very different experiences down the line.

EurogamerNo Recommendation

Its big themes are glibly handled, though this is still Quantic Dream’s most credible and satisfying interactive yarn by far.

Game Informer8 / 10.0

Despite some shortcomings in its dialogue and plot, Detroit: Become Human tells an engaging story about humanity and technology while allowing your choices to shape the experience

Detroit Become Human Androids

Game Revolution4 / 5 stars

For those like me who have enjoyed Quantic Dream’s games as a guilty pleasure, this is the studio’s first release where the story meets its ambition.

GamesBeat88 / 100

Detroit: Become Human is best when it foresees the consequences of our decisions and sets up a clear choice — or a muddy choice. It creates the illusion of the Butterfly Effect, where small actions can lead to big consequences.

GameSpot7 / 10

Detroit: Become Human presents a gripping tale that’s occasionally sullied by blatant missteps.

GamesRadar+4.5 / 5 stars

Immerse yourself in Detroit’s wonderfully realised world, engage with its characters and stories, and you’ll love this game.

Gaming Nexus8.5 / 10.0

This is a transhumanism story for the android set. I devoured every chapter of these artificial intelligences shedding their artifice. And I learned that being human is filled with daily acts of self-sacrifice.

Detroit Become Human Face Real

Guardian4 / 5 stars

The human v android setup is hackneyed, but this choose-your-own-adventure-style descent into a near-future Detroit is served up with spellbinding artistry

IGN8 / 10.0

Detroit: Become Human is a poignantly pulpy interactive sci-fi drama where your choices can impact events to a greater and more satisfying degree than in most games of this type. Though I wish its story had been handled with a softer touch, especially considering the subtlety that can be conveyed through its tech and performances, its well-written and acted central trio were vital enough to me that I found myself feeling genuine distress when they were in danger and a sense of victory when they triumphed. Most importantly, Detroit offers a multitude of transparent branching paths that entice further playthroughs, and choices have a permanence that raise the stakes throughout.

Detroit: Become Human Speech

KotakuNo Verdict

Detroit tells a story of robots who look and act relatively human, making their way through a nonsense world where everyone, even the humans, doesn’t actually look or act human at all. It’s a fragmented radio broadcast from a valley within the uncanny valley, so many layers deep in unreality that it could never hope to make it out intact.

PlayStation Universe8 / 10.0

Quantic Dream has delivered its most consistently focused game to date with Detroit Become Human. It does suffer for some ham-fisted allegory and a couple of instances of appallingly mawkish dialogue, but that never overwhelms the overall enjoyment you get from its entertaining branching narrative. The story is not the most subtle, nor nuanced, take on discrimination, slavery, and machine self-awareness you’ll find, but it is often surprisingly poignant and touching when Cage and his team nail the blend of video game and cinematic experience.

Detroit: Become Human Android RK800

Press Start9 / 10

Detroit: Become Human is without a shadow of a doubt, David Cage’s best work. After almost a handful of failings, Detroit: Become Human showcases what David Cage is capable of as both a writer and a director. He isn’t shy about tackling taboo topics, regardless of the backlash, and it pays off here in what is a stunning story of overcoming oppression.

USgamer3.5 / 5 stars

Detroit: Become Human improves upon its predecessors by having a cast that you enjoy and want to spend more time around. Quantic Dream’s visual craft and presentation is top-notch, but the writing hasn’t quite caught up yet. It isn’t subtle and some of the references to social ills are amazingly on-the-nose instead of being more unique. It’s better than Beyond: Two Souls, but there’s still room to grow.

Have you played Detroit: Become Human yet?  Has it fixed the flaws of its predecessors?  How is the story?  Comment below!

One thought on “Detroit: Become Human Review Compilation

  1. I have not played this game, but have been interested by interactive story games. The reviews seem to give the game an average to good rating. The reviews seem to suggest there were some flaws with the game and that the story, while it explored some interesting and poignant issues, could have had a better script.
    Have you played the game? How does it feel to play interactive story games? Do they feel like games that can be enjoyed easily? Or does the player have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy them? Are they enjoyable to replay?

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