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Detroit: Become Human Review
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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.

The game follows a theme of android consciousness and ethics similar to West World. You play three characters: Connor, a police investigator android, Kara, a housekeeper android who develops artificial consciousness and becomes responsible for a young girl's safety, Markus, a caretaker android who, after gaining consciousness, takes it upon himself to free others like him from bondage.

As with the other games from this developer you have to make detail decisions for each character which result in dramatically a branching narrative. Unlike the previous games, though, you get to see which parts of the narrative you chopped off or missed out on at the end of each chapter.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Detroit: Become Human usually costs £24.99 to £34.99. 

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human Demo

PlayStation Store PS4 Free

Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. Demo available on PC. PS4 Deluxe Edition includes Heavy Rain, Digital art book, Soundtrack and Avatars.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game is rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of violence to vulnerable/defenceless human-like characters, depictions of strong violence to human-like characters, and use of sexual expletives. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. This game contains depictions of violence towards vulnerable and defenceless human characters. One of the sections of the game takes place in a household with an abusive father and his young daughter. Throughout your time in the household you witness the father being verbally abusive to his daughter.

The player is then given the instruction to protect her, and the player can go about this objective in numerous ways such as confronting the father, getting a gun and threatening him, or running to the girl and escaping with her. If her father gets to her first it is implied that he kills her.

There is also another scene at the beginning of the game where a young girl is being held hostage on the edge of a skyscraper with a gun held to her head. This game also contains depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. One of the more pertinent examples is when an android commits suicide by repeatedly slamming his face into a table until it begins to split open, he then grabs a handgun and shoots himself through the head. A large open bloody wound is left where the bullet exited his head. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives, the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives are found throughout.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Although reaction time is not generally important, there are sections where you need to press a button in limited time to stop characters dying. At other points you need to press and hold multiple buttons simultaneously.
 
Our Detroit: Become Human Accessibility Report documents 9 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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