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Video GameDetroit: Become Human Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 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

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

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.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong themes, violence, drug use and coarse language.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Players need to be able to process information and make choices that have permanent consequences. There is some moving around and investigation skill required. Being able to enter into the narrative with a strong imagination also enhances the experiences.

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
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
Demo available on PC. PS4 Deluxe Edition includes Heavy Rain, Digital art book, Soundtrack and Avatars. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Detroit: Become Human Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
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.

Subtitles are on by default and you are offered size options if you need to adjust these. Conversations overheard audibly in the background are only subtitled when you get quite close, so present a disadvantage to playing without hearing as these can be important. Also, the game does indicated who is speaking which can also be confusing in combination with the captioning of background sounds.

The general text in the game varies in size and clarity more than subtitles. There is some text prompts projected into the game. There are also some other textual elements where the contrast is not as strong.

The game lets you pause time and explore the current location to fund clues and objectives. Sometime this is a bit pressured as you have limited time to do this. You can also scan a location to have interactive elements highlighted.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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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