Detroit: Become Human
WARNING! Spoilers ahead!
This article may reveal major plot points, especially considering the game had either been released recently or not in specific countries yet.
Detroit: Become Human is an action, interactive drama video game created by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 on May 25, 2018.
Like previous games from the studio, it was written by the ever-controversial David Cage.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of androids being discriminated against and demanding freedom is a creative premise.
- Great soundtrack.
- Great voice acting with some relatively big names such as Clancy Brown.
- Likable and interesting characters like Connor, Kara, and Markus.
- Some heartwarming and touching moments like Connor and Hank smiling then embracing by hugging for example.
- Great story about androids feeling human emotions.
- Just like other Quantic Dream games, the multiple endings, increase replay value.
- Multitude of endings, even more than Heavy Rain.
- Flow charts are added in the game for anyone trying to achieve 100%. This really helpful since you don't have to play the whole game again just to see a different outcome.
- The game lets players choose the decision if Connor wants to become a deviant or stay a machine, each choice will impact the story (Connor and Markus fighting to the death during the war if you choose "Stay a Machine", and Connor awaking the other androids in the CyberLife plant if you choose "Become a Deviant").
- Very emotional scenes like when Markus visits Carl's grave (if you don't push Leo), the machine that kills Kara and Alice in the Android Destruction Camps (if Kara gets caught), and when Hank calls Connor "son" before Connor dies.
- Hank has a very sad and emotional backstory where his son died during surgery.
- Very realistic and beautiful graphics that really push the PS4 to its limits.
- An interesting scene where if the player lets Todd live and get to the checkpoint, Todd will find Kara and call the guards to have them taken, but if the player found enough clues about Todd, Kara will reason with him and tell why he bought an android giving the player the chance to understand Todd and they're are even clues as to why he acted the way he did to Kara and Alice to the point where you empathize with him, but at the same time not forgive him since his actions are still unacceptable. In doing so will have Todd call the guards off and has the choice to either let Alice hug him or not as a final goodbye, he will even wish Kara and Alice good luck. Not only is the scene great, but it also gives Todd the feeling of being a real person rather than just a one dimensional, unlikable character like Gavin or Leo.
- What's really sad is that no other unlikable character like Gavin or Leo are given proper characterization outside of being unlikable.
- Some characters like Gavin Reed (though he gets the taste of his own medicine later in the game), Todd Williams, Leo Manfred, and Amanda can be unlikable.
- Amanda is especially unlikable, as she doesn't let Connor have his freedom, even when he becomes the leader of his fellow androids if Markus dies, she forces you to decide if you want Connor to kill himself, or to let Amanda take over him.
- The twist of Alice being an android is kind of dumb and doesn't really affect the story much. It's also a missed opportunity as it could've further prove that androids can be just as caring as humans.
- The scene where Todd hits Alice sparked some controversy.
- The game makes the civil rights movement parallels so obvious. One of the quotes that you can choose if you graffiti the park is "We have a dream". Not helping is the obvious refences to the Holocaust if Kara and Alice get caught.
- When Connor and Hank enter the Cyberlife building they find a machine Connor sent to kill them and then Hank decides to ask questions to determine which is the real Connor. This is unnecessary because Hank could simply just ask the real Connor to activate the idle androids which the fake Connor wouldn't do because then he'd fail his mission.
The game has gotten positive reviews since its release.
It has a 9.4/10 on IMDb and an 8/10 on IGN
Because of Detroit and Connor's popularity, it made Bryan Dechart popular and spawned the Connor army. However, the game has gained some controversy over a child abuse scene and it's civil-rights allegories.
- Bryan Dechart (who plays Connor) and his wife Amelia Rose Blaire (who plays the brown and blue-haired Tracy's) are really kind and nice towards the Connor army and fans of the game.
- Hank's voice actor, Clancy Brown, plays Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob SquarePants, Baron Praxis in Jak II, and was one of the voices of Dr. Neo Cortex in earlier entries in the Crash Bandicoot series.
- The game was inspired by the "Kara" short that was made years before Detroit's release.
- The game somewhat represents the Holocaust where instead of Jewish people being killed, its Androids being killed. And has its own concentration camps for the Androids.