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Generally favorable reviews - based on 100 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 100
  2. Negative: 2 out of 100
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  1. May 24, 2018
    95
    Quantic Dream surpasses everything it has done before with Detroit: Become Human. A huge script allows for a thrilling story to have multiple layers that, at the same time, deal with topics such as slavery, the human condition or the concept of identity. A real masterpiece of the genre.
  2. May 24, 2018
    95
    The main characters, the story, the choices, the moral dilemmas, the audio, the overall experience...it all comes together in one fantastic package. Quantic Dream's Detroit is not only the studio's best game, it also raises the bar for the genre.
  3. The man behind interactive storytelling triumphs Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls has brought us what is perhaps his most fully formed and satisfying story yet, a work that examines the concept of machine intelligence with nearly as much insight and sympathy as Isaac Asimov's finest novels about robots and just as much style as Alex Garland's Ex Machina.
  4. Jun 5, 2018
    94
    Quantic Dream has created a masterpiece for everyone who know how to enjoy it. Is not a game for all the players, but is worth giving a try instead if you don´t like this kind of games, because both its story and how it tells it to you, got hooked the player from the start to the end.
  5. May 24, 2018
    93
    Detroit: Become human is the most ambitious game Quantic Dream have ever made. It features varied stories, decisive choices, flexible gameplay, and outstanding graphics.
  6. May 24, 2018
    92
    Even with some little flaws, Detroit is the best game ever created by Quantic Dream. You'll really feel close to the characters. Be ready for your instincts and principles to be tested.
  7. Jul 13, 2018
    90
    Another one of the many powerful playstation exclusives that bets on exciting narrative with tense emotional moments, serious decisions and sophisticated characters. It is great to look at and it also plays well, and we are happy to forgive it a few mistakes when it comes to controls.
  8. Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Detroit: Become Human is a masterpiece of storytelling, perfectly executed and beautiful. The acting is superb, the action is intense and the tears are already dropping.
  9. May 30, 2018
    90
    Detroit: Become Human takes the interactive movie genre to a whole new level, with a story that truly evolves with the choice and the actions of the player. If you enjoyed the previous Quantic Dream games, you’ll love this one.
  10. May 26, 2018
    90
    So far this is the definitive magnum opus of Quantic Dream. The breadth of ripple effects, small and large, is utterly commendable, successfully creating the sense that we truly shape the journey of our protagonists and the society around them. Of course, it helps that this is the most mature story written yet from David Cage.
  11. May 24, 2018
    90
    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.
  12. May 24, 2018
    90
    Detroit Become Human is a game so ambitious that it can be considered brave to put the player in deeply emotional situations. It's not forgiving, and the choices are so many that you won't be free from sacrifice and pain. In a modern scene full of multiplayer stuff, going back to narrative is something we can appreciate.
  13. May 24, 2018
    90
    What makes Detroit: Become Human a great game, though, is that even after going back through alternate narrative branches and winding down my play time, I’m still invested. The world that Quantic Dream gave me to explore is only a short leap from the one we’re living in now, and the ideas presented have left me contemplating the role AI could play in our lives sooner rather than later.
  14. May 24, 2018
    90
    It’s great to see David Cage’s return with such an impressive game as Detroit: Become Human. A powerful narrative experience and with an amazing style.
  15. May 24, 2018
    90
    You could see it as a mix of old-school adventure games with unforgettable storytelling, top-notch acting, and cutting-edge graphics, and as such it’s definitely a very successful experiment. While Detroit: Become Human is the quintessential Quantic Dream game, the additional variety and the spectacular level of craftsmanship it involves may make it intriguing even for those who used not to be part of the studio’s usual target audience.
  16. May 24, 2018
    90
    Immerse yourself in Detroit’s wonderfully realised world, engage with its characters and stories, and you’ll love this game.
  17. 90
    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 tour de force story of overcoming oppression.
  18. May 24, 2018
    90
    Detroit: Become Human really is like sitting down and playing a TV box set. It's a technical masterpiece on PS4 with movie quality sound, lighting and camera work, which is backed up by some top quality action and a wonderfully evocative score. Detroit really worked for me; I was gripped by the story and connected with the characters, but I think some players may have a hard time relating to Kara, Markus, and Connor. That’s to be expected. After all, we’re only human.
  19. May 24, 2018
    90
    The mix of strong storytelling, great acting and dreamy music lead to a fantastic cinematic experience and a grand tale that is rare to be witnessed. This game will make you proud for believing in the storytelling capabilities of video games all this time.
  20. May 24, 2018
    90
    Maybe it's because all of the characters are supposed to be robots so you're force-fed story and juxtaposition through analysis, making it easy from a writing perspective. Maybe it's because there are so many different branches and outcomes to the story that they actually delivered on. Maybe it's Jesse Williams' face. Look, I really don't know. But I do know that I couldn't put Detroit: Become Human down, and after I beat it, I immediately replayed all the chapters to get the different outcomes.
  21. May 24, 2018
    90
    This is Quantic Dream’s best game so far. A fantastic adventure that blurs the line between cinema and video games.
  22. 90
    Despite a few storytelling shortfalls, Detroit: Become Human is stylish and slick from start to finish, and is easily Quantic Dream's best work to date.
  23. May 24, 2018
    90
    Detroit: Become Human is a cinematic masterpiece, and easily the best work to date from developer Quantic Dream. It’s gorgeous, sounds beautiful, and the choices made here are impactful and introspective. Better still, the exposed underpinnings encourage repeat playthroughs just to see where all of the rabbit holes go. Come for the storyline, stay for the thought provoking look at a potential near future for mankind, and where AI might fit within it.
  24. May 24, 2018
    90
    Though it comes off as heavy-handed at times, Detroit tells an endearing story that verges on the profound, diving deep into the nature of humanity itself. It proves that interactivity and focused storytelling aren’t mutually exclusive and that the two can enhance each other given a proper degree of talent behind the scenes.
  25. May 24, 2018
    90
    Detroit: Become Human is by far the most branching game ever made. Every decision that you make has its consequences, even when you just open a window. More emotional than the other games created by Quantic Dream, stunning from a technical point of view, it will mark the history of narrative games.
  26. 90
    [Detroit: Become Human] is a social revolution simulator, where most of your choices actually matter, the story and characters are engaging and moving and the amount of narrative content is incredibly massive.
  27. May 24, 2018
    90
    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.
  28. May 24, 2018
    90
    Detroit: Become Human is another bull's-eye from David Cage. This title shows that this kind of narrative game has much more to say. A masterpiece that any sci-fi lover can't afford to miss.
  29. Jul 18, 2018
    89
    If you can get past the heavy-handedness with which Detroit: Become Human approaches some of its story, you'll find that it is possibly Quantic Dream's best effort yet.
  30. May 29, 2018
    89
    Detroit: Become Human is definitely the highest point reached by David Cage. Some slightly less strong sequences do not affect a gaming experience full of interesting points of view, in which one really has the sensation of making choices.
  31. May 24, 2018
    89
    Detroit: Become Human is a great adventure with multiple choices, the highest peak in its genre. Great atmosphere and a story that is all in your hands.
  32. May 24, 2018
    88
    This is a story that we’ve seen a lot, in everything from Blade Runner to 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s becoming as common a storyline as the zombie apocalypse or superhero fantasies. In each case, the story is only as good as its execution. If the characters are believable and engaging, if the story is well told, if the context and environment broadens the story, if the acting is superb, and if the actions and choices are consequential, then it is a job well done. And that’s how I feel about Detroit: Become Human.
  33. May 24, 2018
    88
    A great adventure that looks as awesome as it plays with multiple choices that really matter and a compelling history that is worth your time.
  34. Detroit: Become Human is a great game which points a flash light to our future. It's really interesting to experience such a great story with freedom to alter the fate of AIs.
  35. May 24, 2018
    87
    Detroit: Become Human has some long-winded scenes and at times slightly boring gameplay, but it looks stunning, and excels with a dazzling amount of relevant and tense choices packed in a well-written story that frequently managed to move me.
  36. May 24, 2018
    87
    Here is a political, social and artistic message ready to be enjoyed.
  37. May 24, 2018
    87
    Detroit: Become Human is without doubt the best work and climax of David Cage’s career thus far. Post-credits, one is left full of admiration for such a brave and majestic game, though still not devoid of the author’s usual flaws, namely a few not-well-executed plot twists and slightly sloppy gameplay mechanics. The tale Detroit tells us is, all things considered, just like humanity’s: powerful and imperfect.
  38. May 29, 2018
    85
    There are so many possibilities, so many ways the story can be led to its conclusion that it only asked for being played again an again. Despite some writing flaws, Detroit: Become Humans fulfills all of its promises.
  39. May 24, 2018
    85
    Detroit: Become Human is a design achievement in which every choice you make matters. The narrative evolves with ease, with great rhythm and without ridiculous situations. This is a game that we can recommend, whether or not you are fond of classic science fiction. We are sure that you will spend entire evenings talking to other players about the decisions they made and how they affected the world around them.
  40. May 24, 2018
    85
    An exciting Hollywood-esque interactive adventure with dozens of variables, and definitely the best and biggest game by Quantic Dream that makes it up for their previous failure.
  41. May 24, 2018
    85
    I am still working to unlock floating branches on this Yggdrasil of a story tree, so I'm almost certain there are dark corners of this world that will give me more of what I'm looking for. The concept of self-aware robotic people has been explored for decades, and Detroit: Become Human makes sure you have plenty of reasons to explore it for at least more than a few hours. After all, the story, much like Chloe, shows plenty of life.
  42. May 24, 2018
    85
    Interesting topics that touch ethics as well as morals, difficult decisions and a tense cinematic direction make Detroit: Become Human an electrifying and stirring interactive drama.
  43. May 24, 2018
    85
    Living the life of an android is what David Cage and Quantic Dream offer us in their new game. Detroit Become Human is an emotional experience from beginning to end, a journey with three humanoid robots in a playable story-oriented narrative experience in the tradition of Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. Yes, maybe the gameplay is different, it's not the usual fare, but the depth and consequences of our reactions make the gameplay feel organic in every action, reaction and decision we make, not just a 'you chose well/you chose poorly' thing. Visually a spectacle, the best thing in Detroit: Become Human is not what we play, but what we feel.
  44. May 24, 2018
    85
    With complex characters and an impressive branching plot that emphasizes choice and consequence, Detroit: Become Human keeps you invested in your own story and makes you eager to see what other possibilities you might have missed. It’s Quantic Dream’s strongest interactive tale so far.
  45. May 24, 2018
    85
    There are some great story paths to Detroit: Become Human that can lead to different outcomes, but it's still a Quantic Dream game through and through. Expect a convoluted story that reveals itself through repeated playthroughs, characters that you grow attached to and fear to lose, and enough QTE-driven fights to make your thumbs bleed.
  46. May 24, 2018
    85
    Even with its flaws, Detroit: Become Human marks a monumental moment in story-driven gaming. After all is said and done, the fact that your decisions have such a substantial impact reflects reality. The question is: will you make the right choices?
  47. May 24, 2018
    85
    Detroit: Become Human is a phenomenal game. The graphics are fantastic and the acting is convincing on all fronts. But there are some misses. One chapter fees a bit weak and some choices aren’t logical. Despite that, you must own this game.
  48. May 24, 2018
    85
    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.
  49. 85
    Some games allow us to escape reality, and some force us to take a long hard look at it. Detroit: Become Human is one of those games that straddles the border between entertainment and reality. The themes it covers are very real, and it allows us to get a unique perspective on societal problems we may have never given much thought to before. No matter who you are, no matter your race, gender, political affiliation, age, or economic standing, you can find something in Detroit that will resonate with you. Detroit was never an easy game to play. Many of the choices were hard ones to make, and there's no real right answer. It's a game that cautions us not to repeat mistakes of the past. My choices shaped the story and personalized it, allowing me to see those decisions play out in myriad unique ways, plot holes, clumsy controls, and all. Even as human as we are, we are always becoming human, and no matter which path you take, Detroit is our story.
  50. May 24, 2018
    85
    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.
  51. May 24, 2018
    84
    With amazingly realistic graphics, intense music, rich characters, and a dynamic decision scheme, this action adventure title is enthralling from its opening scene to the very end, and if you let it, it will take you on a journey to what feels like an entirely different world.
  52. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Detroit is a brilliantly written game full of emotions and tough choices. It's not flawless, but you will still turn it back on and on. Did you decide correctly? Couldn´t you do something else? What if... [Issue#286]
  53. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human is a great discussion-starter, and an entertaining and impressively rendered experience.
  54. games(TM)
    Jun 14, 2018
    80
    So, is Detroit going to convert David Cage skeptics to Quantic Dream's way of thinking? Absolutely not. This is pure thematic pondering, melodramatic, challenging, gamified cinema-aping stuff, and that's why we like it. [Issue#201, p.74]
  55. 80
    Appreciate Detroit for the unique blend of narrative and gameplay that it is. No, it doesn't tell an earth-shattering story. But boy, does it know how to tell the story that it tells.
  56. Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human returns us to the world of Quantic Dream's high-quality interactive drama.
  57. May 30, 2018
    80
    Detroit is great step forward for interactive storytelling, with the impressive scope of its branching narrative and world ultimately overcoming the continued failings of David Cage’s writing.
  58. May 29, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human is a movie you are directing. Each and every character’s fate is in your hands, and along the way, you’ll live and laugh and cry with them over and over again. Definitely the best title from Quantic Dream to date.
  59. May 27, 2018
    80
    Quantic Dream successfully depicts a universal SF theme from a fresh angle by using a game system where choices the player makes stand central, and does so with incredibly realistic visuals. If only the story had been constructed a little more cleverly, there would have been no hesitation in calling this a gem.
  60. May 24, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human is a spectacularly crafted game that bends and branches out around the player’s choices in an astonishing and unparalleled way. Although hampered by tired central plots and some predictable, occasionally hokey storytelling, the result is a technical feat in video game development and a meticulously detailed cinematic achievement.
  61. May 24, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human may not offer much to players who don’t like this style of game, but fans of David Cage’s work should know that Detroit is definitely one of the better stories he’s crafted so far. It’s far better than Beyond: Two Souls, and while it may not be as innovative as Heavy Rain, it’s still a pretty fun ride and its incredible visuals and interesting story definitely make it worth checking out.
  62. May 24, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human is a bit too ambitious for its own good. It is not a game-breaking problem, but it does make moments that were set up to be huge a bit disappointing. If you take it slow and give your brain enough time to think it all through, there is definitely a lot to take away from Detroit: Become Human.
  63. May 24, 2018
    80
    If you want to experience an incredibly atmospheric dystopia from three gripping, strongly influenced angles, then this is the place to be.
  64. May 24, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human is a good adventure with an interesting plot and a bunch of marvelous characters. At the same time, its gameplay is completely focused on quick time events and this could be boring if you're not ready for them.
  65. May 24, 2018
    80
    With no doubt, Detroit: Become Human is the most advanced Quantic Dream experience. The story is more bending than ever, as your choices and actions really matter, and it's supported by great characters and acting. The narrative still has some flaws, but this is definitely a game every fan of the genre should play.
  66. May 24, 2018
    80
    Its biggest assets are the relationship building and expansive branching paths. I keep coming back to explore its variations. Not only are they fascinating, but I cared about where I left these characters. The overall message about technology and our future lingers long after the credits roll, making me wonder how I'll handle my relationship with technology as it takes us to new places.
  67. May 24, 2018
    80
    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.
  68. May 24, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human is not for everybody, but for those who had good experiences with the Quantic Dream as a studio - or for those who love modern point and click adventure games – the game is a great addition.
  69. 80
    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.
  70. May 24, 2018
    80
    Detroit: Become Human pushes ‘Heavy Rain’ and ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ designer David Cage's vision of games as playable movies further than it has ever gone. The results are mixed, but it’s an undeniable accomplishment as an adventure game.
  71. May 24, 2018
    80
    While there are certainly glaring issues present in some of its branching paths, Quantic Dream has managed to craft a compelling world in Detroit, enriched by fantastic performances and state-of-the-art motion-capturing.
  72. May 29, 2018
    78
    Detroit Become Human is one of the great games of 2018. If you are still on the fence about it, then check out the free Demo with the first chapter. This way you can tell if it is your thing or not. After you have finished playing this game and maybe another shot, you’ll be missing this world dearly.
  73. May 24, 2018
    78
    Developer Quantic Dream continues to solidify their pedigree in creating narrative driven cinematic experiences. Aside from a few story and design stumbles, Detroit: Become Human offers an engaging adventure with great presentation, meaningful choices, and plenty of replay value.
  74. May 24, 2018
    75
    Learning the story of Kara, Connor and Markus in Detroit: Become Human was a pleasant and engaging affair. I really grew fond of the heroes and I pondered over every decision. Quantic Dream's new game is a really good interactive movie, and the degree of non-linearity is amazing. It's a pity that the story itself is totally bland, obvious and downright disappointing; the characters are flat and cliché, and the game doesn't deliver any meaningful message - it's almost baffling how the authors could have missed such an opportunity to make a statement.
  75. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2018
    70
    The game is a technological marvel but although David Cage’s storytelling has an ideal pace and the way the story branches out depending on your choices is praiseworthy, his writing is childishly naïve. His vision of Detroit is unconvincing from the ground up and all his characters are merely crude, threadbare archetypes, which made it impossible for me to suspend disbelief. What’s more, the game touches a sensitive problem of discrimination but doesn’t have the courage to take any stand, leaving us with a lukewarm tale about robots, told with clichés and truisms. [07/2018, p.42]
  76. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 5, 2018
    70
    Held together by beautifully chromed nuts and bolts, closer inspection reveals questionable lines of code - Detroit fails to be more than the sum of its parts. [July 2018, p.83]
  77. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit: Become Human tells a dramatic story about androids seeking to find their own way of living with and among humans. Yes, it’s a well-worn sci-fi trope, but the characters in Detroit are compelling enough to make it feel interesting again. There are some issues with controls at times and some story beats that miss the mark, but if you’re looking for a impressive story that can be played out in a multitude of ways, dig into “Detroit.”
  78. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit: Become Human is an impressive game. The production value is huge, the characters are very realistic and the game offers amazing scenes. However, it does not all add up to one complete experience, as the story seems too big to be told in just this game.
  79. May 24, 2018
    70
    Ultimately even its breath-taking cinematic conclusion isn’t enough to stop Detroit Become Human feeling like at best a flawed classic and at worst a frustratingly restrictive experience. Despite that, there is definitely a story worth experiencing here, and if you can endure the game’s more tedious aspects, Detroit’s branching endings will undoubtedly be spark countless chapter replays and heated conversations for years to come.
  80. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit: Become Human is complicated. It’s a technological marvel with great performances and an entertaining narrative at its core. Kara, Connor and Markus are all given enough room to breathe as characters that you feel connected to all of them. I cared about where their stories would end...Unfortunately, Quantic Dream oversteps its boundaries and muddles the water with thematic elements that feel awkwardly handled.
  81. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit: Become Human is still marred by some of the issues that plague previous Quantic Dream games. Rough, ham-fisted writing and story pacing that's thrown off at times by the playable sections. I'm also pretty sure that most folks are going to get one of the more unsatisfying endings their first time around. But I like the characters, which more than I could say for the last two games. And when I finished the game, I wanted to jump back in and try out some other choices. Quantic Dream is getting better, even if Detroit: Become Human not on par with some of the better visual novels out there.
  82. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit Become Human is a beautiful yet deformed puzzle. The individual parts look pretty, but once you try and piece it together, it all falls apart.
  83. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit is well worth playing, but it struggles to strike the right balance between giving you freedom of choice and reminding you that it's all a game in the end. Cage and Quantic Dream are getting closer to nailing this style of game, but it's obvious that there's still room to grow.
  84. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit: Become Human is vintage Quantic Dream, delivering a multifaceted choose-your-own-adventure that’s both ambitious and somewhat of an acquired taste. It’s clear that remarkable attention has been poured into the title's vision of the near-future, which makes it harder to suspend disbelief over some of its smaller narrative oversights. The game huffs-and-puffs, but never really brings anything new to its core theme of androids awakening to human emotions – and yet despite its relative familiarity, it’s an impressively replayable interactive story with a frightening number of variables of which there’s nothing else quite like.
  85. May 24, 2018
    70
    Detroit: Become Human, like most Quantic Dream games, is filled with muddled symbolism and a spark of hope amidst its most interesting universe yet.
  86. May 24, 2018
    69
    There’s value in narrative, if you don’t mind sloppy exposition, telegraphed characters and incentives as well as explosive quick time events that sit at odds with arbitrary quick time events, that sit even further at odds with ‘page-turner’ quick time events. When you get towards the game’s crescendo, which admittedly is handled excellently between the three main robot characters, and deal with ‘action’ sequences that take you out of your nanna or grandpa QTE slumber, the game feels interesting, but it’s smoke and mirrors. Acting, visuals and a relatively well-conceived future Detroit are the carrots on string here. The problem is our robot horse needs QTEs as well to get going and without enough blue blood, bled by actual gamers, it’s a hard task and road to Maple Syrup ahead.
  87. 65
    Detroit wants so badly to be an interactive Hollywood blockbuster, but its amazing visuals and cinematic presentation can't make up for some really lame writing, weird performances and an overall lack of grace. But in spite of that, it can be a fun interactive B-movie.
  88. May 24, 2018
    65
    Detroit: Become Human is evidence that breathtaking production isn't effective camouflage for anemic dialogue and abysmal writing. By co-opting famous racial prejudices and projecting all of them onto society's assimilation of androids, Detroit spoils its power to create convincing drama. The sense of agency and control over its story remains exciting, but archetypal plotting and cosmetic platitudes leave Detroit without much to say about anything.
  89. May 24, 2018
    65
    Despite a strong connection between the choice-oriented gameplay and the script’s themes of free will and liberation, DBH’s exploration of these themes is ankle deep.
  90. Games Master UK
    Jun 14, 2018
    61
    A technical marvel with cinematic appeal, Detroit is another game brought low by ham-fisted writing. [July 2018, p.75]
  91. May 25, 2018
    60
    Its quality can vary as much as its storylines. Detroit’s main issue is that it is a game that is desperate to have something to say, but doesn’t know how to say it. Detroit is too heavy-handed and maladroit to get much past ‘discrimination and genocide is bad’.
  92. May 25, 2018
    60
    Like quality junk food, the game was not exactly fulfilling but it was a bingeable experience.
  93. May 24, 2018
    60
    Detroit: Become Human is better than Beyond: Two Souls, but it won’t be the game that turns the skeptics around. The dialogue is poorly written and it’s hard to feel anything for the characters. It’s a story that is easy to be drawn into, but also one that doesn’t have that much to say at all.
  94. May 24, 2018
    60
    A considerable improvement on Quantic Dreams’ previous work, and while the storytelling is still flawed its tale of abused androids feels very human.
  95. Edge Magazine
    Jun 21, 2018
    50
    For all the very human flaws in its script, it ends up somewhere in the uncanny valley of narrative games: it looks the part, but behind that glistening exterior, something vital is undeniably missing [Aug 2018, p.96]
  96. May 29, 2018
    50
    There's definitely some joy to be had from Detroit, particularly if themes of artificial intelligence and sentience intrigue you. But there are other games and movies that do more with them (Soma, for example). For a game that relies so heavily on its narrative to carry it, Detroit: Become Human fails to excel.
  97. May 24, 2018
    50
    The game believes it's a sci-fi version of Eyes on the Prize, when really it's closer to a sci-fi Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial.
  98. May 24, 2018
    50
    A cliche-ridden written story that has some decent ideas throughout, but is so bleak it's hard to grow attached to.
  99. 40
    Even if you can overlook the troublesome philosophies that permeate Detroit, you still won’t find much interesting here. The story loses a lot of its charm once it goes from dealing with day-to-day android life to trying to tell a huge event that will change the shape of civilization. It falls into a common trap of video game writing, as it forces the player into life or death situations constantly. These mostly fall flat and players are left with a game that really doesn’t have much to say that wasn’t already incredibly obvious from the start.
  100. May 24, 2018
    40
    Detroit: Become Human wants to move you. It wants to elicit an emotional response through its story. The thing is, it really doesn't. The flowchart is a nice inclusion and adds some variance, but when the narrative is as cringey and ham-fisted as it is you won't want to play through it multiple times.
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  1. Jun 11, 2018
    Detroit: Become Human looks and sounds great, and includes key player choices throughout, though it could have benefited greatly from a tighter script. While it’s commendable that Quantic Dream tried to cover hot-button issues in a big-budget video game, it works better when focused on the personal character moments than the bigger themes that don’t dig deep enough to make a meaningful impact.
  2. May 24, 2018
    Creating a coherent branching narrative of this scope would be exceedingly difficult for even the most experienced and accomplished Hollywood scriptwriter. It proves to be utterly impossible for the writer behind Detroit.
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    That’s the biggest issue with Detroit. Whether you’re playing as Connor, Kara or Markus – the latter of which forms the bulk of the central storyline, but is by far the least intriguing character in the game – the game only scratches the surface of the themes it explores.
  4. May 24, 2018
    Its big themes are glibly handled, though this is still Quantic Dream's most credible and satisfying interactive yarn by far.
  5. May 24, 2018
    Part of my frustration with Detroit is that I’ve spent the last several years watching other game developers make far better narrative-focused games, often with substantially fewer resources.
  6. May 24, 2018
    "Remember this is not just a story. This is our future," she says ominously...The aggrandizement of this statement sets the tone for the rest of the game, with its ham-fisted dialogue, questionable optics, and juvenile desperation to be taken as Serious Art About Social Commentary. It’s the first hint at how profoundly, confidently ignorant Quantic Dream is about how the future, history, society, oppression, and even human beings work.
  7. May 24, 2018
    The way Quantic Dream builds the atmosphere in Detroit is something probably only they can achieve. There's a constant tension even in every-day routine, and the player is always on the edge of her seat waiting for something unexpected to happen. The not-so-distant future only even further deepens the experience.
  8. Jun 5, 2018
    It’s as if the creators are using the bondage of artificial intelligence to conceal subtext about institutional racism, while somehow missing that in the game they created, that subtext is, quite often, just the text. No one dares comment on how his race factors into a story that is explicitly about race. There’s no discussion of how impactful it is for a person of color to lead a monumental movement toward equality; instead, the humans tell us point-blank that “androids are not humans,” and that’s that.
  9. May 24, 2018
    But once the adrenaline has worn off, the hollowness sets in and you realize the game only told you the beautifully drawn, emotionally gripping story you expected, and wanted, to hear. It’s only in hindsight that you realize there’s very little soul staring out at you from behind Detroit’s pretty, almost-human eyes.
  10. May 27, 2018
    Is it just me, or are Quantic Dreams' games getting more and more boring with each subsequent release?... But boring, actually, on reflection, isn't quite enough to describe this. This is tedium. It's like they doubled down on the worst shit from the other games. And I had high hopes for this one.
  11. May 24, 2018
    Detroit is a beautiful game, one rendered with a level of visual care and detail that’s rare even in the lavish world of blockbuster video games. But all of that work feels wasted, tied to a story that, by the end, feels meaningless. In Detroit, androids can dream. But the game’s creators can’t seem to dream of anything new to say.
  12. May 24, 2018
    Detroit: Become Human is a gorgeous spectacle and Quantic Dream continues to build on its reputation for extraordinary world-building and stunning set-pieces, with improved controls and a more engaging story. But the way these observations are presented lack nuance, and the obvious comparisons to racial and religious persecution feel uncomfortable at times, with too much spoon-fed to the player. The overtly complex interactions and narrow focus of gameplay prevent players from coming to their own, organic conclusions and, in turn, hold “Detroit” back as simply a fantastic game when it could have been an unforgettable one.
  13. May 24, 2018
    The biggest crime a piece of media can make is to be boring and Detroit is as guilty as can be.
  14. Jun 7, 2018
    Even if it did do a better job at telling the story it means to tell, the hidden costs that went into Detroit would hardly be worth it: workers in court suing over harassment, a company reportedly organized into an undisguised creative oligarchy, an entire regional block of game outlets who are too wary of legal action to mention any of this in their own release coverage of the game. All this to execute a tired concept, done far better service in recent years.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1964 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. May 25, 2018
    10
    Ignore the hate-reviews with a personal agenda against David Cage, there is no way in h*ll that this game is a 4/10. Not even Mighty Number 9Ignore the hate-reviews with a personal agenda against David Cage, there is no way in h*ll that this game is a 4/10. Not even Mighty Number 9 is a 4/10 lol. The story and writing in Detroit is good enough for a game (I loved it personally) and probably better than the story in 95% of all other games ever released, there are loads breathtaking situations and choices, probably the best graphics ever made (imagine the work that went into this), amazing music... This game would have a 85-88/100 MC score if it was reviewed fairly for what it is. Give it a chance and enjoy it with your family and friends, you will have a blast! Trust me. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2018
    10
    I have been playing it since it came out, and looking forward to it for years. It exceeded my expectations by ten fold (And I had high hopesI have been playing it since it came out, and looking forward to it for years. It exceeded my expectations by ten fold (And I had high hopes and expectations). I love this game genre and I could not be prouder of Quantic Dream. This is a masterpiece to me, and I rate it a 10/10. Full Review »
  3. May 25, 2018
    10
    I'm absolutely blown away by this game. The graphics are jaw dropping, as is the world building. The story is pretty good and can be excitingI'm absolutely blown away by this game. The graphics are jaw dropping, as is the world building. The story is pretty good and can be exciting a lot of the time. If I had to give it a complaint it would simply be I want more, at only 8 hours long it might be a bit short for some, that said there is enormous replay potential, if you want to see all the branching paths the game will take 30 hours plus to complete!! Overall, an amazing narrative driven single player game, hopefully more games like these come out. Full Review »