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Detroit: Become Human Review (PC)

Initially released as a Playstation 4 exclusive back in 2018, Detroit: Become Human is now also available on Steam and the Epic Games Store for PC players to enjoy. The game portrays the stories of three androids: Connor – an android sent by cyberlife to help police find deviant androids, Kara – a housekeeper and Markus – an android who is taking care of his ill owner. While these androids are programmed to obey their owners, things start to get really interesting as many of them start to defect as the story unfolds.

Detroit: Become Human boasts excellent audio and visuals as expected from most story-driven games nowadays. The detail and realism of character models makes androids seem alive which fits perfectly with the central theme of the game. Quantic Dream sets a high standard in this aspect and succeeds in making facial animations and voice acting feel authentic.

The story is filled with unpredictable twists that kept me hooked and made me want to continue playing the next chapter every time. Detroit: Become Human is just one of those games where you lose track of time and get fully immersed to the point where you almost rush through the story due to the sense of urgency the story creates. Despite the game only taking around 10 hours to complete, each of the three androids developed mentally and physically to become completely different characters towards the end of the game.

There are plenty of paths to choose from that lead to very different conclusions and paths. New paths can also be unlocked if you complete certain tasks, which makes exploring all your surroundings essential. When you finish the complete a chapter, you will see a flow chart detailing your decisions and other potential scenarios you missed out on. This gives the game a lot of replayability value, especially when the outcomes you chose could backfire in the next chapters leading to undesired results. The ability to see what choices other players picked is also a smart way to make players question their decisions especially when they are extremely unpopular.

Even though the gameplay is reminiscent to that of a telltale game, Detroit: Become Human‘s free movement, mild horror sequences and, intense quick-time events kept me at the edge of my seat. While the game isn’t necessary difficult, I found myself putting a lot of extra effort to ensure I don’t mess up and accidentally kill off certain characters.  

In terms of performance, there were noticeable frame drops and stuttering occasional despite running the game on PC with hardware above the recommended specs. Nonetheless, this wasn’t a major issue for me and these technical hiccups are pretty common with most PC ports of console games nowadays.

Overall, Detroit’s engaging and intense plot, combined with top notch visuals and voice acting make the game stand out from the crowd of other games in it’s genre and even help it rival AAA narrative driven single-player games.

GameRev was provided with a digital download code for the purpose of this review.

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