Parents' Guide to

Detroit: Become Human

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Choose your story in mature sci-fi tale of society, morals.

Game PlayStation 4 2018
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 12+

Tremendous game

I very tremendous game. Favorite one I have played in fact. It has quite simple controls. If you are worried about the strip club part it has no nudity. No sex moments in the game. It has some blood but if your child isn’t afraid of this it should be fine. There is a part where there is an abusive father but your character Kara saves the daughter. You switch between 3 characters. A cop named Connor, A helper Android named Markus who will lead a revolution or lead protests for Android rights, and last a nanny Android named Kara who tries to find a safe place for a child. It is a 10/10 game I suggest it.
age 9+

great message!

i think this game is absolutely for family! a deep theme with real world paralells. Its a bit hard to play so i left that stuff to my youngins!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24 ):
Kids say (79 ):

This sci-fi tale is less like a standard video game and more like an interactive movie, because your decisions affect and change the development of the plot. Detroit: Become Human isn't like most standard games: You're not upgrading equipment, picking up new skills, or racing to the next waypoint. Instead, you're experiencing a new world through unique sets of eyes, making difficult, life-altering decisions, and then watching how those choices unfold. That's not to say there aren't a few gamelike elements from time to time. Usually these are quick time events, which are tests of reflexes and attention somewhat like a glorified game of Simon Says. But these are a double-edged sword. While they help you feel like you're taking a more active role in the events, tracking the on-screen prompts makes it difficult to pay attention to the effects of your actions.

If you look at Detroit: Become Human as something other than a video game, you'll find that it does a great job of telling its story ... and in some ways, telling your story, too. The decisions you make seamlessly craft a genuinely unique tale catered to you. Even seemingly insignificant decisions like opening a window can have major implications later. There are so many branches in the game's plot that it comes with a built-in flowchart that lets you sort out how your decisions paved the way for the narrative. This comes in handy with later playthroughs, because you can sort out where the story branches and what you can do differently in a way that doesn't give away what will happen if you take a different path at a given fork in the road. No matter which path you choose, Detroit's plot is sure to have an impact. By seeing through the eyes of these androids and experiencing their lives, you can't help but feel empathy for their plight. These are more than just living appliances or tools for modern convenience. These are characters struggling to achieve a higher sense of purpose and to prove not only that they deserve equality in a society that demeans and degrades them, but that, when push comes to shove, they can be more human at heart than the world in which they live.

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