Ever since I’ve played Maniac Mansion on the Nintendo Entertainment System, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for point & click/interactive video games. Games like Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders, Loom, Kings Quest, Police Quest IV, and the Monkey Island series all produced very fond memories in my life. Quantum Dream just may be the best developer of interactive adventures on the market today. They are the ones behind games such as Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain. But, in my opinion, the company’s crowning achievement has been Detroit: Become Human.
This award-winning game is astounding in its storytelling, the world it creates, and the way that the player impact and influences the story. Your words and actions play a key role in deciding how things will turn out. You are even able to look at a flow chart for each chapter to see how each conversation choice or action led to the next sequence of events. So as you go back and replay portions of the game, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to see a different outcome. This provides a great deal of replay value for a game that will take around 10 hours to get through the main story.
Detroit: Become Human puts the player in the shoes of three androids that have three different stories to experience simultaneously within the same world. Yet their paths are very different. Somehow these three characters are more aware than many of their android counterparts, revealing more human-like behavior than what the humans in the game’s futuristic would care to see. Each of them walks a unique path that will feature a great deal of challenges and discovery. I won’t give away any more than that because if you are thinking of playing this game, you should do so without having any idea of what to expect as I did. That’s one of the reasons I was so blown away when I did play it.
The graphics, voice acting, and overall sound are top-notch. Because Detroit: Become Human has such polish, it is easy to be drawn into the game from the start. It is a pleasure to look at, listen to, and interact with. Each location seems to have been created with love and care. There were times that I felt like I was playing a really good science fiction movie, not a video game. The only criticism I have regarding the game was that the controls sometimes felt a bit off. But that took nothing away from the enjoyment of the game.
Some critics of Detroit: Become Human felt that some of the human issues in the game should have been explored with greater depth. There was also criticism involving the portrayal of some of the characters as if the critics want something to be there that isn’t meant to be. This is a game looking to tell a specific story involving three main characters. If the player goes in without expectations of what he/she thinks should happen and just experiences the game, then there is much to be enjoyed. The content that is there will give you much to ponder and reflect on.
Hands down, this is the best interactive adventure I’ve ever played. Thinking back to how games in this genre used to be when I was growing up to how a game such as Detroit: Become Human exists today is amazing. It also shows that gaming has come a long way. Major props for what Quantum Dream has accomplished and I’ll have to check out their other titles down the road. And yes, I highly recommend this game.
Detroit: Become Human
Released: May 2018 (PS4), December 2019 (PC)