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What does it mean to be human? The looks? The emotions? The choices one makes? In this tale set in 2038 Detroit, the player takes control of three different androids and takes them on a journey to discover what becoming human is all about. Each of the protagonists has its own story and consequences that come with choices selected and actions made by the player.

The game opens with Connor, an android sent by the Cyberlife corporation to deal with deviants. Deviants are androids that deviate from their programming and start to become conscious and experience human emotions. Kara is a housekeeper android designed for cleaning, cooking, looking after children and other such tasks. She becomes a deviant in order to protect Alice, the little girl she lives with, from an abusive father. And finally, Markus. Markus was lucky to have lived with a caring master who treated him as a sentient being and taught him a lot. But after things turned south and Markus was shot and tossed into an android scrapyard, he had to crawl out of mud and reassemble himself. This in turn led him to seek refuge and become the key figure in an android revolt. He could try to seek freedom peacefully or go to war with humans.

With Connor tasked to eliminate all deviants, he and Markus start as enemies. But choices he makes may well turn him into something more, or he may choose to stay an obedient machine and care only about the mission. Choices the player makes will not only affect a single scene or specific character, but also the overall opinion of people around the world. The butterfly effect is shown as a tree structure showing players all possible paths and outcomes, but unlocking only those they reached during gameplay. Aside from actions which affected the branching story, being aware of your surroundings, finding out things and noticing objects and their whereabouts will unlock additional dialogue options and possibilities.

As in previous Quantic Dream titles, the camera doesn't constantly follow the player and instead tries to create a cinematic feel by being able to switch between preset cameras on each and every scene. A little freedom in looking around is given, but not much and more often you won't be able to see the exact spot you wish to examine in more detail as even 1st-person perspective is tied to only a handful of areas in each chapter. Each of the game protagonists can be killed, some even early in the game, which removes all future chapters pertaining to the character in question. Points are awarded by unlocking paths in each chapter, which can then be used to unlock bonuses such as a 3D character gallery, making-of artwork, soundtrack, and interview videos. The main menu features an interactive android who will comment on the player's choices and otherwise interact with the player.


Detroit: Become Human PlayStation 4 Looking for a place to stay in an old abandoned amusement park
Detroit: Become Human PlayStation 4 Broadcasting the list of demands
Detroit: Become Human PlayStation 4 Detroit police precinct lobby
Detroit: Become Human PlayStation 4 Connor chose not to kill them... or the player did

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Detroit: Become Human Screenshot
Detroit: Become Human Screenshot
Detroit: Become Human Screenshot
Detroit: Become Human Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "底特律:化身为人" -- Chinese spelling
  • "Detroit: Стать человеком" -- Russian spelling

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Shacknews PlayStation 4 May 24, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Attack of the Fanboy PlayStation 4 May 25, 2018 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamesRadar PlayStation 4 May, 2018 4.5 out of 5 90 PlayStation 4 May 24, 2018 17 out of 20 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 26, 2019 83 out of 100 83 PlayStation 4 May 24, 2018 8 out of 10 80
Way Too Many Games PlayStation 4 Jun 05, 2018 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult PlayStation 4 May 24, 2018 7 out of 10 70
PC Gamer Windows Dec 17, 2019 61 out of 100 61 PlayStation 4 Jun 01, 2018 Unscored Unscored


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  • The Game Awards
    • 2018 – Best Game Direction – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Narrative – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Performance: Bryan Dechart as Connor – Nominated

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