I thought I knew what I was getting into as I downloaded the demo for Detroit: Become Human. I was wrong.
To be fair, I wasn’t completely wrong. The story played out more or less how I expected it to as I have watched every trailer for this game. What interested me was the gameplay.
You play as Connor, an android sent to negotiate with another android that has taken a young girl named Emma hostage.
In the promotional material, they really hit home that choices matter, but it isn’t until you start playing you realise how every single thing you pick or ignore impacts what choices you make and their outcomes.
For instance, In my first playthrough, I didn’t go into Emma’s room, so I didn’t get to start the negotiation by greeting Daniel, the other android, by his name or use certain bits of info.
You get to investigate scenes of interest by scanning areas to recreate what happened, allowing access to more information. You even get given choices to either obey or disobey your programming.
For what is a relatively short demo, it is an emotional ride. At least it did for me, I am admittedly a softie.
As someone who has been following Detroit: Become Human for the past two years, I was thrilled to get the chance to finally play a snippet of the game. I was not disappointed.
I will admit, I fear that Quantic Dream might have overplayed their hand in terms of the trailers. Like I said at the beginning, I knew most of the story before I even hit play. I’m worried that they might have shown us a bit too much.
Had it not been for my lack of funds, I would have already preordered Detroit: Become Human. Contradictory to what I just said, the more I see of this game, the more desperate I am to play it. While the demo has sated my hunger for a bit, it won’t hold me over for long.
I would encourage every PS4 player to download the demo and give Detroit: Become Human a go. Even if it is just to kill time or see what all the fuss is about.
Is it the 25th yet?