Hello everyone and welcome to my platinum review of Detroit Become Human. In this article I will talk about the gameplay, the roadmap, some of the trophies as well as my personal experience playing and completing this game. My goal is to help you decide if you want to play it and go for a platinum trophy yourself.
Keep in mind, this is not a game review but given the nature of this game I will have to talk a little bit about the story, but don’t worry, this video is spoiler free. Another thing to note, this is not a trophy guide, I will not give you detailed information on how to obtain every single trophy. If you need a trophy guide you can find it here.
Now, I firmly believe that the single most important element of any platinum journey is to enjoy the game itself, because if you don’t enjoy the game, you definitely shouldn’t go for the platinum trophy. In this game the story is king and all the gameplay elements revolve around it.
It takes place in Detroit in the near future in 2038, where company called CyberLife that specializes in production of androids that look like humans is located. Those androids are made to be human servants and take care of miscellanies jobs. While it all looks good on the surface, the unemployment rate is tremendous and lots of people are hostile towards androids for taking their jobs. Another issue arrives when some of the androids start to develop what seems to be consciousness and become deviants. Are they alive or is it just a glitch in their software that makes them emulate emotions? What does it even mean to be alive, where do you draw the line? Those are the topics that the game takes a deep dive into.
In the story you control 3 android protagonists and you switch between them every chapter. I found the story really solid and it kept me engaged till the end.
Even the menu is interactive and the most unique I have ever seen in any video game, which help to immerse you into this world.
The biggest part of the gameplay consists of making decisions that can vary from dialog choices that can influence the relationships between characters, to more important choices that can lead to your characters survival or death. By the way, in this game if you accidently kill one of your characters it’s not a fail condition, but just one of the possible outcomes, so unless you use chapter select and overwrite your progress it can be pretty much permanent. That being said, some of the choices can carry over the chapters and you won’t even know the consequences of them until much later, while others are pretty much meaningless.
If you decide to play it on your own the first time around I would advise you to try not to redo your choices, even if you didn’t like the outcome. This way they will feel much more meaningful and it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole game.
Another gameplay element is QTE’s, that are utilized during normal gameplay as well as in occasional action sequence, which by the way I found pretty solid.
Last but not least is solving puzzles and analyzing crime scenes, as one of the 3 protagonists is an android sent to by CyberLife to help police with android deviancy investigation.
One thing to note though, this game makes a lot of use of fixed camera angles, which made control a bit awkward for me at times.
In order to earn the platinum trophy, you will have to finish the game at least 3 times, and even then, you might still need to do some clean-up. And when I say 3 times, I am taking into consideration that you were following a guide from the start, something that I always advice against, so if you do your first playthrough on your own you will likely have to finish the game 4 times.
That being said, the story is awesome and deserves to be played without the guide, as every playthrough will be different from the previous one. Even after finishing this game 5 times at this point, I still find cool things I haven’t seen before. The story itself is not very long and you can finish it in around 6 to 10 hours, depending on your choices and how familiar you are with the game, so the roadmap to platinum will likely take you between 20 and 30 hours.
On your first playthrough you will have to play as pacifist towards humans and not attack them. On the second one you have to be violent in any opportunity and constantly be a jerk as one of the characters, which is honestly pretty funny at times. Your third playthrough is basically a cleanup run – you will be collecting all the others trophies you weren’t able to get in the previous playthroughs. You will have to closely follow a guide so you won’t miss anything.
The difficulty for the platinum is 3 out of 10. Skill wise the game is not hard at all, even someone who never held a controller before should be able to beat it, it all comes down to the patience required for finishing the game multiple times and following a guide along the way.
Now, because going over the trophy list will completely spoil the story unfortunately, I won’t be able to do it in this video, but I will talk a little bit about them in general.
Most of the trophies in the game are story related and missable, but remember, you can always redo a chapter if you messed up by using chapter select, although if you made a wrong choice in earlier chapter and as consequence you missed a trophy down the road you will have to redo this entire section and not just the chapter in question.
Something you can do is select a chapter and play it without saving, this way you can earn the trophy you missed without overwriting you chapter choices or see other outcomes in case you are curious.
Another set of trophies are for getting a specific ending for the game or a character. Depending on your choices, you can get very different endings for either one of them. Also, as I said earlier you can even kill all of them early on. This one I actually struggled with because I felt emotionally connected to my characters and making quote unquote “bad choices” made me uncomfortable, although it was still pretty cool to see all the possible outcomes so I do not regret doing that.
There are collectibles in the game in the form of magazines and you will find them by walking around the world. If you press R2 they will highlight along with the other points of interest. In order to properly collect them you have to swipe right on your touchpad, as there are usually 2 articles in the magazine and they count separately. Also, articles might be different depending on the choices you made and you will need to get all versions of them. Others will be unobtainable on your playthrough depending on where you ended up and for those reasons you won’t be able to collect all of them in one playthrough and you have to keep an eye out for them throughout your journey. Luckily, they save to your profile as soon as you find them and you can always check which ones you are missing in the extra’s menu. As for the content of the articles, reading them was a bit of a hit and miss for me, some of them were pretty cool while others felt like a bit of a filler, but it all comes down to personal preferences.
Now for the verdict. I would say that this platinum is definitely not for everyone, because of the multiple playthroughs requirement and a big amount of missable trophies combined with unskipable cutscenes.
On the other hand, if you like story driven games and don’t mind replaying a game you played before to see another ending – you will like it, as the story is very well written and every playthrough can feel very different. The hardest part for me was having to go for the ending I didn’t like and it made me feel emotionally drained. Regardless I would recommend playing this game on your own at least once, even if you decided that you don’t want to go for the platinum trophy.
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