"How far will you go to be free?" The tagline for the neo-noir thriller (and the most anticipated video game release of the year) Detroit: Become Human suggests that oppression has befallen the city which has been reimagined as a dystopian titan of manufacturing. Not of automobiles, though, because that's so 1950, but of androids — think Bladerunner 2049 meets Robocop (the 2014 remake) meets that hot guy from Grey's Anatomy (because yeah, he's in it).
Though the game was announced in 2015 and teased in 2016, months of speculation and anticipation has finally come to an end as Detroit: Become Human was released today and god damn people have a lot to say.
some heavy choices in Detroit: Become Human pic.twitter.com/UpTz0LzQwQ— 𝖒𝖆𝖑𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖈𝖙𝖚𝖒 (@foulveins) May 25, 2018
However, not everyone is amused. Mashable's Jess
In a review from Polygon, Allegra Frank addresses the lack of acknowledgment of race in the game's elaborate, allegorical storyline:
"The main character’s blackness in the story is never addressed like it doesn’t matter. It should: African-Americans have a long history of experiencing exactly the kinds of discrimination that’s so important to Detroit. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an inspiration for the androids’ demonstration. And this game is Detroit, Michigan, of all places — a city where race and class figure into so much of its politics. It has a history, but you will be hard-pressed to find it."
Meanwhile, Peter Brown of Gamespot found the "social disparity between humans and androids" a cliche reference to the Civil Rights Movement and balked at being able to choose MLK's "we have a dream" when asked to choose a protest slogan for the android rebellion:
"Androids are forced into the back of buses, segregated from some public areas and private establishments, and made to use the stairs instead of escalators… for some reason. These references are distracting, and at no point does it feel justified to lift from the history of actual people who've suffered—and continue to suffer—in the real world."
I just saw a gamespot reviewer get mad at #DetroitBecomeHuman for using historical references of oppressed people.— The Bad Hombre (@charlemange93) May 24, 2018
Also she said using civil rights slogans was annoying? The hell? pic.twitter.com/RL4GGB2u3r
I'm dodging Twitter because I still need to see Star Wars and I hate spoilers, but I've been dark playing Detroit: Become Human and I just wanna report in and tell you all about the perfect angel robot man that is Connor. He's like a bootleg Eddie Redmayne with awful voice acting pic.twitter.com/jSPcj7FWLc— Jake Baldino (@JakeBaldino) May 25, 2018
The fact that Detroit Become Human was able to recreate the city down to St. John’s church on Woodward is incredible. Along with the fist and spirit of Detroit statues near Hart Plaza. Video games are cool, man.— Tommy B (@TommyBTheGinger) May 25, 2018
The only thing that will make me like detroit become human, is if literally the end of the game is the actual city of detroit standing up and becoming a giant human— Mofufufu Man (@The_M0thman) May 25, 2018
behind the scenes of David Cage's Detroit: Become Human pic.twitter.com/SyJXxlReBT— Wow, Bob Mackey! (@bobservo) May 22, 2018
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