15 Games To Play If You Loved Detroit: Become Human
The gameplay of a title might be the deciding factor as to whether a game is enjoyable or not, but it’s the story that makes us all remember the game for generations to come. After all, it’s easier to remember the sadness we felt when a character dies or the shock we get upon a new plot twist. For example, Detroit: Become Human is a masterful game in this regard.
It’s a story and narrative-driven game through and through. At the moment there’s really nothing quite identical to it in experience apart from the other games its developers have made. Still, if you’re aching for some similar games that scratch both your sci-fi itch and craving for an excellent story. Here are the best games that compare well with Detroit: Become Human.
Updated November 29th, 2020 by Meg Pelliccio: One of the other great elements of Detroit: Become Human is that you can play the game more than once and have utterly different playthroughs and different endings, all depending on the choices you make. It also means you can play the game at the exact same time as your friend, but you could both experience very different plots.
If you enjoy games that feature branching storylines or varying experiences based on player choice, there are definitely a few other titles out there that are worth playing. Check out our recommendations of games you might like if you loved Detroit: Become Human.
15 FAHRENHEIT: INDIGO PROPHECY REMASTERED
First off in this list is an old rough gem back from 2005. Fahrenheit, also known as Indigo Prophecy is a game that was ahead of its time for something released nearly 15 years ago. Thankfully, it has a remaster in the form of Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered for multiple platforms.
It’s a roleplaying game (RPG) that is story and dialog heavy and also features branching decision paths and detective work. It also lets you take control of the narrative using four playable characters. While the graphics are old and dated, its replayability is on par (perhaps even better) than that of Detroit: Become Human.
14 THE DARK PICTURES: MAN OF MEDAN
Man of Medan is the first of many titles set to release as part of The Dark Picture anthology. Much like Detroit: Become Human, it has the player controlling multiple characters, with gameplay switching between the characters periodically.
The choices you make will change the course of that character’s storyline, and you can even cause their death if you’re not careful. The other awesome thing about this title is that you can do co-op, assigning characters between yourself and your friend, and passing the controller over when it is each other’s turn.
13 THE LAST OF US
If you’re all about the emotions (or possibly even the psychological distress) that video game stories can bring you, then look no further than The Last of Us. To this day, not many video games can match the dramatic presentation of this post-apocalypse survival game. That’s already a commendable achievement considering the game came out in 2013.
Do give The Last of Us a try even if it’s only for the story alone. You might find that it can even surpass the writing and impact of Detroit, even if there are fewer choices. Also, if you enjoy it, there’s also the sequel to add even more emotional drama to your life.
12 THE DARK PICTURES: LITTLE HOPE
Little Hope is the second title to release for The Dark Pictures Anthology, with the third installment titled House of Ashes due in 2021. The gameplay is very similar to the first title, so once again you have a band of characters at your disposal.
Their fate lies in your hands, or more importantly, the choices you make on their behalf will decide their fates. While the last game was all about a ghost ship, Little Hope chooses to increase the spookiness by making it all about witches.
11 LIFE IS STRANGE
If impactful and branching story choices are what made you love in Detroit, then you’re pretty much guaranteed to like Life is Strange. It comes with a twist though, in Life is Strange the players are allowed to rewind time to affect the past, present, and future, meaning the story choices you can make in this game are staggering.
Well, it’s not actually the players who have that ability but Max Caulfield, a photography senior who found out that she can use her powers to investigate a mysterious disappearance of a classmate. Eventually, this opens Max up to a whole new facade of their town, Arcadia Bay. Oh, and since it deals in linear time travel, Max manages to mess up the future.
10 TELL ME WHY
Tell Me Why is made by Dontnod Entertainment, the same studio that brought you the Life is Strange series. The gameplay of this new title is similar to its predecessor, but the consequences of any decisions made by you are not as impactful as in Life is Strange, though they do change the storyline a bit.
One thing Tell Me Why has in spades is emotional storytelling, and similar to Detroit: Become Human, you’ll find yourself becoming emotionally invested in the characters in the game.
9 TELLTALE GAMES’ GAMES
When it comes to Telltale Games (The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Tales From The Borderlands, Batman: The Telltale Series, Game of Thrones), the storyline unfolding is the real gameplay. Most of them are interactive stories whose outcomes you can affect depending on the actions you choose for your characters.
As for the Telltale Game closest to Detroit, we recommend either The Wolf Among Us or Batman. The former involves a jaded and weathered detective who frequently interacts with janky modern takes on fairy tale creatures, while the latter is, well, it’s Batman in a narrative video game.
8 LIFE IS STRANGE 2
For fans of Life is Strange, and for anyone looking for similar gameplay, it should come as no surprise that its sequel is a perfect choice. Life is Strange 2 introduced new characters for players to follow, with player-made choices continuing to impact the overall plot.
Additionally, Life is Strange 2 gifts fans with yet another stunningly emotive story that has you really feeling for the characters and their situation. Fair warning, much like the first Life is Strange, this sequel is sure to punch you in the heart a little.
7 L.A. NOIRE
So you like playing the good cop? Detroit lets you do that with Connor (sort of) as he’s tasked with manhunting rogue Androids like a Bladerunner. Still, if you want a more intricate detective experience with interrogation and lots of paper trails (or blood trails), then L.A. Noire might address your gameplay needs better.
It lets you play as LAPD inspector Cole Phelps as he tracks down crime after crime in the Golden Age of post-war Los Angeles circa 1950s. What makes L.A. Noire stand out from other games is the fact that you can analyze the emotions on the faces of characters to detect if they’re lying. This was all thanks to the groundbreaking MotionScan technology, which captured the nuances and muscles of facial expressions for the actors.
6 DEUS EX GAMES
In all respects, the Deus Ex games, particularly the two most recent ones, are more fleshed-out story-driven games. They’re also accompanied by stellar gameplay that even lets you choose whether you want to go stealthy or lethal. That means you can finish the whole game without killing anyone, which might be important to the narrative depending on the player.
As for the story, you’ll find no shortage of intrigue and conspiracies in Deus Ex. The whole premise of the game revolves around the abuse of cybernetics and other cyberpunk tropes. For that matter, it can be darker and more serious than Detroit: Become Human since society’s troubles are the game’s meat and dessert.
5 HIDDEN AGENDA
Hidden Agenda was made by Supermassive Games, the creators of Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology. The gameplay is in the same vein, offering up a psychological thriller game that is sure to make you jump a few times.
The game follows Detective Becky Marney and district attorney Felicity Graves as they seek to find the serial killer known as The Trapper. The decisions you make will shape the plot as it unfolds, resulting in the game having multiple endings. However, only one ending leads to the true killer, so it might take you a few playthroughs to get it right.
4 STATE OF MIND
Here’s another hidden gem for gamers who can’t get enough of Detroit’s general atmosphere. State of Mind is a multiplatform action-adventure game released back in 2018, the same year as Detroit, which is why this game probably went by nearly unnoticed. That isn’t to say it’s a subpar game, it’s actually highly-rated, which is always an awesome achievement for an indie game.
State of Mind follows the exploits of journalist Richard Nolan in Berlin during the year 2048. Apparently, the world is on the brink of an artificial apocalypse due to a multitude of issues but machines are the icing on top of that cake. As Nolan, it’s up to you to uncover the chaos behind the curtains in this dystopian future.
3 UNTIL DAWN
Until Dawn is not exactly in the same main video game genre as Detroit: Become Human as it’s a horror game, which also functions as an interactive Friday the 13th-esque film. However, its similarities with Detroit are uncanny and too close. For one, it allows you to choose the course of the characters.
It’s not just with their dialog you get to control them but also their decisions — regardless of how dumb those may be. They’re horror movie characters, after all. Additionally, Until Dawn lets you decide which characters will live or die, similar to Detroit, but they do have more brutal and nightmarish deaths.
2 BEYOND: TWO SOULS
From the same developers as Detroit themselves, Beyond: Two Souls is also a game in the same vein. It’s not as highly rated as Detroit, though, Quantic Dream appears to be in the process of learning and refining interactive drama games back then, specifically in 2013, which was the release date of Beyond: Two Souls.
If you do give it a try, you’ll find some welcome familiarities that are also present with Detroit. Most notable are the big-name voice actors they used for the main characters in Beyond, such as Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page, just as Clancy Brown was present in Detroit.
1 HEAVY RAIN
Way before Beyond: Two Souls solidified Quantic Dream’s interactive drama maker status, there was Heavy Rain. It was released back in 2010 and made quick time events (QTEs) and story-driven gameplays fun again. If you can deal with the outdated visuals and the less refined interactivity of Heavy Rain, do give it a try.
Like Detroit, Heavy Rain is primarily a detective story. It follows the murders of the Origami Killer who continues to elude the police despite their investigation efforts. As it turns out, the fabled murderer only carries out his evil deeds when it pours, hence the title. It’s not Quantic Dream’s first game, but it remains to this day, one of the finest.
NEXT: Heavy Rain: The 11 Best Endings In the Game (And How To Get Them)
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