One of the most underrated choice-based morality games – and best games in history overall – is Detroit Become Human.
Offering a multi-choice narrative that requires players to answer hard questions that pertain to morality, and exploring difficult, real-world themes like transhumanism, artificial intelligence, slavery, and what it really means to be a human, Detroit Become Human is quite literally a narrative magnum opus that’s like nothing the world of gaming has ever experienced before.
If you’re a fan of this neo-noir, action-adventure thriller game and you’re looking for something similar to add to your playlist, read on for 15 titles that are great alternatives to Detroit Become Human.
Detroit Become Human Game Features
|Release Date:||25 May 2018|
|Publisher:||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|Platforms:|| PlayStation 4|
| Game Modes:||Single-player|
1. Until Dawn
If you’re a fan of horror, then you’ll love Until Dawn. A PS4 exclusive, this game was inspired by the psychological thriller and horror cult-classic Friday the 13th; however, if you reside in a region were PS Now, the PlayStation stream service is available, you may be able to play it on your PC.
Until Dawn features all the hallmarks that you’d expect from a slasher-themed horror flick: a group of unsuspecting teens who accidentally find themselves in the midst of a deserted location. To their horror, the teens discover that they’re being stalked by an ominous entity, and one by one, this entity takes them out.
Throughout the progression of Until Dawn, you’ll make decisions, and the decisions that you make will determine who will live and who will die. The story unravels several mysteries and you’ll get the sense that there is a traitor amongst the group.
At the risk of giving you an spoliers, we’ll stop the description there; however, if you enjoy Detroit Become Human and you enjoy horror and psychological thrillers, then Until Dawn is definitely a game that you should check out.
2. Life is Strange
If impactful branching choices that alter the outcome of a story, the very features that made Detroit Become Human so popular, then it’s pretty much guaranteed that Life is Strange will be your cup of tea.
There’s a twist; however: in this game, you have the power to rewind time, and doing so will impact the past, the present, and the future. As such, the story choices you make in Life is Strange will have a significant impact on the direction and outcome of the game.
You’ll play as the protagonist, Max Caulfield, a photographer who discovers that she has the ability to alter time. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, Max also discovers that the can use her powers to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a classmate and friend.
The story takes place in Arcadia Bay, a small town and Max’s hometown, which is a lot different than what she remembers it once was.
Life is Strange has a great, action-packed, engaging storyline, requires lots of challenging decisions, and features a cast of interesting characters.
3. Life is Strange 2
Since Life is Strange is one of our top recommendations for games like Detroit Become Human, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its sequel would get a spot on the list.
The gameplay of Life is Strange 2 is similar to its prequel in that the decisions you make will impact the overall plot and outcome of the game; however, in the follow-up game, you’ll meet new characters.
Fans of Life is Strange will enjoy yet another super-emotive story that will really make you connect with and feel for the characters and their predicaments.
Spoiler alert: if you played the first Life is Strange, you’re well aware that the game’s ending pulled at the heart strings, and the same is true for the ending of the sequel.
4. The Walking Dead
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and even if you don’t watch it yourself), you’re familiar with the massively popular TV series, The Walking Dead.
This post-apocalyptic zombie show, which follows the stories of the survivors, has amassed a cult following. The video game version is similar to the TV series in that it features a highly interactive storyline.
The characters featured in the game, however, aren’t the same as the characters in the show; rather, the game is more similar to the comic books.
The Walking Dead is an episodic video game series with a total of five episodes. While there isn’t any real gameplay – instead, you make decisions after watching short films when a prompt appears on the screen – it’s still an engaging, interactive, and exciting game.
The decisions that you make will impact the rest of the characters; they’ll determine who lives, who dies, and even personality changes in certain characters. Another cool feature of this series is that the decisions that are made in one episode are saved and will affect the next episode.
5. Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain was made by the Quantic Dream, the same developers who made Detroit Become Human, so it isn’t surprising that it would be similar to the game; however, Heavy Rain was made prior to the Detroit Become Human.
As such, we found that some of the interactive elements in the game don’t feel quite as polished. This makes sense, as Quantic Dream was still experimenting and getting a feel for the genre; however, Heavy Rain’s characters and story are very well crafted.
Gameplay is comprised of quick time events (QTEs), as well as player choice prompts, which progress the game’s plot. Heavy Rain’s visuals aren’t very modern looking, either, as the game was released in 2010, a lifetime ago in the world of video game development.
You’ll play as a detective who is investigating and trying to find the Origami Killer, a serial killer that only kills when it rains (hence the reason for the game), and who leaves origami figures on his victims as calling cards (hence the name of the serial killer).
If you’re a fan of story-driven games, then you’ll love the premise, the action, and the dialogue in Heavy Rain.
6. Little Hope
The second title released in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Little Hope is yet another great alternative to Detroit Become Human.
Little Hope’s gameplay is quite similar to the first title in the anthology, but you’ll be introduced to new characters and new problems.
The fate of the characters is directly impacted by the decisions that you make; just like in Detroit Become Human. This game is centered on witches, which adds a layer of spookiness and further excitement to the game.
7. The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is based on the comic book series called the Fables, and it’s another title that was made by Telltale games. Released in 2013, the art style of the Wolf Among Us is comic-book themes, which enhances the appeal and interest, and makes it different from other story-driven games.
The cast of characters in the Wolf Among Us includes characters from childhood novels and stories that you’re sure to be familiar with.
Your mission is to investigate and determine why these characters are being killed. You’ll play as Bigby Wolf, and you’ll need to make decisions throughout the game that will impact how events will occur.
Not only do the decisions that you make affect the outcome of the game, but when you make those decisions will also have a direct impact on the outcome.
While the other games that have been featured on this list of Detroit Become Human alternatives feature human characters, Botanicula doesn’t. Rather than humans, different varieties of flora star as the cast of characters in this game!
It’s this element that really makes Botanicula stand apart from the crowd – as does the fact that the characters don’t speak, so there’s no dialogue, which is unique to this game.
You’ll play as five different botanical creatures, and your mission is to save their home – a tree – from parasites that are threatening to invade it. Each of the five characters has its own unique ability that allows it to deal with its adversaries.
As you advance through the game, you’ll solve puzzles and search for clues. You will also find out how the characters can save their beloved home from the invaders.
9. The Inpatient
Exclusive to PS4 and the only game on this list that requires a VR headset to play, The Inpatient is a psychological thriller and the prequel to Until Dawn (the first game featured on our list of Detroit Become Human alternatives), as it’s set 60 years before the game. Because it’s a VR game, gameplay is in first-person perspective.
In Until Dawn, you play as a spectator who is watching from the outside; however, in The Inpatient, you’re right in the middle of all the action and experience the storyline as if it were happening to you.
You’ll play as an patient who has amnesia and is being held at the Blackwood Sanitorium. As you slowly start to lose your sanity, your mission is to regain your memories.
10. LA Noire
Playing the good cop is probably one of the reasons why you like Detroit Become Human, as that’s pretty much what Connor is, as the character’s job is to hunt down Bladerunner and other rogue Androids.
That said, if you are looking for a game that offers a more in-depth, complex detective expeirence with lots of mysteries to solve, then you should definitely check out LA Noire.
In this game, you’ll play as Cole Phelps, an inspector with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Your mission is to track down crimes in post-war Los Angeles in the 1950s, a period known as the Golden Age.
What really makes LA Noire different than other games is that it incorporates the revolutionary MotionScan technology, which caught the actors facial expressions, allowing you to assess the emotions of the characters just by looking at their faces to determine whether or not they’re lying.
11. Hidden Agenda
Made by the creators of Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive Games, Hidden Agenda’s gameplay is similar to these two titles – and to Detroit Become Human. A psychological thriller, Hidden Agenda is sure to deliver jump scares throughout the game.
In Hidden Agenda, you’ll play as the protagonist, Detective Becky Marney, and as Felicity Graves, a district attorney.
The pair seek to locate the serial killer that has been dubbed The Trapper. You’ll need to make a lot of decisions, and the decisions you make will have a direct impact on the story; therefore, the game has multiple endings.
That said, however, there’s only one ending that will lead you to the true killer, so it may take you a couple of times to play the game through before you get it right.
12. A Plague Tale: Innocence
One of the best medieval games available, A Plague Tale: Innocence is a fantastic story-driven game. While it doesn’t feature any swords, shields, or magic, the experience is super-interactive and engaging, which makes the gameplay and the storyline absolutely incredible.
While isn’t a choice-driven game like Detroit Become Human, so there aren’t a bunch of playthroughts with branching paths; nevertheless, it’s still a fantastic game that will keep you on your toes and make you want to keep playing to find out what happens next.
In A Plague Tale: Innocence, you’ll play as the main character, Amicia, a young girl who is attempting to keep Hugo, her younger brother, safe.
The siblings are living during one of the darkest times in history – the Dark Plague, which occurred between 1346 and 1352 and claimed the lives of millions of Europeans.
The brother and sister duo are located in France, and the only thing that they have left in the entire world is one another.
Amicia and Hugo are young, helpless, and afraid. They have to protect themselves from the plague to avoid getting sick, which involves steering clear of hordes of rats. As if that wasn’t hard enough for young children, they must also hide from the Inquisition knights who are hunting for any plague survivors that may be carrying disease.
The dangers that the two are forced to face are very overwhelming, and wit and caution are all that they have to defend themselves; for instance, there are small things that they can do in order to complete their journey, such as deciding when to explore or hide, throwing items, and using fire to keep rats at bay.
The mechanics of the gameplay, which are quite light in comparison to Detroit Become Human; however, overall, A Plague Tale: Innocence’s gameplay is very cinematic and interactive. As you progress through the game, you’ll encounter several situations and you’ll need to make decisions.
The decisions you make will either save the young siblings and other children they encounter along the way, or will kill everyone. The game has just one ending, but the struggle that the characters endure and the horrors that they experience make it a memorable game.
13. The Forgotten City
A time-loop game that features four different endings and complicated choice mechanics, The Forgotten City is another excellent alternative to Detroit Become Human.
The game is centered on exploring a world in order to obtain clues so that you can solve a mystery. It also involves repeating a loop in order to reach the final goal as many times as you need to.
The game is set in a cursed city in Rome. The Roman gods established a rule: all people who commit a sin must pay with his or her life.
As such, unlike other games on this list, don’t expect violence to get you very far; rather, you will have to depend on dialogue with other characters, decisions, wit, and clues in order to solve a murder that has doomed the city.
In order to solve the murder that has doomed the city, you need to exploit a time loop and explore a wide cast of characters and locations.
As you make your way through the game, you will have to make very difficult moral choices that pertain to faith, justice, ethics, and sin. The decisions that you make are important, as they will impact the fate of the city.
In regard to gameplay, you’ll be able to explore an open-world Romany city, which is really cool. The setting features architecture, music, and costumes that are historically accurate, which makes the game more lifelike.
It’s a non-linear story and the majority of the non-player characters (NPCs) are interactive. Additionally, the game features sandbox elements, and you can resolve issues in a variety of ways, such as with bribery, charm, wit, reason, violence, intimidation, or by traveling through the time loop.
14. Death Stranding
Next up on our list of alternatives to Detroit Become Human is a game that comes from the creator of the Metal Gear Series, Hideo Kojima. He wanted to create an original title and possibly a new genre, and Death Stranding was what he came up with.
Kajima describes it as a “pseudo-science” game; however, we would describe it as an interactive story-driven game that takes place in an open-world setting. The action sequences are minor, so it isn’t as action-packed as other titles that have been included on this list.
Death Stranding takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The event that took place that led to the disaster is called the “Death Stranding”, which connected the land of the living with the land of the dead.
This cataclysmic event resulted in three things: 1) rain that sped up time whenever it fell; 2) souls attempting to trap the living and take them to the beyond; 3) explosions of antimatter that happen whenever human souls are consumed.
In this game, you’ll play as the lead character, Sam Porter Bridges. Sam is a delivery man who is taking part in the attempt to build a nation-wide supply chain network that will hopefully prevent the extinction of humanity.
You’ll walk and drive as you build roads and deliver packages, and along the way, you’ll explore the world around you. All that you do in this game impacts other players in the co-op, as well as NPCs.
It’s important to note that the loop is lengthy and takes a lot of time to get through, as it involves lots of walking simulator parts.
Overall, Death Stranding is a frightening story-drive game that involves exploring and interacting with others who survived a truly scary apocalyptic event. It’s a great alternative to Detroit Become Human.
15. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
Rounding out our list of games that are like Detroit Become Human is Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, which (clearly) is a part of the Mass Effect series.
While all of the Mass Effect games are third-person RPG shooter games, the series has a heavy focus on mechanics that are driven by the decisions that you’ll make along the way, as well as your interactions with NPCs.
Furthermore, the game examines the same topic that Detroit Become Human explores: the possibility of consciousness in artificial beings and what that means for humanity.
The Legendary Edition of the Mass Effect series is a remastered version, done by Bioware. This remastered version includes three games, as well as a lot of DLCs.
The storyline follows the main character and protagonist, Commander Shephard. Shephard is a human soldier who directs a squad of humans and aliens against the threat of ancient artificial intelligence. Saving the galaxy from yet another cycle of AI that’s attempting to eliminate all sentient life is the group’s goal.
The Legendary Edition features three gameplay loops. Firstly, the third person shoots, and you try to find and upgrade weapons, enhance your skills, and level up your character, your fire, and your powers.
You’ll also explore and interact on the many hubs in the world. This is where you can explore the details of the plot, the lore of the story, and much more through numerous voice lines. Finally, there’s the choice mechanics, as you’ll need to make a lot of tough decisions throughout the game.
If you’re a fan of Detroit Become Human and you finished the game but you’re looking for other titles that are similar in gameplay, theme, etc., then the 15 alternative titles that are included on this list are all great choices to consider.
These games are interactive, engaging, and offer wonderfully interactive plot that will be sure to spark your curiosity and your keep you entertained. From horror to plague, and from mysteries to love-inspired themes, you’re sure to find something that will pique your interests on this list.