PS4 exclusive ‘Detroit’ is a flawed depiction of race in America
Detroit: Become Human begins with a warning: “This is not a story, this is our future.” Writer-director David Cage’s follow-up to Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls weaves a tale about robots attempting to transcend their programming. But rather being a thoughtful, philosophical examination of consciousness, Detroit, instead, is a tone-deaf look at race.
In Cage’s fictional future, the golden age of leisure that androids were supposed to unlock for humanity didn’t happen. Instead, it’s 2038, and a third of the US is out of work because robots took over the jobs typically done by blue-collar humans. As a result, pro-human protesters demonstrate in the street and rough up androids as they pass by. Androids have to ride in the back of autonomous buses in cordoned-off sections. No matter the problem, if an android is nearby, it becomes the whipping boy.