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Detroit: Become Human is the PS4 Exclusive I Absolutely Want to Know More About

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During the Sony E3 2016 press conference we got our first look at what Quantic Dream has been building with Detroit: Become Human, and I honestly have to say it’s probably the exclusive I’m looking forward to the most. Granted, I’m pretty excited about most of what Sony’s first party studios are working on.

When Heavy Rain came out–you’ve probably heard me tell this story before if you’re a regular reader here–I had no intention of playing the game. It looked interesting, but at the time it just wasn’t something I thought I’d be interested in. I ended up picking up the game for my Mom’s birthday the year it came out and hoped it would be something she might be interested in playing.

After a few days of the package sitting on the shelf starting me in the face, unopened, my curiosity piqued, and I popped it into my PS3. The game ended up being one hell of an experience and a very different one at that. I eagerly awaited Quantic Dream’s next game after that, Beyond: Two Souls, but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. As most critics pointed out, the story was pretty disjointed, but Ellen Page was the game’s saving grace.

Detroit: Become Human looks like a return to form for Quantic Dream. The first gameplay trailer shows off an incredible amount of different scenes that can take place based on the choices the player makes, and if you watch the PlayStation Livecast interview, there’s no clear-cut scenarios.

The game also takes place in Detroit; Michigan is my home-state, so that makes the game even more enticing, but that’s obviously not a super important detail.

What is important is that Quantic Dream seems to be returning back to their craft with a focus on the human element and story choices that really matter. No character is safe. Your choices are final and if all goes well, we’ll have a mysterious and captivating narrative to boot. Quantic Dream, I’m waiting for you to tell me more.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in May 2019

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May

May offers no respite from the big, bold games that have released so far in 2019, bringing with it a host of games almost certain to appeal to gamers of every stripe.

Close to the Sun

Release Date: May 2, 2019
Platforms: PC, consoles later in the year

May’s first major release may also be its most intriguing. Close to the Sun has regularly attracted comparisons to BioShock for its art style and premise, though the relationship between the two titles is, at best, spiritual.

Players take the role of journalist Rose Archer as she steps aboard Nikola Tesla’s ship, the Helios in 1897. Like Andrew Ryan before him (or after him, depending on perspective), Tesla has created a microcosm in which scientific freedom is unrestricted, with disastrous outcomes. Rose’s first impression is of a quarantine sign at the entrance to a still, dead ship, but she presses on regardless in search of her lost sister.

With Close to the Sun, developer Storm in a Teacup aims to provide an intense horror experience. The Helios holds none of BioShock’s shotguns or Plasmids. Instead, players have no means to defend themselves, with gameplay focusing on hiding from and escaping the threats on board.

Check out OnlySP’s final review of the game here.

RAGE 2

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

For anyone to whom the slow, meditative approach does not appeal, Bethesda is busting out the big guns with the long-awaited, little-expected sequel, RAGE 2.

This time around, id Software has tapped Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios for assistance in developing an open-world game. The result, if the trailers are any indication, is a breakneck, neon-fuelled experience that focuses on insanity and ramps up all the unique aspects of the earlier game.

One focal point of development has been ensuring the interconnectedness of the game’s structure, and the teams have promised a greater focus on narrative this time around. Perhaps in keeping with that, RAGE 2 is being distanced from its predecessor, taking place 30 years later with a new protagonist and a whole new story, though some callbacks will be present.

Although id’s legendary first-person gunplay is a driving force throughout the game, it will be supplemented by some light RPG elements, robust vehicular combat, and post launch challenges and support (though the developers deny that RAGE 2 is designed with a games-as-a-service model in mind).

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Out on the same day as RAGE 2 is the vastly different A Plague Tale: Innocence. A historical adventure, the game challenges players with overcoming obstacles with brains rather than brawn.

Players become Amicia, an orphan girl struggling to survive in a plague-infested medieval France while also keeping her younger brother safe. With the landscape rife with rats and members of The Inquisition, one of the core tenets of gameplay is reportedly the need to use these threats against each other. As such, though Amicia has a sling to use, the gameplay is designed more as survival puzzles than combat ones.

Developer Asobo Studio is not a household name, though it has a lengthy history of adaptations and support on major titles, including Quantum Break and The Crew 2. Furthermore, even though A Plague Tale is yet to release, publisher Focus Home Interactive has displayed remarkable confidence in the project by extending its partnership with Asobo.

Honourable Mentions

Although RAGE 2 is the incontestable action-blockbuster of the month, gamers in search of another kind of frenetic may want to wait until May 21, when Curve Digital drops American Fugitive, which has a more than passing resemblance to the earliest Grand Theft Auto games. Alternatively, PlayStation VR owners may want to look into Blood and Truth come May 28.

Sega also shines this month, dropping Team Sonic Racing on May 21 and Total War: Three Kingdoms two days later.

Anyone looking for an RPG has indie’s answer to The Outer Worlds, Within the Cosmos, to look out for on May 30, while those looking for slower stories get the latest episode of Life is Strange 2 on May 9, Observation on May 21, and the fjord-noir Draugen at a yet unspecified date.

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