Players’ Choice May 2018 Winner: Detroit: Become Human

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Players’ Choice May 2018 Winner: Detroit: Become Human

Quantic Dream's ambitious branching story voted May's best new game by PlayStation.Blog readers

Congratulations, Quantic Dream! Their newest — and easily biggest, most ambitious — foray into interactive storytelling swept away the competition in May’s Players’ Choice poll. PixelJunk Monsters 2 and Wizard of Legend took the number 2 and 3 spots, respectively, but Detroit’s victory was a decisive one.

Have you played Detroit: Become Human yet? Without spoiling anything, who was your favorite character, either playable or not?

As always, thank you for casting your vote in May’s poll. Let us know how you think June will shake out!


What a month! Not only did we finally get our hands on Quantic Dream’s insanely ambitious Detroit: Become Human, but unique new experiences like Moonlighter, Laser League and Gorogoa have made bold debuts on PS4 over the past few weeks. We also finally got a sequel to PS3’s beloved PixelJunk Monsters, and 8-bit tribute Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon set the stage for Koji Igarashi’s upcoming Ritual of the Night.

Of course, only one game can be called the best, but far be it from us to make that call. The power to decide May’s best game lies in your hands. What will you choose? Don’t dawdle — polls close Sunday night.

How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify (Editor’s note: Sorry, Dark Souls). Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.

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  • infamousgodV2_0

    Detroit: Become Human hands down.

    • Justin Massongill

      I just finished it last night — what a ride.

    • PixelJunk Monsters 2 is a long awaited sequel to PixelJunk Monsters on PS3, PSP, then ported to other systems, including PS Vita, as PixelJunk Ultimate.

      Now this new game is a favorite, though style is different my dear Tikiman is a 3D render of beauty, and all the monsters as well. Brand new maps and revamped everything. This is a fun game to play with up to 4 friends. You don’t have to be good at RTS Tower Defense games to enoy it, you can learn to be better by playing with friends!

      PixelJunk Monsters 2 is my pick for May 2018
      An example of a sequel done right.

    • Detroit is a great game!
      ..and the first PixelJunk Monsters was awesome, it is a shame that the sequel got that season pass rubbish :l

    • Wow. This game has, from what I heard, 40 alternate endings. You finished all 40 endings? Insane! But wow impressive!

    • Best game in may I played it 3 times love the graphics and the choices

  • Engaging storytelling and gameplay make this a must have game to add to your library especially if you enjoyed their previous games

  • Detroit, obviously!

  • I haven’t played this game but I’ve been watching a lot of it and I love the story telling and everything about it.

  • Detroit all the way! I dont own it so yeah.

  • carnivorus_sand

    Dark souls remastered takes an amazing game and improves it. Clear winner.

    • Justin Massongill

      Dark Souls Remastered isn’t eligible this month as it’s a remaster of an existing game (though we do make exceptions for ground-up rebuilds and remakes on the level of, say, Crash N-Sane Trilogy). DSR was mistakenly included in the voting options at first, but it didn’t garner enough votes to put it in competition for first place before we removed it from the list.

    • It’s a remaster, not a new game…… and dark souls is terrible. ;)

  • I have not played any of the games on the list but the winnet is Detroit

  • Detroit: Become Human is perhaps the biggest surprise of the year so far in that it defied expectations for a Quantic Dream game, and even though Heavy Rain is just that memorable of a game just for the premise of the story alone, Detroit executes everything else better than Heavy Rain that objectively makes it Quantic Dream’s best game yet. There’s actual choice in this game that it’s not just entirely survival based like Heavy Rain was, the many different paths, the acting is better, and it actually feels more like a film than ever while still remembering it’s a game with beautiful little moments that shocked me was gameplay, as well as beautiful critical moments in the story. But the thing I loved most Quantic Dream innovated on from previous games is the grand scale world building you’d read about in the magazines that envision their take on our future, and not to mention the dynamic main menu alone. Plus I shouldn’t have to talk about how much I loved Connor and Hank’s relationship. One of the best games of the year so far.

  • Wizard of Legend is the best game I played in May. It’s absolutely phenomenal.

  • Since few of us have played EVERY SINGLE TITLE on this list, it’s really a measure of how effective the marketing budget is for each title, isn’t it?

    I could see Dark Souls pulling off an upset, but the big-name title this month is obviously Detroit. The one that intrigues me the most is Yoku, as it seems somewhat unique. There are at least a couple I hadn’t heard of before now.

    • I just noticed – while the narrative text explicitly calls out Dark Souls Remastered as ineligible, it’s right there on the list.

    • Justin Massongill

      Drat. We had DSR in there while prepping the post, but then we remembered it wouldn’t be eligible due to the remaster clause. I deleted it before publish, but it looks like it didn’t stick in the poll settings. Just tried again, but I did check the votes first to make sure it wasn’t neck-and-neck for first place or anything (it wasn’t).

  • Ehhh…this is an incredibly weighted list. I’d much rather see some categories, as I find it incredibly difficult to put something like PixelJunk Monsters 2 against a release like Detroit: Become Human.

    I’ve loved Detroit: Become Human, finished a play-through and am currently going through other scenarios, but my vote went to PixelJunk Monsters 2 for delivering an incredibly high-value experience. An improvement over the original, which was already such a phenomenal game, with tons of content and personality.

    Maybe we can divide these up in months that have strong AAA releases?

    • High praise for PixelJunk Monsters 2

    • Justin Massongill

      It’s a tough one, for sure. Since we’re doing these every month we don’t want to go too crazy and turn it into something complicated — we save all the specific categories and what not for Game of the Year in December, and we do Editor’s Choice every three months to call out our personal faves (hopefully calling out some deserving titles that might have gotten overlooked).

      Agreed on PJM2 though; since I just wrapped up Detroit I’m going to be playing that tonight, and if the demo is any indication it’ll probably be a strong contender for me too.

  • Detroit is without a doubt my favorite game for 2018, not just May. It exceeded my expectations in every possible way. The voice acting and graphics are the best I have experienced from any game. The story is deep, and offers hundreds of micro-decisions that have an impact on the way the game unfolds, along with major decisions that change the game completely. The characters felt genuine through the entire story, and encouraged me to relate to their individual issues and experiences. I absolutely love this game, and am very hopeful for future DLC to continue the story.

  • Detroit is amazing, but I just prefer playing in VR by such a huge margin that it’s Killing Floor: Incursion for me.

  • I’d have to go with Detroit: Become Human.

  • So what will the game wins if it is voted as a game of the month? Discount for that game?

  • Wizard of Legend is legendary

  • PixelJunk Monsters 2

  • Bloodstained Curse of the Moon!!!!
    I am loving this Castlevania esq game.
    Can’t wait for ritual!

  • Did I moss the poll? I’m not seeing it here in the post.

  • Hey, as long-time gamer I have to give my vote at Laser League. It’s really good. I haven’t had this much fun playing a game that’s so simple in concept yet could take many years/practice to master since Rocket League. Just a brilliant competitive team and class-based game. Awesome use of the Unreal Engine. Love the clashing retrowave 80’s A E S T H E T I C S in the graphics. Turn on Spotify and play some darkwave or synthwave playlists with it. It’s perfect. Gameplay wise, it’s smooth and addicting too. The game takes parts of Tron, Snake, and other similar games, and adds intuitive features and simple controls to make it unique. It’s literally the left analog stick and the RB/R1 button. I’m hoping the developers add cross-platform play and competitive ranks down the line, but the user base has to build up more in order to do so. It’s still early, but think about how Rocket League was 3 years ago and compare that game to now. So yeah, just wanted to show some love to Laser League and spread the word. Super underrated and has a lot of greate-sport, streaming, and team-play potential going forward. Check it out.

  • Detroit: Become Human is my pick. Kara’s storyline hits hard for me personally. Tears dropped a few times.

  • PixelJunk Monsters 2 is a long awaited sequel to PixelJunk Monsters on PS3, PSP, then ported to other systems, including PS Vita, as PixelJunk Ultimate.

    Now this new game is a favorite, though style is different my dear Tikiman is a 3D render of beauty, and all the monsters as well. Brand new maps and revamped everything. This is a fun game to play with up to 4 friends. You don’t have to be good at RTS Tower Defense games to enjoy it, you can learn to be better by playing with friends!

    PixelJunk Monsters 2 is my pick for May 2018
    An example of a sequel done right.

    • PJM2. I absolutely loved the first one. I think it was terrible job marketing.Cause I didn’t even know it was coming out?!? I read blog daily and was a fan of original.
      Hope it does well I got encore edition.

  • MaryJoeArmstrong

    Your choices matter, like FOR REAL, for the very first time. THIS is a choice-driven game. I’m in love,

  • Describing this game as amazing would be an understatement. It’s clear that the developers, directors and actors gave 100% during the production of this game. Such an emotional and inspiring journey, with great dialogue and a story that is impacted by player choice. Outstanding. 10/10 for me.

  • Where’s the poll?

    Detroit:Become Human is my vote hands down!

  • I pre-ordered Detroit and still at the beginning of the game. I refused to read comments or watch anything about so I could go into it totally blind this time. I can’t wait to get thru it, but I’m taking my time lol. This was an easy vote for me. Detroit all the way.

  • Detroit : Become Human has been fantastic. Gotta go for that. One of the most unique games on the system !

  • angel_tatoo_666

    Detroit and is not even close.

  • Detroit: Become Human is a masterpiece of interactive storytelling…

  • Old Man Journey.

    Don’t think I would play Detroit anytime soon.

  • Detroit Become Human, without a doubt. Gorgeous game, great story, real choices that actually matter, immersive gameplay, and cool extras. Definitely spend some time with Chloe in the menu

  • Bloodstained is absolutely amazing. If you like castlevania 3, you have to play this…

  • Detroit: Become Human, for sure. I’ve played through it three times since I first started it. Been down multiple paths and seen so much, and there is still a lot I haven’t seen. It’s made me laugh, cry, and been one hell of an emotional roller coaster. I’ve gotten very attached to several characters, and come to absolutely loathe others.

    I’m about to start my fourth run of the game, looking to explore more unopened paths, and I’m not sure I’m ready for what D:BH might throw at me next!

    Also, it has Connor and Hank. :)

  • Detroit: Become Human no contest for me. Amazing game and soundtrack to boot.

  • DETROIT ALL THE WAY!!!!

  • I’m from Detroit so lol, yeah it’s going to win game of the year easy ;)

  • Moonlighter it’s my choise. Love the aesthetic and gameplay.

  • Detroit: Become Human is the best

  • To The Top and Along Together

  • Detroit: Become Human

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