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Detroit: Become Human
Seven Games You Might Like If You Enjoyed Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Written Monday, January 14, 2019 By Dean Abdou & Richard Walker

Craving more interactive entertainment after finishing Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch on Netflix? Well, we’ve got you covered with seven choice-driven games on consoles that just might tickle your fancy!

Black Mirror’s latest episode ‘Bandersnatch’ recently debuted on Netflix with the twist being that viewers are actually able to control the outcome of the story by making binary choices. For TV fans who don’t really do much gaming, this is a whole new world for them, but for gamers, this is something pretty familiar.

If you’re after more interactive entertainment in a similar vein to Bandersnatch, then perhaps these games might just be what you’re looking for. If you've yet to watch Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix, give it a watch. It's good!

1 - Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

Detroit: Become Human is the latest title by French developer Quantic Dream, set within a dystopian future where androids are fighting for their rights. Detroit truly capitalises on its whole multiple diverging story branches aspect, something that the protagonist of Bandersnatch obsesses over, and this is evident when after each completed episode, players are given a breakdown of where each of their decisions have led them. So if you loved the experience of being presented with multiple paths to go down in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch then you’ll surely love being able to do a similar - albeit more complex - thing in Detroit: Become Human, but with the added bonus that you’ll be playing from the perspective of three different characters, so that’s triple the number of story branches and many more possible outcomes.

2 - Life is Strange (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Life is Strange 2, are all games in which players are given multiple choice options, but in the style of an episodic TV series. As is the theme with this whole feature, each decision you make has a consequence that plays out over the entire story arc, leading players to several different possible endings. For the TV-holics out there, think of Life is Strange as a sort of teen drama akin to Riverdale, but with some supernatural and surreal Twin Peaks-style elements in there! You follow the lives of young teens Chloe and Max or brothers Sean and Daniel in their respective small towns, as each has to deal with and come to terms with all manner of issues, ranging from murder to a deeply flawed stepfather. Trust me, Archie Andrews and his beef with Hiram Lodge is nothing compared to what Chloe Price has to deal with when it comes to angry step dad David.

3 - Until Dawn (PS4)

While slightly more complex and ‘gamey’ than the titles we’ve mentioned on this list so far, Until Dawn shares more in common with the likes of Detroit: Become Human and the Quantic Dream oeuvre. How so? Characters can die, impactful choices must be made quickly, and like Bandersnatch, it can all go very wrong very quickly indeed. Decisions have real heft in Until Dawn and can mean the difference between life and death. If you watched Bandersnatch and attempted certain scenes again and again, you’ll want to do the same in Until Dawn, to see if you can get every one of its characters through to the end unscathed. And if you like Scream, Halloween and slasher flicks of a similar ilk, you’ll love Until Dawn. It’s a horror gem.

4 - Late Shift (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

The closest thing you’ll find to Bandersnatch here, Late Shift is a live-action FMV ‘adventure’ set in London. Playing as a parking attendant on a seemingly normal night, the choices you make soon lead to unexpected twists and turns, and a slightly daft plot surrounding the theft of a tiny antique bowl. Performances might be a bit hammy in places, but Late Shift is an entertaining jaunt guaranteed to appeal to anyone who enjoyed making decisions for Stefan during the interactive Black Mirror episode. If nothing else, some scenes will elicit laughs and it’s certainly a lot more fun than FMV stablemate The Bunker, which ended with the stupidest binary decision ever. Late Shift may be a little on the silly side, but with seven different endings and an array of branches to its storyline, this ought to scratch that Bandersnatch itch.

5 - The Wolf Among Us (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

You could quite easily put all of Telltale’s games on this list, but of all the now-defunct studio’s output, we’d recommend The Wolf Among Us, especially since it will now - possibly forever - be a one-off lightning in a bottle experience. Based upon the Fables graphic novels by Bill Willingham, The Wolf Among Us casts you as Bigby Wolf, overseeing the other fairy tales in Fabletown, who are every bit as flawed and fucked up as the human race. Making decisions as Bigby can steer the narrative in all sorts of directions, leading to violent bar brawls, other altercations, and even bloodshed. Like The Walking Dead, Telltale managed to remain faithful to The Wolf Among Us’ source material, while delivering tough choices that will give you real pause for thought.

6 - Oxenfree (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Now a lot of the games we’ve suggested thus far are ones that are pretty mainstream and can take a good few hours to complete. But if you’re someone who’s into the more niche stuff, but only has a few hours spare then perhaps supernatural, graphic mystery Oxenfree might be more down your alley. This game follows a young teenage girl Alex goes on a trip to a small local island with a group of her friends, but they end up unleashing a paranormal force, which quickly turns a fun getaway into something more nightmarish. Oxenfree uses a walk and talk mechanic in which instead of waiting for cut-scenes to carry out all of your multiple choice options, it happens on the go as you walk around with your pals. You’ll be presented with all sorts of options, and like the previous games on our list, each one leads down different paths to give you one of several multiple endings. It’s got horror, it’s got timey-wimey stuff, and best of all it can be done in one sitting. Check it out!

7 - Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Finally on our list we have Andy Serkis’ Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier. Developed by Serkis’ own studio, Last Frontier takes place in the same universe as the recent Planet of the Apes films, set between the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. You as the player are in control of fourteen humans and apes throughout the game and each of these characters lives are in your hands, as it’s dependent on your decisions who ultimately lives or dies. This is actually very similar to Bandersnatch as there are no puzzles, exploration mechanics or anything very gameplay driven, Last Frontier mostly revolves around you picking one of multiple options that you’re presented with and the story just plays out. It’s between 2 to 3 hours long as well so it’s another perfect little title to complete in one sitting, but much like marmite, this title is one that you’ll either love or hate. You’ve been warned, you damn, dirty ape.




 
 

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Comment #1 by tincann
Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 10:48:29 PM
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Own all but Wolf Among Us & have enjoyed every one of them. But I like lot of obscure titles.

 
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Comment #2 by DarkByke
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 03:39:26 AM
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Bandersnatch looks terrible. Watched the trailer on netflix and it's just weird brit TV.


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US May 25, 2018
Europe May 25, 2018
Japan May 25, 2018

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