Review – Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans! originally came out in 2005 and was hilarious. Running wild through the streets taking out civilians, government agents, and the military was a blast.
Destroy All Humans! – newly remastered – is now available and in 2020 it feels like a breath of fresh air. We’ve been under pandemic restrictions here for a month, month and a half, and I needed a break just like this.
As Cryptosporidium-137, a tough-talking alien clone who’s a mix between Jack Nicholson and Dirty Harry, I’ve roamed the mid-sized open world levels blasting civilians, scientists, buildings…you name it, I’ve blasted or probed it – sometimes both, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
The main missions are fun, but it’s the side quests – optional in nature – that add some replay value. You’ll want to nail those down to get all your upgrades for your ship, weapons, and abilities.
This isn’t a great game, but it never really set out to be. It just wants to be a fun game you can turn your brain off for, and it’s a huge success at that. It’s a B-level game that apes B-movies and I love it to death for that still, 15 years later.
That said, some of the jokes fall pretty flat these days. There’s nothing that’s overtly offensive, but it was a product of its times and times have changed a lot even before the pandemic hit.
Though they didn’t touch any of the content, every other aspect of the game was polished to a shine in this remaster. The graphics are the equal of that ‘this is what it looked like back then’ vision I had of the game with my nostalgia goggles on, which is really saying something. Going back and looking at old footage and comparing the two is kind of jarring – it not only looks better now, but it also runs a lot better as well.
Destroy All Humans!, as I said before, isn’t a great game, but – if B-movies can transfer to the gaming world – it might be the best B-game ever made and remastered.
What I Loved:
- Stellar upgrade – this is a top-notch remaster
- Tons of upgrades
- Fun weapons
- Fun everything!
What I Liked:
- Some really funny stuff here
- Never had side quest mission variety like this before…
What I Disliked:
- Some jokes that don’t land 15 years later
- I wound up wishing it was longer
What I Hated: