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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:

  • Nothing