Playing through the 2020 version of ‘Destroy All Humans!’ remastered by Black Forest Games and published by THQ Nordic. A graphical overhaul of the 2005 open-world action-adventure, Destroy All Humans! brings in all-new graphics but leaves the mission structure and humour alone.
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: