Title: Destroy All Humans! 2020
Developer: Black Forest Games & Pandemic Studios
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Genre: Action, Adventure
Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Official Site: Destroy All Humans!
Release Date: July 28th, 2020
Version Tested: Xbox One
Nothing affects a gamer more than the nostalgia of an old favorite. With classics like Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Tony Hawk being remade for new audiences, it’s a chance to let a new group of fans explore a franchise. Cult classics, like Destroy All Humans!, get the chance to delight and shock fans new and old. The Destroy All Humans! remaster bring crisp, clear graphics to a story full of dark humor and endless chaos!
The cult-classic Destroy All Humans put players in the galactic shoes of Crypto, an alien on the hunt for DNA:
Terrorize the people of 1950s Earth in the role of the evil alien Crypto-137. Harvest DNA and bring down the US government in the remake of the legendary alien invasion action adventure. Annihilate puny humans using an assortment of alien weaponry and psychic abilities. Reduce their cities to rubble with your flying Saucer!
One giant step on mankind!
Unleash Chaos in Destroy All Humans!
The biggest update to Destroy All Humans! are the graphics, and they look great on modern consoles. Everything pops with crisp, clean color and the retro-inspired elements really shine in this updated game. Speaking of the more creative side, the voice-over performances are hilarious and incredibly well done. It’s really a shame that the gameplay and other aspects didn’t live up to the incredible job done artistically and graphically.
While the story itself is pretty shallow, it does exactly what it needs to. Destroy All Humans! has a ridiculous sense of humor, and it’s almost impossible not to smile. And the voice actors only work to enhance this comical script with excellent, smart performances.
Who doesn’t love a game that allows the player to unleash chaos in suburban settings? One of Destroy All Humans! best elements are the endless ways Crypto can create chaos to complete a mission. From distracting chicken dances to exploding barrels and levitating cows, it’s impossible not to have fun while playing through this game. And because there are so many different ways to make something happen, the replayabaility of missions is quite high, and it’s a blast to go back through and experiment with different weapons and abilities.
My biggest complaint about Destroy All Humans! is it still feels like playing an old game. In doing a remaster, devs are given the opportunity to polish and tweak things in their game, and while I respect the choice to leave it as is, there were some majorly missed opportunities to improve on the original.
While all of the weapon and ability choices are really cool, it can also be super overwhelming. More than once, I had to check my menus to clarify what buttons did what and how exactly I was supposed to use them. Then there are so many options that choosing which ones to upgrade is almost impossible. Not to mention your ship his different weapons and abilities as well. Options are always appreciated, but this could have done with some serious editing.
All in all, fans of the original cult classic will love to levitate cows and collect brainstems within these crisp, new graphics. But new fans, unclouded by nostalgia, will feel how antiquated Destroy All Humans feels in its gameplay and application. That being said, all fans can agree that this outrageous experience is fun to play and explore while creating mass chaos for the puny humans of Earth.
Verdict: Destroy All Humans! is loaded with ridiculous fun and mass chaos. A never-ending list of abilities and weapons makes this an experience the player can truly make their own. A light story and short missions make this other-worldly game super easy to pick up and play. Not to mention the updated graphics look great! However, Destroy All Humans! still feels like you’re playing an old game. With this being a remaster, the devs really missed the opportunity to go back and fix the known issues of the original. While I appreciate their desire to stay true to the source, some huge opportunities to make this great were seriously overlooked.
- Great, colorful graphics
- Easy to pick up and play
- Fun, replayable missions
- Confusing menus and button layouts
- Feels like playing an old game
- Lots of missed opportunities