Remake of the 2005 Black Forest Games Destroy all humans! launches a warning to players to launch into their campaign for the first time. The overall experience, he says, has been refreshing but the content, the story, the words and the images, remain the same and can be shocking to the modern human brain. It’s an honest acknowledgment of some rather crude humor from the early years that is aged badly in many ways – stuff that can be found as quite offensive in this day and age – but it’s also a warning that is equally applicable to the gameplay here, which really hasn’t been the test of time very well.
Destroy All Humans sees players take on the role of Crypto, a rather vicious little alien who sounds suspiciously like Jack Nicholson, as he arrives on Earth to gather Furon’s DNA and investigate the location of his predecessor, a clone that has disappeared while undertaking much of the same mission. Where this game excels is in its environment; in his depiction of a fictional 1950s America that’s all about white supremacists, secret military, 51-esque area structures and a brainwashed paranoid public who fear the red threat and put their trust in officers. of totally corrupt government. He puts up his B-movie stable, gives you a nice selection of weapons, tricks, and ridiculous traps with which to go about your alien goals but then, rather unfortunately, does little with his promised premise.
Bringing our minds back to the first time we played Destroy All Humans about sixteen years or so ago, it really seemed like a much bigger, more complex, and full of opportunity affair than when we revisited it in this fantastic reissue. The six areas of the open world in which the twenty-three short field missions take place are much smaller than we remember; simple little arenas that are widely reused throughout the game and do little to reinforce highly repetitive core combat and stealth mechanics. You can get your hands on a bunch of alien technology and gadgets from the first moment, with an electric zap gun, disintegrating ray, ion detonator, dislocator and oh-so-fun anal probe that lets you exploit six human enemies in ways by Sunday or pulling their brains out of their butts, but then the missions insist with disappointment to have them repeat the same simplistic ad-nauseum activities. There isn’t enough inventiveness in terms of objectives, not enough challenge or intelligent level design to allow you to fully utilize your inventory or explore the possibilities of making all the way to OTT sci-fi chaos on humans. dumb around you.
Most of your time will instead be spent repeatedly disguising yourself as a human by holding down a ‘holobob’ button, sneaking into one base or another, reaching for a large yellow waypoint on a map and then revealing your true self to waste. legions of enemy AI completely silent. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a bit of fun to be had in eliminating your enemies here, especially when you upgrade a part of your technology so you can chain electrodes or throw more green goo skulls in one go. again, it’s just that it’s all so very repetitive and simplistic. It is certainly chaotic in one GTA sort of way when everything starts even well, that silly, silly guy that comes when you have a five star rating and the army and cops are in line, but here the action isn’t supported by Rockstar Levels of complex storytelling or intelligent mission structure.
Bringing it to the sky in Crypto’s flying saucer makes dropping things a bit tricky and razing entire buildings disintegrating tanks, turrets, flick cars and trucks full of troops with this naughty kid is certainly cathartic. However, outside of play areas to participate in races or destroyed-a-thons, you don’t get nearly enough screen time in the main missions of the story. Combat, especially on normal or below difficulty, is also disappointingly easy for the most part, enemies always make a direct line towards you and require little more than using the Crypto jetpack to jump to the nearest roof for you can maneuver them. Missions also have a habit of pulling you to safety automatically once you complete your final goal, so whatever strategy you launch towards the end of a scenario is easily escaped when the game fades to black and saves you. from the heavily armored goons that had just hit you.
There are some points of difficulty here and there, too, a few enormously frustrating sections that see you defend your targets against the tedious waves of enemies while a timer counts, or drop a nuclear bomb through hostile territory where you will die and die back until you get the timing down right. It’s just an old-fashioned game at the end, stuff that didn’t hold up very well and isn’t helped by the fact that the biggest differentiating factor between this remake and the original is its immense graphic revision. rather than any significant mechanical cuts.
In fact, beyond the new bright graphics, simplified controls, some new weapons and crossing upgrades, and a level out before returning to the fight, this new version of Destroy All Humans is however the same. game that you will be playing in 2005, something that hurts this Switch port more than the other versions that here you will not even get the full benefit of those fantastic new visuals.
On Nintendo’s platform, things have been massively represented in this regard, with some very muddy and pop-in textures replacing the sleek, ultra-detailed restructuring you’ll find on other platforms. Of course this is to wait for Switch now. It still looks better than the original and the framerate rarely waves because of these visual sacrifices but in the end, what stops you from choosing to play this version is a rather subdued graphic update of a title that, from a perspective of game, it is still very much a product of a bygone age.
Destroying all humans is not it bad game by any means. It has its own unique style and certainly carries the promise of giving players the opportunity to decimate a hell of a lot of innocent people but, by the year 2021, what’s here feels more like an old hat. Add to that the fact that the Switch port doesn’t really benefit from all the beautiful bells and whistles seen in other versions of this remake, and you get a game that will no doubt appeal to fans forever, but will leave it to beginners. who don’t feel surprised.
Destroy All Humans returns in a remake that refreshes the visuals of the original, modernizes its controls and adds a few new weapons and up-to-date upgrades to the proceedings, all while failing to make significant changes to the core game instead. ancient of the game. What’s here is always silly fun, for sure – decimating silly men with Crypto’s high-tech alien gadgets and unstoppable flying saucer can also provide a chaotic catharsis – but there’s no denying that one that shows its age mechanically and beginners in the series can very well be left feeling a little underwhelmed.