Do you like B-Movies? Enjoy games like Saints Row? Have a high tolerance for dated graphics? Then this is the game for you.
Destroy All Humans! is a wacky game by Pandemic Studios which was first released 11 years ago for Playstation 2 and Xbox. The game follows an alien named Crypto on his mission to, you guessed it, destroy humanity. And.. that is it. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
The gameplay is pretty good and holds up well. With the right stealth to balls to the wall ratio, it doesn’t flatline and is very fun. You have powerful abilities such as hypnosis and PsychoKinesis. You can upgrade your weapons and abilities by harvesting brains from the people you kill.
While the gameplay is mostly linear, you do get side missions and can go nuts in areas after you complete the main story mission there.
I don’t usually mention voice acting in reviews, but man this game has some great vocal performances. Yes, the graphics have not aged well, I’ll get to that, the cast clearly had a lot of fun voicing these characters. Even the side characters really ham it up, which adds to the B-Movie atmosphere. The banter between Crypto and Pox has to be my favourite part of the game. Well, besides burning down buildings from a flying saucer.
I’ve mentioned this twice, but man these graphics are ugly! I know it is an old game, I’m trying to cut it some slack but I just can’t. It isn’t too bad while you are playing it, but the cutscenes really do highlight the terrible effects. At the end of some missions, you talk to Pox and both characters appear on the screen. Only their mouths move! They just stand there, unblinking while they spout their lines. It really creeps me out.
At the end of some missions, you talk to Pox and both characters appear on the screen. Only their mouths move! They just stand there, unblinking while they spout their lines. It really creeps me out.
Overall, this is a fun simple game and I had a good time playing it. However, I can’t bring myself to call it gold. I can’t recommend Destroy All Humans! unless this is the kind of thing you are into. It is priced at £15.99 on PS4 which, if I am totally honest, it isn’t worth. PsychoNauts came out the same year, and not only has it aged a bit better but is only £8.99 on PS4.
Don’t think I am being too harsh on this game, after all, it has three sequels, so clearly it did well. The same cannot be said for Pandemic Studios, though. You will be missed.