Destroy All Humans! Review

Destroy All Humans! Review

Reviewed on: Xbox One

Reviewed by: John Cano

Have you ever wanted to play a cool alien game, but not from the perspective of a human trying to stop it, well look no further because in this game your sole purpose is to Destroy all Humans!

Destroy all Humans! is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Black Forest Games and published by THQ Nordic. It is a remake of Destroy All Humans! (2005), the reboot/fifth installment in the Destroy All Humans! franchise, and the first entry since Path of the Furon (2008).

Playing Destroy all Humans! was nothing but pure nostalgia since I played it last on the first-gen Xbox. With updated visuals, audio, and smoother controls this game was just so fun to pick up and play once again.

The game centers around Cryptosporidium 137 (“Crypto” for short), an alien who arrives on Earth in 1950’s America to harvest human DNA. Equipped with a vast arsenal of alien weapons such as the Zap-O-Matic and Anal Probe, to defeat enemies. He also posses psychokinetic powers and the ability to disguise himself as humans. Crypto can use his jetpack to quickly navigate the environment. He can also command the flying saucer, which is equipped with a death ray to kill opponents. Players can perform movements such as gliding and dashing, and they can chain actions together such as shooting enemies while levitating them. The game also introduces the Focus Mode, which allows players to lock onto other enemies. Crypto is protected by a shield, which informs players of the direction of hostile attacks. The game features six sandbox locations that can be explored freely. Each location offers unique challenges for players to complete to unlock weapons and player upgrades.

I completed the main story around 5-6 hours, but if your a completionist like me you could easily squeeze 20 plus hours from this game.

Destroy all Humans! in my opinion, was a well-polished game by THQ Nordic, I did find some bugs but nothing that I would call “game-breaking” I did find a small dip in frame rate when things got a little chaotic and some texture loading here and there, and some lag time switching from the different upgrade tabs. Other than that the game is solid.

Everything from the voice acting to the sounds of your weapons and spaceship, it all sounds so clean and crisp and one thing that I always loved about this game is that the voice actor for Pox, is none other than Richard Steven Horvitz the voice actor from Jhonen Vasquez’s Invader Zim series, where he also played Zim and brings the same gusto he used for Zim to Pox. 

Visually the game is just beautiful still sporting its very colorful scenery from the previous game but vamps it up 10 fold. Boasting a high frame rate that easily passed 120 fps as well as improvements to the controls, so if you thought the visuals from the first-gen Xbox were amazing just wait till you see how they look when you play the remake itself.

THQ Nordic’s Destroy All Humans! remake was just astounding, from the beautiful graphics upgrade and the audio improvements, this game just brought back nothing but pure nostalgia. So if you are wanting to try a great game that has some over the top humor, and a hilarious story then look no further than this great gem. The great thing about this is that the remake spans across all platforms so PC, Xbox, and PS4 players can enjoy this great game.

Rating: 9