Destroy All Humans! (2020) – Review
Nothing screams old-school science fiction than a good ol’ alien invasion story. Like, imagine this: it’s a lovely day here in old Roswell but you’re an alien who brings in an arsenal of weapons to bring the demise of the human race. Sounds pleasant, no?
It may have been 12 years since the last installment of the Destroy All Humans came out and with THQ Nordic remastering another cult classic, how does this new edition hold up after all this time?
As we have seen in the remastering of both SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom and Saints Row: The Third, it makes usage of the power of the current consoles by making a whole lot of graphical improvements. The game looks more vibrant and looks as though they have improved on the models substantially.
And the original voice actors of the main cast returns to reprise their roles which makes the remake more authentic to the 2005 original. Even some new voice lines were recorded to make the game fresher and adds more towards the presentation.
As for the world-building, Destroy All Humans really encapsulate the 60’s American feel which we used to see in popular media, with some fun pokes at the height of the Cold War and of course, alien sightings.
One thing that I fondly remember of the original game back on the PS2 was, of course, the ability to literally destroy objects and buildings without any issue and it’s fair to say that its sandbox is of course quite intact. In fact, all the new graphics enhancement makes the destruction more fun to do.
But it does falter in the missions as it’s split between areas and loading screens instead of an open-world feel like in the 2nd game, making the game quite flow breaking if you’re playing it in long periods.
Something that’s also brought over from the original is its old mechanics and design of “Destroy This, Tail That” which makes the game quite repetitive in the long run. Its upgrades within the Mothership does feel quite bland too.
For a game about destruction and harvesting humans’ brains, it does contain a good main story that could carry the whole experience but alas, the repetition of the mission structure could make some new fans quite turn off over the game.
As someone who had played the first games from back when they were under a different THQ, it’s was quite of a nostalgic trip to replay the game where the controls and system are still familiar to me. And I quite enjoy my time within the world of Aliens and Men in Black once again. I kind of expected some more improvement were made on the gameplay loop but oh well, it’s a solid remastering anyway.
Destroy All Human is one of those games where if you can just turn off your brain and enjoy some mindless destroying of building and the lawman. THQ and Black Forest Games have done quite a commendable job to make this cult classic playable for the new generation to enjoy.
Reviewed on base PS4. Review copy purchased by the reviewer