Cryptosporidium and its alien companions first landed on Earth back in 2005, when THQ and Pandemic Studios created an alternative world to ours with Destroy All Humans!, a sci-fi story filled with foreign spies and alien conflicts. The pandemic did it again in 2006 with Destroy All Humans! 2, bringing the ridiculous alien story into the gaming mainstream during the reign of PS2 and Xbox. With the destruction of all people! 2 Reprobed, the second remake from THQ Nordic and Black Forest Games in the game Destroy All Humans! The series, Crypto and Friends have a chance to bring a boom to a new generation of gamers, but the game does not always meet these expectations.
The game cannot achieve fame due to the limitations imposed on it being an older game, but retains its outrageous satirical humor while looking stunningly gorgeous with updated graphics. This remake seems to be made for those who have already devoted themselves to a short and evil alien clone, but everyone else will see a game with interesting mechanics and a beautiful appearance that does not match the inside and outside of pandemonium.
The plot of the game is simple: ten years after the events of Destroy All Humans! Players gain control of Cryptosporidium 187, who became president of the United States in 1969 and hangs out with hippie gangs in a fictional bay. City. In the midst of celebrating love, the KGB finds and destroys Crypto’s mothership with a nuclear missile. The destruction of the ship brings down the wreckage on the city, and the disguise of Crypto is destroyed, imposing its true form on the unsuspecting population. A mixture of KGB revenge, contempt for people and a desire to ensure the security of their “package” fuels Crypto adventures around the world and beyond. This is not a story that can keep a person in suspense, but it should entertain the players throughout the time.
The limitations of the PS2 and Xbox generations affect Destroy All Humans! +2 Tried more than any other negative aspect of the game. During the heyday of the generation, most would not have noticed the smaller game areas typical of open-world adventure games of the early 2000s, but the size of the maps, limited by what Xbox and PS2 can handle in today’s gaming landscape, is annoying. Destroy all people! 2 Reprobed hides it well at first glance, but the moment players board the Crypto flying saucer, the edges of the map are easy to spot and hard to ignore. This also limits the number of collectibles the game can hide, since stacking soundtracks and artwork around every other building isn’t much fun. The old technology also means that there is no variety of mission types, which are reduced to basic delivery, escort and destruction missions.
Fans of the original Destroy all Humans game! 2 will surely enjoy the updated look of the game. Textures, especially those found on Crypto and various NPCs, use every available trick and every ounce of power that Unreal Engine 4 can muster to present something delightful to the eye. The marks on Crypto’s skin as the camera zooms in on his face, his slowly pulsing holes in his head, and even the curves of his suit are a testament to the work and effort Black Forest Games put in to visually enhance the character. Each level also makes it clear how much the developers have been focused on bringing the game’s visuals up to current-generation specifications, with updated smoke and fire effects that look astronomically better than the 2006 version. NPC faces are an interesting mix of real life and slightly exaggerated cartoon style, which are even visually impressive when players see them for the first time. However, the pleasure begins to fade when every third person has the same face, and becomes even sillier when, after mind control, players turn to a crowd of identical clones. For those who can suspend their distrust, it will be easier to cope with such outdated restrictions of the PS2 and Xbox times.
Players start with a couple of gadgets and weapons to fight Crypto’s enemies, and advancing through the story gives more wacky tools that can be used to make people dance, maim them, blow them up or probe them against their will, and more. After Crypto, these are the stars of the game and the reasons why most players were so fascinated back in 2006, and each of them is capable of causing chaos. Users returning to the game after so many years will enjoy the effects of each weapon and how they look now. Some of the Destroy all the people! weapons will be used much more often than others (for example, the disintegrator beam), but the psychokinesis ability that the player starts with simplifies most of the game by itself.