Have you ever watched a movie and thought, "Wouldn't it be good just to let the bad guys win one?". I have, and this was my main reason for buying this game.
There are games that allow you to play as an alien, all be it, a good alien, or allow you to play as the bad guys as a small snippet of the plot. But "Destroy All Humans" lets you cause havoc and it feels really good to be able to vaporise a few stodgy policemen, or make cows fly through the air at the greatest of ease.
I picked this up, played it, the explanation of what you have to do is well dialogued and the controls are intuitive. The graphics are lovely, the main character, Cryptosperidian is a grey (not green) alien, with an enlarged cranium, and small fragile looking body. Everything that the movies has taught us an alien from another world will look like.
Missions are somewhat linear in nature, they consist of you either flying across the landscape in your flying saucer, destroying all manner of buildings and vehicles, or running along the ground in your little environmental suit, abducting, vaporising, or anal probing unsuspecting citizens. The reward from all the wanting destruction, is DNA, which can then be traded for better weaponry, or new skills that Crypto can learn.
There are a small variety of humans that you will come across in the game:
General citizens, you can read their thoughts, to find clues to the solution of the mission, or just extract their DNA and move on.
Authority figures like the police, military, and FBI agents, they have one thing on their minds, your destruction. Avoid, or vaporise with caution.
There are also, some non-human characters, chickens and cows. In fact, one of the skills Crypto can learn is to make something cause a distraction. I thought that getting humans to do the chicken dance was funny, but seeing a cow do it is bloody hilarious.
My personal thoughts are that younger kids shouldn't play this, there are a few very minor sexual references that may be hard to explain, but teens upwards should be able to play it no worries. My best advice, would be to visit Blockbuster or similar rental shop and try it yourself before letting the kids at it.
I bought this from Play for £30 when it was released, I suspect that you will be able to pick it up cheaper than that now, but the game itself is quite short, and there are no multi-player options so longevity may be an issue. It's great fun for a quick blast.
In summary, first time occurances of some events are extremely funny, like watching a well made comedy. Rent it, you might like it.
Finding an original game these days is very difficult, though Destroy All Humans attempts to create a new gaming experience. You are an alien on a mission to take over the earth in the 1950s.
Destroy All Humans at first tries to be the alien version of the GTA series. You are let free in a large environment to destroy what you like. You can be Crypto (the main character), and either take on missions or general wreak havoc.
The aliens then decide that, to save their race, they should annihilate this planet and take the DNA from the humans.
The control system is good and is easy to master. The game starts off with a tutorial that will introduce you to the basics regardingthe control of your alien. Controls are smooth and responsive. You have the choice of a variety of weapons that can be unlocked during play. Every one of them are very useful to enable you to conquer all the human beings you come across.
With this type of game you would expect there to be a lot of fun destruction, and while true as a whole, on occasions it can become tiresome. Crypto is pretty powerful against his human counterparts. The game takes place in the 1950s, youre set up against poor technology. Crypto has hardly anything to worry about when he challenges the military units with there relatively weak weaponry. Anything that can do damage to you moves too slowly to cause you any problems. To make it even more one-sided in your favour, you are equipped with advanced weaponry that can rip through humans like a knife through butter. With even further upgrades, you take out tanks with one shot or lift them up with telekinesis and throw them into masses of enemies. Even when you do get into trouble during any stage, you just need to disguise yourself as a human and then run away.
You then enter your spacecraft and things get really start getting silly. As long as you keep moving, nothing will get near you. The saucer will outrun missiles, as well as tank shots. Your ship may be pretty fast, and packs a real punch in the weaponry stakes.
The standard death ray will reduce buildings to rubble as well as destroying enemies with ease.
The main challenge comes in the form of stealth missions that toy are asked to do. Unfortunately, the stealth missions are pretty boring and are a bind to play.
Graphically the game is average at best, with the emphasis being mainly on Crypto and his ship. which are both detailed with lots of effects. Everything else is just so so. The humans that walk look like lego people in relation to Cryptos smooth animation. The buildings and general look of the game is also very bland. The effects are good, e.g. shockwaves and death beams.
The main saving grace of this game is the sound direction. Voices are excellent, the best being Crypto, as are the general sound effects throughout the game.
To sum up, I feel that this game could have been so much better.
Average visuals and simplistic gameplay, reduce this game to an also ran title in the Xbox range.
This game is fine for the novelty factor and a quick 5 minute annihilation fest, but you may find yourself getting bored too easily.
Destroy all humans - Is a game I would recommend to anyone! It's a really enjoyable game for people who just wanna have a laugh! I played it constantly when I got it! **WARNING** I advise against this course of action as the novelty wore off very quickly!** But aprt from that I have no bad points about this game!!
The gameplay itself is really good! There are a number of different ways of playing this game! I prefer sticking to stealth and dong it like it tells you too however for those with itchy trigger fingers you can go all guns blazing! I advise anyway not sure of whether this is value for money may I sugges renting out first! It maybe an 'aquired' taste
and so for this reason buying it outwright might not be the best idea.
There's a wide variety of really cool locations to fight at such as the white house! The basic idea is that your put on earth to collect D.N.A from the humans and s such completely oblitering the humans isn't such a good idea as you can destroy the D.N.A so caution is best used here.
Apart from maybe those with itchy trigger fingers this game is ideal for most ages perhap 8+ for the people wary of stuff like certificates.
My son has been eagerly awaiting the release of "Destroy All Humans" for months. However, after scanning various Websites there seemed to be a confusion over the age rating it would receive which varied with ratings including teen, twelve and fifteen. As such I decided to purchase the game as a surprise and if it was completely unsuitable it could always be whacked straight onto ebay.
"Destroy All Humans" has the unique concept of role reversal. Rather than the usual defending the Earth against alien invasion scenario we have an alien clone sent to earth to harvest brain stems in order to ensure it's races survival. Of course if he should have to "Destroy All Humans" along the way then so be it. This is your chance to abduct and destroy anything from humans to cows!
The game clearly has its tongue firmly in cheek and is an obvious homage to the alien invasion B movies of the 1950's. From the rural American farms with Southern drawl farmers to the eerie alien opening music reminiscent of the original "Twilight Zone" it is clear to see were the inspiration for this game comes from.
This is further reflected in our alien "Crypto's" (short for Cryptosperidium) craft, the traditional flying saucer with "death ray". I have to admit to taking great pleasure in destroying everything from farmhouses to government buildings with my "Independence Day" style craft. The controls for this are refreshingly simple with the left pad moving forward and back and the right going left and right. Targeting is also easy with a large central crosshair used before firing your weapon of choice.
Unfortunately, for me this is when the game starts to hit problems. I had visions of a free roaming game in which you could cause havoc among Earth's inhabitants. This however is not the case. The game is mission driven and although there are a variety of settings from farms to fairgrounds the gameplay is surprisingly samey. On landing your craft (which is automated and even this is decided by set "landing points" you have to complete a number of goals. This may include abducting people by hypnotising them and leading them to your craft, using an anal probe to extract their brain stems (although it is funny watching people running around clutching their bottoms). There is also opportunity to destroy "witnesses" including "Men In Black style FBI types and soldiers and for some reason to levitate cows! Although the four weapons involved in doing this are highly enjoyable and original I quickly found myself getting bored with the repetitive and linear nature of these tasks. You can veer off and do other things but in the end you are dragged back to your goals.
The central character "Crypto" is perhaps the thing that extends this game beyond the fifteen minutes occasionally category. Wonderfully mischievous and full of one-liners he makes the game worthwhile. His gadgets and gizmos including a jetpack make navigating the game a joy and fortunately he is controlled easily using a combination of pad and single press buttons even uncoordinated fools such as I could manage it.
Graphics are well rendered and suitably 1950's although irritatingly yet another game manages to make water look like a solid object. All this modern technology and water still looks like grey jelly! I was more impressed by the sound which involved some great in game music and voiceovers for the screaming, fleeing humanity and wisecracking alien alike.
Those who are looking for a challenge may find this game a little on the easy side with only six, admittedly large locations. The later missions in which the army throws its full weight at you and you have fewer places to escape are more difficult. However, even then Cypto is virtually indestructible as he simply runs away and heals himself. He is often outgunned in the latter stages of the game but simple shoots his weapon of choice, legs it then comes back to do it all again. I have found myself finding alternative ways of playing the game such as sneaking around trying to abduct people without being seen. This is a game crying out for a multiplayer or death match mode. Duelling flying saucers, attacking with anal probes, and throwing cows at each other. What a missed opportunity that is.
Nonetheless, this game is good fun. It could have been so much more but it is certainly playable if lacking in longevity. The fifteen age rating seems rather steep to me. There is little if any blood and the violence is certainly cartoonish in nature. As such I was happy to let my twelve-year-old to play this without reservations and to be honest I think it is much better suited to his age than fifteen or older.
Available for £29.99 at Play.com with delivery.
More info can be found at: www.destroyallhumansgame.com/
Destroy All Humans! turns the tables on those pesky humans and lets the aliens do the hunting for a change. Players will take up arms as the Furon 'Cryptosprodium-137' as he carries out a mission to infiltrate Human society, control them like sheep, and harvest their brain stems - with the end result being the destruction of the entire race.