Black Forest Games' remake of Destroy All Humans is a worthwhile adventure for fans of the series and those who grew up with Crypto's antics on the PS2 and Xbox. However, you'll need to make peace with its outdated gameplay mechanics alongside tired dialogue and story beats, many of which feature a number of offensive stereotypes.
If the goal was to create a better-looking version of a 15-year-old game, this remake is a success. But whether or not Destroy All Humans is worth revisiting today is a different question altogether.
Blasting through the bright and cheery 1950s world of Destroy All Humans! is a simple but satisfying kind of fun, and there’s a lot to be said for that. Just like the original, this remaster’s comedy is a little hit or miss but its attitude is in full force all the way through thanks to some overpowered alien abilities that let you mow down the puny human resistance like an overlord.
Destroy All Humans! is a rare example of a remake that changes just enough to maintain the essence of the original while improving the overall experience. The gameplay enhancements give this a more modern feel but it maintains the original story and visual style to appease those seeking a nostalgia fix.
Or, to put it another way: Destroy All Humans! is a damn fine B-game from an era when publishers bothered to fund such things. I wish there were more new games taking these bizarre, silly swings at ridiculous ideas with sizable budgets. For now, I guess, remakes from a different time will have to suffice.
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