Destroy All Humans! (2020)
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Black Forest Games
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Release Date: PS4, Xbox One, PC: July 28, 2020
Destroy All Humans! is an open world action-adventure game developed by Black Forest Games and published by THQ Nordic. It is a remake of the 2005 game of the same name, and the fifth mainline entry in the Destroy All Humans! franchise.
Before Destroy All Humans! (2020), the last game in the franchise was Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon, which came out in 2009. Following that, in 2012, THQ – the owners of the property – went bankrupt. Many of their properties were sold off afterward, with Destroy All Humans! being purchased by Nordic Games (now known as THQ Nordic).
Following a few statements over the new few years that they were considering how to utilize the property, THQ Nordic announced at E3 in July 2019 that they would be releasing a remake of the first Destroy All Humans! game in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia, to be developed by Black Forest Games. They confirmed that the remake would also include content that was cut from the original game.
In August, THQ Nordic revealed two collector’s editions for the game – the DNA Collector’s Edition for $149.99 and the Crypto-137 Edition for $399.99 – while also confirming that the base game would cost $39.99. In April 2020, THQ Nordic confirmed that the Destroy All Humans! remake would release on July 28 of the year.
Destroy All Humans! is made by a team of roughly 60 people. During the remake’s development, Black Forest Game ensured to stay faithful to the original game. As such, they retained the original release’s dialogue and humour as is, while audio was also brought over from the original game into the remake, with its quality being enhanced instead of dialogue being re-recorded.
Black Forest Games remade the character models for the remake, while cutscenes were also redone with motion capture. Additionally, the remake also includes a mission that was cut out of the original game during its development, called “Lost Mission of Area 42”.
Destroy All Humans! sees players taking on the role of protagonist Cryptosporidium 137 (or Cypto 137), a soldier of the alien Furon Empire that leads the charge on Earth’s invasion. Tasked with extracting Furon DNA from humans’ brains, Crypto wreaks havoc in the United States, while squaring off against citizens, law enforcement, military, and the Majestic agency.
Throughout Crypto 137’s mission on Earth, Destroy All Humans! is played in an open world setting. Crypto’s primary missions are to lead the Furon invasion of Earth, extract as much DNA from humans’ brains as possible, and rescue Crypto 136, who was captured by humans before Crypto 137’s arrival.
The open world is divided up into six districts- the industrial city Union Town; a Southern farm community called Turnipseed Farm; a Nebrasks town called Rockwell; the Washington D.C. parody, Capitol City; the Santa Monica parody, Santa Modesta; and Area 42, a parody of Area 51. Each sandbox location houses various challenges, activities, and missions, and each can be freely explored. The Furon mothership serves as the hub location, where players can travel to and from any of the six locations on Earth. On the ship, in addition to receiving weapons, players can also upgrade their weapons.
All buildings and structures in the open world are destructible, and can be destroyed with Crypto’s weapons and spaceship. As Crypto wreaks more havoc in an area, alert forces become more aware of him, starting with the police, then the military, then finally the Majestic agency. Crypto has a jetpack, which he can use to navigate the environment.
Crypto also has various weapons that he makes use of against humans and animals and to destroy structures and vehicles. These include the Zap-O-Matic (which shocks victims with an electrical charge); the Anal Probe (which enters victims through the rear and uproots their brain); the Disintegrator Ray (which completely disintegrates victims’ flesh and skin, leaving behind just a skeleton), and more.
In combat, Crypto is also equipped with a shield, which tells him about the directions of incoming attacks. Further, the Destroy All Humans! also adds the Focus Mode (which wasn’t in the original game), which allows players to lock on to enemies.
Crypto also has a flying saucer that he can use. On top of being able to fly around environments in the saucer, players can also use various of its weapons. These include firing a ray that can be used to burn people, vehicles, and buildings; using a beam to beam up people and objects and throws them into the air; dropping sonic bombs; and more.
Additionally, Crypto can also use various psychokinetic powers, such as being able to move objects around using his psychokinesis. Crypto can also imitate the appearance of a nearby human and thus be able to go past other humans unnoticed (though more powerful enemies can spot the disguise if they get close to Crypto). Imitating the appearance of another human requires a resource that is gathered by reading the thoughts of humans and animals.
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