Redo, remaster, reinvent. Gone are the days when a game breathed new life was a rarity. Such treatment was once reserved for all-time greats, but now it seems like any title is in contention. At least with Destroy all humans! 2 – ReprovedBlack Forest Games and THQ Nordic have gone for something a little different.
That’s right, everyone’s favorite cheeky alien with an itchy finger, Crypto, is back. It is indeed a remake of the 2006 original that comes with several improvements. However, let’s start at the beginning for those unfamiliar with this tongue-in-cheek series.
Destroy all humans! 2 – Reprobed follows Crypto as he seeks revenge on the KGB for blowing up his mothership (and that’s just the tip of the wacky iceberg). “Are the Russians the bad guys?”, I hear you ask. Yes, some things never change.
Set in the 60s, this globetrotting adventure takes place in five different locations and, ironically, you team up with multiple humans, rather than just out to destroy them all. Each setting, like Bay City or Albion, is an exaggerated parody of its real-life counterpart.
You’ll meet characters such as the spy Ponsonby who is quite clearly inspired by Austin Powers (and voiced by Anthony Head). Others like Sascha Soysorski, a KGB agent based in the Far East, are even more on the nose. Small details like hearing NPCs in the streets of Albion proclaim “It’s all Labour’s fault!” never fails to bring a smile. Cointelegraph is also not afraid to break the fourth wall from time to time, which is done sparingly. Frankly, it’s all completely ridiculous, but for the most part the humor still holds up all these years later.
It’s that sometimes cheeky, often outrageous element of comedy that gives Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobated its avant-garde style. It’s a spooky homage to spy movies that’s pretty hard not to love. However, a mission involving gender reassignment surgery has not made it into this edition of the game from the original, despite a disclaimer at the start warning of potentially controversial humor.
The central part of Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed is the main story mode. Each location is an open world that is significantly expanded from the original. Your map will show where the main missions are, as well as the side missions “Old Job” and “Cult of Arkvoodle”. There are also plenty of collectibles scattered around, such as music tracks, game artwork, and more.
There’s a decent amount of side missions to play, and if you’re aiming to complete them all, each area will take you two to three hours to clear. However, the missions lack variety. In fact, Destroy all humans! 2 – Reprobed is self-aware and refers to this specific point, but then makes little effort to rectify it.
Aside from whizzing around with your jetpack and shooting things, much of the gameplay focuses on body ripping off humans as you hope to blend in, as well as using the “Cortex Scan” ability. ” to read minds and glean information about the whereabouts of someone or something essential to your mission. Despite many other abilities to rely on, such as brain mining and forcing people to follow you blindly, Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed relies too often on the former. At one point, no less than four consecutive missions began with trying to find something, or someone, by scanning humans for clues.
This makes the missions feel repetitive, but sometimes one appears that feels unique and is much better for it (getting to throw KGB agents into gongs is an example). The dialogue exchanges and ridiculous story do a lot of work and aim to keep you invested in the game. on your progress. At least not usually.
Crypto has a varied arsenal of weapons at his disposal, and these make the shooter a lot of fun. Whether you choose the Dislocator, which bounces enemies off the street, the Anal Probe that speaks for itself, or the old-school Disintegrator Beam; destroying humans has never been so much fun. That’s only half the story, however, as Crypto can also call in his saucer from multiple landing pads to perform proper destruction.
Your spaceship is needed in big battles, so it’s a good thing that it comes equipped with its own set of awesome abilities and weapons, allowing you to jump at any time. It’s possible to go for the stealthy approach and slip away undetected, or go into full alien invasion mode using your death ray, sonic boom, and other destructive weapons.
Your offensive arsenal and certain abilities can be upgraded from your saucer by completing missions with optional objectives. This allows you to earn Furon Cells to spend on upgrades. You can also unlock different skins to decorate your ship and costumes for Crypto to add some flair to your alien antics.
Crypto’s Saucer acts as a hub because it’s where you can also replay missions and change some features, such as enabling “big head mode”. However, given the repetitive nature of the missions, I’m not convinced there’s enough here to warrant substantial replayability.
The most obvious improvement over the original is the quality of Destroy All Humans! 2 – Looks re-proposed. It’s graphically far superior, and pretty but not entirely without its issues. Rendering sometimes lags, especially during in-game dialogue exchanges. At one point, as I was flying high with my jetpack, the streetlights on the horizon seemed to light up one by one as the game loaded the details. The frame rate also struggles at times, especially when there’s a lot going on at once and while screens are loading.
During a mission, I also noticed an NPC who looked like he was literally climbing a stairway to heaven while suspended in mid-air. From time to time, these little glitches would reveal themselves.
In better news, there’s story co-op play on offer here, along with a few other local competitive modes. These are Duel mode and PK Tennis, which are a fun but brief distraction from the main story mode.
On the surface, Destroy all humans! 2 – Reprobed ticks all the right boxes for a remake. However, there are some ways the game feels dated for 2022. Its core DNA remains largely unchanged despite some elements that have been updated, and sometimes it shows.
By today’s standards, the open world feels pretty empty, and the simplicity and repetitive nature of the missions shows that this is a game originally released many years ago. However, despite these issues, Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed is undeniably still fun to play. And sometimes that’s enough.
Destroy all humans! 2 – Reprobed is bold, brash and explosive but still works in a world that has changed significantly, even though the game remains fundamentally the same as before.
Destroy all humans! 2 – Reprobed is on the Xbox Store
Redo, remaster, reinvent. Gone are the days when a game breathed new life was a rarity. Such treatment was once reserved for all-time greats, but now it seems like any title is in contention. At least with Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed, Black Forest Games and THQ Nordic went for something a little different. That’s right, everyone’s favorite cheeky alien with an itchy finger, Crypto, is back. It is indeed a remake of the 2006 original that comes with several improvements. However, let’s start at the beginning for those who don’t know…
Destroy all humans! 2 – Impugned revision
Destroy all humans! 2 – Impugned revision
- Outrageous sense of humor
- Impressive range of weapons
- Looks great
- Still fun to play
- Dated and repetitive gameplay
- Minor performance issues
- Many thanks for the free copy of the game, go to – THQ Nordic
- Formats – Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed version – Xbox Series X
- Release date – August 30, 2022
- Introductory price from – £34.99