- ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Destroy All Humans Description
Reviews By B. Erickson : Date June 29, 2005
“Destroy All Humans” is not exactly the deepest, most challenging, most thought-provoking game you’ll play all year, unless you’re about 5 and you’ve given up on “Monsters Inc.” But if you’re a “Teen” or above who’s just looking for some brainless and effortless pick-up-and-play fun, Cryptosporidium-137 is your extraterrestrial.
(By the way, that green “blood” is for all you teens out there, as in “T” rating, so that you understand that it’s just a game and you don’t go to school the next day and try to anally extract your school chum’s brains. Cuz if it was red, there goes the neighborhood. But as long as heads explode in a GREEN mass of goo in the game, no problem kids. And that’s great, but I kind of wish they’d gone the whole 9, taken the “M” rating, and made this game as gruesome as it should’ve been, since it’s already pretty marginal. When you’ve got freshly extracted brains bouncing around in the cornfields, they might as well be dripping with RED blood…lol.)
The graphics in DAH are decent as far as they go – especially the lovely ambient sunlight and rolling cloud effects – but they don’t quite go all the way. You get the feeling that this title, like so many, was rushed into production. Much has already been said about the pop-in issue, and indeed, it’s truly out of control. Bushes will grow out of the ground at distances of less than 10 virtual feet in front of Crypto, as if his alien presence favorably influences Earth vegetation. It won’t necessarily interfere with gameplay since your weapons and psychic abilities have a limited range anyway, but it’s pretty annoying and distracting.
The environments are fairly good-looking if you don’t get too close. Certainly they do a nice job of suggesting the archetypal sunny pop-culture idea of the 50′s – it’s all very “Pleasantville.” Some scenes on the farm almost look like Hidden Valley Ranch labels…lol. The people likewise look great from a distance, but up close they’re as blocky and crudely mapped as anything in the GTAs. It’s especially obvious in the cutscenes, in which you see how much they’ve relied on shading to suggest depth – some of the women appear to have 5 o’clock shadows.
Reviews By Acetone : Date July 1, 2005
Destroy all humans! is one of the most innovative games of the year, with a unique perspective and destructible environments you will be addicted in no time.
DAH! is set in the 1950s and revolves around the accidental destruction of a Furon scout ship by the US Army, this accident sparks an invasion force…of 2 Furons, Orthopox and Cryptosporidum-137.
You Play as Cryptosporidium-137, sent to earth to investigate the disappearance of your previous clone Cryptosporidium-136. Your leader is Orthopox (voiced by Richard Horvitz, the voice of Invader Zim from the cartoon series Invader Zim), he provides you with missions, weapons and upgrades as well as funny conversations and Intel.
Cryptosporidum has access to a variety of weapons, the most entertaining being the disintegration gun which turns humans into gray ash skeletons that blow away in the wind.
Reviews By Lisa Shea : Date August 20, 2005
Destroy All Humans is a great adventure game with you as the grey-skinned, big-eyed alien out to destroy / conquer human-kind. The humor is great!
The basic concept is a campy spoof on all 50s alien movies. You are wandering around a traditional 50s landscape with drive-ins, town centers, and town fairs. You have a variety of cool alien powers that assist you in your take-over attempts, flying your saucer around from spot to spot.
This game is marked for teens, and that’s true both from a “violence” standpoint and a simple enjoyment standpoint. Many of the in-jokes are going to go right over the heads of younger players, who will only understand the game as a simple shooter. For example, reading the minds of the various townsfolk will have adults laughing for hours, while younger kids will be going “Huh?”
On the violence side, the “blood” is green, but it’s still pretty nasty. You are ripping brains and spinal cords out of creatures, blowing things up, and being generally destructive. There are a number of references to sexual acts, since many in the 50s felt that aliens were only out to rape females and to perform “unnatural” acts on males. This definitely is a game geared towards older teens and adults.
It’s really funny to see all of the old stereotypes – about aliens and cows, aliens and politicians, etc. – played out in real time. The graphics are rather good in supporting these scenarios, and the sounds fit in as well. But the real fun is in the plot and dialogue.
Yes, the basic game is rather short – it’s not going to last you months like the FF or GTA series. On the other hand, this game isn’t meant to be epic.