Attention inhabitants of Planet Earth! Destroy All Humans! launches this week as part of ID@Xbox Summer Spotlight Series! Before you hop into your flying saucer, I think it’s important to acknowledge the 15 years that have passed since the game’s original release on Xbox. What better way to do that than to answer the simple question: What is Destroy All Humans!?
To start, it’s a buddy comedy between the alien Crypto-137 and his superior Orthopox-13, aka: Pox! Pox is the level-headed strategist who has sent his hatchet-man Crypto down to a semi-fictional 1950s America on a very important mission – to undermine American society and take down its government. Pox’s often fruitless attempts to keep the refreshingly unapologetic Crypto from leveling entire cities just long enough to gather some human intel make Destroy All Humans! one of the funniest games ever written.
Destroy All Humans! is also an action adventure featuring the quintessential alien arsenal! Flying Saucer? Check. Jet-Pack? Check. Psychokinetic Powers? Check. Abducto Beam? Check. Teslatastic Electricity? Check. Anal Probe? Check and mate. While weaponry will feel familiar to previous fans of the franchise, the team at Black Forest Games has delivered more freedom in the remake. Players can now send bolts of lightning through a bunch of puny humans while simultaneously bombarding others with a radioactive cow via psychokinesis; all while flying above their heads in an improved jetpack…very satisfying!
Finally, Destroy All Humans! is about the details, starting with franchise nostalgia! When we saw players remembering certain Destroy All Humans 2! features as available in the original Destroy All Humans!, we chose to integrate them in the remake. This, in addition to making changes to improve the overall experience. This is very apparent in the new Psychokinesis-system, which allows you to carry objects – humans, explosives or whatever else you want to throw – around with you without limiting your ability to shoot or use your jetpack. A diabolical alien’s multi-tasking dream come true!
Destroy All Humans! also delivers more NPC variety, more VFX and a far richer game world, thanks to its rebuild in Unreal Engine 4. We even packed in the Lost Mission of Area 42 – a brand new mission based on unused voice files and notes unearthed in the game’s archives. So, strap on your Jet-Pack and grab your Anal Probe! Those silly humans aren’t going to destroy themselves!
Destroy All Humans!