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Destroy All Humans!

Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Pandemic

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18. 'Destroy All Humans!' (PS2/Xbox)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

Use destructive weapons and innate mental powers to take on the most feared enemy in the galaxy - Mankind! Play as Crypto, an alien warrior sent to Earth to clear the way for the Furon invasion force. Your mission is to infiltrate humanity, control them, harvest their brain stems and ultimately destroy them. You choose the method - infiltration or disintigration!

Alicia Ashby: I went on about this one at length during the preview, but it says a lot when a pre-alpha press preview build of a game is more fun than many finished games I've been playing lately. Once this game is finished, it's going to be one of the most dementedly entertaining titles on the PS2 and Xbox. The humor is actually funny, the graphics are great, and the music is perfect for nailing the cheesy B-movie atmosphere. Sure, the gameplay isn't too unique at heart, but it's still a game that lets you rip people's brains out of their heads and murder cows with psychokinesis. I just don't see how a game with features like that can go wrong.

Tim "Rabbit" Mithee: The GTA-ing of console games is nearly complete. Early this year, we were slapped with the gauntlet that is Mercenaries, while later we'll get to experience the inner city struggle with dozens of people all over the world via 25 To Life; somewhere between there, though, is the comic adventure of an alien who, well, appears to just have some free time on his...hands? Environment interaction is the key to these "freeform" action titles. If you restrict the player too hard, you can't avoid boredom when your shopping list of things eventually runs out of entries. DAH, from what I've read, goes in multiple directions quickly, giving the player several different approaches to their stay on this backwater planet of ours. And hey, who out there isn't a sucker for UFOs and death rays? Anyone? That's what I thought.

Gordy "XyzzySqrl" Wheeler: One of the major reasons I play video games is so I can legally blow the living crap out of stuff. Games like Mercenaries have recently begun indulging urges like mine by allowing you even more freedom in choosing what to make explode and how to make it explode. Now Destroy All Humans! promises to allow the gleeful destruction of many cities, both on foot and from your UFO, with a nice number of weapons and innate powers. Y'know, up until recently that was all I knew about this game, and I was still all hyped up about it. "Gosh, reduce a city to rubble, and then hunt down the surviving humans and sling that flaming rubble at them using psychokinesis? Here's my $50!" After actually reading a little about the title, what I found is that I should have been getting excited about any number of things, from voice acting done by the great Invader Zim himself to the possibility of alien mind control and telepathy. There's also the Sandbox mode for free-form explosion-inducing action. In general, this is looking like a totally sweet game all around, and I almost feel bad for craving nothing but a fix for my destructive tendencies. Almost.

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