Get your weapons ready and ride your flying saucer because it’s time to unleash mayhem. There is no nobility or solemnity in Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed, just a pissed off alien eager to mess it up in a game as crazy as it is fun. A festival of jokes and references to classic science fiction cinema in a remake that seeks to conquer us again in 2022.
Open world games have been one of the great references for the industry of video games thanks to titles like Grand Theft Auto V and, in the last 15 years, many legendary franchises have bet on a formula that has remained a magnet for success. But we have also experienced an evolution of the genre that on some occasions has been revolutionary and, precisely for this reason, I had many doubts about how a 2006 sandbox would work in the middle of 2022, no matter how much sheet metal and paint that Black Forest Games and THQ Nordic had given it. to the original material. But Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed has managed to catch me until the end and I guarantee you that there are plenty of reasons for the Pandemic Studios title to continue to stand out within the genre, even having spent more than 15 years since this second invasion of Earth.
The proposal of Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed is simple: a classic sandbox where we can satisfy our appetite for destruction without the need for too much justification. We control an alien who lacks any respect for everything around him and who shows absolute contempt for most humans, so you can dedicate yourself to sucking people’s brains, throwing their bodies into the air or destroying every building you find on your way. To achieve this we will not be short of tools because the game has a whole arsenal of weaponsto which of all the most crazy: a ray gun that allows us to electrocute several targets at the same time, a disk that will bounce both people and vehicles or the mythical anal probea classic of the aliens in popular culture.
It is clear that Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed seeks to be thug, sharp, but, above all, very funny. The good news is that it succeeds and throughout the story has managed to keep me interested in the plans and misadventures of its protagonists. The formula to achieve this lies in Crypto, an alien brimming with charisma in every one of the game’s cutscenes and conversations, remaining a joke machine while throwing in witty references to 1960s movies, music, and popular culture. The design of our aliens fits really well with the setting and the soundtrack: big-headed, googly-eyed aliens, aggressive gesture and sly smilea design reminiscent in many respects of those presented by Tim Burton in his Mars Attacks! from 1996.
Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed uses the same wicks as Burton to build an action comedy where the sci-fi movie parody from the 50s serves to unleash some perverse characters who have managed to conquer me in their quest to end everything we know. This satire not only serves to make us laugh out loud, it is also the perfect excuse to broth all the topics of our society, especially those of past times.
Satire as a weapon to conquer us
These topics are correctly represented both through their characters and the situations we experience throughout the game and its setting, located in a moment as special as 1969, serves so that Crypto’s journey leads us to relate to the famous American counterculture that we have seen so many times in the movies. Hippies are not only funny because of how they are parodied, with all the clichés related to their clothing, cults, drug use or their passion for “free love”, they are also the perfect counterpoint to the warmongering attitude of our protagonist.
The game kicks off its story in San Francisco…sorry, Bay City, but this won’t be the only city we visit. I have to admit that, as much fun as hippies are, the first steps through Bay City left me a little cold. There are many sandboxes that have been set in American cities and it was at this moment that I most felt the shortcomings of Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed. The basis of the game is still that of an open world from 2006 and after what has been seen in recent years, I could not help missing some elements in the city that would serve to give it some more life.
Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed seeks to be thug, biting, but, above all, very funnyThe artificial intelligence of the NPCs that we can find on the streets is very poor and the traffic is very far from feeling organic, in fact, It’s easy to get the feeling that we’re breaking the game as soon as we interrupt traffic and vehicles are forced to change direction. Forget about being able to visit any establishments or the interiors of buildings, and although the city is well detailed, it feels like a puppet theater. I am convinced that if the title had developed its entire history in scenarios as hackneyed as those of large North American cities, it would have been very difficult for me, but Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed has a winning move so that its open worlds continue to be interesting even to this day: world travel.
Unleashing chaos throughout the world
After assassinating President Huffman, the parody of Truman and destroying the United States Congress, Cryptosporidium’s new adventure starts ten years after the events of the first installment to face, how could it be otherwise, the KGB, in an era marked by the Cold War. Crypto’s new clone, created using the purest Furon DNA, is a threat to the Soviet Union, which will not hesitate to launch itself against our ruthless protagonist and his allies. Thus begins an adventure that begins in the United States but that will take us on a journey through United Kingdom, Japan, the Soviet Union and even the Moon.
The basis of the game is still that of an open world from 2006Completely changing the scenery throughout history has been one of the aspects that I have enjoyed the most in Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed, especially because, as expected, both the streets and the characters that inhabit them are a fantastic caricature of cities that have had a major impact on the pop culture on which the game is based. Touring Tokyo in the 1960s as yakuza and police clash, fighting ninjas, impersonating schoolgirls dressed in ‘seifuku’ or harassing ‘salarymen’ is everything you could expect from a parody of Japan. Every city is a refreshing change during the development of the story and are different enough that each one has a very personal tone and aspect. London is practically a James Bond movie, while Siberia has a sinister, almost supernatural atmosphere, closely related to the events of Tunguska.
Vintage taste, but in every way
However, not everything in Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed is positive: to the THQ Nordic game the years continue to show and if you’re used to the gameplay of most current open world titles, you’ll probably notice the archaic composition of its quest system. There are few playable elements with which the game builds its action: the structure of the missions and the enemies to beat are repeated over and over again. It’s easy to lose interest in them, and as I played, I felt like the real reason I wanted to beat the missions was so I could keep coming across those fun conversations and new cutscenes, and not so much because these missions were especially cool. entertaining. Some stand out final bossesalthough they are few and most are accompanied by a few slightly unbalanced difficulty spikes compared to the rest of the game. Crypto’s control is quite satisfactory and the fact of being able to develop the weapons and abilities of our alien gives us a quite pleasant sensation of progression. The worst part is the flying saucer that, although we can also improve it, has a much rougher and more limited handling.
Despite the fact that the sense of humor and the thug tone of the title of Pandemic is the great engine to keep us glued to the controls, it is a 2006 game sprinkled with jokes that in turn support classic film topics, so you are going to find endless jokes about the physical attributes of our hypersexualized adventure partner and many others sexual jokes that may seem somewhat simple to you and, above all, taken from other times.
The duration of Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed in its story mode it is close to 20 hours, combining the main missions with some secondary ones, although there will be many more if you want to go for 100% of the secondary ones and collectibles, which will reward us with songs, illustrations or fun skins for Crypto . The game also features a multiplayer mode where we can complete the story cooperatively, both through the Internet and split screen, as well as a versus mode and a tennis minigame in which we will use telekinesis, although the latter two are much more forgettable. The duration and game options are more than enough to keep us a good number of hours unleashing chaos while we enjoy a story that knows how to shine thanks to its acid humor and the undoubted charisma of its characters.
The game options are more than enough to keep us going for a good number of hours unleashing chaosIt was a surprise to learn that this second remake was left out of the last generation. It seemed like a declaration of intent when it came to giving this new installment graphic muscle and, although it is far from being a benchmark in this regard, we can clearly see a jump compared to the 2020 remake. The cities are well detailed and in all moment we feel that the textures in buildings, road and vegetation that surrounds us are well worked. We can destroy everything in our path, even knocking down large buildings, while the game remains at a solid frame rate at all times and without crashes of any kind. The cartoonish design of the characters knows how to be attractive and give them a great personality, with simple models that are brimming with charisma. Without much fanfare, Destroy all Humans 2 Reprobed is a remake that does its homework in terms of the visual and technical section.
Don’t expect an open world packed with options, with realistic cities and complex quest development, but if you can make some compromises on these terms, what you’ll find is a wildly funny action comedy starring a character that you will surely not forget.