Destroy All Humans game review! 2

Two years ago, we were entitled to the return of Destroy All Humans, a well-known saga from the 2000s with devastating humor and effective action: it is therefore logical that THQ Nordic continues its redesign work with the remake of the second opus, called Reprobed. And yes, the annihilation is much better controlled.

Let’s face it: remasters, remakes, reimaginings or reboots are not really what’s missing in the video game industry. However, if politics can legitimately tire more than one player, it turns out to be frankly appreciable for reviving dormant franchises and, depending on the success, laying a brand new episode: it is perhaps in this logic that THQ Nordic has decided to remake the episodes of Destroy All Humans!, an iconic saga from two decades ago and landed in 2005.

After a remake published two years ago – effective, but also very perfectible – it is its sequel which is now entitled to the same treatment. Already at the time, this second opus proved to be better put together, more ambitious and generally more solid. But because a good game in 2006 is not necessarily good in 2022, it is with a certain curiosity that we found Crypto in his genocidal quest, brought up to date.

Big brain, big guns

The first game was already intended to be a relief adept at parody, cheerfully making fun of the United States and science fiction films of the 1950s: in other words, Destroy All Humans 2 takes up the formula to raise it to another level. . Here we are now at the end of the 60s, in the midst of the hippie revolution: Crypto-138, an alien from the Furon people, has taken control of the White House by posing as the President. A secret detected by the KGB who will hunt the alien.

So yes, we really do not know if we play Destroy All Humans 2 for the story, but it is clear that it has made a nice leap forward compared to the previous part. Without breaking three legs of a Martian, the narration turns out to be much better controlled and above all, more present and more fleshed out; there are many dialogue options and the parodic aspect of period cinema – SF and James Bond in the lead – is frankly appreciable.

Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!

Crypto himself is more developed, doing even more in irreverence: he deeply hates humans, but also falls in love with an ultra-cliché Russian secret agent, whom he will not hesitate to flirt with all the humor gravel of the world. Destroy All Humans 2 is made in absurd humor, sometimes schoolboy, often very stereotyped and to be constantly taken in the second degree : sentences often make you smile, sometimes really giggle as long as you adhere to the very quirky, but totally assumed style.

Be careful, you will certainly not fall out of your chair, but there is a clear improvement compared to the previous remake., bringing a general good mood; let’s also highlight the work of the developers (it’s still Black Forest Studios) who have enriched the staging with some new shots and, of course, a completely redone technique.

More ambitions, more murders

Destroy All Humans first of the name suffered from a structure ultimately very outdated: we were content to chain the missions in several places in the United States, without really supported history, nor great freedom. The number two allows himself to correct the shot with a less linear structure: there are five maps – in San Francisco, London, Japan, Russia and on the Moon – which are unlocked over the course of the main missions.

Each can be explored freely and offers many side missions, collectibles and challenges; the main missions also rely on more elaboration and staging. We stay on a very basic progression in the GTA of the time (these are four small open-worlds linked by loading times) and quite a few side quests are repeated, but there was a huge effort made in 2006 that is felt today, especially after doing the previous remake.

Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!

This allows in particular to increase the lifespan: in “Normal” mode, we took a dozen hours to complete the single-player campaign, without spending too much time on the numerous secondary quests. For a game of the era, it’s not too bad and completionists will find their account, with also a ton of skins to obtain. Another very nice point : it is possible to do the whole adventure for two in a co-op and local mode, in split screen. A godsend these days, especially since there’s competitive multiplayer and yet another minigame. It is clearly not stingy and especially at € 39.99!

Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!

Cryptocurrency

On the gameplay side, Destroy All Humans 2 has also improved its recipe. As usual, Crypto is trigger-happy and a big part of the concept is to eliminate humans (it’s in the title) by roasting them haphazardly. Without forgetting this famous necessity and this visceral pleasure of extracting the brains of our enemies, that goes without saying. There is also infiltration thanks to the ability to take on the appearance of passers-by and read minds, however here fluidized and much less boring than in the previous game.

This is also a bit of resentment that emerges: the whole thing is less archaic and much nervous, easy to handle and therefore simply more fun. The arsenal has grown even more and the weapons all have a specific capacity; their customization has also gained a little depth, leaving the choice to the player to optimize a function rather than another on such or such blaster (just like certain capacities related to Crypto). To tell the truth, between the variety of weapons and the very usefulness of each, we must admit to having felt some vibes of Ratchet & Clank, which is clearly not to displease us.

Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!

Even if repetitiveness is not totally excluded – some tools are much more effective than others and therefore used mainly – the action is better oiled, it is a fact. The bestiary is also more extensive with the arrival of monsters, several bosses and a little bit of technique to overcome them: it’s quite simple, but the experience is therefore more modern (especially in 2006) .

Finally, the flying saucer also has some improvements with new features and weapons, just like its feeling, more impactful. Its handling is not necessarily the most practical or intuitive, and the action is sometimes overloaded and messy, but the machine can be approached easily… and the action is airy.

Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!

Crypto Tales

But since we are talking about a remake, what about the technical aspect? First of all, rather surprising decision, Destroy All Humans! 2 skips PS4 and Xbox to focus exclusively on PC and next-gen. If the game is still far from giving us a next-gen slap, we easily understand the choice since a large part of the game concept is based on large-scale destruction.

We can knock down almost all the buildings which then collapse in a myriad of particles and new effects: the problem is that we remember the poor optimization of previous consoles. The PS5 and the Xbox Series therefore make it possible to offer a more stable and more solid experience, without being irreproachable.

Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed: the best episode of the series is on PS5 and Xbox Series!

However, on home consoles (we tested the game on PlayStation 5), a lot of bugs and small problems persist. Clipping (ie the delayed appearance of textures and 3D elements) is quite present, some crashes were encountered and we had several scripting issues, forcing us to restart entire missions.

The framerate is also not constant with small drops ; we also had many problems with sound effects during the cutscenes, either completely absent or set at the wrong time. Too bad, really.

If everything is perfectible, Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed is still doing with honors. The reconstruction work is real and compared to the original game, the differences are edifying: the environments are very, very dense while the light, the colorimetry and the different effects allow for some stunning panoramas. Day and night with the old version.

A new iteration that totally magnifies the one from which it stems and that is necessarily a good point; however, if we had to compare to games from 2022, the final rendering is not extravagant either. whatever, the remake of Destroy All Humans 2 turns out to be more polished than the previous one, more modern and simply more pleasant, despite some pitfalls that are far from dramatic.

Conclusion

Strong points

  • A more modern experience, more pleasant than the previous one
  • A freer, denser open world
  • A gameplay that gains a little nervousness and depth
  • A parodic and schoolboy humor that can really fly
  • An artistic direction that sublimates the original
  • Two-player split-screen co-op mode

Weak points

  • A lot of technical bugs to report yet
  • It’s also not a graphical killer for a next-gen game.

  • Despite the makeover, the set still smells strongly of 2006

Those who had tasted the previous remake will be delighted to learn that Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed corrects many shots: the experience is based on a funnier and denser narration, on a rich gameplay and an overall feeling more fluid, more modern. This is obviously due to the original game which, at the time in 2006, had been able to rise a level but the redesign work is also appreciable: the graphic aspect sometimes delivers some nice surprises, despite bugs and problems techniques to highlight. We spent a frankly pleasant moment and in its finality, this second adventure testifies to a very good mood to devour without moderation.

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Destroy All Humans game review! 2 – Reprobed