Destroy All Humans!
Official PlayStation Magazine - UK Edition|October 2020
Destroy All Humans!
It’s alive! Again…
Ian Dean

Can this thing from another time cut it on PS4? Will your Earth standstill? Is it a space invader to cherish or a saucer man to chuck? If you can stomach all of these B-movie references then you already know the answers.

Even in 2005 Destroy All Humans! was a curiosity. PS2 was awash with GTA clones, serious sandbox adventures, and games aiming for grounded realism. But here was a game that took Rockstar’s template, added anal probes, and often literally demanded you destroy all the humans. It’s a cult classic but even this fan had to question the need for a remake.

Having recently spent hours on the new, miserable experience of The Last Of Us Part II, the return of Crypto 147 comes as a welcome palate cleanser. The lean setup and comical violence – ray-gunned enemies leave behind fizzing skeletons, and brains separate from victims with a satisfying pop – is a far cry from Naughty Dog’s torture porn.

As the Furon invader, you’re sent to Earth to harvest human DNA, found in brains, to fuel your race’s cloning technology. Venturing across 1950s America with your overlord Pox giving orders and comically mispronouncing everyday people – Prezeeedent – is fun. Handily, Crypto has a creative arsenal of ways to lay waste to the game’s innocent pageant queens, frustrated housewives, and bored teenagers.

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October 2020