A few years ago, THQ Nordic and developer Black Forest Games brought back Destroy All Humans by remaking the first game. A remake of the second game is on the way in a few months but in the meantime the teams have cooked up a new standalone multiplayer game called Destroy All Humans! Clone Carnage. While running around and blasting other players in this universe may sound fun what we got here is a multiplayer experience that you’re probably better off skipping.
Clone Carnage lets you play online with up to four players across four different modes and six different maps for a very cheap price of entry. While that doesn’t sound too bad the biggest problem with this game will actually be getting into a game at all. For some reason the team thought it was a good idea to put a multiplayer game out in 2022 that uses a lobby system instead of matchmaking. Couple this with the fact that any multiplayer only game that isn’t from some well-known brand is probably going to struggle with gaining a player base and that is very much the case here. I’ve had the game for a few weeks now and I still struggle to find rooms to join at pretty much any time. The game does offer local two-player play but for anyone who doesn’t have a local friend you may find that you can’t enjoy this game much at all due to the limited player base. While I was able to try out the online play several times I ran into some disconnections and crashes at times which was not a good feeling when it is hard enough to get into a match as it is.
The modes that the game offers includes Armageddon that has players trying to gain points for blowing up things, Rampage that has you trying to kill as many humans as possible, Race that has you racing through rings to the finish line, and Abduction that has you trying to capture marked targets. With only these four modes and six maps to play on though you’ll quickly run into the feeling of repetitiveness. The game controls well enough and there are some fun weapons to use and skins to deck yourself out in but I can’t see myself going back to this one much in the future unless they release some substantial new content. The game does look and sound good though as it is in the same engine that the remakes used. If you’re a trophy hunter there is a 39 set of trophies to earn including a Platinum. Expect to have some trouble earning all of them though as one trophy wants you to play 100 online matches.
Destroy All Humans! Clone Carnage seemed like a good idea on paper but the execution just didn’t go well at all. The game is struggling to find an online audience and it doesn’t have much meat on its bones either to keep people around. I really think this should’ve either been released as a free-to-play game or bundled with the new game coming out soon (although it is free if you pre-order it). I loved the first remake and am looking forward to the remake of the second game but Clone Carnage simply isn’t worth your time while we wait for Reprobed to get here.
*Destroy All Humans! Clone Carnage is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. PlayStation 4 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.