It has been just over two years since I reviewed the Destroy All Humans! remake from publisher THQ Nordic and developer Black Forest Games. While some of the mission design and writing felt out of date, I still had a lot of fun running around and terrorizing humanity with modern visuals and improved controls. Now the teams have come back with a remake of the second game under the new name Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed. Here is what I thought after playing through the PlayStation 5 version.
Out of the original set of Destroy All Humans! games the second one was probably my favorite back in the day. That’s because it expanded on what the first game did so well at the time while the third entry ended up feeling like a bit of a step back. Reprobed is very much that same game for better or for worse just with modern visuals, improved controls, and refined audio. Let’s start with those visuals which look really good compared to the original but maybe not as good as a game that is only on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series should look. Character models, textures, animations, and lighting have all seen some big upgrades which makes the cartoon art style look better than ever. Running around these cities again and blowing crap up with all kinds of effects on-screen brought me right back to what I loved about this game when I was younger. I wish more was done to liven the areas up a bit but I’m grateful for what the team achieved nonetheless.
Getting into the story this game picks up in the 1960s which is ten years after the events of the first game. Crypto 137 is now dead and in his place is an identical clone named Crypto 138 that Pox created. Crypto 138 is now the President of the United States and wields “The Package” which means he can reproduce. That last bit is not a joke and is exactly what you think it is. The KGB are terrified of this and devise a plan to take 138 out which starts with them destroying the mothership. Crypto has to strike back against them and this sets him on his way to the globe trotting adventure that should last you a dozen hours or so. Over the course of the game you’ll visit various places around the world including San Francisco, Japan, Russia, and more.
As you explore these open sandbox levels, you’ll notice that the controls feel very modern whether you’re using the variety of weapons, traversing on foot, or flying around in the saucer. Every area can feel somewhat the same though as you’ll be killing humans, finding collectibles, taking on side missions, and progressing through the main missions as well. If you played this game in the past like myself you might not mind that the mission design and busywork feel a tad outdated but players today who are used to more modern design may not like it quite so much. The weapons on hand are a lot of fun to use whether it be the Anal Probe, Meteor Strike, Disintegrator Ray, Dislocator, or one of many others. All of them can also be upgraded over the course of the game to improve their effectiveness. There is also a variety of skins to unlock which are always fun.
While I enjoyed my time with the game there were some issues at times with the performance and the audio would cut out at moments. Neither of these are big enough issues to detract from the overall experience and will most likely be patched. I also got a little frustrated at times in some of the missions particularly the ones that require you to use the saucer which while improved control wise still isn’t as easy to use as it should be when under pressure. A couple other things worth mentioning is that you can play the game with a friend in local co-op although online would’ve been much better. The writing and humor also may not land with everyone and you have to keep in mind that it is very much a product of its time in that regard. I still found it to be funny at times but even I had to roll my eyes at some parts. If you’re a trophy hunter the game offers up 45 trophies to earn including a Platinum. It’s a very easy list but one that will require you to do almost everything in the game to earn them all.
Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed should please any fan of the original or those who enjoyed the remake of the first game a couple years ago. Everything about it is bigger and better than that game but it still has some outdated design and humor that may not hit with everyone. I was a fan of the original so I enjoyed my time in Crypto 138’s boots and I hope to see more from this series going forward whether it be a new game or a remake of the third entry.
*Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.
Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed$39.99
- Huge upgrade over the original visually
- Plenty of fun to be had using the variety of upgradable weapons
- Controls feel really good
- Nice amount of variety in locations
- Not a lot of variety in the mission design
- Humor may not hit with everyone
- Ship controls needed a bit more tuning