It’s been two years since THQ Nordic released the remake of the first Destroy All Humans!, a nostalgic experience recommended for fans of human-killing aliens. Now the publisher has given the same treatment to “Destroy All Humans! 2′, introducing the ‘Reprobed’ version, just as fun as its predecessor.
As in the first remake, the developer was Black Forest Games. The problem, however, is that the company seems to have stepped back a bit since 2020: despite being an improved edition of the title released in 2006 for the PS2, the project contains technical problems that can cause headaches for gamers.
Crypto is back
The story “Destroy all the people!” 2 — Reprobed’ takes place ten years after the first game, in 1969. Crypto-137 was killed and dismembered by humans, but was eventually cloned and “reincarnated” as Crypto-138, disguised as the President of the United States of America.
Unlike the original, the alien’s mission is not to destroy humanity, but “only” the Russians. That’s because the KGB (Russian Secret Service) attacked and destroyed the spaceship that housed Furon leader Pox – who luckily “downloaded” his mind into a computer before he died. Now, following this leader’s orders, but in hologram form, Crypto needs revenge.
Throughout the narrative, the hero finds himself in situations related to the 60s: hippies everywhere, the Cold War, etc. In fact, he can even joke about these moments: it depends on the player, after all, he has the ability to say certain things in the middle of dialogues.
Game after the original title
If you’re expecting innovative mechanics for this remake, you better get your horse off the rain. Reprobed follows the same lines as the 2006 game in both gameplay and mission design.
The game bets on an open-world style, with five different maps where Crypto can explore to collect items to upgrade his various weapons and spaceships. The main quests, on the other hand, are pretty linear: talk to an NPC, accomplish your goal (kill someone, usually), talk to the next one, and continue the narrative.
The simplicity of Destroy All Humans! 2 — Reprobed’ is its strong point. There are no fancy missions where you need to strategize high IQ to complete them. In fact, just grab your various weapons and have fun roasting people around. There are also a large number of side quests, gameplay to increase the time.
Good news for those who like to explore is the presence of a jetpack, crypto “skate boots” and a flying saucer. The former allows him to fly around the map, the latter makes him slide through the streets (much better than just walking, right?), and the latter allows you to destroy buildings. You can still pick up an NPC’s corpse to avoid being seen as an alien by other people (they’ll call the police if they see you in this form).
One of the low points of the game is the boss fights. Unfortunately, none of these do justice to the fun the game provides: Crypto will need a lot of sweat to defeat the boss. On normal difficulty, the alien can unload several rounds from its blaster beam, which will still leave the enemy with a lot of HP – the difficulty “peak” is high in the final boss, for example.
Perhaps the problem is the difference in power between normal NPCs and bosses. If there wasn’t such a huge difference in leveling between them, the suggested difficulty wouldn’t be a headache.
Errors and other errors
Maybe the technical part is the cardinal sin of “Destroy all the people! 2 — scolded”. It’s not uncommon for a player to crash, even on the PlayStation 5 version.
Certain parts of the game can be frustrating. Sometimes Crypto needs to take over someone else’s body and thus end up inside an object (tree, building, etc.), requiring a “reset” to get back into action. Also, it’s not uncommon to see map loading textures in the middle of dialog, especially (again, a bit odd for a game that uses hardware with strong load speeds, the PS5).
Graphic work should be praised: just like in the remake of “Destroy All Humans!” (2020), Reprobed left the visuals with a very relevant, cartoonish quality needed for a game with such acidic humor. Finally, the PT-BR subtitles are excellent, with references aimed at Brazilians who also understand jokes perfectly.
Either way, Black Forest Games could have held back a bit on releasing a new title. It still requires polishing and would probably be better off delayed.
Destroy all people! 2 — rebuke: is it worth it?
‘Destroy all the people! 2 — Reprobed’ is one of those games designed for a very specific target audience – of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t appeal to other people. Even so, perhaps only the most nostalgic of crypto adventures will want to embark on this journey, especially because of the sour humor. Additionally, bugs make the experience unsatisfying.
On the PS Store, the standard version of the title costs R$199.50, a high price but also well below current releases in the industry. So if money isn’t your thing, it might be worth giving little Furon a chance to destroy the KGB forces.