Destroy All Humans 2! Reprobed, a remake of Destroy All Humans 2! (from 2006), was re-released last week. After spending a few hours in this world, I can say that this is a pretty silly game with a goofy story. Also, it plays pretty smoothly on new consoles (PlayStation 5). I don’t think I played this game enough to give it a review, so instead I will talk about it in another way.
Since the original Destroy All Humans! released in 2005, we’ve seen a few entries into this series. However, I’m not sure if a remake is exactly what we need today. The Destroy All Humans! series has been dormant for quite some time, so I think a brand new entry would have been a better strategy.
It sort of feels like THQ Nordic and the developers wanted to put out some feelers and see how the audience would react to the return of this alien franchise. While remaking (or reprobing) a game still costs a great amount of money and time, it’s still less than creating something brand new and having it be a total flop.
Yes, a great deal of work goes into the remake/remaster process, but you are still retelling a story. For a remaster the team may be touching up an older game, while a remake means they are recreating that game using today’s technology. Still, I would guess that in both of these cases there are a couple of pre-production tasks that can be skipped over to make the process a bit quicker (and less costly).
As someone who had heard of the Destroy All Humans! games, but never spent any time with them I was excited to give this a try. The gameplay sort of reminded me of playing the older Ratchet & Clank (2016) with the third-person action and collection of advanced weapons. Playing Destroy All Humans 2! Reprobed does feel like playing an older generation game, but it also looks great so it’s not a terrible thing.
I would like to see what they could do with this franchise today, both in story and gameplay. There’s just so much more to do than completing mission after mission in games today. Also, the Hippies and Russian KGB story are a bit outdated, along with the stoner humor and sexual innuendos. I still find it funny, but let’s see what else you can do.
This game did its proper job of opening my eyes to this franchise. So, I now hope they are working on a new, next-gen version of Destroy All Humans! Perhaps something that takes place in a different era. I would like to see the return of Crypto the alien during another period.
Maybe remakes and remasters are mostly created for nostalgia sake. You never know how these games are going to hit you. I’ve tried out many remakes, remasters, even reboots of old games I’ve loved, and I’m never sure which ones are going to pull me in.
I will be on the lookout for the next Destroy All Humans! game, if there is one. And I’m excited to see what makes the next one different.
myVGBC.com was provided with a Destroy All Humans 2! Reprobed review code by the game publisher.