Destroy All Humans! Remake – The Final Preview

Destroy All Humans! Remake – The Final Preview

The very first thing you see when you start a new game in the 2020 remake of 2005’s Destroy All Humans is a message that reads While the experience has been upgraded, the content and historical record of the original invasion of the Furons remains a near-identical clone! In short, it’s a reminder that this is a game from “another time”. And while that’s certainly true in some respects, after spending more than a few hours with the 2020 version, it’s clear that the updates to its visuals and gameplay are trying hard to modernize the end of the world as we (used to) know it in some fun and intuitive ways. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/30/destroy-all-humans-remake-the-final-preview”] If you never played the original, here’s the short version: you’re Crypto 137, a clone of Crypto 136 who crash-landed on earth in the 1950s – where you now need to wreak havoc to help secure the future of the Furon empire. You do so with a host of classic sci-fi weaponry, ranging from disintegrator rays to anal probes (we never said this was Shakespeare) and flying sauces with death rays, plus some more unique abilities like mind control and telekinesis. All of those elements are back, and have all been tweaked and updated to feel and function like a game that didn’t launch alongside the first Guitar Hero. The development team’s go-to line since they revealed the game last year is that they’re “not making a remake of the original game, we’re making remake of the memories players have of that game.” And that targeted nostalgia works – for the most part. As I said, the “of a different time” disclaimer definitely rings true, and while that mostly comes through in the form of jokes that were clearly targeted at players a generation above my own (I’d be surprised if most modern gamers knew who Milton Berle was, let alone why he’s famous), it’s a bit surprising to see some of the jokes that were questionable – even for 2005 – have still made the cut. There’s nothing as overtly offensive as the notes about “outdated cultural depictions” on Disney+ cover, but it was still jarring to hear so many “don’t ask, don’t tell” jokes whenever I was around the military. That said, most of this send-up of the ‘50s Cold War craze remains accessible, in part thanks to the more cartoonish designs of the updated…
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