Destroy All Humans 2 – Reprobed
- PC, PS5, XSX
- action adventure
- Release date:
- August 30, 2022
- Black Forest Games
- THQ Nordic
That was until THQ Nordic, having obtained intellectual property rights along with many others, decided to bring it back to life. with a remake which, probably, few people really needed, since the game was already only fair in 2005.
Even more surprising is the fact that the remake was successful enough to justify a remake of the second chapter, Destroy All Humans 2 – Reprobed which we will talk about today are available at prefix 5, Xbox Series X | S As well as PCagain from Black Forest Games.
After a tolerable but not exciting first transformation, what can we expect from this second unexpected return of Crypto-137 (sorry, now Crypto-138)?
Let’s find out together.
Hippies, Bad Russians and Alien Invasions: Welcome to 1969
Story Destroy All Humans 2 – Reprobed (Only DAH 2 from now on) begins ten years after the credits of the original title. In a short opening episode, we discover that the main character of the first episode, Krypto-137, has passed away due to mysterious causes.
Fortunately, his clone Crypto-138 is already ready to take his place, continuing to pretend to be the President of the United States. Considering the Furons a hostile threat, the KGB sees fit to destroy the mother ship with a nuclear missile. From here begins the adventures of Crypto-138: he must stop the KGB before he can run the wrench again, and he must avenge the destruction of the spaceship.
The story remains in the tone of the first chapter: the game he never takes himself too seriously and the dialogue, starting from the opening scenes, is full of double meanings and references to the genitals. Although it is a direct sequel to its predecessor, you can follow the adventure very well without even playing it (if you want to restore it, you can find it at a discount on Amazon).
Sense of humor in the game he hasn’t aged well (and you will see that this will be part of the general theme of this review). Gags are often used, which in 2006 could sound like cutting and politically incorrect, but which today seem to be only vaguely racist and offensive “jokes” delivered by a man in his 50s who is trying to feel young.
Of course the game faithful remake of the original DAH 2, so we don’t feel too guilty about the work done by the developers, given that the source material is sixteen years old; however the fact remains this sense of humor doesn’t work anymore and the game is unlikely to make you laugh unless you are particularly fond of this type of humor.
The only real update received DAH 2 it is predictable that graphic arts. The developers in this round decided to only offer the remake on ninth generation consoles to provide better graphics and allow split-screen co-op to work at its best without too many compromises.
The choice on this front was justified: the game is really much nicer to see compared to the first series, not even competing with today’s big-budget productions.
However, despite the concern for the tech sector, we noticed several bugs and glitches during the adventure, which sometimes forced us to restart the mission. We hope that these issues will be fixed in future updates, but these are not issues that can ruin the gameplay.
People can’t escape, and not this time
Here we come to the gameplay DAH 2. Basically, the game resumes completely and after first chapter structure; which is why, already at the time of its original release, this sequel was heavily criticized for its lack of novelty.
Thus, we will find ourselves in the role of Crypto-138 in the open world of the 00s, where we will have several missions at our disposal to complete. To do this, we will have access to various weapons and skills.
This is possibly the funniest part from DAH 2: using telekinesis, possessing people, galvanizing them with our beam; all of these tricks give the classic third-person open-world shooter a special twist, making it live a little differently than usual.
In terms of missions, we will have multiple missions on each available map. There will be classic missions based on eliminating enemies, as well as exploration stages and classic (hated) “escort missions”.
We would like to say more interesting things, but the truth is that DAH 2 this is old game. The developers have chosen the right remake; but since this is a genre that has evolved a lot in recent years, it is impossible not to notice the backwardness of this title compared to what others offer.
Let’s start with the mission structure. Most work like this: talk to the NPC, get the quest, kill the enemies, report back to the NPC to complete the quest.
Everything is inserted in pretty empty open worldwhere the few possible interactions are an end in themselves, and where there is generally nothing to do but test our weapons on passers-by just for fun.
Already in 2006 DAH 2 it wasn’t a particularly original title: imagine how much a game like this could say in 2022, presenting itself as attractive without any changes.
Even weapon control she has aged a lot. While this remains one of the most fun aspects of the game, it doesn’t take much to realize that we’re rarely encouraged to use one weapon or power over another. In the end, it will be enough for us to clean up with the weapons that we are best at, so that we will soon forget about everything else.
And this basic and simplified game structure is repeated throughout the entire ten-hour adventure. There are sections that break the rhythm a little, like on a spaceship, but they are not enough to give the adventure a different flavor, because after a while you return to the familiar formula.
Right saving grace the game has a mode split screen co-op. In an age where split-screen multiplayer is increasingly forgotten, the developers have kept this feature in the original game.
And it really is as impressive as a game like DAH 2 can be fun if you play with a group (if you’re interested, you can get on Amazon).
However, minus this function, the rest of the work leaves much to be desired. If you liked the first remake, you might want to consider this as the formula has remained largely intact; but if you’re expecting more, you can find better alternatives elsewhere.
The same if you have already played the original DAH 2; unlike the first remake which added an entirely new mission, Reprobed adds almost nothing compared to the original counterpartimprovements are mainly related to the quality of life.
We must admit that this second life Destroy all people left us completely confused. At that time, the games were already only fair; the remakes didn’t try to rejuvenate them to the point that they seem to have been designed for those who were already fans of the series.
At this moment, what can future for Crypto-138? The next two games in the original series were already considered bad at the time, a clear step back from the first two (and that’s saying something), so we don’t expect new remakes.
Two alternative fates for this series seem more likely to us: it could simply disappear again, maybe reappear in ten years; or THQ Nordic might finally green-light a new chapter that is trying to rejuvenate this franchise from every angle.
Let’s see what the future holds: for now, we can only say that these two remakes have failed to convince us that they still need alien invasions.
Reviewed Version: PS5