Destroy All Humans!

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
Destroy All Humans! Game Poster Image
Kitschy romp is naughty fun, but wears thin.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Represents rural residents as hicks. Also, humans are shown thinking about things like adultery and lust; police are even shown thinking about bribes and brutality.

Violence

Exploding human heads, an anal probe gun, a presidential assassination and an exploding nuclear device. Yet the game presentation is firmly rooted in 1950s sci-fi, making it more silly than serious.

Sex

Some humans are suggestively "probed," including a beauty queen, and there are discussions about the difference between Furon and Human reproductive systems.

Language

A handful of playground obscenities, but nothing persistent or gratuitous

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mind reading reveals humans thinking about heavy drinking and Valium use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game features plenty of killing: killing innocents, police officers, soldiers, government agents, the president, and even cows. But the game's mischievous, playful tone defuses much of the impact of the violence. While blowing the brains out of a victim's head through overzealous use of an anal probe sounds horrific, it's played for laughs and presented with the kitschy sheen of 1950s alien invasion movies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygumballagoon July 15, 2012
Parent of a 9 and 10 year old Written bydochnwillow November 10, 2009
Too much trash for such a cute cover artwork! Don't think sticking things up peoples butts to blow their heads up is all that funny...... People talk abou... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBaelfireJr November 21, 2016

Seriously?! Why doesn't anyone like this game.

All the butthurt kids that don't like this game clearly have never seen any old 50's movies or just don't know what a good game is. This game is... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybaesean June 12, 2012

Good Game

A great game with mini-games that wear thin. The story is hilarious and even killing humans is portrayed in a humorous fashion. But, as stated, killing humans i... Continue reading

What's it about?

Earth (specifically America) in the 1950s looks pretty harmless from space in DESTROY ALL HUMANS!, the latest third-person sci-fi shooter from THQ. Perhaps that's why the warlike Furon race has decided to invade the planet and enslave its human inhabitants. It might also have to do with collecting human DNA to revitalize the fading alien race, or maybe the Furon scout that was accidentally shot down over a military test site. Whatever the reason, the people of Earth aren't going to stand idly by as aliens turn the sun's third planet into an intergalactic war zone and genetic harvesting ground.

Players control Cryptosporidium, the sarcastic and mean Furon solider leading the invasion. Crypto has to solve some minor puzzles -- such as impersonating a small-town mayor to convince locals that recent alien activity is actually the work of Soviet spies, or hypnotizing a TV personality. But most of the gameplay focuses on street-level battles between Crypto and human forces, or saucer-bound aerial assaults where buildings are destroyed, people are vaporized, and cars are sent to the junk heap.

Is it any good?

It's a fun premise, but while these battles can be thrilling, they get repetitive. Every building starts to look the same, all the humans explode in the same burst of flames, and the thrill begins to wane. Add to that the unending quest for DNA and boring mini-missions, and you've got a game that makes a great immediate impact but offers little replay appeal.

There is one unsettlingly realistic segment where players can destroy the White House, the Capitol, and other familiar Washington, D.C., monuments. Parents may want to think twice about buying this for kids who might find the destruction of such iconic structures unsettling, especially in a time when the threat of terrorism has many on edge. This is a playful, kitschy, but ultimately unsubstantial game experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether comic relief and a playful spirit make the violence in this game more palatable. Can a game that keeps track of the number of buildings you raze and humans you slaughter ever qualify as good clean fun? In an era when threats of terrorism dominate the news, is there anything unseemly about being able to destroy a digital model of Washington, D.C.?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: June 20, 2005
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T

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