Destroy All Humans!

Common Sense Media says

Kitschy romp is naughty fun, but wears thin.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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 for (PlayStation 2)

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Parent of a 9 and 10 year old Written bydochnwillow November 10, 2009
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16
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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 about Guantanamo Bay being bad...... So why is this funny.??????
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great role models
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Kid, 9 years old June 2, 2014
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2
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horrible

furion guy: your mission is to kill every body! me: wait what????? your kidding me THQ! this game is not for kids! all you do is just kill people like blowing up peoples heads, shooting, and other violent stuff. now the ending of a new destroy all humans game is cryptos death for me.. and no he will not be alive at all
Parent Written bygumballagoon July 15, 2012
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13
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I loved this game when I was a kid

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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