Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed (Wii) - Review
23 January 2010
Excerpt: Someone who considers picking up a game with ‘Destroy All Humans’ in the title probably isn’t looking for a deep and engaging narrative complete with a bevy of compelling characters that drastically develop throughout. No, more than likely they want exactly what the title expresses – an excuse to unleash their inner maniac upon as many of the in-game denizens as physically possible.
Conclusion: In the end, though, despite any flaws it may have, Big Willy Unleashed is a fun game. While it may seem to be geared toward gamers who just enjoy mindless shooters -- and would therefore be enticed by the game's title -- it will likely be more appreciated by seasoned gamers who can appreciate the game for it's great sense of humor. But aside from that, the largest flaw with Big Willy Unleashed is that it's just not a very innovative game.
Conclusion: But if audio and potty humor are your two best selling points, why make a videogame in the first place? The original Destroy All Humans! was a fantastic and fantastically original game, but this third outing feels like an also-ran more than a worthy addition to the franchise. THQ may be working on the true next-gen sequel, but at this point, we’re sincerely starting to wonder whether DAH would be better off as an animated short or series of Webisodes than a game...
Pros: Will appeal to Crypto fans wanting more of the same
Cons: Wasted potential, Controls can be frustrating, Missing the panache, personality and polish of previous versions
Excerpt: Humans must be stopped. That's the premise behind Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed the third in a series that loves poking fun at mankind by examining our habits and culture through the eyes of two wise-cracking aliens named Crypto and Pox. It's a neat idea that has allowed for quite a few memorable gaming moments already (who can forget the politician's speech in the first title, for example?
Excerpt: After playing the original Destroy All Humans! , I thought: “You know, if the physics didn’t hamper the graphics so much, this game would be awesome.” Like the B movies it pays homage to, Pandemic’s twist on the alien invasion subgenre is endearing in its imperfection. Our “hero” is a crinkly gray blob who’s obsessed with sex. The humans are more annoying than he is, spouting the same 1950s pop culture references over and over again.
Excerpt: Destroy All Humans! has always struggled to make the most of its potential. As an alien armed with some stunning high-tech weaponry, in an open world with hundreds of humans to destroy, the ingredients are there for a sure-fire hit. Add in some wise-cracking, innuendo and a death-bringing flying saucer and the series' previous two near-misses seem even harder to take.
Excerpt: Here’s a riddle – What is worse than a movie that tries to be funny and just isn’t? A game that tries the same thing. Sadly, Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed for the Nintendo Wii (and coming soon for the PSP) is one of those unfortunate titles that make every effort to drag laughs out of gamers and fails – miserably.
Excerpt: Game: Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed Genre: Open-world Adventure Platform: Nintendo Wii The third installment in the Destroy All Humans trilogy might still be a few months away, but in the meantime, alien clone Crypto gets a little Wii action on the side. I never spent very much time with the Destroy All Humans series in the past, other than playing the first game a little bit, but I’m always interested in a good satire of recent American history.