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.
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.
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.
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.
Wii Review - 'Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed'
4 April 2008
Summary: Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed delivers an all-new sci-fi action gaming experience, where players control Crypto as he travels the world in the 1970s, unleashing massive destruction on foot, in his UFO and for the first time, in the Big Willy mech.
Conclusion: occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, if you can make the connections with some of the references, including Fantasy Island . The usual tools are at Crypto’s disposal – weapons like the Zap-o-Matic, Anal Probe and Psychokinetic abilities like Psychokinesis – including the arsenal of the flying saucer. The big addition here is the Furon mech, which masquerades as the Big Willy mascot (which is entirely reminiscent of Lard Lad from the Simpsons).