‘Destroy All Humans’ sequel’s remake puts Rockstar Studios to shame on how to revive a classic


Photos contributed by THQ Nordic/ Flying through Bay City (loosely based off of San Francisco) with his jetpack, Crypto searches high and low for his next human to probe in “Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed,” a remake of the 2006 classic by Pandemic Studios.

Cryptosporidium-138, or Crypto for short, gets a new upgrade in a remake of the beloved second entry of his series for a modern generation.

In “Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed,” THQ Nordic and Black Forest Games take on the glorious task of remaking the sequel to the popular franchise in the 2000s developed by Pandemic Studios, who was also known for the “Star Wars: Battlefront” franchise. 

After the successful remake of the first entry in 2020, Black Forest looks to go for two after giving it a much-needed upgrade on both story and graphical updates. Remakes have become popular, but gamers have taken notice of which is a great remake or a cash grab like “Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: The Definitive Edition.” 

In the case of “Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed,” it doesn’t follow the disaster Rockstar Studios did with the “GTA Trilogy,” as it gives the beloved classic a facelift and then some. 

The story places Crypto in 1969 when the KGB has taken out the mothership, resulting in Pox being killed and having his conscience placed in a holographic communication device guiding Crypto on his missions.

With a mysterious plot within the KGB involving alien technology, Crypto must set out to find out what is causing these strange events and even gets aid from an unlikely ally. 

The visuals on the game are excellent, as there is more detail put on the characters, including Crypto himself. He might have big black eyes and no eyelids, but with technological advancements, he is more expressive as you can see him emote to specific situations in cutscenes. 

The story also gets updated as certain scenes play out similarly, but with some adjustments to have things make more sense. It is clear Black Forest Games put effort into the story, updating it for a modern generation, as Rockstar Studios should take notes on how to do a proper remake of a beloved classic. 

Upgrades follow the 2006 release as you collect Furotech cells to upgrade your guns, shields, and saucer. You can earn them by collecting them in the world or by completing primary and optional objectives. 

The game does have some technical issues at times, as the frame rate slows down in certain moments when action happens on  screen, and cars would randomly get launched in the air without using any weapons or your psychokinesis powers.

But even with these shortcomings, “Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed” is a great remake that updates the gameplay for a modern audience, while still keeping the charm that made it a huge hit in 2006.

And for those who are missing the days of split-screen co-op, the game also offers a chance to play it with your friends locally as stated on the game’s website, and unleash your Furon fury upon humanity as a breath of fresh air to all  basic first-person shooters.