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Platform: Playstation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Pandemic Studios
ETA: Q1 2005

 

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Destroy All Humans!

 

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Destroy All Humans! (DAH) may sound like the title for a bad 60’s sci-fi movie, and it’s already being compared to the Grand Theft Auto series for its open-ended gameplay. But instead of being a run-of-the-mill GTA clone, DAH actually appears to be one of the more original game titles on the upcoming release schedule.

Oh, DAH has the usual “go-to-another-planet-and-eliminate-aliens” storyline that can be found in any multitude of games past, present, and future. But there’s a twist: the aliens you 

must eliminate are humans on the planet Earth! You’re the little gray guy from outer space in DAH. The game’s unique visuals looks really good even at this stage of its development, and DAH has a fresh approach to a familiar story convention with a liberal application of “Mars Attacks!” dark humor. Combine that with the non-linear nature of its gameplay and DAH has serious hit potential that even the military folks in Roswell can’t deny.

 

Add the fact that the game is coming from Pandemic Studios, who just released Full Spectrum Warrior for the Xbox and have two other promising games 

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coming in the very near future (Star Wars Battlefront and Mercenaries) creating an industry buzz and DAH suddenly has become very, very buzz-worthy itself in the console gaming realm.

Here’s the official game info beamed down from THQ:


Use destructive weapons and innate mental powers to take on the most feared enemy in the galaxy - Mankind! Play as Crypto, an alien warrior sent to Earth to clear the way for the Furon invasion force. Your mission is to infiltrate humanity, control them, harvest their brain stems and ultimately destroy them. You choose the method – infiltration or disintegration!

 

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Features:

Turn the tables on the classic Alien vs. Human storyline. In Destroy All Humans!, play from the Alien perspective and finally know what it feels like to have the upper hand.

Arm yourself with a variety of alien weaponry on land or in the air. Use the Ion detonator, the Zap-o-Matic, the Sonic Boom, or even the Quantum Deconstructor to eradicate feeble humans.

Explore and interact with 5 huge environments using an arsenal of alien abilities to manipulate humans into submission: hypnotize, body-snatch, read minds, levitate and more.

Take to the skies in your UFO, abduct animals, cars, and humans for research, or cause large-scale destruction.

Packed with familiar and popular sci-fi references.

It’s a rare game that brings new innovation to gaming, but from early indications Destroy All Humans has that possibility. Based on the quality of Full Spectrum Warrior, Pandemic Studios can expect to have a increase of newly reported UFO and alien sightings on consoles hit the gaming industry airwaves when the DAH hovers into stores early next year.

- Lee Cieniawa
lcieniawa@armchairempire.com

(July 20, 2004)