|System: Wii, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Locomotive Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 25, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
August 6, 2007 - The Destroy all Humans franchise is a pretty short lived franchise, and has only been around for about 2 years. But nonetheless, the franchise has garnered a huge following, and will soon be unleashing its 3rd and 4th entries early next year. So how did this game garner such amazing popularity? Perhaps it's the opportunity to play as the "badguys" who want to destroy your home planet or maybe even the cynical wit of said aliens. Maybe it's the fact that you can blow up anything and everything. And then there's the probing guns . Eww!
Well, reasons aside, it looks like the Destroy All Humans franchise is here to stay, and they're proving it by releasing a third and fourth entry in the series, both due early next year. They're going to be completely separate games and chronologically follow each other. The first game, Destroy all Humans! Big Willy Unleashed, is going to center around the aliens Crypto and Pox and a failed attempt to garner fresh brain stems using a fast food chain. However, instead of taking their losses and moving on as most humans do, these aliens decide to take their frustrations out on those puny little humans!
Instead of taking place in the peace and love era during the 60s, Destroy all Humans! Big Willy Unleashed takes place in the first half of the turbulent seventies. So this one will definitely not have the same feel or look as the previous two, but I think it's a good move to keep the story moving forward chronologically. I, for one, am really excited for when they get to the big hair eighties!
Now you may be wondering about the title and, as you might imagine, the "Big Willy Unleashed" portion of the title refers to the mascot of the fast food chain. Think Big Boy meets Satan. And would you believe it, it's also a mecca that you can use to execute your destructive purposes. Some of Big Willy's attacks include a very large belcher and laser cannon eyeballs. There's even a flatulence attack. Imagine that!
There's not too much specific to know about how this game will function differently on the PSP vs. PlayStation 2 vs. the Wii version. What we do know is that the Wii version of this title was "built from the ground up," so hopefully any Wii-centric facets of the game will be smoothly integrated as opposed to just tacked on.
Overall, the third entry in the Destroy all Humans games looks to be shaping up rather nicely. The Destroy All Humans franchise is pretty young, but I think with their double release early next year they're looking to prove that they're sticking around for quite some time! And like alien invasions, they don't easily go away!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer