Crypto is back, and this time it's in the disco-dancing, bell-bottomy 70's. The third installment in the series comes out with little that is new but does it with enough verve to make the game enjoyable, and sometimes, laugh out loud funny.
There is a plot - above and beyond destroying all humans to get our DNA - about stopping humans from figuring out what's really in Big Willy's hotdogs (Big Willy, by the way, is a how-did-they-not-get-sued-for-copyright-infringement replica of Bob's Big Boy, a famous diner), but it's pretty much just there to provide background noise to the overall objective: run around and anal probe humans for fun.
The missions are simplistic, but the ease of completing them - the whole game can be finished in about six hours - is offset by the flat-out hysterical one liners. And, when we got bored with the 'go here and move this' mission objectives, we could just careen around wildly anal probing people (there are other weapons besides the anal probe, but really, why bother with them?)
The Wii interface is clunky to start out with. We spent the first few minutes staring at the back of Crypto's head as he ran into a box, yelling at the TV: "TURN, why won't he TURN???"; but after the first dozen or so gleeful homicides we got the hang of it.
So the game play isn't new or innovative - in fact fans of the series will find it to be a little too similar to the first two to be truly 'new.' But the one liners - the one liners almost make up for it. At one point we were laughing so hard we missed the police shooting at us and died, having to 'start over': a relatively painless event that usually just takes you back to the start point of the mission, if you were even on one.
The Wii doesn't have many landmark games, and if you're looking for innovation, hot graphics, or really anything unusual, Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed probably isn't your horse. But, if you're okay with a little mostly mindless fun and some clever, darkly humorous writing, this is well worth a shot. Just watch yourself - after this many anal probes, you may never look at a rectal thermometer the same way again.
Feb 29, 2008