Destroy All Humans! 2 review

Timothy Leary meets Ed Wood in this hippie hate-a-thon

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However, one way in which this series arguably even exceeds GTA is in its firepower. The first game was bombastic, and explosive new weapons have been added to Cryptos' arsenal. The Beast Burrower summons a worm like the one from Tremors and devours enemies from below. Gastro, the spirit of the dead janitor from your mothership, can be summoned to spew energy blasts and insults at nearby foes. Other gadgets like the Meteor Strike - which calls down a gigantic meteor to crush buildings, and can be upgraded to a whole swarm of flaming space-rocks - are also welcome additions.

On the downside, the human race is still stupid. The military and KGB forces you encounter are so dimwitted and weak that it often felt like a waste of ammo to use these goodies and they'll probably end up collecting dust in your space suit once you've fired them a few times.

New psychic abilities are available to Cryptos as well. He can perform a Body Snatch to take control of any human he encounters. If passersby happen to see you, they'll panic or even attack you. Luckily, you can always use the Free Love action - your get out of jail free card - which causes those around you to forget their troubles and break out in a hippie dance circle. It's pretty funny the first few times. But the psychedelic theme of the Free Love doesn't groove well with the Japan and Siberia levels and feels out of place.

The game also hosts a variety of two player minigames such as Psycho-Kinetic Tennis - where you and your partner use Cryptos' psychic powers to lob helpless victims back and forth. Unfortunately, you won't be able to start them from the main menu. Instead, you'll have to access them via special 2 Player Pods hidden throughout each area and you probably won't want to bother finding them if you've got a friend over. Bummer.

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DescriptionThe laser toting, insult slinging Cryptosporidium 138 returns to make war - not love - in this B-movie inspired hippie hate-a-thon.
US censor rating"Teen","Teen"
UK censor rating"",""
Alternative names"DAH 2","DAH Two"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)