Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Wii

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 40
  2. Negative: 11 out of 40
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  1. 58
    A product that still harnesses the charm and comedic value of the other games, but lacks the polish and reliability of its predecessors. The environments are far too simple, with even the original Destroy All Humans trumping its visuals, the world is glitchy, and the IR control is made difficult by an inconsistent frame rate.
  2. Big Willy Unleashed lacks the humor of earlier installments, leaving its shallow and rehashed gameplay to fend for itself.
  3. The Wii controls are absolutely atrocious and players will have a hard time swinging the reticule around during the on-foot action. Even flying your saucer or taking control of the impressive Big Willy mech is a tad awkward.
  4. Game Informer
    The entire package, whether it's boring fetch missions or jokes that fall flat, feels uninspired and rushed. [May 2008, p.95]
  5. While it may seem to be geared toward gamers who just enjoy mindless shooters -- and would therefore be enticed by the game's title -- it will likely be more appreciated by seasoned gamers who can appreciate the game for it's great sense of humor. But aside from that, the largest flaw with Big Willy Unleashed is that it's just not a very innovative game.
  6. This might not be a highlight to bow out on, but it might be time for series to be put out to pasture, at least for a bit. Revamp the combat system, spruce up the looks, and come back with a script that entertains without going for the cheap jokes, and maybe you'll have something worth playing.
  7. Playing this clumsy, ill-conceived attempt at a sequel is not unlike watching a kid with a 180 IQ flipping burgers at the local fast food joint; it's painful to watch what it has become, especially given what you knew its capabilities.
  8. 40
    Big Willy Unleashed isn't a bad game; it just feels extremely watered-down. Perhaps it's because all the real effort is being put into Crypto's upcoming PS3 debut, but this feels like a pale imitation of the other DAH titles.
  9. Big Willy Unleashed is toss. The controls make playing the game feel like trying to do the washing-up with a pair of chopsticks, using clogs instead of rubber gloves. It looks revolting. The script is appalling.
  10. While there are some fun effects and animations with the weaponry (I admit I still laugh every time an anal probe victim runs away from me clutching their rears), the graphics are surprisingly blocky and crude, even for a Wii game.
  11. 50
    With clumsy and downright awkward controls, repetitive missions and mind boggling "who's doing what?!" multiplayer, I can't help but recommend the original Destroy All Humans over this game.
  12. Games Master UK
    It's hackneyed and aged, but GTA-style games are a rarity on Wii, so you could do worse. [Apr 2008, p.77]
  13. 58
    Wanton destruction is still a lot of fun -- I just hope that future installments innovate instead of sticking squarely to the foundations set by the original game. And please, next time around, give us multiplayer that feels like more than an afterthought.
  14. 55
    Wreaking havoc in the UFO and Big Willy mech is a blast, and there are several genuinely laugh out loud funny parts. In the end, however, its flaws keep it from living up to the example set by its predecessors.
  15. 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.'
  16. Although Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed shows a lot of potential – the few areas it misses are so detrimental to the gameplay that you would be better off giving this one a pass.
  17. Edge Magazine
    Mission design feels particularly lazy this time round, Locomotive seemingly jotting down amusing cutscene scenarios before finding tenuous ways of tying ‘destroy this’ or ‘abduct that’ tasks to the constant stream of ooh-er references to ‘big willies’ and ‘meat’ in the dialogue. [May 2008, p.97]
  18. Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed has its moments but they are primarily found in the first city, and while the Vietnam and Fantasy Island spoofs find their marks, there is far more material from the 1970s worth mining.
  19. The gameplay in Destroy All Humans is getting stale, and Big Willy Unleashed beats the dead horse with a death ray.
  20. While mildly amusing to begin with, Big Willy Unleashed ultimately falls flat. Pox might go as far as to say his Big Willy is limp, but we're just disappointed that yet another Destroy All Humans! game has woefully underused the excellent idea behind the game.
  21. AceGamez
    The biggest problem with Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed isn't the terrible camera, the lacklustre graphics or the uninspiring mission structure; it is purely the way that this isn't a proper Destroy All Humans! game. Yes, you do destroy some humans, but the most fun aspect of the first two games has not been used enough here.
  22. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Newcomers to the series will enjoy the mindless destruction and blowing up people indiscriminately - I'm just getting tired of retreading old ground. [Apr 2008, p.70]
  23. In the end, Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed is a fun idea with poor implementation and some of the un-funniest moments ever captured in a videogame.
  24. Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed has its heart in the right place – if it weren’t for the haphazard control and the aggravation that stems from it, this would actually be a good entry for new players and fans because it is a relatively funny game and maintains the spirit and conventions of the past games.
  25. Nintendo Power
    Still, the actual act of destroying humans works rather well with the newly implemented motion controls. [Apr 2008, p.88]
  26. It's inherited all the original game's problems—a major feat, since it's developed by a whole new company—and lost some of its charm in the process.
  27. Its brevity doesn’t merit the fifty dollars you’ll have to shell out for it. The missions are a simplistic mishmash of killing, transporting, and exploration.
  28. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Awful, just awful. It's a dirty, cheap, slapped-together cash-in title that's not woth the round plastic disc it comes on. [Apr 2008, p.92]
  29. Nintendo Gamer
    Oozed originality on PS2 a few years back but now feels stale. Wii controls are weak. [May 2008, p.56]
  30. It’s worth trying out but it’s hard to recommend it at full price.
  31. Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed is not going to restore this franchise to its former glory.
  32. Rather than taking an average game and making it fun like it was intended, it took a decent game and turned it to crap.
  33. Big Willy Unleashed is an interesting title to play, but it lacks the longevity of other sandbox titles like it.
  34. Avoid Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed at pretty much all costs.
  35. Destroy All Humans! was a good game, as was the sequel, but this third one completely misses the panache, personality and polish that made the previous outings so fun.
  36. 40
    Seriously, this is a game that came out of the oven half baked.
  37. It’s definitely got some control issues, and some of the tasks get repetitive and boring, but there is fun to be had in this game.
  38. Multiplayer is about as weak as the in-game humor.
  39. 60
    In the end it comes off as too uneven; any time I started enjoying myself too much, the game would smack me down with another boring mission or irritating control issue.
  40. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Smutty, amusing and very playable. but Big Willy doesn't do anything new. [Issue#20, p.82]

Awards & Rankings

#38 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    Though the story line of the overall franchise can be a bit stretched, it is very easy to have fun with this game but even easier to be boredThough the story line of the overall franchise can be a bit stretched, it is very easy to have fun with this game but even easier to be bored with it, therefore this game deserves a "5". Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2012
    I love the DAH games; this game was the reason why I bought the game but this game is true and uter **** in every way possible. I grew up withI love the DAH games; this game was the reason why I bought the game but this game is true and uter **** in every way possible. I grew up with DAH 1 and 2 always loved playing them, I still do, they we great sand box games, this was not. the controls were awful, aiming was ridiculously difficult and I never got used to it. to tern, you had to move the cursor to ether side of the screen, this sounds fine but try doing it wast shooting moving and being shot at. weapons weren't satisfying at all; before (and after) the DAH games has fun and imaginative weapons that were practical to use and upgrade, in this, you use the disintegrator ray and nothing else (unless you have no other choice). levels were badly designed and riddled with glitches that at times could stop the game from working (getting stuck in walls, missions not appearing and other smaller ones). the vehicles (saucer and big willy robot) were badly implemented and weren't fun to use. there is no reason to play this game, its **** in every way. Full Review »
  3. RyanL.
    Nov 26, 2009
    As a fan of the DAH! franchise, I was very disappointed at first. When I started playing this game, I was thinking, "Wow! How awesome is it! As a fan of the DAH! franchise, I was very disappointed at first. When I started playing this game, I was thinking, "Wow! How awesome is it! DAH! on the Wii!" Once I got to the 2rd area, I realized it wasn't. I realized the voice actors we fell in love with in the first two weren't there, the events with the random kid that would bomb people Crypto was after contradicted the story set at the end of DAH!2, and the jokes were half-arsed. Not to mention, the game was way too short. There were only four really short levels with only half of the amount of objectives were got in the first two DAH! games. Maybe this is all because it wasn't from the original company that made the game. Tear drops. Full Review »