Destroy All Humans! Xbox

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
Buy On
  1. 70
    It features all the underdeveloped and totally unessential components of other notable and forgettable open world action games, yet it also boasts terrific personality, a great premise and some generally solid action.
  2. At the very least, you have to rent this one just to experience the 50's B-movie hilarity.
  3. From a gameplay perspective, Destroy All Humans! is purely inoffensive and average; it proves itself to be somewhat entertaining in small doses. In all other aspects, the game lacks a soul of its own, choosing instead to use what others have already done.
  4. While there's some good stuff here, its sense of humor and playful vision doesn't extend to its repetitive gameplay. Must be another Commie conspiracy.
  5. 65
    The main game isn't terribly long, and the missions, though sometimes creative, are often frustrating because there's usually only one way to complete them, making them feel needlessly restrictive--something that stings a little more in a sandbox game such as this.
  6. The combination of frustrating mission mechanics and limited replay value leads me to strongly suggest renting Destroy All Humans before buying, if at all, regardless of your love for bad sci-fi.
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    It's very easy to while away the time just terrorising the populace of each level in an increasingly destructive fashion, but to actually care enough to contribute anything to a completion percentage is another matter entirely. [July 2005, p.86]
  8. The game has a great sense of humor, and I enjoyed the story missions, but the side quests hardly vary at all from one level to the next. Just screwing around and messing with citizens isn't as fun as it could be, either.
  9. A technically accomplished, but thoroughly unpleasant gaming experience. I'm sure there's a market for this; I'm just not part of it.
  10. The humorous parody, satire and carnage of Destroy All Humans is enjoyable, but the experience is significantly lessened by far too much repetition, some frustrating sections, a lack of proper sense of destructive scale, and free-roaming areas that are too small and don't contain that much of interest outside the main story.
  11. For the B-Movie enthusiast Destroy All Humans could be a worthy purchase, packed to the brim with an assortment of Sci-Fi references and replicating the style to good effect. As a game however the action just grows a little too thin, a little too quickly; there's no real substance to the game, which will likely have you switching off far too quickly.
  12. In the end, Destroy All Humans! just doesn't provide good value for money, and that's something the developers seem to have lost sight of.
  13. A flawed, funny, likeable game that doesn't quite live up to expectations.
  14. The concept is pure gold, and much of it works beautifully. We hope this becomes a series; a sequel that kept all the dark humor and cool powers, but explored and civilized its gameplay could utterly dominate us, and we wouldn't mind one bit.
  15. The game's got a solid story, pretty visuals, and good controls, and it's for the most part a very fun experience, but some targeting issues, unimpressive mini games, and maddeningly frustrating stealth elements keep Destroy All Humans from being a killer app.
  16. The meat of the game's storyline is rather fun, but it's over before you even know it - renting the game would probably be the most advisable thing in this situation.
  17. Xequted
    70
    The main positives going for Destroy All Humans are its enjoyable action sequences, but these are alienated by, what are in nature, dismal fetch and find missions that lack the originality that the game was trying to deliver in the first place.
  18. One of the most fun, enjoyable and hilarious games of the modern age and it's a crying shame to see such a rarity soiled by a few glaring issues.
  19. Pelaaja (Finland)
    70
    Destroy All Humans! is a successful mix of 3d-action, free roaming game play, conspiracy theories and sci-fi silliness. It has no apparent flaws but there's still something missing from the mission design and the game as a whole. It promises a bit more than it manages to deliver. [June 2005, p.64]

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. TonyP.
    Oct 6, 2005
    7
    Hey, who doesn't like playing around with telekinesis and blowing stuff up? Picking up cars and trucks then flinging them into enemies Hey, who doesn't like playing around with telekinesis and blowing stuff up? Picking up cars and trucks then flinging them into enemies alone makes this game worth playing, but sadly it doesn't make it worth a good score. Sadly lacking, the humor gets old and the missions tedious. The extras, mostly time races, are absolutely unplayable rubbish. Full Review »
  2. SallyS.
    Sep 20, 2005
    10
    I love the game because its so so awesome, cool and you shuold make a 2.
  3. mikep.
    Aug 30, 2005
    9
    Awesome awesome awesome!!! i need help on 1 misssion though. but still a briliant game!!!