Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Hands-On

Humans as mystery meat, bug-eyed alien invaders, and giant, flatulent robots--yeah, it's another Destroy All Humans! game.

Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed is THQ's latest episode in its comic alien-invasion series but the first game in the series to make an appearance on the Nintendo Wii. One peek at the game's subtitle is all you need to know regarding the game's trademark sense of humor, but once you peel away the double entendres, you'll see that bug-eyed "hero" Crypto is bringing some new firepower to the Wii for the game's February release.

Just remember, they aren't humans, they're ‘indigenous species.’

The plot in Big Willy Unleashed revolves around Crypto and his invasion supervisor, Pox, who, after being destroyed in the previous DAH! game, has come back to form a chain of fast-food restaurants known as Big Willy's. The secret ingredient on Big Willy's menu? Yeah, that would be the human corpses that pile up during Crypto's ultraviolent adventures, which are then converted into mystery meat. Yummy! Complicating matters is a competing franchise--run by a nefarious Colonel Kluckin--that has managed to undercut the costs of mystery meat by drawing up contracts with warring nations to "process" their wartime dead. Double yum! As Crypto, you'll assist Pox in his efforts to thwart Colonel Kluckin throughout the game.

If the mystery-meat plotline reminds you of the great 1973 Charlton Heston film Soylent Green, that shouldn't be a surprise. Previous Destroy All Humans! games have spoofed decades past (the original tackled the 1950s, and the sequel was set in the 1960s), and Big Willy Unleashed finds its tongue firmly planted in the cheek of the 1970s. In one early mission we saw, Crypto is asked to defend a Big Willy's restaurant from a horde of roller-skating chicks wielding bombs. Elsewhere, Crypto has the ability to cause enemies to dance to disco music (in true Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction fashion), effectively eliminating them temporarily.

Spontaneous boogying is just the beginning of Crypto's abilities. Though you start off with only the trusty lightning gun, you'll eventually come across new weapons to get your destruction on. Some of the best include the zombie gun, which turns victims into flesh-craving undead who will create more zombies when they attack other enemies; the ion detonator, which is essentially a remotely detonated grenade; and the all-important anal probe. While completing missions in Big Willy Unleashed, you'll have plenty of opportunities not just to earn new weapons, but also to collect customizable upgrades for your current stash. In addition, Crypto's mental superpowers will let him pick up objects or people and toss them, or stealthily move through some levels by bodysnatching (taking over) enemies. With this ability, you can move freely among enemies, but only temporarily; an enemy body will last you for only so long before you have to find a fresh one to commandeer, so you'll always want to have a replacement body nearby.

Although Crypto is a formidable foe in his own right, there are two other ways for him to cause considerable mayhem: when flying in his saucer and when inside a Big Willy mascot. The saucer will be familiar to anyone who's played previous DAH! games, though new weapons will help spice things up. They include the sonic boom, which sends a shockwave to disperse objects on the ground, and the electro cone, which lets you attack enemies directly beneath the saucer. The Big Willy mascots are essentially huge, mechanized robots--think of Bob's Big Boys with menacing grins and the ability to shoot death rays out of the eyes.

When piloting a Big Willy, you're really limited only by the amount of power you've got. If you run out of juice, you can either hop out and blast it with a lightning blast or simply grab humans you find along the way and pop their brains like Tic Tacs for a quick boost of energy. The Big Willy robots are powerfully strong, and you can easily pick up cars, trees, or other objects by pressing the A and B buttons together, and then toss them great distances or use them to pound enemies. Big Willy also has some weapons of his own: the aforementioned death ray, a nasty spewing attack, and an attack that's best described as a deadly area-of-effect fart blast.

Big Willy Unleashed will feature 23 missions across four invasion environments, and the missions will include everything from wholesale destruction to escort missions, fetch quests to objective defense, and a whole lot in between. In one mission, your goal is to first find a Big Willy to pilot in the hopes of destroying a group of scientists who are dead set on getting into Crypto's saucer and figuring out its secrets. A later mission in the game has Crypto helping Pox reconfigure his holographic display after incurring the blue screen of death, only to encounter a dreaded call with tech support, all the while dealing with a horde of enemies intent on taking him down. There's also multiplayer support for two players, with both cooperative and competitive options.

The Big Willy robot mascots are a force to be feared.

You control the camera with the Wii Remote, and character movement is handled with the analog stick on the Nunchuk. When you first tackle the game, the camera seems to be an immediate problem, given that it appears to always be at an inopportune angle. However, there are some ways to alleviate the frustration. First, you can hold down the C button to lock the camera in place, which lets you easily target enemies and objects by pointing with the Wii Remote. Secondly, the game has three levels of camera sensitivity that you can set in the menu, so you can find the right level for you.

Though Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed might not be for everyone, it's certainly the only game on the console that will let you take over the bodies of cows, force chickens to dance to disco music, and require you to field a soccer team of zombies. If that sounds up your demented alley, the game is heading your way on February 25.

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Diduseeasign
Diduseeasign

The 1st Destroy All Humans game was hilarious. One of the most entertaining games of last gen consoles. One of those games you stick on at say mid day, next thing you know its midnight.lol. One of the best aspects of the original was the open gameplay; just wandering around blowing stuff up and scaring unsuspecting citizens Sh*tless.lol. The gaming industry needs more comical games such as this because. lets face it, there are far too much serious storylines with mind blowing plot twists e.t.c. and at the end of the day, all you want is a bit of fun. Not that i dislike dramatic games, i just feel there isn't enough comedy out there.

MiiWiiNumber2
MiiWiiNumber2

i want too get it and it looks good but im saving up for mario kart for wii and super smash bros brawl but for anyone out there who is on the fence, get it! because its like a funny halo

Ernieboii
Ernieboii

how long would you be able to go on after finishing all the mission? hopefully a timespan like gta or driver (aka long!!!)

Djinnator
Djinnator

looks fun, I might pick it up over summer.

Sgt_Napalm
Sgt_Napalm

SanDigital: How is that "Tiresome?" Biggie: It seems that all Wii screens turn out bad for some reason. It Won't look like that on the screen. The storyline seems fun. And I'm sure that they put alot of work into it to make it last long, so the quality is almost gauranteed. At the end of the day, I think everyone will be satisfied.

Biggie_Shmin
Biggie_Shmin

@Kevcomesripping - I would have to agree with you there. The screenshots do look rather pixelated. Mind you, that's what I thought bout the Mario Kart ones. For me, it appears to be the way my computer views them. We'll just have to wait until it's released, play it ourselves and make judgements then.. There are only two things I am concerned about: 1) The storyline seems a bit shoddy to me. Did they make it up in five minutes? From what has been mentioned in this article, the plot sounds, well, rubbish. 2) The new developers; can they emulate Pandemic's achievements? To say I can't wait to get in a giant advertising mascot and 'pop human brains like tictacs' would be a grave understatement. Bring it!

SanDigital
SanDigital

At first, I was interested. Then I read that the camera is controlled by pointing the wiimote at the screen. I HATE that. It is so annoying (and tiresome) to have to point at the screen the whole time. I'd rather the camera control just be on the D-pad.

Sgt_Napalm
Sgt_Napalm

@ Chappy Man: Pandemic is not making it, a new developer called Locomotive games is making this. That is a funny trailer. Love it!!! Game has a good future!!

ChileanSeba
ChileanSeba

amazing trailer, one of the bests ive ever seen

lukiat
lukiat

It looks hilarious, i think of its on going to be revolutionay on the sci fi shooters on the wii...

daysanew
daysanew

I doubt they are using the Wii's full power because they are trying to push the game through for a quick buck using the engine. I like the series, but the wii remote isn't going to make it anything special.

chappy_man
chappy_man

Looks pretty good, cant wait to play this one, Pandemic has always made good games it seems.

veggie530
veggie530

I want to play Path of the Furon, darn it...

erikrulz007
erikrulz007

i cought that too, jokul! i can't wait for all of the "big willy" jokes!

MrAchievement
MrAchievement

Even as a 360 Fanboy... I am looking forward to this one. I have been a Fan of the Series since the original time and thought the Devs were going to bring us another Gem. I can't wait to put my Hands-on Big Willy! Crypto FTW!

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

I'm all for artistic value, but these screens look really, really horrible.... the Wii does indeed have more processing power than the gamecube... why isn't anyone using it?

Jokul
Jokul

Any one else had a giggle at the fact this preview is Big Willy Hands on? :D

curua02
curua02

I'm not playing through another one of these if Crypto still sounds like a retarded Clint Eastwood.

someguy503
someguy503

I only played Co-op with my friend on the 2nd one, that was pretty fun

gamer6464
gamer6464

second comment, yes it does sound fun