Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Hands-On

We take to the streets as Crypto, wreaking havoc with new mind powers, weapons, and more.

The thrill of the Destroy All Humans! series has always been the hilarious, as well as multifarious, ways in which you can torment and annihilate humans. As we discovered during a recent THQ press event, the upcoming Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon takes this malicious endeavor to a whole new scale with large, wide-open levels, as well as a bevy of sinister new weapons and mind powers.

It says ‘Destroy’ right there in the title. What did you expect?

Path of the Furon is set in the 1970s and stars everyone's favorite Furon, Crypto, who has been taking a break from destroying humans to live the luxurious life of a Vegas casino owner. Crypto is forced to flee this life when he is unexpectedly attacked by another Furon, who we later discover to be a cult leader of Alienology (can you guess who they're satirizing?). As Crypto begins to plot his revenge, he hears a voice in his head, telling him that he must seek enlightenment if he is to conquer his enemy. This is the voice of The Master, an ancient Furon who guides Crypto throughout the game. It turns out reaching enlightenment requires meditation to increase Crypto's mind powers so that he can then use his powers to destroy his Furon nemesis. And all humans.

There are five expansive levels in the game, and the one we got our hands on contained a regular metropolis-type area, as well as a Vegas-esque casino area. Flying freely around with Crypto's trusty jetpack, we amused ourselves with such familiar weapons as the anal probe, the disintegrator ray, and the ion detonator. Eventually arriving at a mission checkpoint, we got the chance to try out a new weapon: the Venus human trap. We deployed this nasty piece of work in the middle of an intersection where it promptly sprouted and began grabbing people with its sizable tentacles to gobble them up. We used our psychokinetic mind power to grab more people to feed the beast, which subsequently grew larger and produced more power-ups for us to collect. Other new weapons we sampled included the black hole gun, which created a giant vortex that consumed anyone in range. There was also the super ball gun, which caused the target to bounce around like a super ball, doing damage to itself and whatever it bounced into, all the while trailing a brightly colored rainbow from its posterior. The real delight we discovered with Path of the Furon was the ability to use our weapons, mind powers, and jetpack all at the same time. We performed such preposterous actions as PK grabbing one human and using the PK magnet power to attract other humans, creating a writhing human Katamari ball. Then, taking to the sky with our ball o' humans, we attached an ion detonator to the group and chucked it out over the skyline. The group flew in a loose cluster for a few seconds, then exploded in grand fashion, scattering destroyed humans all over the place. Combining weapons, mind powers, and the jetpack expands the destructive options at your command exponentially. We're of the mind that you can never go wrong with more destructive options.

Another intriguing new element in Path of the Furon is the time stop ability. With this, we could freeze time for a brief period, grab anyone or anything, position it anywhere, and watch mayhem ensue when time unfroze. Complementing this delightful power is the time fist ability, which enabled us to imbue any frozen object with a directional impulse. For example, we grabbed a human and gave it an impulse in the direction of a truck. When time unfroze, the human went flying into the side of the truck at a tremendous speed, causing the truck to explode. Another application we witnessed was the freezing and redirecting of a tank shell, which caused the tank to essentially blow itself up. As Crypto meditates and increases his power, you can freeze time for longer, allowing you to create more elaborately destructive scenarios. All humans are really going to have a tough time of it in Path of the Furon.

Crypto’s concern for the fate of humanity really brings people together.

Crypto's signature ride, the UFO, is back and has five nasty weapons with which you can play. The formidable quantum destructor will cause a small nuclear explosion, destroying all humans and gutting all buildings within a large radius. Amusingly, this device does not kill humans inside buildings, so after you use it, you can count on a fresh supply of targets to stream out of the doors in terror, ripe for abduction or destruction. Buildings can be leveled by concentrating firepower on them for a short bit and will crumble differently depending on where you aim your assault.

Destroyed buildings remain destroyed and scarred surfaces will remain scarred, allowing you to appreciate the scope of your handiwork. Crypto plus his explosive endeavors are all vibrantly and sharply rendered on the Xbox 360 version we played, as are the faces on the terrified humans he pursues. There was no structural pop-in, so the skyline stayed consistent, though there was some texture pop-in as we approached far-off objects. Still a few months from hitting your 360 or PlayStation 3, Path of Furon looks sharp and offers a great array of new ways to wreak havoc. We'll have more on this latest entry in the Destroy All Humans! series as its release draws closer.

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Chris enjoys aiming down virtual sights, traipsing through fantastical lands, and striving to be grossly incandescent.

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ThePitt-man
ThePitt-man

coool but rite here it says its been canceled T.T

shorten51
shorten51

i cant wait to use the new quantum destructor

blu329
blu329

This game looks awesome i have to get it!!

joshsmith16
joshsmith16

I wish it would come out already! ME WANNA PLAY NOW!

bh147
bh147

YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS...... about time

BloodWerewolf
BloodWerewolf

I'm already excited. More human killing with none of the guilt.

barrenkillakan
barrenkillakan

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Mothman301
Mothman301

holy crap.....this is totally AWSOME

david1233
david1233

$h*t im a huge Destroy all humans fan, i have ta first one , have played the second and the third was one of the first games I got for my Wii and I think it could have been great (sadly the controls and the story let it down) I think this game looks great and I wished this would come out on Wii or PSP. Even PS2 4 gods sake!!!

pox18
pox18

one of the best game series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait

barrenkillakan
barrenkillakan

I cant wait till it comes out, ive played and loved every one of there games, i just hope it doesnt end up like big willy

Phoenix-61
Phoenix-61

This actually looks brilliant!!! I Hope It will be better than it was for the Wii. Also hope it will come to the Wii as well...

Mistique80
Mistique80

One of the best game yet. Do you think it will be better than Bad Company? 10/10

greatnate
greatnate

This is going to be one of the first games for my ps3! Can't wait until the demo is released in August.

joe_998
joe_998

I can't wait for demo and game!!! :D

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

i think this game will be very successful... i have very high expectations for this game... and i hope it lives up to everything it's cracked up to be!

DoomtheGrav
DoomtheGrav

This game is going to be awesome. (test post, ignore)

AngstOverlord
AngstOverlord

It's nice that with the power of the new generation of systems most of the ideas which couldn't be used in the first two games can finally be implemented. They tried have the laser slice buildings in the original title but it just killed the hardware. Each major game comes closer to realizing the original vision as far as devices and interactivity are concearned. The second game's body snatching and item transfiguration were both pitched for the first game but couldn't be fit in. The asiatic alien master makes me a little bit apprehensive but it could work out fine. It all comes down to mayhem and humor. Thus far at least one half of that pair has been very showcased and looks in fine condition. The addition of time manipulation just adds so much more potential for making humanity's life a little more complicated.

scott981992
scott981992

OMG thats sooo kewl! its gonna be released on my birthday month =D i would have liked it to be released earlier...but.... its the same thing with Brawl, they kept pushing it forward but that made the game better than it would have

joe_998
joe_998

I can't wait tell september!!!! =D I've been waiting since July 2007 and I want it!!! But yeah I do want some new information about the scars left on the buildings, but I'm sure they go away after you save & quit. Just wish they released a demo on the Gamer Day. I heard somewhere it's 408p; 720p; and 1080i. So it's not gonna have perfect graphics. It's ment for a basic HD TV.

DeltaCobra
DeltaCobra

acceptable is spelt like ^^^^^^^^^^^^

360nly
360nly

Destroy All Humans....Niiiccceee

FistandantilusX
FistandantilusX

I like the idea of persistent damage, as long as when I leave and come back, the damage has been fixed so that I can do it all over again Also they definitely need to have branching upgrades for the weapons, and I need to keep my Zap-o-matic But I loved the first two games, and I'm getting this one

Altiar25
Altiar25

this game does look good. I enjoyed the first one but hated the second one. I like the look of this but one thing bothers me. The scarring. Yes it looks funny and cool and stuff but im not sure if i would want it there FOREVER. They should make a weapon where u can heal scarring or like a reset button. Also if you felt like going on a mass destruction path and destroy TONS of buildings and scarring loads of roads you might regret it afterwards. I need to no more about the scarring first before i get this.

km1498
km1498

I loved the first two and will definitely be getting this.

dutch777
dutch777

hmmm sounds ok, but don't think i will run out and buy it.

curua02
curua02

The new weapons do sound entertaining. But unless the devs have gotten better writers, voice actors, and animators since the last game, I don't have the patience to suffer through the god-awful quips and cutscenes anymore.

thanatose
thanatose

I loved the first two games and can't wait to get my hands on this one. :)

Chaos_Bladez
Chaos_Bladez

I can't wait for this game. I really want it! :D

brievolz84
brievolz84

I can't wait for this game!!! Sounds awesome. Does it really matter if the graphics aren't cutting edge? I mean if you have the money a PC will always look much better then a console because the console is constant and the PC is upgradable. Graphics aren't the best thing to have in a game. I much rather have crappy graphics but a great story then awesome graphics and a crappy story.

maggamuffin
maggamuffin

5t's not exactly that great looking of a game though. The textures look very flat and the effects look painfully unbelievable. This looks like a exceptable PC game of 3-4 years ago.

m-diddy
m-diddy

it looks like a cool seris i could really get into

AJ-2K7
AJ-2K7

the people who thought this are genius! ABSOLUTE GENIUS! einstein eat ur heart out

ChestyMcGee
ChestyMcGee

The way that building's deforming in the first picture looks quite amazing and, more to the point, ALOT of fun!

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

this game kinda looks like fun....ive never played any of these, they seemed like garbage titles..maybe i was wrong tho?

Kill1390
Kill1390

Yay!!!! Kill Kill Kill!!!! I loved Destroy all Humans 1 and 2 so I am heartily waiting for this game to be released, specially for the 360?! It will be magnificent to fry puny humans with the ray gun.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

These games are fun because its all about just running around causing mayhem. I think I might actually pick this one up instead of just renting like i did with all the others. But I will wait for release to make that decision. :P

CapoX
CapoX

looks actually pretty good.. might be fun to destroy buildings. :D let´s enable destroy mode.

zymn1
zymn1

holy crap. haha, i giant ball of humans. thats great.

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

i am so Happy for this game i want to blow up stuff!

DaAlienMan
DaAlienMan

Yeah BOY!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally new info!!! :D :D :D can't stop smiling!!