Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed Reviews (Wii)
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This games feels like more of a wanna-be than the real deal. The idea of bringing the Wii-mote to bear in a game like this sounds great on paper, but the execution is terrible. Combine bad controls with a rushed game, shortened missions, a lackluster script, and a dearth of originality, and this Big Willy should have been kept in his cage.
Cheat Code Central (2008)
In the end, though, despite any flaws it may have, Big Willy Unleashed is a fun game. 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. If you've played an FPS before, you already know what to expect. On top of that, the controls aren't even that great -- a must for any good Wii shooter. Still, it's a good game for those who liked past Destroy All Humans titles, and it's not a bad choice if you're looking for a fun, albeit not-very-original shooting title.
GamesRadar (Feb 29, 2008)
The Wii doesn't have many landmark games, and if you're looking for innovation, hot graphics, or really anything unusual, Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed probably isn't your horse. But, if you're okay with a little mostly mindless fun and some clever, darkly humorous writing, this is well worth a shot. Just watch yourself - after this many anal probes, you may never look at a rectal thermometer the same way again.
GamingExcellence (Apr 08, 2008)
Big Willy Unleashed is an interesting title to play, but it lacks the longevity of other sandbox titles like it. While running around with explosive alien weaponry is fun, without any actual goal or reward for your carnage it can become somewhat dull. The missions feel like the only time the game gets really fun or challenging and unfortunately, there aren’t too many of them. It’s a decent enough game to play, but it really doesn’t have enough staying power beyond the main missions. You can play with the Big Willy, but just don’t expect it to last too long.
4Players.de (Mar 13, 2008)
Die wesentlichen und vor allem allen Widrigkeiten trotzenden Elemente haben sich von den ersten Destroy All Humans!-Teilen auch in die Wii-Variante "Big Willy entfesselt" gerettet: Humor, Erforschen, viel Action und Zerstörung stehen auch im Fuchtelzeitalter der Siebziger auf dem Programm - nur alles zahmer. Die Witze zünden nur selten, an der Action hat man sich irgendwann satt gesehen und die Soundkulisse ist nur noch ein Schatten früherer Zeiten. Dennoch: In kleinerer Dosierung weiß Crypto zu gefallen. Die Missionsstruktur und die offene (wenngleich kleine) Welt gehen in Ordnung, die Steuerung passt und für ein bisschen Zerstörung ist immer Zeit. Jetzt hoffen wir allerdings, dass Crypto wenigstens mit dem HD-Ableger "Der Weg des Furons" zu alter Qualität zurückkehren kann...
Daily Game (Apr 27, 2008)
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.
Gameswelt (Mar 28, 2008)
Witzig ist die erste Wii-Episode von 'Destroy All Humans' auf jeden Fall. Zudem sorgt das tolle 1970er-Jahre-Flair für Atmosphäre. Wenn sich Crypto und Pox über die richtige Menschenfleischmischung für einen Burger streiten, bleibt kein Auge trocken. Leider ist der Rest von 'Big Willy: Entfesselt' nur durchschnittlich. Spielerisch kennt man fast alles aus den Vorgängern und wirklich interessant sind die Missionen allesamt nicht. Zu allem Überfluss steuert sich das Spiel auf der Wii ziemlich ungenau und die Grafik ist sogar schlechter als die der Vorgängertitel auf der PS2. So bleibt das Spiel allenfalls für Fans der beiden verrückten Aliens eine gute Wahl, alle anderen warten auf die kommenden Next-Gen-Spiele im 'Destroy All Humans'-Universum.
Nintendo-Online.de (Apr 07, 2008)
Ein technisch unausgereiftes Spiel, welches aber durch das etwas andere Thema und den ganz speziellen Humor zum Spielen anregen kann. Auch die vielen freizuschaltenden Extras und eine Spielzeit von über 10 Stunden bei 40 Missionen können den Spieler am Bildschirm halten. Die Synchronisation ist Klasse geworden und der „fehlende“ Multiplayermodus ist zu verschmerzen. Für den nächsten Teil ist allerdings eine bessere Präsentation Pflicht!
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (Mar 12, 2008)
Big Willy Unleashed mostly feels like a PSP game expanded to fit your television, but it's still a reasonably good time if you're already a fan of the franchise. If you're new, though, start with one of the earlier titles.
Mygamer.com (Apr 09, 2008)
While Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed is pretty much the opposite of what makes the Wii a dynamic console. Rather than taking an average game and making it fun like it was intended, it took a decent game and turned it to crap. It would’ve been a fun game if it let you just break out the Gamecube controller and DESTROY ALL HUMANS with a tried-and-true control scheme…but this wasn’t the case. All you can get out of this game is a few laughs in the intro, and a couple more in the first few missions before you get frustrated and bring the game back. The PSP version may be worth a second glance if it doesn’t get axed like its brother on the PS2.
GameCola.net (Apr, 2008)
The series is over the hill, and if it doesn’t start trying something new or going in a new direction, the next game, slated for a 2008 release on the PS3 and titled Destroy all Humans! Path of the Furon, is going to tank, and rightfully so. If you were a fan of the first two games, you will most likely find yourself disappointed here, but it’s worth renting to get a taste of the series. Most likely it will make you want to go back and play an earlier title. If you’re new to the series, there is no harm in picking it up used or renting it. In fact, I would recommend it, because there are good things to be had here.
1UP (Feb 27, 2008)
Big Willy Unleashed doesn't bring enough to the series to make it feel fresh to veteran players, but it could provide a decent amount of entertainment to newcomers. 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.
IGN (Mar 12, 2008)
With Pandemic moving on to other projects, however, newcomer Locomotive Games was asked to duplicate the same experience here on Wii, and that’s no easy task. The end result is 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. It’s still fun to go nuts with the anal probe gun, rip heads off of pedestrians with the giant arms of Big Willy, and chuckle at the campy VO with a stupid grin on our faces, but the gameplay just doesn’t hold up in the long run. You captured our hearts – and adolescent minds – with the potty humor, but the gameplay and overall polish needs to be kicked up a few notches for this one to go the distance.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Apr, 2008)
The new motion controls generally succeed but can be a little confusing because they differ when you're controlling Crypto or a vehicle. Newcomers to the series will enjoy the mindless destruction and blowing up people indiscriminately - I'm just tired of retreading old ground.
GameZone (Mar 07, 2008)
Big Willy Unleashed is not the strongest entry in the Destroy All Humans! series and on the Nintendo Wii it’s not a very balanced one either. Sure, the humor and the wacky missions are present but this one lacks all the groovy elements that would have made this one a real gas, man.
GameSpot (Mar 06, 2008)
Finally, there's the ability to enlist the help of a friend to take part in multiplayer. Your options are pretty limited, though; you can go head-to-head against another player in an effort to hold as many beacons as you can within a set time limit, or you can work side-by-side to defend a Big Willy restaurant from waves of troops. This tacked-on multiplayer doesn't add anything to the experience and only continues the general theme of disappointment established by the campaign. It would be tough to recommend such an underwhelming sequel right out of the gate, but if you can find it down the road on sale, it might be worth it for the few chuckles it offers.
I really wanted to love Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed. However, I couldn't help but be disappointed as a huge fan of the series. The game really does feel like a step backwards from the stellar originals. 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. If you're a huge fan of the series, it's worth picking up once it hits the sale bin, although by then you'll probably be playing Path of the Furon (the next game in the series, set to hit Xbox 360 and PS3 this summer). For everyone else, it's worth a rent if you've got a Wii and you're craving some destruction.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 01, 2008)
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.
Extreme Gamer (Mar 07, 2008)
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed is not going to restore this franchise to its former glory. The way things are going Destroy All Humans! might stay rated with the source material its using. Hope isn’t over and luckily we will get the full on next-generation treatment with the Path of Furon set to be released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. For the verdict on Big Willy Unleashed, it’s a rental at most. In moderation, it’s a fun and funny romp around town as everyone’s favourite cynical alien, Crypto. Let’s hope Locomotive Games can keep their minds of genitalia and come back strong with the Path of Furon.
Gamer 2.0 (Mar 19, 2008)
On the whole, Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed isn’t a terrible game. It does tend to get a bit repetitive after a while. Thankfully the game is pretty short, and most people should be able to blow through it in less than a night. Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed is a pretty decent rental. It’s worth trying out but it’s hard to recommend it at full price.
Worth Playing (Apr 04, 2008)
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. With controls that are awkward at best, humor that gets tired within the first 15 minutes, and a cannibalism-based plotline that inspires nothing but apathy, Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed is likely to disappoint anyone who enjoyed the first title in the franchise. If you are a permissive parent with a son in his early teens, this might make a good pull from the $20 bargain bin at your local video game store. Otherwise, you're better off probing a different title.
GamePro (US) (Mar 31, 2008)
All in all, Big Willy isn't a bad game by any means-it's just a game that's been made before, and executed better in its past incarnations. 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. Still, if you desperately need your homicidal alien fix and you're just sporting a Wii, you might want to give Big Willy a try, if not solely for the open-world exploration and carnage--just don't climb aboard Crypto's saucer with the highest of expectations.
videogamer.com (Mar 13, 2008)
A smattering of two-player cooperative and versus game modes are also on offer, but there's no co-op play during the main campaign, which is a shame - combined vehicle use might have solved the control issues. 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.
Game Chronicles (May 23, 2008)
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.
Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 12, 2008)
Pandemic ayant été racheté par Electronic Arts, THQ a dû confier la licence Destroy all Humans à un autre studio, Locomotive Games. Et le résultat est malheureusement là, sans appel : Lâchez le Gros Willy est incontestablement le moins bon titre de la série. Il lui reste bien quelques qualités, mais elles sont trop enfouies sous une masse de problèmes pour élever le jeu au-delà de la moyenne.
Game Informer Magazine (May, 2008)
The only enjoyment comes from the senseless destruction that is heightened by the ability to control a towering Big Willy robot. Nonetheless, this is a sad day for humanity haters.
Game Revolution (Mar 17, 2008)
While Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed doesn’t quite reach the bar set by its predecessors, it let’s you have enough fun taking out your aggression on those silly Homo Sapiens that it’s worth playing. Still, it will get old after a while. I mean, how many anal probes can you insert before it gets boring? Wait, don’t answer that. But if you’re in the kind of mood that makes you want to wipe out the human race, give Big Willy Unleashed a try.
Thunderbolt Games (Mar 29, 2008)
It’s a shame. Big Willy Unleashed has some great ideas, but the game is hindered by a few major problems. 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. The sheer amount of weapons, abilities, and the Big Willy mecha are the only things keeping the game from going stale. Wandering through the massive levels can be fun, but the horrendous camera and laggy controls can make even the easiest tasks a chore. Considering what’s been seen on the Wii, the graphics are a joke. The cultural references and hilarious plot are certainly clever, but the overused “Big Willy” jokes are beyond irritating. But hey, you get to make people’s heads explode with an anal probe. That’s got to be worth something.
Gamers' Temple, The (2008)
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. If you are a die-hard DAH fan or you simply need a 3rd person action game on the Wii, you could do worse than Big Willy Style. But if you only have a curious, passing interest in the game, I’d recommend skipping it. Now get back to playing Smash Bros!
Game Critics (May 22, 2008)
Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed is just like its predecessors, only more so. 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. Congratulations, THQ, you’ve published the same game three times. Too bad nobody tried to fix what was wrong with it, or understood what about the formula worked and why.
Atomic Gamer (Mar 24, 2008)
Avoid Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed at pretty much all costs. The developers have no idea how to make the Wii work so you can expect graphics that would have looked bad 10 years ago, while the story and gameplay are so mind-numbingly dull and stupid that it's hard to find fun in this one even if you try really hard. THQ needs to quietly retire this franchise or at least put it away until they can get a decent development studio to come up with something that's at least mediocre. Hell, I could almost understand it if this game was twenty bucks or something, but the full $49.99 price tag makes this one a laughably bad choice. Stay away.
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. I haven't even mentioned the Big Willy Mech that you gain control of a fair way into the game - using this is the most fun you can have and for a few minutes you can actually forget about all of the things that the game does wrong. But even with this, you only unlock it after traipsing through so many boring missions that by this point you deserve an award for lasting so long. Sadly, Destroy All Humans! has lost its touch and the series' debut on Wii simply isn't worth abducting from your local gaming store for a good probing.
GameSpy (Mar 03, 2008)
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. It would make for a good rental to kill a weekend, but ultimately this Big Willy feels a little limp.
Deeko (Mar 25, 2008)
I can't believe I managed to get through the game, but it's short and that's really a bonus in the case of Big Willy. Seriously, this is a game that came out of the oven half baked. If more time had been taken with it, perhaps the outlook would have been more positive, but as the game stands, it is a shining example of how not to cash in on a franchise. The series deserves better than this.
Gamekult (Mar 11, 2008)
Occupés par la suite next-gen de leur licence extra-terrestre, les studios Pandemic ont eu la mauvaise idée de déléguer la version Wii à d'autres développeurs visiblement moins consciencieux. Inférieur en tous points à ses aînés, Destroy All Humans : Lâchez le gros Willy ! ne pourra plus compter que sur son humour graveleux et parodique, ses armes impitoyables et son nouveau Big Willy pour attirer les joueurs découvrant Cortex et Pox sur la console de Nintendo. Pour les aficionados de la première heure, il sera certainement plus sage d'attendre Path of the Furon, en misant sur une évolution positive de la série.
Gaming Age (Mar 11, 2008)
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.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 22, 2008)
To sum up, Destroy All Humans: 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. The jokes on You've Been Framed seem like they were written by Bill Hicks. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Entertainment Depot, The (Apr 14, 2008)
Well, you can terrorize a town with a flying saucer, giant mascot, and an array of super sci-fi weapons. That sounds pretty awesome, right? Unfortunately, Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed is ugly, derivative, and intent on driving you crazy with bad jokes. There is a core game that anchors all of the Destroy All Humans! series, and this release is no exception, but I would leave Big Willy Unleashed for only the unhealthily obsessed folk, content to ignore its faults in favor of gleefully smashing a city underneath giant plastic feet.
Gaming Nexus (Apr 24, 2008)
The gameplay in Destroy All Humans is getting stale, and Big Willy Unleashed beats the dead horse with a death ray. The series’ once sarcastic humor has been reduced to sophomoric fare that only 12 year old boys will laugh at, which makes the tired mechanics and low production values even more glaring. While it has some good ideas, this game doesn’t cut it as a sequel and merits a rental at most.