Recently, I picked up a few games on sale that have been on my wishlist for a while: Destroy All Humans, Star Wars Rogue Squadron, and Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car and All-American Racing. Here are a few thoughts:
Destroy All Humans – I really wanted to play this game when it was originally released in 2005. It looked fun, absurd, and over-the-top, but it also looked like it might lack depth. The game never seemed to drop low enough in price for me to snatch it up, so I just kept passing on it until the entire franchise had run its course and it slowly faded from the public’s eye.
A few months back, the game was remastered and re-released which intrigued me. I knew for the right price I’d pick it up and $15 at Target was the right price.
I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve played this game and how much I’ve enjoyed it. My inital thoughts were right back in 2005, it lacks depth, but I think that is part of the charm in 2020. It’s simple. I pick it up, destroy some humans and buildings, and move onto the next mission. There is no open world or anything overly complicated, its just a simple, fun game.
The only complaint I have with it is the dialogue gets repetitive and I’m not the biggest fan of some of the stealth missions. Nonetheless, for $15 this was a great buy although I doubt I would have paid more for it.
Star Wars Squadrons – I originally went to Target to buy this game for $25, when I ran across Destroy All Humans. I assumed I would spend most of my time playing Star Wars, but Destroy All Humans has dominated my free time. That’s not to say Squadrons is a bad game.
Squadrons is a first person flight based Star Wars game not too unlike all the X-Wing games of the 90’s. It’s fast paced, beautiful, and plays quite well. I’m fascinated by how well they utilized the limited controls on the PS4 controller to navigate the ship, control your power, and the like. It’s got a slight learning curve, but its not as bad as I expected.
I won’t be playing it online because I’ve never been all that good at flying games, but I’m enjoying the very short single player campaign for the time being. I’m a few missions in and I’m enjoying it. So far, it’s worth the $25 I spent on it.
Tony Stewart’s Spring Car Racing and All-American Racing – These are two games that were released digitally this year by Monster Games, the previous developer of the NASCAR video game series. Growing up, my favorite driver was Tony Stewart, and I love dirt track racing so these games interested me. We haven’t had a real spring car game since the PS2, so this was a long time coming.
Walmart is selling a disc with both games on it for $33. Each game was retailing for $29.99 so this seemed like an excellent deal. I was a bit disappointed when I popped in the disc and it started downloading digital copies of the games. I guess, the CD just worked as a sort of key which I’ve never experienced before.
I started with Sprint Car racing and I ended up putting in way more time than I expected. The game plays incredibly well, has a decent selection of tracks, and the perfect amount of options. I don’t like getting into games where I have to customize and set up everything. I like to have some control and some basic management of wear and tear, but I don’t want to spend twenty minutes before every race messing with settings, parts, sponsors, and the like. This game offers the perfect balance of those options for me that allows me to focus on racing and not on management.
I love how fair and balanced the AI seems to be. I work hard racing solid groves and trying to find the fastest way around each track. I’m just in awe at how much I enjoy this game and how well it plays considering it’s a budget niche title.
I only raced one race in All-American, I decided to take it one game at a time, but from what I heard, the developers only improved with the second title.