Invasion of "The Package"
No matter what generation, nationality, or religion, humanity loves the though of aliens existing within our galaxy. Movies like Independent Day, War of the Words, Enoch always hit home with the Alien loving Fan base.
When Pandemic and THQ released DAH!1, the game almost had a cult like response, and the success of the title was followed up by a greatly anticipated second game. Like the first game, the storyline of the game is set back in the hay-days of America's youth. While the first game was set in the 1940s, DAH!2 has its grubby little paws, set in America's drug induced dirty liberal uprising, of the 1960s.
DAH!2 still has some of original humor that made the first game an instant hit. People will still scream when Crypto runs amok in a city, blasting and frapping helpless bystanders. While graphically, the game still has some flaws, there are some noticeable improvements with character control, and some changes with game play with improving weapons and upgrades.
The most noticeable change, has to be to Crypto himself. Blessed with a fancy suit of amour, and gentalia, which is mention countless times throughout the game, Crypto also sports some new weapons and a few new techno gadgets on his saucer. Most impressive, is the Cloaking device, that was mentioned in the credits of DAH!1. Such changes are to be expected with a sequel, and while there is no more pointless harvesting of DNA from helpless country folk, the game does replace DNA harvesting, with Furon Tech Cells. These can ether be earned in Missions, Side Quest, or located in various positions all over the map.
This seems fun, for the first few hours, but after having to accomplish this in each new area, I soon start to miss the fun of DNA harvesting. At least I was able to Anal Probe cows...
Most of Crypt’s weapons are still the same, with some new ones thrown into the mix. Experienced players will find themselves playing mostly with the weapons of the original. Since they are most effective. Weapons set aside, Crypto still has his cloning tank, giving him an advantage over most of his opponents. Simply die in a mission, and Crypto finds himself respawned, fully armed and ready to continue on. I'm a cheap bastard, and even I thought this gave the player oversized safety net.
With the poor jokes littering the dialog, and the really bad sexual humor, this lounge lizard humor will leave a bad taste in some of the gamers that fell in love with the games originality. Sadly, I found myself skipping the dialog, not having to suffer though the same jokes... Over and over, again.
Still, the game has some major points of comedy. The game is chock full of hippies... and I Hate hippies. Thanks to the first mission, you get to frag hippies. After that, you can frag as many of the little flower power asswhipes as you want. Awesome. On a side note... Since Crypto is an alien, and aliens = bad in the eyes of humans... The game takes the original Holo Bob to the next level, with Body snatching... Basically Crypto can overtake any human host for a short time, or till his host dies. Like I haven't seen that before.
I'm still a big fan of the games, and I've always enjoyed Pandemic's games, but DAH!2 fans of the original game will be disappointed by the games cheap and shallow humor and unoriginal game play and storyline. Also, while sex jokes are funny, after hearing the same damn jokes for 15 hours will make anyone want to throw this game into a trash compactor.
Pros: It’s Crypto, everyone’s favorite alien... Who shags humans?
Cons: Unoriginal to boot.
Pros: Blowing stuff up is fun, especially Hippies!
Cons: Same jokes, same game play. Not much replay value.
Final Note: DAH!1 and DAH!2 get major points for being original, funny and violent to boot. Still, both games fell short of what fans expected. Limited replay value, limited multiplayer, and the same crappy jokes. DAH!2 is worth a rental, but not worth 40 bucks, past or present.