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Humankind Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Humankind is a strategy game where you develop a civilisation through the many ages of humanity's existence, from the nomadic tribes of ancient history to the space age. In many ways comparable to The Civilization games, it offers an immersive world, full of diplomacy, fighting, conquest and expansion, in which to play, offering you the chance to relive and reshape history, and build the future.

In each of the game's six eras, you choose a culture, or faction, to play as through that era. These societies offer different bonuses and penalties, based on their real historical traits, and you need to develop different strategies for each one (there are a million different permutations!). This adds rich replay value as you can go back after completing the game with one society from each era and play again with another. At the end of each era, you then choose which civilisation you want to play as in the next, and the cycle starts over again.

You choose how you want to expand your influence, be it through military domination of other regions or diplomacy; you control the military, develop cities, use politics to your advantage and more as you do so. Combat is turn-based and with surprising depth, offering multiple ways to claim victory over the opposing force. You need to carefully manage resources and choose which areas to invest in; food industry, gold, science, influence, and fame, each offer different perks and allow you to expand in different ways.

Additional content adds more cultures to pay as; at the moment, the Cultures of Africa pack allows you to experience and celebrate parts of African culture ranging across the whole continent and its long and vibrant history. More of these expansions are set to be released in the future that will allow you to immerse yourself in even more cultures.

It's a unique take on the genre, which builds on games like the Civilization games, while adding on the ability to play as different cultures and expand in new ways, allowing for broadened creative expression and a chance for rich and detailed stories to be told.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 17/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Amplitude (@Amplitude)

Players: 1 (8 online)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 30 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. You can play against other players online, vying for resources, territory and power.

Cross-Platform: Play between PC and Mac.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence and Bad Language. This game features moderate violence in the context of battles between different civilisations. Battles are shown from a top-down perspective, allowing players to zoom in and out of the action, with individual characters representing larger numbers of soldiers. When characters are hit, they let out a cry and fall to the ground, disappearing from view. There are no blood effects. There is use of mild bad language ('bloody').
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language and Mild Violence. Players send troops (e.g., infantry, swordsmen) and eventually military vehicles (e.g., tanks, helicopters, battleships) to hunt animals and attack rival units. Fighting is turn-based, highlighted by battle cries, clashing sounds, gunfire, and small explosions. Some timeline events reference alcohol/legality of alcohol (e.g., Prohibition). The words “damn” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

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Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. There is an expansion for the game called "Cultures of Africa" which adds 8 new playable cultures, all centred around African cultures throughout the ages.

The Deluxe Edition of the game comes with the game, the soundtrack, music inspired by the cultures in the game, and a digital poster.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Humankind Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
While there are lots of difficulty levels to choose from, you can only do so at the beginning of a save file. You can choose the complexity of the tutorial, deciding whether you need a tutorial on everything in the game (for players less familiar with the genre) or only on the more novel elements of the game (for those who have experience with the genre).

Along with ith difficulty, you choose the "Pace" of the game, which dictates how long you have on each go.

The text throughout is often small and doesn't always contrast well with the background (but you can change the colour of it, along with several other game elements, individually). You can choose how much of the game you want subtitles for.

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