See How Inhuman You Can Be In Human Element

Who need punch when you have bomb? Fake-Zangief knows secret of universe, da?

No such thing as too many zombie games, right? Robotoki’s upcoming Human Element is a fast-paced shooter-slash-base-management chimera that takes place 35 years after the end of an undead uprising. Humanity has broken into gun-loving factions, and is now clamoring over what few resource-rich outposts remain.

The recent minute-long trailer is a Michael Bay madhouse that opens with a Zangief-lookalike strapping some dynamite to his motorcycle, tearing through the desert after some dudes, and – and that should tell you everything you need to know about the tone, really. According to the website, Human Element is a mix of Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag, with teams of up to five players racing about the world and pulping each other into giblets as they fight for control over those bastions of wealth. Players will be able to surreptitiously attach bombs to vehicles, enlist AI guards into the service of their homes, shoot other people’s guards so they turn into zombies (while avoiding having the same done to their guards), and drive around with a gun-toting maniac in their backseat. Also, survivors, AKA human players, can be customized and upgraded. Obviously.

Robotoki’s website hasn’t really gone into extensive detail about the amount of depth you might expect from Human Element’s base-building aspects, or what kind of skills we can expect the characters to have. I suspect this won’t appeal to the more cerebral zombie connoisseur.


  1. Gap Gen says:

    It’s Hu, right? Been a while since I did GCSE Chemistry.

    • Anthile says:

      Yeah, and you need a doctorate to handle it.

      • Gap Gen says:

        Are you sure? I remember several experiments in our GCSE class that tested human reacting with dropped hydrochloric acid, human exposed to accidentally lit bunsen burner, human response to titration calculations, etc.

        EDIT: Also slow afternoon here.

  2. Holysheep says:

    Basically, 1 minute of fake gameplay and a bolt action rifle that does the AK47 sound from CS 1.6. I’ll pass

    • David Bliff says:

      Yeah I haven’t seen a target render passed off this transparently as a full trailer in a while…I guess it could always be good, but there’s no way in hell it’s going to move like this.

  3. mikmanner says:

    This looks like a target render for every videogame

  4. aepervius says:

    Why do post apocalyptic game always pretend resource will be scarce after the majority of the population is dead.
    If 95% of the humanity is dead we would have plenty of resource, just a lack of people to exploit them.

    • Jabberslops says:

      With only 5% of the population still alive there would be canned and dried food and resources like fuel or medicine for a few years, but once most of it is used up where do you go for more? You would have to travel like nomads to gather all your resources and foods and possibly even hunt if there are still animals. If you are in a group that thinks they can make it by farming you would need to find or make tools. Trading with other people would be possible but people would be spread out pretty thin on the planet so you could possibly go weeks, months or years without seeing other people or new faces.

      Losing 95% of the population of the planet would set Human progress back at least a hundred years. They would still have access to much of the knowledge from the past 100 years, but you wouldn’t be able to use most of it without enough people close together to actually maintain the machines and infrastructure required to use that knowledge.

      So it’s not that there isn’t enough resources, it’s that there would not be enough people like you said.

  5. kwyjibo says:

    When the game was first announced, it was assumed to be some cross platform trans-media buzzword zombie apocalypse survivor story.

    It’s now morphed into another bro-shooter.

    Is this progress?

  6. Artist says:

    Promising. But needs more cowbells!

  7. Eightball says:

    Oh boy a zombie shooter