Today has brought the launch of a new 4X strategy game from Amplitude Studios, the makers of the Endless Space and Endless Legend games, and it's a good'un. Humankind is their take on a Civilization-sorta historical strategy game, growing a nation and its culture across the aeons - with inevitable conflict. This is demonstrated in the launch trailer, where a jaunt to the Moon turns frankly very illustrative of humankind.
I don't whether it's more depressing to imagine the inevitable Moonwar being fought by countries or corporations.
Our Nate's Humankind review tackled the predictable, boring question: is it better than Civ?
"Yes. I think," Nate said. "But honestly, I can't think of anything less fun for me, less fair to either game, or less useful to you, than a long set of oblique feature comparisons, ramping up to an arguably worthless 'better than/worse than' verdict.
"What I can tell you is that whenever I open up Steam, my brain starts moving towards the prospect of playing Humankind like a tray of nails sliding towards a giant cartoon magnet. It is, indeed, the precise sort of magnetism I have felt from Civ games in the past. As far as I'm concerned, Humankind lives up to a giant slice of the hype which has preceded it, and it should rightly be considered as state-of-the-art for the 4X genre."
So it's good? Alright, cool.
Amplitude are also currently making Endless Dungeon, an action roguelite game which vaguely resembles their Dungeon Of The Endless.