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  • Summary: Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game from independent studio Panache Digital Games and published by Private Division. From Creative Director Patrice Désilets, experience the beauty and danger of Africa 10 million years ago as your hominid clan mustAncestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game from independent studio Panache Digital Games and published by Private Division. From Creative Director Patrice Désilets, experience the beauty and danger of Africa 10 million years ago as your hominid clan must Explore, Expand, and Evolve to survive over the course of 8 million years. Write your own unique story of human evolution and see if you can survive like our ancestors before us. Expand

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 13, 2020
    88
    Although the graphics could be sharper, this game suits players who love to explore vast environments and tackle puzzles along the way. Based on factual science and history, this is a must for survival lovers that want to learn as they conquer this harsh and unforgiving landscape. Also, hat’s off to this game for offering a unique storyline and gameplay experience, striving away from the open-worlds with maps and guidelines that we are used to playing as gamers.
  2. Dec 31, 2019
    78
    A game that not everyone will appreciate for what it really is: a raw and faithful experience of what the first steps of humanity really represented. It suffers from certain shortcomings, but we believe that the final product is a title worth giving a chance.
  3. Dec 6, 2019
    76
    Ancestors is more than a survival game. Panache Digital developed some interesting mechanics about evolution, learning and neuronal development. But the game has technical issues and gets repetitive after a few hours.
  4. Dec 6, 2019
    70
    Ancestors is a large, fussy, and at times uneven survival experience, but it's also deeply gratifying once you sink your teeth in.
  5. 65
    The things that make Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey so appealing are the same thing that make it frustrating. Many things stand in the way of your progress, many of those things being mechanics, and rewards come sparingly. At the same time, there is something wholly unique here that, if you can properly sink your teeth into it, you could find yourself completely engulfed in it.
  6. Dec 6, 2019
    60
    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey has a huge gene pool of potential, but endless repetition and clunky controls need to be removed from its DNA. For die-hard survival and exploration fans there is a worthwhile experience here, but for everyone else this is a game that’s so repetitive it’ll drive you bananas.
  7. Dec 29, 2019
    60
    While the slow-paced nature of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was a bit too much of a slog for me, there are plenty of players who will be up to the challenge. An effective ‘Human Simulator,” the ambition of the game is seen in its graphics, audio, and overall immersive long-haul gameplay. Just be prepared to put in the time. After all, evolution didn’t happen overnight.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    I had been waiting on this game for awhile and for me it did not disappoint. I think most people don't like it because it doesn't hold yourI had been waiting on this game for awhile and for me it did not disappoint. I think most people don't like it because it doesn't hold your hand, or because the game clashes with their religious views. As I fan of survival games I really liked this new take on the genre. I spent 52 hours with the game and was sad when it was over. I enjoyed being a helpless little hominid in the big world. This is a solid game that is worth checking out for survival gamers or for someone that wants something different. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2020
    10
    This game is masterpiece . One of unique game .we never played anything like this . Amazing work
  3. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    This game is actually an 8 but I rated it a 10 because of the spaz that gave it a 0 due to quote 'its evolution propaganda'. Evolution is factThis game is actually an 8 but I rated it a 10 because of the spaz that gave it a 0 due to quote 'its evolution propaganda'. Evolution is fact and this game is good but not perfect. Expand
  4. mda
    Jun 21, 2020
    7
    For those who are interested in an evolution game, to search and discover, to be scared or ecstatic, to find that particular feeling you hadFor those who are interested in an evolution game, to search and discover, to be scared or ecstatic, to find that particular feeling you had when a game was just beautiful and not action based (although this game has a lot of action in it). For when the goal was to relax but also to enjoy the essence of something different, this is the game. I can't stop exploring and although that there are a lot of issues such as control lock, bugs, no saving points, no on line approach. But the game itself is 5gb full of emotions, beautiful ideas and an original evolution system which will make you turn every rock, collect all leafs and alter any object.
    This is not a run to the final level, this is a story and to dive in give it time, don't think that you need to beat the game, go back to roots when you were just playing in your bedroom without any contact with outside world or who's the best out there.
    This is a very underrated game.
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  5. Dec 8, 2019
    6
    Ancestors The Humankind Odyessey
    Not really a game for me
    If you’ve been around long enough you know that assassins creed is my favorite
    Ancestors The Humankind Odyessey
    Not really a game for me
    If you’ve been around long enough you know that assassins creed is my favorite gaming series of all time, so when I found at the the creator of my favorite series is making a new game, I couldn’t not play it.. so I hopped into ancestors with excitement and intrigue… excited to create a new lineage of primates, go through the struggles, the trials and tribulations of becoming human.. and after about 2 hours of monkeying around, I discovered that this experience just isn’t for me…
    Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey is a survival game where you start as a male, female, or random character thrown into the jungle… and I actually got assassins creed vibes right from the jump.. with that classic bird opening, even as im climbing trees and swinging from vines.. this felt like the true assassins creed origins… but the longer I stayed in this world the more it furtrated me and the more it pushed me away….
    I feel a bit tricked… the game opens with a little cutscene, youre given a mission to hide, and then go find yourself as a member of your little money tribe… I was kind of under the impression that this game was going to deliver a story, but it doesn’t… it goes from you have my attention to I have no idea what im supposed to be doing… and that’s kind of the point.. our ancestors didn’t know what theyre supposed to be doing either… they had to figure everything out.. so you set out to discover, find food, tools, landmarks…deal with predators, and use this gain knowledge to pass it onto a new generation, to evolve and advance your species… this is a game of discovery and survival.. and its this survival part that kills the game for me personally… I am not a survival fan at all… I’m not into dealing with injuries.. especially in a game with fairly clunky feeling mechanics… im not into finding water, finding food.. dealing with poison and cold, and sleep systems… not even a little bit… but even if I were.. these systems make you feel handcuffed… you feel restricted to exploration because your meters ae draining, and if you venture too far you risk hysteria which instantly pulls you back and respawns you.. like a glitch in the animous when you go beyond that blue wall the game doesn’t want you to see yet… which in turn kind of take away the mystery of the game, it takes away the feeling of exploration and just turns it into survival and discovery.. . which again just isn’t my kind of thing…
    if you are into survival type games though, I do feel that ancestors offers a very unique experience.. this isn’t a bad game by any stretch of the imagination… its just one of those kind of games that either its your thing or its not… and if youre not it wont do anything such as having an interesting story to give it a chance to become your thing…
    I give Ancestors The Humankind Odyessey
    a 6/10
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  6. Sep 23, 2020
    2
    Game was horrible from the start. Doesnt explain what has to be done or how. And when it does, it does it very poorly. Constantly stop to someGame was horrible from the start. Doesnt explain what has to be done or how. And when it does, it does it very poorly. Constantly stop to some stupid s##t trying to do it but it just cant be done with basic common logic and only certain way to do something is accepted and i hate to google everytime something to be able to continue or alternatively grind to the edge of lunaticy till finally i notice right way to do somethong by accident. This game is just endless grind, try, find, try, try, try, and never ending studying and it feels like it more like other games where the studying comes with along gaming. This is just endless grind without any fun. Expand
  7. Dec 7, 2019
    0
    Just evolution propaganda. Plus it’s like a documentary, games weren’t made to be documentaries.

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