HumanitZ

I am always on the lookout for a new zombie survival experience — a good one, I mean. Although the genre is quite saturated with options, very few are actually worth a lick of salt or a bite of brains.

For example, I have been struggling with the controls of Project Zomboid, currently the leading isometric zombie survival game. So when I saw HumanitZ, I was optimistic that this was perhaps more my speed than Project Zomboid, and hopefully more approachable for my tastes.

The rather terrible name aside, HumanitZ is a top-down sandbox survival game set in a post-apocalyptic zombie nightmare. In it, players will be tasked with surviving in this hostile world (surprise, surprise), while doing a healthy dose of scavenging — you’ll be rooting through abandoned buildings and structures to amass the appropriate arsenal, find food, and ultimately set up a safe shelter. You can drive vehicles you find around the game world, but you will need to mind their upkeep and also source gas to keep them running.

HumanitZ

A lot of this sounds relatively par for the course — and it very much is — but delivering these tried-and-true aspects in a game that is also enjoyable and frustration-free is the real trick, and one that seems to elude a lot of developers.

And what I have seen in gameplay videos for HumanitZ is very promising. There are still some rough edges that need to be smoothed out, like inventory management quirks and also the firearm aiming system looks a little fidgety as well, but that’s nothing that can’t be patched up before the game releases.

Although there is no indication of when HumanitZ will see the light of day (the release date is still “coming soon”), there is currently a demo on Steam that you can download so you can check out the game for yourself. I am very much looking forward to seeing how HumanitZ tightens up as development continues, with my fingers crossed that developer Yodubzz can perhaps deliver the next good — if not great — entry in the zombie survival genre.

You can check out a trailer for HumanitZ below.

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don
3 months ago

Worth checking out. I adore State of Decay 2 and Juggernaut Pack version, but it’s kinda getting a little too repetitive, particularly having to help these good-for-nothing neighbors.

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