Xbox One

Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey

19 critics

Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
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Rosh KellyAug 26, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was such an interesting idea on paper but from its complex and unexplained environment to the severe lack of exciting objectives and goals to work towards, the game doesn't quite manage to entice the player to make the very best of humanity.
Bret KelleyDec 30, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a game that wanted to be so much but in that desire ended up being so little. A repetitive cycle of slowly walking around the jungle avoiding predators while visiting landmarks that all look the same and cranking out babies that know just a little bit more than their parents. It's a game that achieved nothing but mediocracy despite its legendary pedigree.
Christopher LivingstonAug 26, 2019
A novel premise wrapped in an awkward and repetitive survival slog.
Mark DelaneyDec 09, 2019
As fascinating as it is to read about our early hominids or watch a documentary about them, the interactivity of games seems to mean the concept won't travel well for most players. Among those who are up for Ancestors' relentlessness, many will find their favorite game of the year. And if that's a small portion of the overall players who try to evolve through this game, then so be it, says Panache. I tend to agree.
Rob TurnbullDec 06, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an ambitious game. It’s beautiful, deep, and compelling but suffers from a lack of clear direction on how to navigate and appreciate everything that it contains. There hasn’t been a game quite like it before, which unfortunately doesn’t work in Ancestors favor because more time is spent figuring out it’s mechanics than actually enjoying it.
Rachel WeberAug 26, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a brilliant tech demo for an RPG system that has the potential to revolutionize the way we progress our characters in games, I just wish it there had been a little less proof of concept and a little more fun.
Lee MehrJan 08, 2020
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is not a game interested in holding your hand; in fact, I think it takes pleasure in quickly kicking you out of the nest. It’s an idiosyncratic game I’m able to respect the further away I am from playing it. Brevity is by no means a problem with this $40 title, as you’re looking at dozens of hours of gaming time. But it’s those hours within the game that don’t feel worth it for me. Momentary flashes of brilliance give way to often-unintuitive systems invested in being a nuisance than an engaging simulation. It's an interesting specimen that would’ve benefitted from annoying tedium and clunky controls being weeded out of its gene pool.
Marcello PerriconeAug 26, 2019
Ancestors is a fine experiment that I’m sure will interest a lot of people, but I must say it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. As fun as it is to run around and climb stuff, leading a group of apes into a bigger group of somewhat smarter apes is not exactly an exhilarating proposition – especially when you can easily screw up to the point of losing the clan, not finding a surrogate, and having to restart the game and relearn everything all over again.
Dan WebbDec 18, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an experimental indie game that through all its issues and idiosyncrasies, can be fun for anyone seeking a survival game with a difference.
Gareth BrierleyDec 24, 2019
All things considered and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey on Xbox One is a game that I really admire; in fact it’s got me hooked. The gameplay itself doesn’t hold your hand and is for the gamer who likes a challenge. Whilst that does at times mean things feel like a grind, leaving you to repeat the same thing quite a few times, in reality life is hard and the game reflects the brutal nature of this. It is extremely deep and highly original too, and you’ll certainly be rewarded for patience and perseverance.
Ingar Takanobu HaugeAug 28, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is definitely not a game for everyone. The lack of help for players as they're getting started creates a whole lot of frustration in the game's first hours, which will drive away many players. The lack of story and greater purpose than the survival of the species will also feel strange for players who seek games with more action and monkey business in them.
Nick Gillham Sep 16, 2019
Ancestors wants to make you understand the struggles that early-man went through on the path to humanity and it does that by being stunning, brutal and frustrating in equal measure. If you’re no fan of survival games you won’t just suddenly like them after playing this, and survival game fans might find themselves put-out with the lack of direction here. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is fascinating, but my struggles as a hominid have left me with no desire to continue monkeying around.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey es una propuesta tan arriesgada y valiente como inmensa. La evolución como clave de todo. Una experiencia enorme y difícil al igual que la vida.
Miguel SoloAug 26, 2019
La mayor amenaza que tenía Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey es que se ahogara en su propia propuesta. Varias decenas de horas más tarde. El título de Panache Games se confirma como una experiencia única. Un título de supervivencia y de mundo abierto que, pese a que se le puedan encontrar pegas en ambas vertientes, cuenta con un sistema de progresión que lo eleva por encima de muchas otras propuestas, y que al mismo tiempo le permite encontrar su propio hueco en un mercado en el que no es fácil encontrar algo exactamente como él.
Florian ZandtAug 26, 2019
Zwischen Grind und Leerlauf versteckt Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey starke Systeme und einen tollen Ansatz mit Luft nach oben.
Fabien PellegriniAug 29, 2019
En l'état actuel, Ancestors pose les bases de ce qui pourrait devenir un excellent jeu de survie, après quelques patchs salvateurs ou lors d'un second épisode. L'aventure est réellement originale, ne serait-ce que par la nature de ses protagonistes, tandis que la thématique de l'évolution est évidemment passionnante. Mais tel un hominidé qui cherche à se tenir debout un peu trop vite, le bébé de Patrice Désilets trébuche régulièrement et frôle même la gamelle sur certains points. Il faut donc aborder l'épopée avec une certaine dose de patience et d'indulgence.
Giuseppe GengaDec 06, 2019
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey è uno di quei titoli che escono raramente, partoriti da menti estremamente creative ed intenzionate a dar vita a qualcosa di nuovo; Desilets in questo ci è sicuramente riuscito, proponendoci una simulazione paleoantropologica in cui sperimentiamo in prima persona il processo evolutivo fatto di tentativi ed esperimenti finché l'idea giusta non attecchisce e si fissa nelle generazioni successive.
Erica MuraAug 26, 2019
Superato il difficile impatto iniziale, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey si è rivelato un survival piuttosto coinvolgente e divertente. La decisione di fornire pochissimi tutorial e di ridurre al minimo l’HUD (con possibilità di eliminarlo del tutto), la qualità degli effetti sonori e l’open world rendono il nuovo titolo del papà di Assassin’s Creed davvero immersivo e interessante, adatto a chi propende per il puro e semplice gameplay piuttosto che per una storia da portare avanti o delle quest da seguire.
Furkan GülerSep 04, 2019
Ancak oyunun mekaniksel anlamda karşılaştığımız kronik hataları ve ana fikrini iyi işleyememesi, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey’in heyecanlı havasını bozabiliyor. Belgesel tadında ilerleyen yapımı karşılaştırabileceğimiz bir oyun bulunmadığından, oyuncuların Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey konusunda keskin biçimde ikiye ayrıldığını mutlaka görmüşsünüzdür. Ancak benzersiz veya özgün olan her şeyin güzel olmadığını da oyuna başlamadan önce unutmamak gerekiyor.