Then you’d get Human Resources, an absolutely excellent-looking strategy game from the makers of the very good Planetary Annihilation. Oh, and the kicker? Humans are literally a resource. As in, you harvest them.
In short, whoa.
The concept is super nutty too — drawing on Command & Conquer‘s loveable camp and the massive scale of games like Total Annihilation and, you know, Planetary Annihilation.
You play as either killer robots or twisted, Lovecraftian squid monsters, and everybody has a grand ol’ time. Except humans.
Human Resources is a PC real-time strategy game that puts you in command of apocalyptic factions vying to conquer the drifting remains of a shattered Earth. Using humans as your resource, assemble giant armies to annihilate your foes, then feed the newly-cleansed Earthshards to your almighty leader.
Key Features of Human Resources include:
- Asymmetrical factions! Play as ancient squid monsters from another dimension or as giant killer robots.
- Insanely huge battles! Command hundreds of units and conquer sprawling, fully destructible cities.
- Breathtaking visuals! A comic-inspired art style means the apocalypse has never looked so gorgeous.
- Blast from the past! The tone, character, and pacing of a Command & Conquer game mixed with the mammoth battles of an Annihilation game.
That’s something I’m definitely interested in playing. Now for the downside: Human Resources is currently on Kickstarter, and it’s trying to snake its not-so-sneaky tentacles into a lot of pockets. $US1.4 million worth, to be exact.
In this day and age, with the Kickstarter business not quite booming like it once did, I’m not sure if I like their chances. I’d love to be proven wrong, but so far Human Resources is off to a slow (read: sub-$US100,000) start. There’s plenty of time for the game to rally, but it’s gonna need to pull out all the stops. Maybe add zombies and, like, the concept of global warming to the faction roster or something.
For real, though, fingers crossed that this one crosses the finish line. And if not, well, I guess those wretched, filthy humans get to live another day. As someone who’s definitely not a robot squid from globally warmed zombie space, this thought displeases me greatly.