Horizon Zero Dawn
Game review on PlayStation 4
Sam Heatley / Tue 7th Mar 2017
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Set in the future where humans have reverted back to "primitive" ways, Horizon Zero Dawn sets the bar high in all aspects.
Machines reign supreme in this post-apocalyptic world. The main character, Aloy, is an outcast due to the mystery surrounding her birth. Raised by another outcast, Rost, Aloy wants answers to her past and learn more about the machines increased aggression.
The story is mainly told through cutscene interactions, where you can find out as little or as much information as you want. There are also added "emotional" reactions that change the path of Aloy's personality and outcome of certain interactions. Side-questing opens up more information about the world, machines, and inhabitants.
The game plays like a dream. There are multiple approaches to a situation in Horizon Zero Dawn. Stealth is the safest approach by remaining unseen by using traps and disarms to take down enemies. The other way is to go in with arrows flying, dodging and using the machines against themselves. Learning their weaknesses and exploiting them is the main focus.
Aloy learns new skills that increase her abilities in and out of combat. Waypoints and questmarkers do spoil you in this game, but thankfully, can be switched off for an increased difficulty. This game is a collectors dream with plenty of items to find, upgrade and craft to achieve completion.
One of the most gorgeous games so far this year. Some areas exist alone just for photo opportunities. The lighting and the weather effects are almost perfect. Although, the characters can look unrealistic and rigid due to the sometimes plastic look of their models. Then in other moments, the amount of detail captured is amazing. The environments show detail and variety that rarely felt repeated.
The game is focused on delivering an immersive experience. The soundtrack is beautiful and the monsters are outright menacing. The voice acting is great, if delivered a bit awkwardly by the support cast.
Horizon Zero Dawn is a must have for fans of open world adventure. The story is promising, the graphics are beautiful and there is plenty of content to enjoy. Hunting down machines is a lot of fun.
Review copy provided by Sony