Horizon Zero Dawn Review
For the past few weeks everyone in the game world has been fascinated by two new games that came out at the end of February and the beginning of March. The latter is the continuation of one of the arguably greatest franchises of all time and the other is the beginning of a new series that has received praise from almost all reviewers so far.
Horizon Zero Dawn is the beginning of a new series from Guerrilla Games. It is an open world dystopian game that is played far in the future on earth. After robots begin to take their matters into their own hands scientists work to create devices that will help create a new habitable world after the destruction of the world we know today. At some point later something happens and the world is in a rather chaotic place.
The story of Horizon centers on Aloy who is an outcast from the Nora tribe. Over the course of the game we meet various tribes and characters, and see the deaths of multiple characters at the beginning of the story. Unlike many characters in her world Aloy has an electronic device, a focus, which she can use to see things mechanically that others cannot. Aloy uses this to her advantage throughout as she can notice machines weaknesses and better find resources throughout the map.
The story is a rather interesting narrative that without spoiling shows the events of the past and how Aloy came to be an outcast in her tribe. Aloy works and becomes a member of the tribe through what amounts to a coming of age ritual. Eventually she travels across the lands meeting various other tribes and hostiles as a seeker looking for truth to save her tribe from incoming doom. As she does this she meets various other characters, most notably Erend, Varl, and a mysterious stranger who helps her learn stuff and break into places.
As for gameplay, the game works rather intuitively. It has a weapon wheel and has various ways for you to figure out how to defeat each animal like machine. Most of the machines are relatively familiar and are at least conglomerations of animals many people would recognize. The spear play is nice, and the ability to vary weapons and attacks works rather well to move along the story. The progression and skill tree is also rather helpful in advancing your character, and making your choices a very important part in how you can move forward in the game.
For the most part Horizon Zero Dawn is an interesting affair with the story, the characters, and the gameplay all being well utilized and rather fun to work with. As I basically mainstreamed the story it is possible to finish the main story and move on in around 15 hours. The game works in such a way that you want to continue to go after machines and help your character learn more about the world. It is rather fun to learn about what happens in the world and how everyone gets the world to where it is.
While for the most part the game is fantastic that said, I wasn’t completely in love with everything and was able at times to completely stop playing for a period of time. Although yes I will likely go after what is a relatively easy platinum, with some interesting trophies to get, I was not in love with every second of game and found myself annoyed with how hard the easy mode was at times, and then easier than normally at other times. While yes I am not the greatest at combat based games I still for the most part had a relatively easy affair. I look forward to the challenge of going after the platinum and working on many of the harder zones to clear in the non-story areas.
As such I give the game a 9.2 out of 10. I felt that it was likely one of the best games I have played recently and one of the best I have played since I started playing more non-sports and business games. The game likely serves as the start of a nice franchise and hopefully much like the Assassins Creed and Uncharted series the second game will be even better than the first and we will see an even better game in the future.