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With Horizon Zero Dawn just a little two weeks out of the gate, reviews have been pouring in for the futuristic, post apocalyptic, Playstation exclusive. With Guerrilla Games behind the action RPG, most people have found the game to be exactly what they were hoping for.
What sets this game apart from other RPG’s is the fact that while its a post apocalyptic world, it is overrun by cyborg animals. These animals not only attack you, but they also come in many different sizes. With all the trailers there was a bit of hype around the game but after combing through the reviews I think its safe to say that for almost everyone, the game delivered.
Within the top few elite reviewers in the gaming community, it seems as though the greatest thing about Horizon Zero Dawn has been the graphics. The one thing promised by Guerrilla Games was a massive and beautiful landscape for players to explore. GamSpot even went so far as to call it the “one of the best open-world games of this generation”.
The other thing most people have been talking about is the way the combat system is set up and how it keeps the game interesting. Even if some of the encounters seemed familiar, it was still fun and exciting to try new ways to take down an enemy. But one thing that is noted is tat sometime some of the combat actions can be a little bit slow as far as Aloy’s reaction times.
Below is just a few reviews for the game that may or may not help you decide whether or not the game is for you. Horizon Zero Dawn was released February 28th and has not seen a price drop yet.
“This is first departure from the Killzone series for developer Guerrilla Games, and though you might think the team took a risk by stepping out of its FPS comfort zone to create a third-person open-world action game, you’d never know it was their first rodeo. For every minor imperfection, there’s an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn’s beautiful and perilous world. Guerrilla Games has delivered one of the best open-world games of this generation, and redefined its team’s reputation in the process.” – Peter Brown
“Across a vast and beautiful open world, Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity–combat–is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration. Though side-questing could have been more imaginative, its missions are compelling thanks to a central mystery that led me down a deep rabbit hole to a genuinely surprising–and moving–conclusion.” – Lucy O’Brien
Giant Bomb- 5/5
“Horizon Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It’s not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient. The combat has some nice options that make encounters fun, even when you’re just stacking up stealth kills from the relative safety of a bush. And the presentation end of the game holds up its end of things with a solid soundtrack, great voice acting, and a cohesive design that makes all its disparate parts fit together. All in all, it’s a great game, it’s Guerrilla’s strongest release to date, and I suspect I’ll go back in after the fact to clean up whatever side quests and errands I have remaining, if only to spend a little more time in that world.” – Jeff Gerstmann
Trusted Reviews- 4.3/5
“I didn’t expect Horizon Zero Dawn to be this good. I doubt I’ll be the only one saying they were surprised that the Killzone developer has been able to deliver a game with such breadth, depth and consistently rewarding gameplay.Couple all of that with a compelling story led by an engaging lead protagonist and you have a brilliant game, an absolute must-buy for all PS4 owners.” – Brett Phipps
“Like a real ecosystem, Horizon: Zero Dawn is brilliantly balanced. Aloy feels like an inextricable part of it, halfway between prey and predator. Whether you’re climbing cliff-faces with a weightless, fluid joy, hunting, or travelling through the landscape, Horizon: Zero Dawn takes you on a tour of discovery. An endless sense of wonder and awe push you onward no matter what you’re doing. The more time I spend in Horizon: Zero Dawn’s world, the less I want to leave.” – Zoe Delahunty-Light