If you are someone who has been waiting for another third person shooting game this year, then Horizon Zero Dawn is for you. It’s an open world environment game published by Sony interactive entertainment, that means only the PS4 owners can have fun of the game. Xbox owners we pity you this time!
The game looks like a combination of the tomb raider and far cry primal. The story of the game sets on earth years after an unexplained apocalypse, the plot revolves around Aloy, a hunter and archer learning about how to survive in a world filled with robot dinosaurs, known simply as Machines. Yes, machines still exist there even after the devastation and they have come out of the ruins of once so called the civilised world.
As a young Aloy, you learn about the nature of the vast open world around you, from taking down dinosaurs stealthily to learning about crafting potions and other vital items. It’s essentially a tutorial for the rest of the game, but it doesn’t feel as out of place as it does in other games. In fact, it feels like a natural part of the story, rather than something that must be done before the game can truly begin. The character uses ranged weapons and a spear and stealth tactics to combat the mechanised creatures, whose remains can also be looted for resources. see didn’t we tell you that it looks like far cry primal.
Aloy lives on the outskirts of a small tribe who worship at the altar of a deity they call ‘All Mother’. She’s been an outcast since birth, so members of the tribe aren’t permitted to speak to her. As such, she was raised in parallel to the community by her father figure, Rost. Initially, her only motivation is to enter a competition called The Proving so she can gain her place in this society, but things soon change.
Zero Dawn is actually a game about hunting, and your marks are a kingdom of vicious metal dinosaurs. Each monster has a preferred territory and comes equipped with its own strengths, weaknesses, and attacks. Initially armed with nothing more than a bow, arrow, and spear, you must take on each Goliath before it tears you apart. As the game moves further you get the ability to override the machines and take a hold on them.
It’s a damn hard game at times, too. If you take on more than you can handle, death can come in a matter of seconds. You can backpedal and fire arrows all you like, but most of the machine enemies will catch up with you and smash you, or hit you with a projectile as you back off. You need to keep moving constantly, adjusting your aim, jumping, sliding and diving as you fire. You’re encouraged to plan encounters.
Graphically, Horizon: Zero Dawn is a delight. From pastel-coloured skies overlooking autumnal leaves and shimmering water right down to the character details on Aloy herself. It’s clear right from the opening cutscene this game is intent on pushing the PlayStation 4 hardware as far as it can.
Apart from boring, long story telling and missing of auto aiming feature there is not a lot to complain about with Horizon. Side quests can be rather simple, often asking you to track someone or something, or sending you to gather items. Across a vast and beautiful open world, Horizon: Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Guerrilla Games has delivered one of the best open-world games of this generation, and redefined its team’s reputation in the process.