Horizon Zero Dawn Review

A blend of Technology and Prehostoric comes together to bring a fabulous environment that looks fresh and feels familiar but yet so different. Horizon Zero Dawn’s development started in 2011 and is the first new IP of Guerrilla games since 2004. Guerrilla Games is most known for the Killzone…

The Crit

Story - 93%
Graphics - 90%
Audio - 88%
Gameplay - 92%
Replayability - 85%

90%

User Rating: 3.85 ( 1 votes)

GES Recommended Award

A blend of Technology and Prehostoric comes together to bring a fabulous environment that looks fresh and feels familiar but yet so different.

Horizon Zero Dawn’s development started in 2011 and is the first new IP of Guerrilla games since 2004. Guerrilla Games is most known for the Killzone series. Although some delays and push backs, the games is finally launching 1 March 2017!

I was so excited to play HZD, it offered something different, combining two different themes/eras/environments. When I popped the game in I just could not wait and straight away started a new game. From the start, the story captured my interest with some heart felt moments.

The game uses a learn as you play element instead of a normal tutorial. It works in conjunction with the story and actually makes you feel as if you grow with the character. Aloy is a strong character that dives into your heart and makes you want to know more about her and what happened to her. The story builds to something bigger and pushes you to find out more, while taking you on this unbelievable journey.

The gameplay works for the environment and there is a nice mixture of stealth and action that you can do. Sometimes being brave will pay off but be careful not to be to gutsy as it might bite you in the back, literally. The theme of the “machines” taking over the world while “man” has fallen back to almost the stone age has a beautiful effect and has a lot of contradiction but somehow Guerrilla made it work.

Horizon Zero Dawn looks beautiful; the story is exciting and the gameplay works. For a new IP that is amazing! The RPG elements ties in well to building the character, the only thing that could’ve been better is having more freedom.

The game has already been nominated for a few awards and won Best Game for 2015 & 2016 at Game Critics Awards. The game has also been one of the most anticipated games of 2016 but was pushed back to 2017.

I’m enjoying the journey that Horizon Zero Dawn is taking me on. Aloy is an Awesome star character that will creep into your soul. HZD is one of my favourites for 2017 so far!

Additional Information

Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Genre: Third Person, RPG
Age Rating: Teen +
Publisher/Developer: SIE / Guerrilla Games
Estimated RRP: R945
Release Date: 1 March 2017

Likes

  • Great Story
  • A very cool idea to bring these two different worlds together

Dislikes

  • More freedom on skills

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