The release of the PS4-exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is upon us. Let us tell you what you need to know about this highly anticipated title.
28-02-2017 - by Iris Wijers
After months of hype, speculation and waiting, the day is finally here: the release of Horizon Zero Dawn. The highly-anticipated game comes out in North America today, but we in Europe can get our hands on the game tomorrow as well. If you, by some miracle, managed to avoid the hype around this new release, we will tell you everything you need to know to be as excited as the rest of us.
Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4-exclusive developed by Guerrilla Games. The game puts you in the shoes of Aloy, an outcast from a tribe called the Nora, living in a post-post-apocalyptic Earth. Guided by the teachings of your father-figure Rost, you join Aloy on a quest to discover her own past and the truth being the strangely beautiful world that earth has become. Armed with just a bow and spear you fight giant robot animals and discover the secret behind the corruption that threatens them.
The gameplay of Horizon Zero Dawn is familiar and like that of many other open world games, but not necessarily in a bad way. Yahoo describes the game as "a smidgen of Shadow of Mordor, a dash of Far Cry, a teaspoon of Assassin’s Creed, a shot of Tomb Raider and maybe a whiff of The Witcher." That’s not a bad mix.
The open world of Horizon Zero Dawn is teeming with life and it’s easy to get sidetracked from the story by the many activities. You can clear out Bandit Camps like Far Cry’s camp system, climb giant dinosaurs to reveal the map à la Assassins Creed, or take up one of the many meaningful side quests, like in The Witcher. The difference between these games and Horizon Zero Dawn, is that now you’re doing it while fighting robotic wildlife with your bow and spear. The gameplay is familiar and contains tropes we know of other open world games, but if you enjoyed those, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Horizon Zero Dawn has been praised by critics from all sides. The game currently boasts a Metascore of 88 on Metacritic. Reviewers praise the story, gameplay and beautiful visuals of the game. Some have already taken to calling Aloy a Playstation icon and the game already seems a solid Game of the Year contender. More critical reviewers point out the RPG tropes in the game and find issues with the generic open world elements. Judging by the reviews, however, most reviewers do not find these tropes detracting from the game too much and firmly recommend buying the game.
Horizon Zero Dawn is out today in North America and will be out tomorrow in Europe. The game is exclusive for PS4 and offers PS4 Pro support. Horizon Zero Dawn is available on the Playstation Store for £49.99/ €59.99. Need more PSN credit? You’re in the right place. (Availability depending on region).