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  • Summary: Experience Aloy’s legendary quest to unravel the mysteries of a future Earth ruled by Machines. An outcast from her tribe, the young hunter fights to uncover her past, discover her destiny… and stop a catastrophic threat to the future. Use devastating tactical attacks against your prey andExperience Aloy’s legendary quest to unravel the mysteries of a future Earth ruled by Machines. An outcast from her tribe, the young hunter fights to uncover her past, discover her destiny… and stop a catastrophic threat to the future. Use devastating tactical attacks against your prey and explore a majestic open world in this action RPG. Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
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  1. Jan 10, 2022
    100
    Horizon Zero Dawn truly expresses how videogames nowadays are an art form, if not only through its visuals and storytelling, then certainly through its expertly incorporated combat. A glee-filled experience through and through.
  2. 90
    It’s one of the best games of the last few years – but the PC version especially is a sight to behold, so much so that returning players should absolutely consider double-dipping for the PC version of Horizon. It really is that much of an upgrade over the PS4 version. Not only do the graphical and technical improvements make the world much more exciting to explore, but the increased framerate and ability to use a mouse elevate the combat to new heights. The PC platform allows Horizon Zero Dawn to be the best game it can be.
  3. Aug 11, 2020
    90
    Horizon may be slowly getting older, but it hasn’t lost any of its exquisite qualities. This is still a brilliant action adventure in an original open world filled with well-crafted stories. And, thanks to the PC port, it looks (and moves) better than ever before.
  4. Aug 6, 2020
    85
    If you don't have a PS4 or just want to enjoy the game on PC with better graphics, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition would be perfect for you.
  5. Aug 19, 2020
    82
    Despite some of my qualms with the production and PC port quality, I highly recommend picking up Horizon: Zero Dawn for the PC. Yes, there is some risk of encountering the issues that others have seen, but fortunately, Steam's generous refund system serves as a comforting protection against wasted money. Overall, it's an easy recommendation for all cohorts of gamers. Players who didn't have a PS4 can experience a well-crafted world with a captivating story to flesh it out, and those who already played it back in 2017 might still enjoy the PC version's improved visuals and frame rate. This is a great way to refresh your memory on Aloy's adventures before the sequel releases in 2021 for PS5.
  6. Aug 6, 2020
    80
    On a modern computer, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition looks absolutely stunning, thanks to new visual options - more frames per second, adjustable FOV... There are some technical flaws, but it doesn't prevent from enjoying Aloy's Adventure and its magnificent post-apocalyptic open world, even if it feels a bit redundant and not that refreshing in terms of stage work and dialogues.
  7. Aug 5, 2020
    70
    A very workmanlike open-world game. Great to look at, competent overall, and charming when it tries something new, but formulaic when it doesn’t - which is most of the time.

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  1. Aug 8, 2020
    10
    Really amazing envirenment
    Wonderful missions
    Amazing combat with bow
    Nice characters
  2. Aug 10, 2020
    10
    Really great game, especially the AI. The AI is really good. Like when you put down a tripwire robots actually jump over them! They are soReally great game, especially the AI. The AI is really good. Like when you put down a tripwire robots actually jump over them! They are so smart. 10/10 would play again. Any denuvo on PC Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2020
    9
    24 hours after launch, it's not the best port or the best optimised game I have seen. None the less it's a great game. I like it and will24 hours after launch, it's not the best port or the best optimised game I have seen. None the less it's a great game. I like it and will continue to play. I don't regret my purchase, but I hope they will address the complains they have receive from players. With my i7-8700k 32 GB ram 1080 TI, Ultra wide 3440 x 1440 all at Ultra setting I have between 50 and 60 fps. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2021
    7
    Liked the story, characters and action of the game. A game with huge potential to nail in everything, but couldn't.
    CONS of I found are:
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    Liked the story, characters and action of the game. A game with huge potential to nail in everything, but couldn't.
    CONS of I found are:
    -In my opinion though, the open world felt a bit not that interesting with only strong and poor machines roaming around.
    -Most of the side missions/ errands also felt boring.
    -Facial Animations were not natural and fluid.
    -Story was great, but progression felt grindy to a huge portion of game. The world could've been smaller as, not much to do in majority of part in it.
    Though, none of these this cons are game breaking thing and nor of which I hated. Just that no game is perfect and these are few of those poor aspects in the game in my opinion.
    Rest all PROS includes:
    -I liked the character developments and interaction with different characters
    -Main story direction is engaging
    -Movement controls and animations are seamless and responsive.
    -Stealth, setting up traps and all fighting mechanics are also fun.
    -UI is good to understand and fits the theme.
    -Music and Sound are to the points.
    -The game manages to show all good and bad emotions perfectly without any swearing from any character.
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  5. Feb 16, 2022
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have many things to talk about this game. If you like long reviews, you are gonna like this one.

    First of all, the graphics and the performance. I had many issues, even though I played 1.08 version and my PC isn't so bad (i5-10400 and RX 580). The performance of this game really sucks, some places my FPS just dropped to 10, especially in a city called Merdiana. Also, there are many bugs in the textures and texture flickering, sometimes I couldn't even see the ground I was walking on. So it really bothers me.

    And the graphics are horrible, sometimes was like a PS2 game, I think it is because the textures are bugged but since it is 1.08 version it is simply unforgivable. So my score is 1/10.

    The combat of this game is a mixed experience. It is really original, you fight against machines using a bow with different types of arrows (elemental arrow, tear arrow, corrupted arrow, etc). Alloy uses her Focus to identify the weakness of the machine and utilizing the right combination of arrows, for instance using a fire arrow to overheat a machine and expose its radiator to destroy it and inflict massive amounts of damage on the machine or shooting an arrow on the "flame cylinder" to explode it. Killing a large machine that way is definitely cool and the design of the machines is breathtaking.

    But one thing that bothered me is how useless is Alloy at melee combat, her damage is practically zero and even the enemy humans deal massive damage but Alloy needs to use her arrows no matter what. I am not a big fan of just shooting arrows or using fire weapons over and over, for me melee combat is pretty much always more fun, no wonder I didn't like so much the combat experience in this game, so for me, it is 6.5/10.

    About the stealth mechanics, it is 5/10. The game has a mediocre stealth system, you can't carry the bodies of the enemies you kill (even the humans). Also, you don't have many options of takedown and you can't stealth kill everything, so it is pretty much impossible to clear a place 100% in stealth, the game really forces you to use the arrows.

    The story of the game is good but the narrative is horrible. I'll explain, the story is about a machine apocalypse that is ok, it was kinda obvious I theorized it at the beginning of the game. The main issue in this game story is that there is not even one charismatic character. The two only characters that I find the most charismatics died in the first hour of this game.

    And the way the story is told, it is always disgraces happening over and over, there is no pause time to appreciate the impact of the changes in the life of the characters. For instance, at the beginning of the game, Alloy was born already as an outcast of the tribe, she can't even talk with the tribe members, so she must pass the probation ritual to join the tribe. It is shown that many tribe members dislike her because she is an outcast, a boy even threw a rock on her when she was a child. When she finally joins the tribe to do the probation ritual, it is one of the most interesting situations in the game, the boy (now teenager) and many more dislikes her, but she managed to befriend a girl that seems cool and she had another friend that she saved his life many years ago. That dynamic was interesting, I thought Alloy would have to prove her worth to the tribe and make them respect her, but no, in the blink of an eye, the villain's gang kill the teenager that hates her and the girl that she befriend and even her adoptive father and consequently killed all this cool dynamic.

    So, Alloy has to set on an adventure to discover who is her mother and she discovers that she is a clone and her mother saved the world and now she needs to save. But, in this story, it is like I said, there is no charismatic character and only disgrace happens. There is no single time in this game that Alloy is drinking with friends or having fun, it is 24/7 disgraces over and over. She just thinks in discovering who is her mother and after that saves the world and even her "partner" Sylens managed to be even more unidimensional than Alloy, his only wish is to learn every knowledge of the world.

    Also, the villain is just a machine, so it is also very unidimensional and just a cheap villain overall. Even the human villains have ridiculous motivation.

    So for me, the story is just 5.5/10.
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  6. Aug 10, 2020
    3
    За первые 10 часов лично у меня сформировалось не самое лучшее мнение об игре. Довольно посредственная Action/RPG с открытым миром, которыйЗа первые 10 часов лично у меня сформировалось не самое лучшее мнение об игре. Довольно посредственная Action/RPG с открытым миром, который абсолютно не интересно исследовать. Диалоги скучные и до ужаса примитивные. В первые пару часов вас ждет настолько клишированный сюжетный поворот, что я бы назначил уголовную ответственность за его использование. Сюжет,в целом, лично меня не цепляет. Создается ощущение, будто все рассказанное где - то уже видел. Порадовали временами красивая картинка, поведение роботов, тема Элой, а так же возможность подстрелить кабанчика.

    Теперь об оптимизации. На борту у меня i7-8700k/GTX1080/16gb оперативы. Читал, что некоторые сидят по 2 часа на экране оптимизации при первом запуске, но у меня на это ушло минут 15. Далее, с постоянными статтерами я посмотрел вступительный ролик и, перейдя к геймплею, меня ждало то, что ждало.... Дропы фпс с 80 до 40, все те же статтеры, появляющиеся, порой, на глазах текстуры, неработающая анизотропная фильтрация и ещё уйма проблем, из - за которых хочется дропнуть игру с винта.
    Даже без учета проблем с оптимизацией, я бы дал 6/10, ну, а с ними, уж извините :)
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  7. Aug 13, 2020
    0
    Are you a'h'uel tam? 6 дней прошло, патча нет, новостей о патче нет, предварительной даты нет, обновлений нет. Выкатили новость в твиттере,Are you a'h'uel tam? 6 дней прошло, патча нет, новостей о патче нет, предварительной даты нет, обновлений нет. Выкатили новость в твиттере, мол работают над патчем, ЕЩЕ БЫ ВЫ НЕ РАБОТАЛИ. ИНДИ разработчики делают подобные патчи за пару дней, сейчас прошла почти неделя, НЕДЕЛЯ КАРЛ. И это крупная студия? И это бывший эксклюзив от Сони? Это самый настоящий плевок в лицо от разработчиков. Я всех призываю обрушить оценку игры до минимума, пока вы будете жрать ****но с ложки они дальше будут так поступать! Самое ужасное, что не объявлены сроки, многие купили игру и безответно ждут новостей. Не позволяйте разработчикам Вас игнорировать! МЫ НЕ БУДЕМ РАБАМИ Expand

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