- Summary: Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures in a post-apocalyptic world.
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Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
May 15, 2018I'm blown away by this game, and not because it's a very good game with a lot of content but also because of how it's handled: this game gaveI'm blown away by this game, and not because it's a very good game with a lot of content but also because of how it's handled: this game gave me hope that some devs do care and really want the best of the best without compromising the game itself.
Also, I probably won't mention BOTW for comparison's sake because comparing two games is the laziest form of review I can think of.
With that said, the game looks great and that's not something I see often: the graphics are colorful and vibrant and the animations are really smooth! Again I usually don't care about these petty things but the game LOOKS damn good and even in some parts where it's metallic and very lacking color it still looks extremely good.
You'll control Aloy, a young girl who you'll be controlling from the early ages to her adulthood and even though it's a very sloppy start, I did actually enjoy the first hours of gameplay a lot more than I thought despite the small area. That's a sign of a good game there when even the first hours are amazingly fun and thankfully it keeps getting better!
The game is an open world action-adventure game with RPG mechanics and also stealth mechanics as well and I'm surprised to see that a lot of these mechanics do work together: stealth is heavily rewarded but also your accuracy and the fact that enemies have different weak spots makes each fight very exciting. On top of that enemies have a very good AI and they WILL outplay you a lot of times, which I didn't expect at all.
The RPG mechanics do work well as well and I haven't found any real useless skill (maybe only 2 or 3?): all of them have some usefulness and there's no real bloating, which is something that I often find in RPGs. The best thing is that the game doesn't really feel grindy either because killing machines and enemies grant materials to get, which are used for all variety of things. Seriously, not once I found my kills to be a waste: I always had something that I can use later and in the 20 hours of gameplay that I did so far, I just never got bored because there's so much stuff to do and so many ways to achieve your goals.
Speaking of goals, the map isn't as big as, say, BOTW or even Skyrim BUT I did find it to be a lot more packed and full of life than most other open world games: you will find enemies and even bandits more often and when you don't you'll be exploring in search of relics and medical herbs and more mats to refill yourself, since you can create your own arrows and you will need a lot of them.
There are also quests and they're rather nice, even the ones I found less enjoyable: they are well done and often require to travel long distances which alone is quite the enjoyable trip
Now I might forget some details but I do want to talk about the negatives and while they didn't really bother me, they should be mentioned.
The combat is rather simplified and extremely lazy: you will have one weapon most of the time and you can either do a heavy or a light attack, and that's it. Heavy attacks can stun your enemy and allow you to do a critical hit, but that's about it.
Instead, your main weapon is your ranged ones, such as bows and...precision bow and...rapid bow? yeah, it's not varied but they do their job, especially the rope launcher that ties enemies down on the ground. Just lacks variety.
Stealth could've been better, especially when you will be unseen in high grass but outside of it it's easy to get spotted, and enemies tend to have quite a sight. It's annoying but not game-breaking.
Sometimes prompts for attacks won't appear and I often smashed the enemy with a light attack instead of doing a critical hit. This also happens for other activities such as jumping and even saving,
Climbing is very off: you cannot climb anywhere unless there's a yellow spot - a bit like mirror's edge and Assassin's Creed - and that's really annoying especially when you can't jump over a small cliff!
And last, but not least, Aloy is kind of bland and that's a shame because she is seen as a very brave and independent woman but it's hardly shown. Other characters are also very rarely developed and that's probably a thing we could've used more detail on.
Overall, I highly recommend this game mostly for the simple reason that unlike many AAA games this one has no major DLC (besides the Frozen Wilds, which is included), no Microtransactions, no Lootboxes, no season pass: NOTHING! This game is as clean as the old ps2 games with FW being an expansion more than simple DLC, with its own area and more quests to play.
This alone is, for me, a selling point because I've been avoiding AAA games ever since they went full greedy and this is one of those few and I'm super glad I bought it.
With that said give this a shot and let's support devs that actually give a **** about their games!… Expand
Jan 25, 2020This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. El juego es perfecto, tiene una duración de historia adecuadamente larga, su historia te deja con ganas de saber mas de algunos huecos argumentales, unos gráficos muy realistas y coloridos, te hace mejorar tu nivel para emparejarte con los enemigos, hay bastante contenido secundario que jugar, la expansión Frozen Wilds esta incluida en el disco para que lo prestes a un amigo (el cual es raro una dlc en físico hoy en día) y una dificultad máxima no hecha para mancos y casuales. Juego 100% recomendado para todo sonyer… Expand
Jan 25, 2020Отличная игра, прошёл её в захлеб.Одна из лучших игр что я играл. Сюжет просто шикарен, что основной что дополнение. Всем рекомендую.Отличная игра, прошёл её в захлеб.Одна из лучших игр что я играл. Сюжет просто шикарен, что основной что дополнение. Всем рекомендую.
Jan 9, 2018Truth be told, this is about the only 2017 game that I played, bought a Ps4 just last month, played a few older games like Bloodborne and DarkTruth be told, this is about the only 2017 game that I played, bought a Ps4 just last month, played a few older games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3, but not anything that came out in 2017 aside from this game. Horizon Zero Dawn shines in a lot of places, but it also has a lot of room to be that much better when I'm sure the inevitable sequels come out. The premise of trying to take down robot animals with a bow and arrow is interesting enough in of itself, where the game shines however is your ability to trap an animal and have it fight alongside you. What's missing I think is more variety in what you can do with the machine once you take them over. There's only 3 machines you can actually ride and control, leaving some of the cooler things, like the robot t-rex, as something that will fight for you, but you can't control it in any way. I would say that's a major drawback, nothing that makes the game not shine, but they definitely could've, and probably should've done a bit more with the taking over machines mechanic. The graphics are superb, the characters are fairly good, but there's something special the game captured in the tutorial that it just ditched for the rest of the game(I won't spoil) that I think was a shame. It started off so well, but the rest of the game the characterizations are sporadic and never really hit as hard as those first few moments with the game. This is a must if you own the PS4, but as I said, I can't talk about this in terms of what else came out that year. It could probably have a bit more randomness in the encounters, but overall it feels like a very polished game and if they do the sequel right this could end up as one of my favorite series'. One last thing, don't play on the easy difficulties, it's a much better game when it's more of a challenge.… Expand
Jan 3, 2019It took me 105 hours, 44 minutes, and 55 seconds to finish Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition. The controls are strategic and thrilling. ThisIt took me 105 hours, 44 minutes, and 55 seconds to finish Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition. The controls are strategic and thrilling. This isn’t a hack and slash romp. You must consider your fight and plan a combat strategy. I wanted to score a 9, but I was never a fan of games (or movies) using Native-American themes for anyone other than Native-Americans. It isn’t a SJW thing; it’s a “I think African Americans, Caucasion Americans, Asian Americans, whoever-Americans look weird dressed up like Native Americans.” In my opinion, it looks wrong—it hurts my brain. Fortunately, this look isn’t used by all clans in the game. Just the two our main protagonist is associated with. It took me a long time to look past the awkwardness to enjoy HZD. After I numbed my senses, I was able to appreciate this rich, thrilling, and beautiful game.… Expand
Jun 4, 2021I really tried to like it and it has some very good ideas, but at the same time it fell flat in almost everything. Robots were great, graphicsI really tried to like it and it has some very good ideas, but at the same time it fell flat in almost everything. Robots were great, graphics very solid for 2017, but story was extremely meh. I feel like this game is extremely overrated. Even nude mod for Aloy (on PC) didn't make me care to go back, that's how boring this game feels. World is way too much packed together, you can hardly go anywhere and you are already in your waypoint. There's no great distances between places. Maybe second one will be better, time will tell, but i will never go back to play first one.… Expand