Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition for PlayStation 4
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Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

Dec 5, 2017
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About this game

Developer: Guerrilla Games
Content Rating: Teen

Summary

Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures in an exhilarating new Open World Action/ RPG exclusively for the PlayStation®4 System. A Lush Post-Apocalyptic World. How have machines dominated this world, and what is their purpose? What happened to the civilization here before? Scour every corner of a realm filled with ancient relics and mysterious buildings in order to uncover your past and unearth the many secrets of a forgotten land.

Gamer Reviews

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Oct 3, 2021

You know with the direction of how the game at that start was heading I thought this was going to be boring till the sudden shift in action. It really surprise me the amount of potential that the mechanics could have had but at that point it really wouldn't be unique SO ITS FINE. Im loving the story so far, Im playing this on ps5 and at points there are frames dipping and some stuttering which is odd but happens sometimes tho.

Sep 9, 2021

One of the best Ubisoft open world games around. Boy, gamers are weak for good graphics. This game is gorgeous, the environment is absolutely stunning, and the music is forgettable but adds the ambience to make the world feel large in scale and alive. Now, let's get down to it: this game gets more credit than it deserves. Take away the spectacular visuals and the most evident issues are the wonky physics, the repetitive nature of the game in general, the drawn out, bland story, and the pointless mechanics with no real consequence (we'll get to that later).

Wonky Physics: some terrain that I should obviously be able to climb won't allow me, hate it. During combat, Aloy will have awkward collision with objects like rocks and trees. Sometimes it feels like the character is being forced to move a certain way and its really annoying. I understand that its Guerrillas first time doing this, but man, if you can't do it, don't, and this is a problem in most Playstation Style games. More casual gamers will claim that the movement is excellent. I find it kind of inaccurate, slugglish, and unpolished.

Repetitive Gameplay Nature: The way the game feels in the first five hours, that's essentially how it will play. There's alot of little weapon effects on the machines and a whole lot of cool traps and bombs, but it still ends up feeling samey. Let me change this weapon which essentially does exactly the same thing as this other one, but it does frost stuff. You couldn't program a more seamless way to change the elemental stuff? Maybe add more weapons too? The combat is bad when the physics mess things up, but overall the combat is satisfying because the small number of machines have their own ways of being killed, which is cool. It just doesn't feel substantial enough because the game is so drawn out.

Story and Pace: The story starts out strong but then becomes about tribes of humans vs other tribes of humans. ZZZZZzzzzzz. Come on, man. The game doesn't have to be this long. The skill tree essentially exists to elongate you progressing through the game. Admit it: if half of the gameplay mechanics in the skill tree that are locked were unlocked from the beginning, the game would have been funner. Seriously, why keep stealth kills and effective critical hits behind a skill??? Or the ability to essentially keep mods and traps after equipping and use, respectively? It feels poorly though out. The conversations between characters is also so robotic and bland. Its like skyrim characters talking to each other with better animations and graphics. They don't feel human.

Pointless Mechanics: Also, you don't have to do stealth kills. You can go in guns blazing and just fight like an idiot because the human enemies are morons. The machines too. Sidestep one of them and go for a heavy attack then critical: dead. The AI is just goofy in this game, and again, why implement so much stealth stuff if you really don't have to do it. Same goes for responding to questions and talking. You can choose different options but they don't have a tangible effect on your gameplay. That's the issue! Most stuff in this game, the "complexities", are objectively not complex. Mods, weapon elements, stealth mechanics, moral responses, all impact your immediate gameplay very little, if at all. It feels like an Ubisoft game with just too much to do and its all the same shit!

Graphics are great, but this game is just a little above average, in actuality. Its fun, but it breaks no new ground and, essentially, just does what a lot of other games do already a lot better—exactly like Ghost of Tsushima and Days Gone!

Don't get me wrong: the machine dinosaur thing is cool, but that's where the novelty ends.

Aug 6, 2021

I'm not I big fan of open world games, but this one did it in a way that it's extremely fun, interesting and memorable. The story is one of the best storys ever and the gameplay is very solid.

My only issue with the game is that some of the machines are pretty annoying and the month controls are very awkward and iresponsible.

Here are all of the positives and negatives:

Positivves:

  1. The story is very creative, emotional and great. I think that the reason it works so well is becouse of the fact that it combines two very interesting and loveble things, robot dinasoures and primitive life style in the far future.
  2. The gameplay is very responsible (exsept for the mounth) and satisfaying. It gave me God of War (2018) vievs and It does agood job of expanding on it and kiping it traditional.
  3. Most of the enemies stood out to me, for good or for bad. The humans are lazy and almost all of the machines are fantastick becouse of their great deseyne visualy are what new do they bring to the table. My personal favourites are the Thunderjaw, the Stormbird, the Sawtooth and the Shelwalker.
  4. The weapons are great. the spier is the only meelee weapon, but it's still very solid and the boas, the slingshots and others all have their own charm.
  5. The richt and brilliant characters. Aloy is right up their with Kratos and Nath as one of the best Playstation protagoniests and I think that the reason she workes so well is becouse they game us the option to make her they way we want her to be and she feels very human. Rost is a great parent, Erden is a fun character, Sylence is an okey twist villain, but I still like him and Gildon is my favorite favourite.
  6. The graphices are apsolutly beautiful. so meny little details in the background, the world and the map. There are th 2nd most beautiful graphices I've every sine right behaind God of War (2018).
  7. the Frozend Wields DLC is fantastick. It takes elements that made the the rest of the game gamazing and remakes them with it's own charm. Some eqsamples making the machines demonic, aading new machines, having a Iteresting and great plot, puting in a new Tallneck, a New hunting ground, new sidequests, It's versions of the weapons and aading Gildon.
  8. The override machanic is great becouse with that you can go a lot faster by overriding a mounth and you can make other machines fight each other.

Negatives:

  1. A lot of the enemys are at a bullcrape level of annoying with unfair attacks, too fast speed and really small windows of attack like the Glidehock, the Grazer and it's reskins.
  2. the mounth controls are terrible. When I'm traing to attack it allways moves in the wrong direction, It's very hard to stop and the turning is extremly awkward.

Overall This is my 2nd favourite PS4 game and one of the best games ever made.

Critic Reviews

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A.J. MaciejewskiSep 19, 2021
Playing Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 5 is such an excellent experience that it made me excited for the upcoming Forbidden West and keep in mind; I rarely get excited for upcoming games. If you still haven't played it yet, I wholeheartedly recommend it.