Horizon Zero Dawn is a single player third person action RPG and is a PlayStation 4 exclusive title. It is the same style as games like Raise of the Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham Knight and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It has a very free flowing game style allowing gamers to play as a shooter, stealth action and action RPG any time they want to change things up. There are also some great platforming elements giving you even more options during combat. An infant baby girl named Aloy has been labeled an outcast since her first days of life by her tribe the Nora. Rost also an outcast was given the child to raise as his own. Aloy determined to break out from her banishment starts training so she can win a tournament call the Proving to end her banishment and find out about her past.
Horizon Zero Dawn is the kind of game you are always looking for and when you find it you can’t put the controller down. The main quest is filled with turmoil and questions. How can a world filled with such advance machinery and technology live side by side with people that are only a hunter gather tribal society? What happen to the world before all of this. You see ruins of the old world massive buildings and underground passages but there is no context to where the previous people went. You find out the previous civilizations fate with Aloy, a motherless child that has no past and no history but is somehow deeply connected to both worlds. Her discovery starts early when she finds a device called the focus. A piece of technology left behind by the old world that allows her to hear recordings from the past, read text and see holographic records of the world previous occupants. This give her an advantage when it comes to unlocking caves and secret passages but it also gives her information during combat against the machine race of creatures.
The open world gameplay style is outstanding. It keeps you interest in more than just the main storyline. Side quest are filled with variety and lets you find out more about the world. Optional areas only enhance the games over all story. Many of the side missions felt as important as the main storyline because it helps you understand why people and societies are doing what they are doing making Aloy reasoning for moving forward more compelling. At its heart Horizon Zero Dawn is a RPG. This is another important reason for tons of side missions. Unlike other games in this style Horizon has a large variety of different types of quests. Our favorite is the weapons. Each time you get a new weapon you get new quests teaching you how to use it. If you love a game with tons of quest Horizon has it covered.
You get different versions of the same weapons but the key is the ammo. Each form of ammo gives you a different combat ability like freezing damage or shock damage. We always look forward to buying and upgrading every weapon we could find and doing the mini quests that came with them. In adds such a unique style of gameplay. We would set traps with one weapon, lure our prey with another and finish it off with a third when they get close enough. We even took an creatures machines that we way too strong for us buy climbing a hill and attacking down at it. We never got bored with trying out each weapon and we tried every weapon on each creature to find out which works the best.
Horizon Zero Dawn took us about 30 hours to get through the main story but we played this for hours exploring and doing side quests. This is a 100+ hour game easily and still we wanted more. Replay value is extremely high. Horizon Zero Dawn is gaming perfection from the first time you pick up the controller. Easy buy at a new game price and if you find under $30 it is a MUST BUY PRICE!