Horizon Zero Dawn Review
What is there to say about Horizon Zero Dawn except that it is Tomb Raider with Machines. Now being a Tomb Raider with machines is awesome because they are dinosaur machines! Dinosaurs make everything awesomer! Someone died? Dinosaurs. Your boyfriend broke up with you? Dinosaurs. You learned that you are fertile after trying to have a baby with the love of your life? Dinosaurs.
Starting off, there are not many things wrong with this game, which to me, an ametaur video game critique, is very surprising! There are some things in the game that I wish they could've done better and some physics breaking game bullcrap that pissed me off during some machine fightings. I would like to start with my first hatred of the game: the f*cking climbing. When climbing up the almost unviewable climbing points there are some points in which I have to turn the camera to see where I'm going to climb next; however, once spinning the camera, Aloy, the playable character, decided that climbing up isn't worth it anymore and starts to go the opposite way than originally intended. No, Aloy, I didn't want to try to climb up to see the beautiful graphics of the game.
Secondly, when the game is so amazing, and the cutscenes make the game a little more enjoyable, especially when I'm tired of running away from machines, I would like to see the amazing cinematics; however, the game sticks it big middle finger my way and hides the cinematics from me because the camera wanted to get stuck behind something so I can't see the amazing beauty of the game. This has happened many of times in the game cinematics, but is even worse when I'm out hunting machines and the foliage around me gets infront of the camera so I can't see where I'm shooting nor where the enemy machines are and ultimately end up getting killed because the damn foliage wanted a close-up. Damn all the foliage and camera glitches in the game.
Third, I was told early on that Aloy was a very emotional person and her feelings would become a big part of how you would interact with others in the game. I was highly disappointed when I found out that Aloy was emotionless for the first half of the game. She is an outcast to her Nora tribe and she wants to be recognized as a person by her tribe, so she trains non-stop from age 6 to 19 to become an agile person and possibly win the 'proving' to prove to the clan that outcasted her and to herself that she is an amazing person. However, this training that she did for thirteen years turned her into an emotionless person! When she speaks to others, she is monotone and her facial expressions are still. I don't hear the sadness, or anger behind her voice to make me think that she cares about her tribe and how they think of her! She does, in the end, become more enjoyable to watch as she gains some emotions from constantly killing others; however, starting off strong should've been implemented.
Other than those three things, I believe that Horizon Zero Dawn is an amazing game of showing that anyone, even an outcast, can do anything as long as they set their mind to it, and have access to the futuristic technology. The battles between humans, machines, and Aloy are visually amazing, thus making each battle worthwhile to watch or play. The fear of going up against a creature that is four times bigger than yourself is great, but sometimes, you have to go through with it and Aloy does this perfectly.
If you have not played Horizon Zero Dawn yet, I would say that this a must play game of the newest console generation. This game alone is reason enough to buy a PlayStation because it shows how amazing games can look and play even though it doesn't push the system to the breaking point. The story of the game has little to no plot holes and everything is explained thoroughly between the data points gathered throughout and the main story line itself. I cannot state how much fun I've had playing this game, but I would without a doubt recommend this game to anyone and everyone because the customization of Aloy is endless and applies to almost all playstyles.
My final verdict of the game is a 9.2/10. There were some things that I think that the developers could've improved upon, but overall it is an amazing game with visually pleasing graphics! If they make a sequel, I am sure to pick it up!