When I was a young man I was given an NES for Christmas the year it came out. Shortly after that I had saved up enough babysitting money to purchase my very first adventure game, the Legend of Zelda. How is this relevant to Horizon: Zero Dawn, a game made three decades later?

The answer is simple, the feeling I got while playing HZD brought me back to the feelings I had playing that first Zelda game. Zelda was the game that turned me into the gamer that I am today. Horizon has re-kindled those feelings, and then expanded on them in a way that I wasn’t sure was possible.

First of all the art team, wow! I cannot say enough good things about how this game looks. I spent more than my fair share of time just wondering around taking pictures of the scenery that they have created for us. The way the grass moved when the wind blew, or how it just gently moved out-of-the-way of your character as she walked through it… brilliant. I salute the men and women who took art and made it into a game. Which leads me to my next point.

The controls. Sexy is the best word I can think of to describe them. Whether I was in a ground to air battle with a Glinthawk or riding a Strider around the plains it just felt right. The combat system was just as amazing. I never felt as though I was struggling to make Aloy do what I needed her to do. Which includes creating ammo on the run. I love the slow down effect giving you time to react to an attack if need be.

When it came to the collection of materials required to create your ammo and health regeneration options, I thought it would be a pain in the ass at first. As I traveled around the open world exploring the nooks and crannies of a distant earth, there were more than enough resources to keep me flush with ammo. There were only a couple of times that I ran out and that was mostly because I had hoarded so much that I stopped collecting for a bit and then I got so engrossed in the story that I often forgot to start again.

I have to say that the story line from beginning to end was gripping. I won’t release any details here so I can promise a spoiler free article. I will say this, if this doesn’t become a major motion picture I would be surprised. I would also love to see a sequel.

The game provided enough hours of game play that the investment I made in the Digital Deluxe edition was well worth it. I hope my art book shows up soon!

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Top shelf title Guerilla / Sony. The wait was worth it! A full 5 controllers on the RPG rating scale… top marks in every category!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are a naughty man  Lance Reddick!

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