Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

  • So far reviews are pretty good. Congrats to GG for making the game you wanted to make!

  • I never really expected Guerrilla Games to deliver an amazing story. It's not what the Killzone games are known for. Having said that, the review helped me conclude that this will be worth giving a try.

  • Colin Moriarty loves this game so much he might marry it. Says it's the best ps4 exclusive, over bloodborne and UC4. Says it's the 2nd best Sony exclusive of all time after TLOU.

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    Can I just fleak in and say that the EZA review of this game made me super hyped about this again! It does really sound like a game right up my alley! HYPE!

  • The reviews have mostly confirmed that this is not for me, may look into it in some years if I it's cheap enough.

  • @TokyoSlim To be fair, I wouldn't take what he says on Bloodborne too seriously. He's only played so much of it and really liked it but he didn't exactly play a huge amount of it.

    I doubt PS4 will get a better exclusive than Bloodborne.

  • @tokeeffe9 I'm not making any statements regarding his judgment, only pointing out his specific critical praise surprised me. I mean, I only played 12 hours of bloodborne, and i haven't played UC4 at all. I recognize they are quality though. TLOU is probably my favorite Sony exclusive.

    The fact that multiple well known, legitimate review outlets are giving this game perfect marks, and that some people seem over the top enamored for this game is pretty cool though. I'm excited to get into it.

  • I'm just worried that this'd be too much like Rise of the Tomb Raider which I just played a month ago. A female protagonist in an open world with a bow and arrow taking enemies down either stealthily or head on while gathering and collecting all kinds of resources and upgrading all the equipment. Of course, there's the difference of giant freaking robot dinosaurs, but I don't know. Too similar too quickly again? Maybe I should wait despite the really good reviews. It'd be cheaper as well later. But still: I'd want something new to play... :/

  • Very good reviews all around! I just can't quite justify it to myself when the switch + Zelda is out two days later. Have a feeling Horizon would be end up being left unplayed (my own priorities....not a knock on the quality of the game).

    Will probably go for it later on in the year when I have more time to properly dig in.

  • @Sentinel-Beach Yakuza 0, man. It's an excellent palette cleanser.

  • @Sentinel-Beach I was also getting some Tomb Raider vibes from the gameplay I've seen. I just finished Rise recently too

  • The game has been in the spotlight in the last few days, getting great reviews and high praise for all elements that are incorporated within the title. Congrats to GG for the success (not in sales yet but most likely it'll do great there too).

    Are you guys still going to be getting it day 1. Will you wait?. Or are you still not interested in the title.

    I feel like the game plot, narrative and world puts me to sleep. What I do like about the game is the shear attention to detail and graphics. Its technically sound and runs great.

    However I still don't feel like I would want to play the game.

    Share your thoughts

  • @MSBi said in Horizon Zero Dawn - (PS4):

    Are you guys still going to be getting it day 1. Will you wait?. Or are you still not interested in the title.

    Probably. I'm in the mood for an adventure game and I don't have any interest in getting a launch Switch and Zelda.

    I feel like the game plot, narrative and world puts me to sleep.

    I rarely feel that the overall story of games engages or impresses me. They're usually just servicable. It doesn't help that likeable characters are pretty important for my enjoyment of the story.
    So generally I play games for the gameplay, which Horizon seems to do well.

    For example, the only games from 2016 that come to mind when I think of stories I really enjoyed are Uncharted 4, Mafia 3, Witcher 3 DLC.

  • Day one. Hunting robot dinosaurs in a post apocalyptic world puts you guys to sleep? What does it take to wake you up?

  • @TokyoSlim

    Obviously you have a different opinion to myself. I hope my opinion hasn't angered you. The writing is very generic I feel. My bro has it pre-ordered so I will definitely give it a go but I just know what to expect from the story. With the lack of meaningful side-quests which make up majority of a an open world game. I barely find any NPC interesting in the game tbh. The robot mechanics and gameplay looks cool but I don't feel invested in open world if the story and character seem unimportant. I could be wrong but thats what I've heard and witnessed from gameplay vids.

    I heard a lot of praise for the last of us where every site gave it 10's and to this day I feel the game is overrated. The multiplayer was fun though.

  • Lol no, I'm not mad at all. The game is getting massive praise for the exact things you're dismissing though? The surprising and engrossing nature of the world and story, writing, the sidequests, etc.

    I repeat my earlier question, if HORIZON is generic, what the hell are you playing that excites you?

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    The reviews are basically saying the story just keep you focused long enough until the end where the eventually there is some kind of resolution. I am not here to start fights. I enjoy video game and I am not privy to just take 9.5's or 10's as something I will like instantly. I judge for myself. I really think the main character is dull.

    I think the game is gonna use its sound and graphics to awe people. I do feel that the gameplay is varied but could get repetitive in the long run. I felt the voice acting was fine but writing is nothing special. The fact that I love Sony and its exclusives, the fact that I loved GG and Killzones just makes me more critical of all the exclusives and I am not fixated. I am very flexible and if after trying out the game I find that it warrants having a full playthrough then i will but being honest about something is what I value and not just taking opinions without a pinch of grain or salt.

    I guess what i am saying I hope it changes my mind but I am very in tune with my feeling about video games and know what I want and would like.

    Most of the time when I fall into the hype and end up getting and playing the game after having board the hype train i end up more disappointed then blown away. So I am very skeptic.

  • @MSBi said in Horizon Zero Dawn - (PS4):

    The reviews are basically saying the story just keep you focused long enough until the end where the eventually there is some kind of resolution. I am not here to start fights.

    Then you aren't reading the same reviews as me. Nobody is fighting, we are discussing a game.

    The overall story is solid, but the moment-to-moment dialogue is also quite good. Even some of the smaller quests get their own fascinating twists and turns, and characters often defy expectations in welcome ways. Aloy is well-voiced as a character caught between worlds, someone who has to try to explain advanced technology to a bunch of religious zealots who think she's either the second coming or a demon herself. It all makes for a really refreshing experience that zigged when I assumed it would definitely zag on a few different occasions. That said, it's worth noting that a lot of the lip-syncing in cutscenes is remarkably off. In a game with such fantastic visual design, one that pays such close attention to tiny details, this sticks out more than it would otherwise.


    • It's a cast whose progress through the story I was eager to witness, and the political maneuvering of the world of Horizon weaves myriad opportunities for intrigue both in this game and the future. Horizon Zero Dawn answers the vast majority of the questions it presents. It leaves characters with arcs that feel completed but also a bear sense of continuity, of possible direction for the future. It builds in the potential for sequels and spinoffs, but in a smart, natural way, without the need for frustrating cliffhangers or unresolved plot threads.

    (OK, there's one tiny thread left over in the post-credits stinger, but I found the game's handling of this tease more clever than cynical.)*

    When not out hunting machines there’s a ton of other stuff to do, and while some of the distractions veer into cheap collect-a-thon territory, there are enough well-written and interesting side quests, enough weird distractions to get into, that the occasional bit of padding is so much less egregious than it is in, say, Far Cry 4.

    *I’ve always been a bit skeptical about open world games.

    I’ve always been wary of the possibility of looking at beautiful views but finding that there is little depth to them. I’ve never thought of linearity as a bad thing, especially if an open world turns out to exist at the expense of a solid story.

    Upon my first moment of seeing Horizon Zero Dawn's E3 trailer several years ago, I was awed by the stunning visuals and its concept captivated me. I worried that despite its beauty, it would fall short narratively and end up as a game remembered only for its image.

    That's why I was pleased to find out that this worry is an unfounded one. Horizon Zero Dawn is deeply rich in both image and substance. It's expansive and filled with tasks to do and places to explore. On top of that it also contains an enthralling story that eagerly pulls you into this mysterious, often haunting, and endlessly gorgeous world.*

    But for as good as the title is at ticking boxes, it also has plenty to say for itself. Indeed, those who chastised Guerrilla Games for failing to flesh out the Helghast's story may be surprised by just how much lore is crammed into this 50 or so hour epic: bickering tribes tussle over differing religious beliefs while splinter factions wage bitter civil wars against monarchs who seek to heal the split between societies. And this all runs concurrently alongside the tale of the Old World, the civilization that existed before extinction ended life as we know it today and allowed the Earth to be inhabited by enormous robotic machines.

    It kept me invested because this is a story unlike any other in video games. There are clear inspirations – Zero Dawn’s map structure is reminiscent of Game of Thrones, except with robots instead of White Walkers and incestuous royalty. The Nora – Aloy’s adoptive people – represent the Northern tribe, and as such are treated as savages. As the story slowly peels itself away, you’ll only become desperate to find out more. It is why my attempts to play for just 30 minutes often led to several hours of solid gameplay. The extended sessions were aided by an incredibly satisfying combat system, too.
    Read more at http://trustedreviews.com/horizon-zero-dawn-review#FTu5hCQds8zYbOHW.99

    Unlike most open-world games, I looked forward to finding new audio logs and emails that detail the old world's collapse, and the modern-day conflicts between the isolationist Nora tribe, sun-worshipping Carja, and combative Oseram give Aloy's quest more meaning and complexity. Most importantly, Horizon isn't afraid to delve deep into heady sci-fi topics, and the myriad mysteries it sets up are all answered in a marathon of revelations and explanations toward the end of the game. Despite its flaws and foibles, Horizon's story unexpectedly became one of the major driving forces of the game for me.

    I could find fifty more of these.

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    @MSBi said in Horizon Zero Dawn - (PS4):


    I heard a lot of praise for the last of us where every site gave it 10's and to this day I feel the game is overrated.

    I feel the same way. There are tons of games that have gotten numerous 9's/10's and awards that I thought were boring trash.

    I guess you really can't trust anyone's option except for your own.

  • @Art I'm not saying that it's for everyone, I'm just pointing out that if 9/10 people say the story is good, pre-judging the story to be trash and saying you'll probably find it boring is rather jaded.

    I think Brandon might have been the harshest on the story that I've come across, and he wasn't even that down on it.