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Horizon Zero Dawn

 

 

SCORE: 47

 

Horizon Zero Dawn 

 

Where do I start on this game, well the game at least has lots of stuff to collect. The problem with that is the game is on a whole other difficulty level as this has got to be one of the most frustrating stealth games I have ever played.

Luckily this 40.9 GB game comes in physical format, because that would be a very expensive and long download as your ISP makes money off of your data usage fines. The game has a ton of controversial content that include massive amounts of gore to the level of maybe a rated M game which shows how well ESRB does their jobs. It also openly attacks God as you play as the basic messiah of their false sun goddess, In the early parts of the game you discover that some of the main characters are drunks and highly profane or some characters found some tobacco and started using it.

The story is the cliche robots took over the world and you have to rise up and kill them because you can. The robots almost always look like animals and they are in a large selection of animals as well. Some of said animals you can hack and ride, but most of what you hack only fights for you in combat with other machines. The main character is weak throughout the game which makes you have to spend hours getting meat to make potions or you will die a lot. Unless you collect the power cells in which case you are invincible pretty much.

The logic in how you stay hidden is even better than the infamous box from Metal Gear as you crouch in grass and they can’t find you even if you are completely visible. Then if you don’t shoot the enemy with an assortment of traps and weapons then you can kill the enemies with a spear, which makes one of the worst sounds when used on a human as it tries to simulate the gore in sound. Thankfully every machine has a weak spots that you can exploit - such as the eye of a watcher is almost always a one shot. However the aiming can sometimes be a bit of a pain even with the broken aim assist that goes around corners. The game also has absolutely zero multiplayer modes, no online or local multiplayer which doesn’t help the game at all. If you had a friend and an extra controller the game would be much more easy.

The main character in this game also has a device called a focus which is essentially wall hacks that highlight your enemies and their walking patterns so you can sneak up on them and slowly complete the quest. The worst quest that I remember was one where you had to track down killers and kill them, while tracking them you come across a camp stained in blood and I mean stained, as I have never seen such red dirt. One of the few redeeming factors is that despite the sounds of murder you generally have pretty good music and the game looks like what new games should as the game is colorful in most places and dark in the areas it should be such as caves. The other side to the nice graphics is when in the mountains there is a chance for a white out in which you can’t see at all.

To say that this game was a disappointment is an understatement as it had so many problems that it makes the game almost unplayable at certain parts due to saves being right next to each other and not spread out to make it easy to stop.

The open world is one of the most fun things to explore in this game as the map is very large and you can buy maps to highlight all of the collectibles, but once you get those the game just sits as all you can do is kill things for no reason. In my opinion as I bought the game if you are a hardcore gamer that is highly worldly then wait until the game is $20 and if you are a family then I advise that you steer clear of this morbid violent game.
-Teen Gamer

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 55%
Replay/Extras: 50%
Gameplay: 45%
Family Friendly Factor: 30%

System: Playstation 4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Rating: ‘T’ - THIRTEEN and OLDER ONLY {Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Violence}


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