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I remember a little while ago I told everyone that I bought Horizon Zero Dawn. Okay, it was longer than a little while ago. It was last year September or October.

I ended up shelving the game because I had got knee deep in some God of War and after that, I moved on to Persona 5 and Soul Calibur VI. I just didn’t enjoy Horizon Zero Dawn as much as everyone else. Where was the masterpiece that I had been told about? My brother bought this game for me as a welcoming present to the PS4. He’s a huge Playstation guy and it’s his preferred platform. It bothers him that I don’t use my fancy Spider-man PS4 and he’s constantly trying to recommend games to me on the platform. The ones I do end up buying I get on my PC or Switch. The PS4 is my least favorite platform to game on. That’s why you rarely see Playstation topics here. I don’t like logging on to my PS4 and playing it. I would much rather game on my PC or Switch. 

Horizon Zero Dawn feels like a third person Far Cry game. It just doesn’t have any guns or vehicles. The only weapons you get is a bow and spear. There are other gadgets you eventually get your hands on, but for the most part, you’ll be using your useless bow to chip away at various different machines health bars. If you aim at a weak point you’ll eventually either blow up a section of the machine or knock it off their body completely. Horizon Zero Dawn is a very beautiful game. You can’t call this game ugly. The world is incredibly detailed, the animations are excellent, the lighting is incredible, and the only downside I can think of is the character models. They don’t look as good as the rest of the world, but they still look good. Does that make sense? The sound effects are top notch, the voice acting is great, and there’s a lot to do in this world. So why don’t I love it when it’s my kind of game? 

Horizon Zero Dawns feels like your cookie cutter open world game. Go there and do that and then go over there and do that. It’s third person Far Cry. You even have to climb towers (this game’s version of towers is a cool looking giant robotic brachiosaurus) to unlock more of the map. There are outposts, side quest, merchants, and trials to complete, but I feel like I’ve experienced all this game has to offer me after completing the first zone. That’s not exactly a bad thing, but it’s far from the masterpiece I’ve heard about. It was the same thing with Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild is a big open world filled with absolutely nothing to do, but collect gold poo and solve kindergarten puzzles. 

You probably think I hate this game. You’re wrong. I don’t hate it. I’m just not a Sony fanboy and I can admit when one of their exclusives is average and right now that’s exactly what Horizon Zero Dawn is to me. Average. I did have fun playing this for about an hour today. I actually turned my PS4 on and played it for an hour. That’s the most I’ve played it since Resident Evil 2 released this year. I had a good time tracking down alligator looking robots, killing birdbots, and unlocking more of the map to explore. I enjoyed getting lost in its beautiful world, but after an hour I had started to feel fatigued and quit playing. I turned off my Playstation 4, turned on my PC and I know that no matter what I decide to play I’ll probably enjoy it a lot more than I do Horizon Zero Dawn. 

I know I’m probably in the minority here, but what do you think of Horizon Zero Dawn?

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Jun 02, 2019 9:07 pm

    It’s still on my backlog lol. I haven’t played Far Cry since those aren’t usually my type of games, but I really like Alloy the MC of HZD. She reminds me of Ygritte from Game of Thrones, so I think that’s the appeal for me. I just started watching another of your not quite up to snuff games lol: Breath of the Wild. I own that one, too, but I just haven’t had time to play it, and I’ve been watching/re-watching Zelda Let’s Plays and it’s the last one, so I figured why not, and I can always still play it myself later if I want.

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      Omar
      Jun 04, 2019 4:02 pm

      I made the Far Cry comparison because you have to climb towers to unlock more of the map and quests to complete. I also think Far Cry is the superior game to Horizon Zero Dawn simply because I’m not forced to use Alloy’s terrible arsenal of weapons. The melee combat in HZD is terrible and while the stealth mechanics are serviceable it’s a far cry from better stealth games that I’ve played. I tried getting back into it and quit after 3 more hours of gameplay. I just can’t bring myself to finish the game.

      You already know how I feel about Breath of the Wild. The Far Cry comparison is also valid for this game because it goes by the same mechanics. The only difference is people mindlessly praise this game for its “innovation” even though it’s pretty much a copy/paste job of other open world games that’s done it better :).

      I have no idea who Ygritte is. I don’t really care about GoT lol.

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Jun 08, 2019 4:40 pm

    Gah I freaking love Breath of the Wild lol. I think since I haven’t played any of those and I’m just a Zelda fangirl those things don’t bother me. I kind of thought it was a Zelda without a cohesive story, so I was pleasantly surprised. I think the praise comes from it being a Zelda game and they tend to try different things for them, but then the next one they’ll do something else. That’s one of the things I love about the series. They’ll use the resources on whatever system they’re on to their full advantage. There’s also the fact that Zelda’s first game was open world, which I NEVER really thought of, so to old school Zelda lovers, it was a callback using modern tech.

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      Omar
      Jun 08, 2019 6:03 pm

      I honestly think the praise is because it’s a Nintendo game. BOTW doesn’t do anything original or interesting in the open world genre. It’s just… empty and what little story there is pales in comparison to games like The Witcher 3 which came out years before it. I play a LOT of open world games and BOTW wouldn’t crack my top 10. I never held Zelda in that high regard until I played Ocarina of Time. The games before that… was average at best IMO. I mean… old ass Morrowind had more to do, told a better story with interesting characters and plot, and was a pain in the ass to play and I’ll even put that game over BOTW lol. I just don’t get why it’s so highly regarded when other games have been doing the same thing for many, many years. BOTW didn’t change open world games. It just copied, poorly, what other games did better. I do want to play the two Zelda games we’re getting this year.

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