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PostSubject: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:02 am

Quality console exclusive titles are seemingly pretty rare thing these days, but the last few weeks has seen a few drop, namely Halo Wars 2, Horizon and Zelda BotW. Thing is, simply being exclusive is no guarantee of quality at all, which is why the above three stand out; they're all pretty great, albeit doing different things.

Horizon is Sony's latest attempt at a new exclusive IP, made by the guys behind the Killzone games. Yes, yes, I know, Killzone was always very solid, very competent and technically excellent. Sadly, they were also devoid of much creativity or originality, which is why despite the E3 demo of Horizon being very impressive, I had virtually no real interest in it. I'm sure I wasn't alone there.

In an act that speaks volumes about their confidence in the title however, Sony released the review embargo on the game over a week ahead of release date, which is pretty much unheard of these days, and the reviews were glowing. Not just "it's pretty good", but "holy shit, this is freaking amazing". That kind of thing makes me sit up and take notice, and again, I'm sure I'm not alone there.

So I bought Horizon. What's more, I bought a PS4 Pro to play it on, A) because I'm getting fed up of deleting stuff on my vanilla PS4 and the Pro has a 1tb HDD as standard, and B) Horizon is "Pro enhanced", which means it offers additional features to those with the tech to hand, in this case a Pro and a 4K TV with HDR - (I'll also concede that I really want to play Mass Effect Andromeda in 4k as well, so have been toying with buying a Pro for a while, this just made that decision a little easier to justify) - in this case the option to play at 1080p with locked 30fps or play at checkerboard 4k. Given the frame rate spends 99% of its time at 30fps even at the higher resolution, that's the one I'd opt for.

And it looks... well, it's difficult to mention Horizon without mentioning how it looks. It's absolutely stunning. It's the best looking game on any console right, nothing else compares.

Now, I won't talk the game too much at this point as I'm only an hour or so in, and there's an awful, awful lot I'm still unclear on. Essentially, you're the adopted daughter of a man named Rost, who live as outcasts in a post-post-apocalyptic world (by which I mean it's not post-apocalyptic any more, it feels like a few hundred years after the utter ruin of civilisation as we know it) where most people seem to have regressed to hunter-gatherers and animals have largely been replaced by enormous robot dinosaurs. Your role is to see where you fit in to this world, and maybe try and uncover just what went so Pete Tong, what happened to the old civilisation (ie,us) and where the giant robots came from.

I'll also try not to compare this too much to The Witcher 3, as that was an RPG first, this feels much more like an action-adventure with RPG elements.
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PostSubject: Re: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:46 pm

Yeah, this game is great, there's a lot that is indeed quite mysterious, but I find it to be very engaging and it keeps you interested in the story. I hope it'll keep this up throughout the game though, but at 6 hours in, I've loved absolutely every minute of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:22 pm

I've only scratched the surface, but have been impressed with what I've seen so far. I've seen a few people say it's a huge 40 hour game - I'm not sure I'd call 40 hours huge necessarily - but as I'd rather have 40 hours of quality than have Guerilla pull a Ubisoft and pad it out with another 30 hours of bullshit collectables and fetch quests.

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PostSubject: Re: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:31 pm

well, for what it's worth, I've been playing for 6 hours, and I've only just left The Embrace.

which is like maybe a 10th of the map I've seen. And I'm pretty sure I didn't do everything there was to do in The Embrace.
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PostSubject: Re: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:46 pm

I'll take my time with it. I'm not one to rush through games, as evidenced by taking 140 hours to get through... another game I said I wasn't going to mention here. At least, I'll try to. Mass Effect Andromeda is out in ten days, and I've been looking forward ti that for the last five years. If Horizon can keep me from ME - especially with a pre-oredered copy in my possession - it'll be something very special indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:06 pm

I've just left The Embrace, clocking in at around ten hours and sitting at level 9. I spent a good couple of hours at least just wandering around, gathering as many resources as I could find and - now that I've unlocked a few additional weapons and combat upgrades - practicing a variety combat techniques on some of the unsuspecting wildlife, both natural and mechanical.

In many ways, I can see equally both why some people seem to be blown away by the game, and why others are rather more lukewarm. There's a lot here that is present in one form or another in several other high profile titles of the last four or five years, which seems to be the major complaint I've seen. Whilst this is true, it does rather miss exactly what Horizon does with those ideas; it pulls only the best bits, and integrates them into something greater than the whole. Is it truly original? Not really, no. But is it more than the sum of its parts? Almost certainly.

Hopefully the story can maintain some of the momentum it has gained in the first few hours, because there have been some genuinely touching moments and the mystery of finding out just what the hell happened to the world is a compelling reason to go straight for the jugular of the main story.
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PostSubject: Re: Horizon Zero Dawn   Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:06 pm

Spent another few hours exploring my new surroundings, did a couple of sidequests including a few firsts...

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Suffice to say, despite a rather cautious start, the game is really starting to dig its claws in now and I can't wait to see what it throws up yet.
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