|Dev: Guerrilla Games|
|Release: February 28, 2017|
|Players: 1 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Violence|
Regardless of the enemy’s size, Aloy will find a way to defeat them with her arsenal of craftable weapons, upgradable perks, and endless combinations. Players can take full advantage of Horizon Zero Dawn’s skill tree system to upgrade her abilities in some of the most epic ways we’ve ever seen. I’m going to avoid potential spoilers here and let you find out first hand what Aloy is truly capable of doing. However, I can tell you the game maps out crafting weapons, gathering supplies, and how to level-up in order to gain those perks within the first few hours of gameplay.
Speaking of gameplay hours, Guerrilla Games claims Horizon Zero Dawn’s main missions will take roughly 30 hours to complete. However, my guess is nearly double that, as the main missions contain a significant amount of depth. I could very well be off in my estimates, as I typically take the Sunday stroll approach to completing games, but I’m convinced the total time is more than the 30-hour mark. The side missions and story elements, on the other hand, will easily stretch your entire session to at least the 60 hour mark, even if you blaze through this thing like a total boss. This game has a massive amount of content and replayability, both of which complement a solid set of controls and an even more impressive world.
When all is said and done, Horizon Zero Dawn far exceeds my expectations and is on course to be one of the best titles the gaming community has seen in a long time. A critic’s review doesn’t do justification to the awesomeness contained within this living work of art. It’s a story-centric adventure that will certainly send you on a captivating journey from start to finish, and then some. The beautiful thing about Horizon Zero Dawn is that it truly reminds me of the first time I stepped foot into the shoes of Master Chief. This is certainly something special that must be experienced first-hand, It rightfully lands atop my list of best games in 2017.