The reviews for the hotly anticipated Horizon Zero Dawn are in – and it looks to be a resounding thumbs up.
Journalists given the chance to try out the game pre-release are already hailing the its beautiful environments and it’s exhilarating action sequences.
This will come as a huge sense of relief to those (like myself) whose minds were blown away by the E3 2015 reveal of this adventure spearheaded by protagonist Aloy – a hunter and archer draped in Native American attire, fighting to survive in a world ruled by robots.
Below are some of the scores and comments from five of the major gaming websites.
“Across a vast and beautiful open world, Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity – combat – is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration. Though side questing could have been more imaginative, its missions are compelling thanks to a central mystery that led me down a deep rabbit hole to a genuinely surprising – and moving – conclusion”
“For every minor imperfection, there’s an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn’s beautiful and perilous world. Guerrilla Games has delivered one of the best open-world games of this generation, and redefined its team’s reputation in the process.”
“Horizon Zero Dawn is a fascinating premise wrapped in a tortilla of tropes. It has detective vision, radio towers, skill trees, masked load screens and a world map littered with billions of points of interest – all stuff you’ve seen before. But after you set up and execute a cunning plan to decimate a pack of giant robot crocodiles and that smile hits your face, it’s more excusable.”
“None of Horizon’s faults stopped me from sinking 55 hours into the game, or walking away supremely satisfied with the experience. Horizon may not be a revolution for the open-world genre, but it is a highly polished and compelling adventure that proves Guerrilla is more than a single franchise.”
“Horizon Zero Dawn discovers a stronger sense of its own personality in one game than Killzone ever managed across half a dozen. Guerrilla Games has long been developing some of the most buzzed-about games in the industry; with Horizon, it feels like it has finally found its own voice, one worthy of all that buzz.”
Horizon Zero Dawn will be released in North America on February 28 and March 1 in Europe.