In Focus: Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of our most anticipated games of 2017, and with good reason. Developed by Guerilla Games, the PS4 exclusive is a title many have been keeping an eye on for some time now. With release imminent, and with the hype train well and truly at full-steam, we won’t have to wait too much longer before we can experience the game for ourselves.

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world. The player takes on the role of Aloy, a formidable hunter-gatherer type who is fighting for her tribes’ (and her own) survival in a land where robotic dinosaurs roam freely. In theory, the game sounds insane, but when seen in action it just works. The robot dinosaurs follow the same behaviour patterns as we believe their biological counterparts did all those years ago. The artificial monsters hunt individually and in packs, and appear every bit as dangerous as you would believe. We could describe the game all day but you really need to see it in motion to understand. Take a look at some impressive gameplay below.

Horizon Zero Dawn looks incredible, and is a real technological showcase for the PS4. From what we have seen so far, the game features polished third-person action RPG type combat, where Aloy looks equally as comfortable using a bow from afar as she does leaping onto the back of a moving robot dinosaur. Considering how Guerilla Games have built the title from the ground up exclusively for Sony’s console, we should expect jaw-dropping visuals and innovative gameplay mechanics in abundance. Footage released thus far would seem to reinforce this theory. The developers have also stated that the huge open-world can be explored without the need for loading screens. This definitely sounds promising, as many believed that this console generation would be the final nail in the coffin for tedious loading screens that have been a staple of games for too long. Perhaps Horizon Zero Dawn will finally take this long-awaited step.

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The game is definitely eye-catching.

Development of the game began in 2011, with this being Guerilla Games’ first IP launch since 2004’s Killzone. The game also marks the first RPG developed by the Dutch studio. With a long development cycle comes questions, but the developers have no issue in stating that they purposely delayed the game until they were absolutely satisfied it was ready. With release in just a matter of weeks now, anticipation is building for what looks like one of the most interesting games in some time.

Horizon Zero Dawn is releasing as a PlayStation exclusive on the 28th February in North America, followed by the 1st March worldwide.

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