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Horizon Zero Dawn

November 3, 2017

Took advantage of an interesting bundle sale to acquire the Playstation 4 Pro a few weeks ago, upgrading from the original Playstation 4 to this enhanced console. Before beginning a new game on the Playstation 4 Pro, wanted to complete “Tales of Berseria” first considering I was nearing the final chapters of this excellent jrpg.

While “Tales of Berseria” boasted decent graphics, they were rather typical for a jrpg and did not seem to take full advantage of the Playstation 4’s possibilities, especially in terms of background scenery. Games like “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” and even an older title like “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” provided a more remarkable immersive experience in part thanks to their breathtaking landscapes and environment.

After wrapping up “Tales of Berseria”, dove straight into “Horizon Zero Dawn” because was really looking forward to playing a game that really pulls you into its world and takes you on a great adventure full of thrills through stunning landscapes with wondrous yet dangerous creatures. Enjoyed the game from the very first minutes and like how its story takes you along with the main character on a journey of discovery through earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape.

Having progressed through “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” using a stealth archer character playing style, naturally grew into similar stealth oriented gameplay for “Horizon Zero Dawn”. Also enjoy how the game has players focus on planning each battle, use appropriate tactics and make suitable weapon choices for the foes and the battleground you will face them, much like in “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”.

Although have been most impressed with the environment in “Horizon Zero Dawn”, its gorgeous scenery ranging from snow covered mountains, luscious forests or desert landscapes, originally felt as if the dynamic weather was purely cosmetic and did not influence gameplay especially when facing machines. Until I noticed that I actually planned battles differently depending on the time of day, weather and location. Was surprised when realising the game does subtly influence players such.

Am keen on enjoying the game further and play through its intriguing story, considering a new chapter “Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds” DLC is due out soon, still have dozens of hours of exciting gameplay to look forward to.

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