Horizon: Zero Dawn
This game has captivated me. From the super realistic graphics to the unique story line, I am hooked!
A hoard of robots that resemble Earth’s wildlife have inhabited the world. Gigantic robotic horses, giraffes and even a few that resemble dinosaurs stalk the plains of Aloy’s world.
Aloy, a native to the land and an outcast of the Nora tribe, has grown up in this world of metal. Raised by a man named Rost, also an Outcast of the Nora tribe, Aloy is taught the ways of the land that she lives in. Rost teaches Aloy how to hunt Watchers, dinosaur-like creatures that scan their surroundings and alert other robotic animals around them of their location. Rost also shows her how to sneak past predators and avoid detection.
I absolutely love this kind of story telling through gameplay. I love that we get to play as a younger Aloy who discovers the ruins of the metal world and as she learns to use weapons and stealth to her advantage.
Later in the game during a cutscene, we witness Aloy transition from child into adult. She molts into a metal-killing machine, a huntress. She then obtains an epic-looking spear and a bow which you can use, as long as you have materials to craft arrows. You can also purchase a sling-shot from vendors, which you can launch exploding rounds from later in the game!
As you progress through the game, you can buy new, upgraded weapons from vendors or obtain them through completing quests. There are different types of arrows that offer fire, freeze, shock & corruption damage. You can also use hard-point rounds, tear-blast rounds and harvest arrows to do extra damage on enemies.
You can also purchase armor from vendors, as well as obtain new armor pieces through completing quests. Armor gives you advantages against the weather, being ultra-sneaky or having an extra shield to damage.
As far as getting around quickly, you can craft or purchase travel packs to quick travel to nearby campfires that you have discovered and lit. You can also craft a Golden Fast Travel Pack, which requires easy to obtain, but very grindy resources to craft. You can travel unlimited times with this travel pack!
There are mini-dungeons that you have to progress through to unlock new game mechanics or help progress the story. These can be very difficult, but rewarding to complete.
Horizon: Zero Dawn’s story is so good, but I don’t want to spoil it for you! It’s such an amazing concept, totally unique from than the usual post-apocalyptic world stories. I’m about halfway through the game and have encountered many different enemies, both human and robotic. If you guys are enjoying this game, or have already played it – let me know what you think of it! I definitely think it’s going to be on my top 10 favorite games of 2017.
God bless and happy nerding!