Horizon Zero Dawn Review

by Matthew Thompson

From the very first time we saw Horizon Zero Dawn, it was clear we were in for something different from Guerrilla Games. The oppressive tone, dreary environments and multiplayer focus of their flagship Killzone series are gone here in favor of a sprawling solo adventure into a vibrant new gaming world. One had to wonder how the developer would handle such a big step outside of their comfort zone, but Horizon delivers with a journey into an intriguing new sci-fi universe and some of the best third-person shooter combat around all brought to life via the Dutch dev’s sterling technical skills Continue reading

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The Games of E3 2015: Horizon: Zero Dawn

by Matthew Thompson

(Throughout the next couple of weeks, I will be posting impressions and reactions to some of the games shown off at E3 based on info I’ve gleaned from watching demos and interviews online. Enjoy!)

I wasn’t surprised to see Horizon: Zero Dawn show up at E3. In fact, I was expecting it. But what I wasn’t expecting was just how taken I’d be with Guerrilla Games’ new IP. I was initially struck by the beautiful and intriguing world depicted in our first look at the game. Guerrilla describes the setting as post-post-apocalyptic. This isn’t about humanity trying to recover in a cataclysm’s aftermath, but what life is like 1000 years removed from that world-changing event. Nature long ago reclaimed the land. People have returned to a more primitive way of living. And yet at odds with this are the technologically advanced robots that have now taken the mantle as the dominant species here. The result is this wonderful, captivating world, one I can’t wait to explore, to solve the mysteries of and uncover the secrets that brought about this wild future Continue reading