On the Horizon...Zero Dawn
Horizon: Zero Dawn, an open world action game exclusive to the PlayStation 4, developed by Guerrilla Games. It was released in February of 2017 but I didn't pick it up until March when I bought my first ever very own PlayStation. I was really chuffed about that, had been nagging my husband Lee for one for the better part of 12 months.
If I were to briefly sum up what this game is I would call it "A post-apocalyptic open world adventure game, similar to Rise of the Tomb Raider, but with robotic dinosaur like creatures.". To go in depth this game is utterly brilliant. The storyline is engaging, moreish and really tugs at the heart strings. When I completed the main storyline back in June (yes, I dragged it out because I couldn't bear to finish it) I sobbed. Sobbed because the game was over because the way it was written and presented was wonderful, I sobbed because I knew that at least in the near future no game would come close to this.
One of the big marketing plugs of this game was that its main protagonist, Aloy, was a strong female character. However, with the way it panned out the main protagonist could have been literally anyone. Gender never affected the storyline, there was no romance shoved in there, there was no "she's a woman she can't do this", heck the majority of women you encounter in this game are strong, powerful and forces to be reckoned with and could all have easily been male characters. It was a brilliant decision by Guerrilla Games.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is such a visually stunning game, now I know I said Injustice 2 was stunning but if I was to describe it as a comparison most people might get Injustice would be Myer and Horizon would be Chanel or Dior. Now I'm struggling to find the words to describe just how fan-fucking-tastic it looks, you really just need to see it for yourself (here's the trailer).
Horizon is a game that I hope can continue to grow and expand as a franchise, I'm really looking forward to the "Frozen Wastes" DLC that comes out later this year. There is so much lore and so much history that has barely been touched upon in this game, I do not want to let it fall to the wayside. I give Horizon: Zero Dawn a perfect score, even if open world action is not your thing just read up on the storyline, I hope you'll find it as brilliant as I have.