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: Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – An Outstanding Open World Debut

Bloody Nora.

Review republished on 20th April, 2021: With Horizon Zero Dawn primed to be offered for free as part of Sony’s Play At Home initiative, we’re bringing our original review back from the archives.

Horizon Zero Dawn is both unusual and excellent. Killzone maker Guerrilla Games’ first stab at the ever-popular open world genre lifts ideas from a long list of contemporary classics, but it drops them into a post-apocalyptic plot that very much has its own flavour. The title’s marriage of science fiction to tribal politics is unlike anything you’re likely to have seen before, and yet the Dutch developer’s confidence in such an outlandish concept shines through from start to finish. This isn’t flawless, but it’s still one helluva debut.

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