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.
If it wasn’t for a couple of Nintendo franchises doing what they do best, Horizon Zero Dawn would be a front-runner for Game of the Year awards all around the globe. While that opening sentence may seem negative, it’s anything but: who could have predicted that Guerrilla Games would rebound from the safe but largely unspectacular Killzone franchise with such panache? Aloy’s inaugural adventure was a triumph in both world-building and combat design, and even though it fell into traditional open world trappings at times, it still had more than enough personality to standout in a genre dominated by cookie cutter collectathons.
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