Go Robot Dinosaur Hunting in Horizon: Zero Dawn

I was so thrilled to see The Last Guardian make its return, but for me the game of Sony’s E3 show last night was far and away Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Guerrilla Games’ new PlayStation 4 IP veers off in a completely different direction from the studio’s previous work on the Killzone franchise. Instead of a dark military sci-fi FPS, Horizon: Zero Dawn is a post-apocalyptic third-person action RPG set in an open world where lush nature collides with futuristic technology.

Aloy, a young hunter from a caveman-style civilization or tribe of some sort, is the heroine of this tale. Using a spear, a bow with various ammo types (fire, electricity, roped bolts that tether to surfaces), and various other traps and tools fashioned by combining natural resources with machine parts, she does battle with mechanized beasts roaming the beautiful lands. In other words, robot dinosaurs. Yes, robot fucking dinosaurs!

The game looks gorgeous, as evidenced by the gameplay trailer and screenshots presented on this page. I am growing a bit weary of every game going with the whole open world post-apocalyptic vibe, but Horizon at least appears to be bringing some fresh ideas and a unique approach to the theme. I just hope Guerrilla tones down Aloy’s constant quipping because it gets old fast. Hopefully it was just added to try to make the game sound more exciting for the E3 crowd.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is slated for an exclusive PlayStation 4 release sometime in 2016. (Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, and now this game all in the same year–craziness!)

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