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Horizon Zero Dawn review
Exceptional
by Hvala

A beautiful game. There is nothing more to say. I can't wait for the next. 9/10

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Absolute one of my favorite PS4 games. Love the world, scenery, creatures, different civilizations and the story.
Very unique and interesting game. 
8/10

+ Awesome premise/setting
+ Complex, varied combat
+ Aloy's character growth
+ Creative story kept me invested throughout
+ Excellent visuals in landscapes and lighting
+ Great design and scale for machines

- Fierce difficulty spikes
- Too long; needed tightening up
- Open world felt a bit dated in some areas
- Delivery of exposition sometimes awkward; poor character models on side characters
Finished on March 21, 2017 (PS4).

+Atmosphere
+Characters
+DLC
+Gameplay
+Lore
+Music
+Side Quests
+Story
Was alright. 
A really great game, though not without faults. In short here are some of the nitpicks I gathered for otherwise a really superb experience which I recommend to almost anyone. The story is intriguing, the world and enemies are unique, the characters are interested and actual gameplay is superb. You can go in guns blazing and try to defeat enemies that way, or you can lay traps, ambush them and scan and hit enemies weak points for a lot easier and fun time. Now on the whining part:

>The RPG aspect was weak, like really weak, this was my own fault expecting it to be a more fleshed out RPG, but nowadays as even Far Cry games have this genre attached I shouldn't be surprised I got what I got. But actual character choice and development from a skill point of view is really bare bones.
>This comes to a second fault, lack of weapon, armor etc variety defeats the purpose of exploring besides the joy of exploring (which should be the main part, but without a carrot dangling in the end, it gets boring after some time) as you will get the same pool of resources as you can get weapons and armor only from merchants due to lack of variety.
>Lots of cliches, while the overall story was good, there were many Holywood moments. I counted at least 3 times where a character died just at the moment I came in after giving me final words before his death.
>End boss fight was a bit disappointing
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I'm pretty sure if you look up "perfect game" there's just a picture of this game's cover art. I genuinely can't say enough good things
Great game. Farcry fans may find similarity and underrate it just because they bored of towers and craft system. Pretty good story. I cant stand melee combat system, but it's good with other weapons. Huge variation of weapons and ways to kill things. I recommend playing on highest difficulty.
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
pros: awesome visuals (landscapes, characters), lots of content | cons: weak main story, easy even on hard
Best game that I've ever played. It is the same entertainment level with GTA V and Batman Arkham City for me. Story, graphics, characters... All good. After I finished it, I played Frozen Wilds DLC and it was like a whole new game. A big extension. Fully recommended!
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
HZD is casual like a GAP pullover with it's simple exercises like running, jumping and archery. It looks great, speaking about graphics, but from the point of the story it's naked like a skeleton corpse. I could almost telepathically see the past when some bosses cut the budget for the story. 

Oh, man, and the skill tree is so boring. Why actually I could not attack a creature jumping from above? I did it in many games before. More-loot-from-dinosaurs skill to make some more trash devices to hunt dinosaurs? Or maybe you are dreaming about super skill of grabbing a loot from corpses, sitting in a saddle of robohorse? Thanks a lot, that will be soooo helpful.

I mean, HZD is not so bad if you want some relaxed gaming and no so common setting. But tempted gamers will skip Horizon for sure.
«Boooring»
«Reviewers bribed»