Horizon Zero Dawnis a game I have been wanting to review for a while, since seeing the demo at E3 I could not wait to jump into a brand new open world. Being set around 1,000 years from today, humanity has regressed from a ultra-surreal futuristic life to a primitive tribal people surrounded by mysterious high-tech remnants and animals made from machine parts. Real animals still scour the landscape but they are overshadowed by the massive mecha beasts which now own the nature claimed lands.
The story from the start is an intriguing one with many questions you want answers to as you follow in the footsteps of Aloy, a redheaded outcast of her people. Forgotten and “cursed” technology falls into Aloy’s hands at a young aged, named the Focus and allows her to glean info from the world around her. Making the standard “focus” mode seen in many games before a key part of the story was a refreshing take on a quite familiar mechanic.
The beginnings of the game you watch Aloy grow up and start to question to world around her, she wonders why she is an outcast, who her mother was and why these mechanic beasts are controlling the lands and becoming progressively more aggressive to people. Her story is something I found myself quite attached to, it i hard not to start to like Aloy as a character and watch her transform as the story progresses, accomplishes huge feats. She also has a sarcastic sense of humour which is well narrated to the people she meets along the way, if you have similar humour, you’ll like her dialogue.