More ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’

Chris Plante, the culture editor of The Verge and a founder of Polygon, tells us why he liked “Horizon Zero Dawn.” Like Michael Jordan with the flu, JJ shows up despite his pneumonia.

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1 Comment

  1. Jeff H
    March 13, 2017

    After many people urging me to play HZD, I broke down and got it, and I must say my initial judgement was completely wrong. I’ll wipe the digital egg from my face and explain why:

    HZD shares more in common with a game like The Last of Us than any of the Ubisoft type games out there that are more outwardly easy to compare to. The journey of the main character Aloy is fascinating and layered, but the game really shines when delving into the nuts and bolts of how society fell and the implications it has on the present day. There is a distinct moment a little more than halfway into the game where it takes a complete leap forward from a fun dino-robot romp in a Game of Thrones-esque world and turns into a bonafide piece of science fiction that calls into question many of the same themes a show like Westworld does: the nature of creation, free will, the goodness of human nature, and manages to stick the landing on the emotional side as well.

    HZD is not perfect by any means, it definitely suffers from pitfalls of the open world (i.e. shoehorned side quests and collectibles) but it scratched this dystopic sci-fi part of my brain that hadn’t been scratched since the Bioshock series. There is a lot of great, and even subtle things going on in this game that were completely unexpected especially given my pre-conceived notions about the game. I have rarely been so wrong about a game before, and boy am I glad to have been.


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