Horizon Zero Dawn is about to launch

Horizon Zero Dawn’s launch is just about to happening. as such, reviews have started to surface ahead of the game’s February 28 (March 1 in Europe) release date.

Horizon Zero Dawn is an action-RPG from Guerrilla Games, creator of the Killzone series which is also a PS4 exclusive. It is set in the post-post-apocalyptic open world where the main character, Aloy, embarks a journey to discover her true origins and reveal mysteries of her world.

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How critics rate the Horizon Zero Dawn

As for critics’ opinions, CalmGamers.com also will have a review after we play the Horizon Zero Dawn for 20-30 hours. For your convenient, we decide to create a roundup for various critics that have played the game for 30-40 hours and converting them into a scale of ten. Some of the critics such as Kotaku, The Verge, and some others don’t give scores only the conclusion.

So, now you do not need to browse many pages anymore for the reviews. We also will update the list as there are new reviews worthwhile mentioning available.

Summary

GameSpot — 9/10
IGN — 9.3/10
MetaCritics — 8.8/10
Gamesradar — 9/10
Forbes — 9/10
Giant Bomb — 10/10
Gamerevolution — 9/10
Nerdist — 9/10
USGamer — 5/10

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The Critics review

GameSpot — 9/10

“This is first departure from the Killzone series for developer Guerrilla Games, and though you might think the team took a risk by stepping out of its FPS comfort zone to create a third-person open-world action game, you’d never know it was their first rodeo. For every minor imperfection, there’s an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn’s beautiful and perilous world. Guerrilla Games has delivered one of the best open-world games of this generation, and redefined its team’s reputation in the process.” Read full review

IGN — 9.3/10

“Across a vast and beautiful open world, Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity – combat – is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration. Though side questing could have been more imaginative, its missions are compelling thanks to a central mystery that led me down a deep rabbit hole to a genuinely surprising – and moving – conclusion.” Read full review

MetaCritics — 8.8/10

“Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4-exclusive action role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games, creators of the Killzone franchise. As Horizon Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a skilled hunter, explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on an emotional journey to unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.” Read full details

Gamesradar — 9/10

“Like a real ecosystem, Horizon: Zero Dawn is brilliantly balanced. Aloy feels like an inextricable part of it, halfway between prey and predator. Whether you’re climbing cliff-faces with a weightless, fluid joy, hunting, or travelling through the landscape, Horizon: Zero Dawn takes you on a tour of discovery. An endless sense of wonder and awe push you onward no matter what you’re doing. The more time I spend in Horizon: Zero Dawn’s world, the less I want to leave.” Read full review

Forbes — 9/10

“I was impressed with Horizon from the outset, my interest lagged a bit in the middle, but by the end I was a convert. This is a very cool universe with a genuinely likable new lead. Gameplay is excellent in most sections, and it avoids some irritating open world tropes like overloading players with substance-free side missions. There are some problems that reflect Guerrilla being new to this genre, but ultimately the good far outweighs the bad. It is a slightly disappointing that in many ways, Horizon does feel like a lot of other open-world games rather than being some crazy breakout new experience, but there is enough here between its story and robo-monster hunting gameplay that makes it unique.
If you’re overloaded on open-world games, I don’t blame you, but Horizon is one of the better entries in the crowded genre, and it’s kind of cool to witness the birth of what’s probably going to be a pretty key franchise for PlayStation in the coming years. No, Horizon probably isn’t as monumental of an experience as playing Uncharted or God of War for the first time, but it’s well-made, engaging and probably worth your time.” Read Full Review

Kotaku — no score

“At its heart, Horizon: Zero Dawn is more than just a game about killing giant robot dinosaurs: it the story of a determined woman who works twice as hard as anybody else just to be accepted. Horizon is the story of a lot of women, really, and the ways in which they reclaim, rebuild and become worthy of an unruly world.
Horizon is not what you may have expected from Guerilla Games. For years, the studio has been Sony’s Killzone factory, churning out first-person shooters set in a grim world. With Horizon, the studio is finally let loose to show us how much more they’re capable of, and what they’re capable of is jaw-dropping” Read full review

Giant Bomb — 10/10

“Horizon: Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It’s not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient. The combat has some nice options that make encounters fun, even when you’re just stacking up stealth kills from the relative safety of a bush. And the presentation end of the game holds up its end of things with a solid soundtrack, great voice acting, and a cohesive design that makes all its disparate parts fit together. All in all, it’s a great game, it’s Guerrilla’s strongest release to date, and I suspect I’ll go back in after the fact to clean up whatever side quests and errands I have remaining, if only to spend a little more time in that world.” Read full review

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Gamerevolution — 9/10

To simply put it, there is a certain appeal to Horizon: Zero Dawn which I have not found in any other open-world RPG game. Perhaps it is the addition of shiny robots to the mix or the story of Aloy herself. Either way, this game has my full attention and I wouldn’t call it anything less than stellar. If I had to compare it to another game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Shadow of Mordor would be on the top of my list. When compared to these two titles, Horizon is riddled with less bugs, more engaging combat, and successfully incorporates stealth gameplay. Try and guess what I’ll be playing for the next few weeks.” Read Full review

Nerdist — 9/10

“With Horizon: Zero Dawn, Guerrilla Games has made a stunning transition to the world of open-world action RPGs with a brilliant new IP. Though there were a few graphical hiccups, and nitpicks I had about the skill tree, there’s no denying the fact that the game is a masterpiece in its own right. The mysterious narrative, strategic gameplay, and beautiful world making this a title worth exploring and one you won’t want to miss. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a few more side missions to track down.” Read Full Review

USGamer — 5/10

“Horizon Zero Dawn is disappointing. It has a story that I struggled to care about (complete with massive expository dumps—yay), a bland protagonist, and overtly repetitive and constraining missions that worked against its open world sensibilities. When Horizon Zero Dawn hit its rare strides—from its gloomy Cauldrons to traveling across its sprawling vistas—it only made me wish the rest of the game were as worthwhile.” Read Full Review

The Verge — no score

“Horizon is a game about a woman racing through an archaic future to save it from an advanced past. It tells a story both personal and epic, touching on everything Aloy’s birth to the future of the species, and how those things intersect. And it uses this setup to connect a vast and strange world that’s as dangerous as it is intriguing. At times it tries to do too much, but its ambition is refreshing, as is the fact that it somehow manages to pull almost all of its grand ideas off. At the outset it may remind you of games you’ve played before, but — like the genre-blending world it takes place in — Horizon ultimately proves that combining the familiar can lead to something new.” Read full review

Conclusion

One of the most anticipated exclusive game for PS4 release now already in sight, and the days are counting. Though Horizon Zero Dawn is not the highest rated game, according to the critics it deserves very good ratings for the game. Giantbomb even gave a perfect ten, means they believe the game is nearly perfect in ever aspect. Some like USGamer, however, gave a bad rating (five out of ten) because it’s not as spectacular as it seems. And the rest gave the average of 9 and consider it is a great game indeed.

So, after read all the reviews mentioned above, do you interested in buying the game, or even already pre-ordered it? Feel free to comment below!

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Game Info

Horizon Zero Dawn
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Platform: PS4
Release Date: February 28 (North America), March 1 (Europe, Australia)
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