Horizon Zero Dawn Review: Cyborg Challenge

Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the most anticipated titles to release early 2017.  This Playstation 4 exclusive was offered up by Developer Guerrilla Games, the same people who are best known for the Killzone series.   Being the developers first attempt at a role-playing title stirred up some skepticism.  It seemed like this game could be a big win, or a big flop.  Let’s break down the title so you can decide.

Horizon Zero Dawn is placed in an interesting environment where advanced technology meets a more primitive feeling way of life.  Aloy is our hero proving to be an avid hunter and archer.  The people in this game are living this way due to the apocalyptic circumstances that have recently passed.  Aloy is no different and has learned to protect herself with trip wire weapons, traps, arrows, explosives, and spears.  The tech side of things becomes apparent right away.  Collecting computer and machine parts is vital to survival.  Crafting is also an all important skill.  Fighting the cyborg enemies becomes a true challenge to overcome in this title and knowing the basic skills is essential.

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This open world game is vastly beautiful.  The scope is incredible and the enemies are no different.  Many times enemies travel in flocks whose AI is nothing short of amazing to watch.  Rarely Aloy can use hacking devices to turn machines against one another, but the devices are rare so typically she must implement tactics to take them head on.  These devices can also turn machines into mounts or companions for combat.

The graphical involvement in this title is stunning.  Coupled with the art style this title could kill almost any game on the market right now when it comes to visuals.  The character design is fantastic.  The game is made of several different tribes all of which have vast amounts of human diversity.  Dialog between characters can be manipulated to a certain extent although not as much as Mass Effect.  Still, dialog manipulation is intriguing and changes the premise of the story enough to be interesting.

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Combat in this game is highly involved and completely on point.  27 “species” of tech enemy are encountered during the game.  Knowing the weaknesses of these enemies is the majority of the battle.  Unlike the combat in games like Fallout, Horizon Zero Dawn requires a more thought out approach.  Upgrading bows and using potions to infuse arrows is important in Aloy’s overall survival and in making sure that enemies are taken out quickly while preserving resources in her inventory.  Thankfully part of her skill includes a concentration move that can slow down time in increments.  Becoming a skilled warrior is what this game is all about but getting too cocky can get you in big trouble because these beasts are extremely challenging.

Questing is also a big part of Horizon Zero Dawn.  Coming across one of the many settlements launches Aloy into the drama that speaks to human nature.  Each tribe is surrounded by traditions and stories that are unique to them and completing the quests they present is highly satisfying if not completely addictive.  Some of the side quests aren’t as involved as they could be but the main quests and combat missions make up for it.

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I truly don’t have many complaints about this game.  I’m a big proponent of classically single player experiences with a high level of involvement.  If that is what you’ve been looking for you came to the right place.  Horizon Zero Dawn is an all new experience with an in-depth story line, beautiful visuals, and intriguing game play.  For the Playstation 4 owner, this title is a must have.

Horizon Zero Dawn Gets

4-5mf

4.5 out of 5

 

What’s Legit?

+Smooth and involved combat

+Beautiful visuals and design

+Involved open world

+On point voice acting

+Intriguing story line

What’s Perpetrating?

-Side missions could be slightly more involved

#HorizonZeroDawn @PlayLegit

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inFamous Second Son: Seattle

Team Sucker Punch talks about the fun they had re-designing Seattle in Video game form. How they were able to add lighting effects with ease, and other Next-Gen tweaks, is inside the clip. The city of the Super Bowl bound Seahawks will be availible to you March 21st, 2014. Exclusively on Playstation 4. Second Son needs to get here!

@PlayLegit #SecondSon

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Monthly High Scores I November 2013

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Real Talk By: KJ

The Play Legit Fam had a lot of turkey, and stuffing. Lots of stuffing. We enjoyed this month, but maybe thanksgiving a little more. Were not only ranking the best Game, and Trailer,  but other cool Happenings in the world of entertainment. Its one big Arcade cabinet. Playstation 4 and Xbox One hit the streets. Family Guy lost one of its stars. Mario returned, with a new 4 player adventure. What other events rocked our culture in the month of November?

PS4 & Xbox One Released – 600000 PTS

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The biggest launches in our industry both happened this month. The Playstation 4 and The Xbox One. It was a bumpy road for the XO. Promoting it’s ability to plug into Cable devices neglecting what brought them to the dance in the first place. Early DRM regulations infuriated customers, thus effecting system pre-order sales. They wised up eventually, at E3 they would focus all-most entirely on games, and eventually backed off those digital rights restrictions. Sony did the opposite and kept it real at E3. They had no Policy in place, making it known that games would still be played in a traditional manner. Both consoles are now on that same wavelength. Overall software-wise, this is one of the more solid launches. Third party developers really stepped it up. Games like NBA 2K14, Dead Rising 3, Resogun, and Battlefield 4 are just a few reasons it’s safe to make a next-gen investment.

Mario 3D World Game of the Month – 500000 PTS

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Ms. Throwback’s review is in progress, but we have played enough. The worldwide reception from critics and fans alike has been ultimately positive. New suits and four player coop for the first time in a 3D world. I played through 3 worlds of the game with a buddy. It was hard to put it down. 3D world shines in High Definition. The colors are rich, and the gameplay is beyond smooth. Nintendo keeps introducing new elements to keep the aging plumber fresh. We’ll have our take on this Wii U exclusive very shortly.

Thor: The Dark World – 400000 PTS

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Thor 2 owned the box office for several weeks. We were glad to see another marvel movie land outside of the summer months. Mo’ Marvel Mo’ Awesome. The road to Avengers 2 continues in style. We were able to see more of Asgard, and magic. The first movie had our hero without his abilities for far too long. It was great to see him back with Mjolnir. On top of that The Dark World had some great comedy. Jane’s ringtone is all i have to say.

Family Guy Tragedy – 300000 PTS

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Spoiler alert (kind of). A major character was killed-off in this cartoon series. The responses from fans have been pretty negative. Family Guy’s writers are hopefully capitalizing on this event in a good way. It’s easy to drop the ball after this big move “Where do we go from here?” . What are your thoughts about this shocking move, made by Seth MacFarlane and crew? Will they regret this decision? The show is so random anyways, they could just bring the character back. Time travel or something.

Netflix gets Original Marvel Programing – 200000 PTS

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Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. Great comic book characters, all of whom are getting individual TV shows. We couldn’t be more thrilled, Marvel Knights are getting more recognition. Every single one of these series’ will be featured exclusively on Netflix. It’s unknown who will fill the roles as off this writing, but we trust they will do the right thing. Still waiting for a Black Panther movie. The world is ready Disney!

Trailer of the Month: Heavenly Sword Movie Trailer-100000 PTS

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Just another step in the right direction. Hollywood remaking movies here, rebooting classic films there. Its getting old. They continue to look the other direction when it comes to video games. Finally we get a bit of good news. Nariko returns in Heavenly Sword based directly from the PS3 launch title. We hope this is a continuing trend. There are Plenty of great moments that need to be captured on the big screen, so that everyone can enjoy.

@PlayLegit #MHS

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