PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 197 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.2
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
2,685 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is mostly for those who have never played Horizon Zero Dawn before and want to see what it’s about. This edition is the definitive edition and well worth the asking price
- GameSpot
February 13, 2018 | Full review
I didn’t expect Horizon Zero Dawn to be this good. I doubt I’ll be the only one saying they were surprised that the Killzone developer has been able to deliver a game with such breadth, depth, and consistently rewarding gameplay.
- Trusted Reviews
February 2, 2018 | Full review
What we want to avoid saying here is that the game will look gorgeous on any screen you play it on – it might, but we have some reservations.
- Tech Radar
February 20, 2017 | Full review
The overall effect is akin to a more accessible and arcade-oriented take on Dark Souls’ strategic stand-offs – even down to Aloy’s defensive dodge roll – and it’s hard to overstate just how endurably exhilarating and enjoyable the combat between woman and machine is.
- The Guardian
It’s much easier to hit flying enemies by tying them down with a “Ropecaster,” for example, whereas close-combat guns help thwart rushing T-Rexes. Each weapon has its own feel, and while they are all enjoyable to use, I preferred the simplicity of the bow and arrow.
- Kotaku
February 28, 2017 | Full review
Ultimately, Horizon Zero Dawn is an absolutely fantastic game. It’s very polished, and comes with a compelling story, relatable characters, an absolutely fascinating setting, and top-notch gameplay.
- Dual Shockers
The overall story is solid, but the moment-to-moment dialogue is also quite good.
- Giant Bomb
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Emotion is something best reserved for the story of games, but occasionally, something strikes me unexpectedly while playing something as wonderful as this.
- Playstation Lifestyle
February 20, 2017 | Full review
The pace and exposition make for truly excellent science-fiction. This is post-post-apocalyptic Earth. Animalistic machines with the appearance of predatory wolves, grazing cattle, ferocious birds, and everything in-between stalk lush forests and vast desert stretches.
- PSU
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Horizon Zero Dawn makes sure you’ll never forget it: the combat system is superb, the story and mission structure never leaves you bored, and the design of not only the world, but the way the machines exist is exquisite.
- God Is A Geek
February 20, 2017 | Full review
The world is vibrant and intimately detailed. Each culture has its own beliefs and traditions, and each character is a product of their upbringing.
- Shacknews
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Truly, Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of those rare games where a compliment of weapons, potions, and traps are necessary for success, and very few encounters with the machines feel like pushovers.
- Game Rant
What experts didn't like
This doesn’t become frustrating, but what is annoying is a problem Guerilla carries over from Killzone: the lack of clear damage indication during fights.
- Trusted Reviews
February 2, 2018 | Full review
The other reason is that we spent all of our time playing Horizon: Zero Dawn in 4K HDR on the PS4 Pro – a great option if you have all the equipment to make it happen.
- Tech Radar
February 20, 2017 | Full review
The Carja AI is a little poor at times (if you see a dead body, making a song and dance about it!), and the GPS waypoint system can be misleading, but these are minor issues.
- God Is A Geek
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Puzzles are rare but too simplistic
- Shacknews
February 20, 2017 | Full review
At times the game does feel like there is quite a bit of filler, and the same types of critiques that are raised against Horizon: Zero Dawn’s open world forebears will apply here as well.
- Game Rant

From The Manufacturer

Horizon Zero Dawn is an exhilarating action role playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 4 System, developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation's venerated Killzone franchise. Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.

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The Cool Game Buying Guide

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