PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn

Last updated date: July 23, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 162 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn placed 11th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.9
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
2,987 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Stunning open world imploring you to explore
- Games Radar
February 20, 2017 | Full review
There’s a brilliant, beautifully balletic balance to it all that combines to give the impression of controlling the perfect hunter. Aloy’s ability to craft stacks of ammunition mid-fight is a potentially fiction-breaking conceit that is not only a necessity during long battles but also feels right in practice.
- The Guardian
Horizon Zero Dawn thrums with the energy of a creative team finally allowed to explore something new. It builds on elements of open-world and loot-and-craft gameplay that we've seen before, but it does so within a context, a setting and a style that feel fresh
- Polygon
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Most importantly, the game's primarily bow-and-arrow-based combat, about which I had been quite skeptical, turns out to be reliably thrilling.
- The Verge
December 14, 2017 | Full review
Couple all of that with a compelling story led by an engaging lead protagonist and you have a brilliant game, an absolute must-buy for all PS4 owners.
- Trusted Reviews
February 2, 2018 | Full review
Horizon Zero Dawn is a stunningly beautiful game. The world is immensely detailed with lush vegetation, roaring streams, rainfall, snowstorms and a blazing sun.
- Hardcore Gamer
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Horizon’s interlocking combat systems shine once you learn how to prepare for encounters.
- Kotaku
February 28, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Jumping and melee attacks are a tad slow
- Games Radar
February 20, 2017 | Full review
One thing is certain in this game – you’ll spend an awful lot of time foraging to survive, harvesting ridge wood to craft arrows, gathering medicinal embers to brew healing salves, and searching for the various leaves and roots required to concoct offensive weapons, not to mention collecting the various protective potions aligned to the game’s elemental status ailments: fire, ice, electricity and corruption.
- The Guardian
The only times I got frustrated were when I stubbornly stuck to one tactic with a harder enemy instead of varying my techniques.
- Polygon
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Elements of Horizon did frustrate me. The game has too many varieties of bows and arrows that do basically the same thing, making it tough to figure out which to use in any given encounter. And the need to regularly replenish the resources needed to craft ammunition can feel like a grind — particularly in later levels, when taking down a beast can require many dozens of shots.
- The Verge
December 14, 2017 | Full review
what is annoying is a problem Guerilla carries over from Killzone: the lack of clear damage indication during fights. When Aloy is hit, it’s very hard to tell how close she is to death in the heat of battle.
- Trusted Reviews
February 2, 2018 | Full review
There’s only really one problem with Horizon’s gameplay: the platforming. Much like Uncharted, Horizonmakes it clear where Aloy can jump and climb and where she can’t. Unlike Uncharted, however, platforming is mostly automated, but not accurate.
- Hardcore Gamer
February 20, 2017 | Full review
Poor facial animations
- Kotaku
February 28, 2017 | Full review

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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An Overview On PS4 Games

  • If you haven’t played Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” in a while, it may be worth a relook. The award-winning game has undergone a recent revamp, taking it in the direction of a role-playing game. However, it’s still technically a stealth game, requiring the player to master the ability to sneak up on opponents.
  • When it comes down to it, many of today’s top games excel at worldbuilding. With Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” it’s all about the map. This version has the largest and most connected map in all the renditions. You’ll find even when you’re out in the middle of the desert, there are plenty of awe-inspiring views. The game will take you deep into the heart of Egypt, immersing you in the ancient culture of the country.
  • The open-world Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” also offers a sizeable map, with mesmerizing landscapes and photorealistic graphics.
  • If you’ve played “Grand Theft Auto” before, you’re probably already familiar with the meticulous detail put into the graphics. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” has realism all the way down to weather and lighting effects. This lends authenticity to the experience that makes you feel as though you’re truly a part of that world.
  • One of the best things about Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition is that it helps you grow as a player. The game takes note of moves that you haven’t yet used and coaches you to complete them in order to become better at virtual combat.
  • One new feature that will enhance your experience with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. It also adds Mother Base to your adventures, which means Big Boss will have more resources than in previous Metal Gear games.
  • Storylines have become huge in many of today’s PS4 games, but many of them have a problem with growing repetitive over time. As with previous iterations, Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” has an engaging storyline. However, some find the quests are repetitive over time, and you may find that finding the loot is too easy if you’re a more experienced player. Missions with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” can also become repetitive. Although the story is captivating, it doesn’t seem to have as many twists and turns as other open-world games. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is all based on auto heists, which provide plenty of adventures without a complex storyline. The quests in Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can also become repetitive.
  • Although Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” repeats itself over time, it’s important to note that you drive the storyline in open-world games, and this game gives you plenty of opportunities to make it your own.
  • If your setup supports 4K resolution, you may want to sway toward Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which offers 4K gameplay as an option.
  • Lack of responsiveness can become frustrating with any game. The controls with Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” can feel a bit awkward at times. That means combat can tend to feel unnatural, with attacks not landing quite the blow they feel like they should.
  • Many players prefer the spirit of competition that comes with playing others. Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” offers both solo and online team gameplay options.
  • For gamers on a budget, Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is the best option, selling for less than $20. Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can be found in the $20-$30 range. But the Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition includes a season pass, which expands your gameplay options.

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The PS4 Game Buying Guide

Your PS4 is all hooked up and ready to go. Now you just need the perfect game to get you started. If you’ve owned a PlayStation before, you probably have a few favorites of your own, but it can’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You may even find that a game you tried in the past has improved so much in recent versions, you’ll want to try it again.

With so many PS4 games available, though, you’ll first need to narrow down the type of game you want to play. There are role-playing games, abbreviated RPG, which are among the most popular. RPGs kicked off with games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and continue today with popular options like “Final Fantasy.”

The vast majority of games will fall under the action header, which includes the many shooter games you find when you’re looking around. This genre also includes fighting and combat games like “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon,” as well as stealth games like “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”

Another video game category that’s popular with many players is open-world games. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” falls into this category, as does “Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” With an open-world game, you’re free to move around a virtual environment, choosing how you reach particular goals. These games have become increasingly popular as gamers seek to feel as though they’re part of an adventure, rather than just competing to win.

There are plenty of factors beyond gameplay, including the visuals on the screen in front of you. You’ll want to spend time in a world that’s immersive, rather than one that takes away from the experience. If you have a 4K TV, you’ll find your options are narrowed considerably since not all PS4 games are built to render at that resolution. Some games also have technical glitches that slow down response time, a flaw that can be extremely frustrating if you’re just trying to enjoy some game time.