Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
First Released
December 06, 2017 (6 years 2 months 21 days)
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In an era where machines roam the land and mankind is no longer the dominant species, a young hunter named Aloy embarks on a journey to discover her destiny. Explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artefacts and enhanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet and of life itself. Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition includes Horizon Zero Dawn and the frozen wilds expansion.

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The Journey of Aloy: A Personal Review of "Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition"

Reviewed on Windows in December 2023
Overall rating
 
84
Fun Factor
 
85
Visual / Sound Quality
 
92
Replayability
 
78
Level of Challenge
 
80
In the realm of virtual escapades, few games have left an indelible mark on my gaming journey like "Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition." Developed by Guerrilla Games, this title is not just a game; it’s a masterpiece that fuses a post-apocalyptic narrative with breath-taking visuals and a combat system that's both invigorating and challenging.

A World Reclaimed by Nature
As I ventured through Aloy's world, the first aspect that struck me was the game's stunning environment. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where nature has reclaimed its domain, I was captivated by the intricate details of the landscape, from the ruins enwrapped in vines to the majestic day/night cycle. These visuals were not just a backdrop; they were integral to the experience, making me feel like I was exploring a world that was alive and breathing​​.

A Story of Exile and Discovery
The narrative journey with Aloy, an outcast from the Nora tribe, was as compelling as it was emotionally engaging. Her story, which revolves around societal exclusion and a search for identity, resonated deeply with me. The game addresses heavy themes such as mass murder and abandonment, handled with a maturity that adds gravitas to the story. The ability to respond with different emotional approaches during the game further deepened my connection to Aloy's journey​​.

Gameplay: A Mixed Bag of Thrills and Frustrations
The combat system in "Horizon Zero Dawn" is a blend of exhilarating and sometimes frustrating experiences. The ranged combat, especially with Aloy’s futuristic focus device, was a highlight for me. Using it to identify enemy types and their weaknesses added a strategic layer to the encounters. However, the melee combat felt clunky and somewhat imprecise, detracting from the otherwise smooth gameplay​​.

Side missions, while providing XP and enhancing Aloy’s abilities, often felt like a grind. I yearned for more story-driven side quests rather than repetitive tasks like scaling Tallnecks or clearing bandit camps. This was a minor gripe in an otherwise captivating adventure​​.

Technical Prowess and Performance
On the technical front, playing "Horizon Zero Dawn" on PC was a revelation. The PC version offered a plethora of configurable options, with support for adaptive performance FPS and ultrawide monitors, which dramatically enhanced the game’s visual appeal and performance​​. The game’s optimization on PC meant reduced load times and more precise control with mouse and keyboard, further elevating the experience​​.

Photographic Memories
A standout feature for me was the Photo Mode, allowing me to capture the beauty of the game's world in stunning detail. This addition provided a creative outlet within the game, enabling me to preserve memorable moments and landscapes​​.

Conclusion
"Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition" is more than just a game; it's an experience that blends a compelling narrative with a visually stunning world. Despite some gameplay and technical issues, the journey with Aloy remains a profound and memorable adventure. It’s a game that doesn’t just occupy space on your console or PC; it lingers in your thoughts, beckoning you to revisit its beautiful yet dangerous world.

Fun Factor: 85/100

The game excels in delivering a thrilling and engaging experience, although the melee combat can be a bit underwhelming.

Visual & Sound Quality: 92/100

With its breathtaking landscapes and meticulously designed soundscapes, "Horizon Zero Dawn" is a visual and auditory feast.

Replayability: 78/100
The compelling story and dynamic world offer good reasons to revisit, but some might find the side missions a bit repetitive.

Level of Challenge: 80/100

The game presents a well-balanced challenge, especially in strategic combat and puzzle-solving, though the learning curve can be steep initially.

In essence, "Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition" is not just a game; it's an intricately crafted world that stays with you long after you've turned off your console or PC.

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