Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game played from a third-person view. Players take control of Aloy, a hunter and archer, as she progresses through a post-apocalyptic land ruled by robotic creatures known simply as “Machines”. The Machines’ components, such as electricity and the metal they are composed of, are vital to Aloy’s survival, and she can loot their corpses to find useful resources for crafting. Aloy can use a variety of ways to kill enemies, such as setting traps like tripwires, shooting enemies with arrows, using explosives, and melee combat. She can essentially hack a selection of creatures, turning them into makeshift vehicles or travelling companions. Aloy can also hide in foliage and ambush nearby enemies to ensure immediate takedowns. Using a “focus scan” allows Aloy to determine her enemies’ susceptibilities, identify their location, the particular level they possess and the nature of loot they will drop.
The game features an open world with a dynamic day-night cycle and weather system that can be explored without loading screens. The quest structure unfolds to accommodate the exploration of tribes while the main story covers the entire world. Aloy can come across stories that require her to solve individual cases as well. A dialogue wheel is used to communicate with non-playable characters.