Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The plot follows Aloy, a hunter in a world overrun by machines, who sets out to uncover her past. The player uses ranged weapons, a spear, and stealth to combat mechanical creatures and other enemy forces. A skill tree provides the player with new abilities and bonuses. The player can explore the open world to discover locations and take on side quests. It was released for the PlayStation 4 in 2017 and Microsoft Windows in 2020.

Horizon Zero Dawn was praised by critics for its open world, story, visuals, combat, characterisation, and the performance of voice actress Ashly Burch; however, the dialogue, melee combat, and character models received some criticism. The game won numerous awards and sold over 10 million copies by February 2019, making it one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 games. An expansion, The Frozen Wilds, was released in November 2017. A sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, is currently scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2021.

On October 19th, 2020, I started my first playthrough of the game and was immediately enamoured with the visual beauty of the game and immediately felt all the emotions for the game’s main character, Aloy.

I returned to the game ten days later on October 29th with much better giant mechanical horse smashing skill. I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface with this game… so much to enjoy.

I can’t get enough of this game and so I came back to it yet again on November 5th, 2020. Really getting the hang of mechanical slaughter now!

November 12th, 2020. Can’t stop ’til we get enough… murdered mechanical creatures. We had some more exposition this time, as well, I guess. Did most of humanity piss off to the stars? All signs point to maybe.

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