Horizon Zero Dawn

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  1. The Eye in the Sky!

    The Eye in the Sky! That guy eating pie Moderator Premium Member

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    On Monday they released a 4 hour portion of the game to game sites and they are all posting their thoughts and it has me excited. The game looks great and apparently it plays great as well. I always love the idea of using an archer for a character, but games never pull it off correctly. This looks like it could be really good. The one major thing that everyone has agreed on in that the world and setting is amazing.

    Not a ton has been announced story wise, but I'm hearing the game is more RPG-like than Tomb Raider or Uncharted. If the game can be interesting over the course of say... a 30 hour story with decent side quests, it could be something special.

    Or if the writing is not good, and the gameplay is bland and repetitive it could be a slog. I'm not sure what to think - Guerrilla Games made the Killzone series and has no real experience in doing an open world action RPG. Most reviews are glowing in their previews with the caveat that they don't know how long the main story will be or if it will be interesting.

    There are now plenty of videos on Youtube if you want to check out some 5-20 minute gameplay videos.

    Cautious optimism is my take on it for now, but I'd love this to be a great 40+ hour new IP game. I've basically quit on FFXV and would like this to be something I actually turn my PS4 on for.
     
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    I'm so upset, everything I want is being released really soon (near my due date)

    - this game
    - persona
    - the KH series remaster
    - live action beauty and the beast

    ugggghhhhhh

    But yeah I want this game
     
  3. Quagmire

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    I'm interested in the game, but I'll wait until it's pretty cheap on sale, have Yakuza 0 to play and then Persona 5 in April
     
  4. dimmerwit

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    Well, the Switch is coming that weekend and games drop sharply in price after about a month anyway, so I'll hold off. But I really hope it's good!
     
  5. The Eye in the Sky!

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    The review embargo lifted today and it is currently sitting at 88% with 71 critic reviews on metacritic. Praise has been for the combat, hunting and story. Aloy is being called a new iconic character and the entire story setting is said to be clever and thoughtful. The world and graphics are said to be among the best looking ever made and full of non scripted awesomeness.

    Now I'm sold. Some of my more trusted reviewers gave it a 95% and the other a 90%. Most are claiming that the main story is 30-40 hours long with a boat load of side quests - some fetch quests and some "Witcher" style where the additional lore and characters are worth more than the loot.

    I'm trying to find where to trade FFXV in towards it to get maximum value. Amazon has it for $47.99 pre-order with prime, but Best Buy is offering $18 trade in value... if only Amazon would take the PS4 version as trade in - they are offering $20 for the XB1 version.
     
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    Alright! Amazon just started taking trade-ins on FFXV so I got a cool $14.62 gift card balance to apply to the $47.99 prime price.

    I realized with my busy life that I probably won't get my hands on a Switch for a while. If they don't have them in stock at stores then I won't find one.

    Hopefully I can blast through Horizon in time for Mass Effect Andromeda... or Persona 5. Both will take a while to play through. If I can get a Switch around then... well, I guess I'll be stacked with video games for the rest of the year with Red Dead Redemption 2 coming...
     
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    I really didn't put much thought into this game until just recently. I'm intrigued by it, though. Although, I fear just how much it looks like Far Cry Primal. I enjoyed Primal, but using just spears and a bow for an entire game became boring near the end. The game felt too long to keep my interest in firing a bow consistently. The issue is, for Primal, you couldn't fight groups of enemies because a bow is too slow to take out multiple foes. So, you either had to fight one enemy at a time (boring) or the multiple enemies stayed far back from you to take out one-by-one. I fear this game will have to subject itself to the same issues.

    That said, the game is aesthetically gorgeous and the story has potential. Also, Ygritte.
     
  8. The Eye in the Sky!

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    The combat has actually been the one universally praised part of the game as being the strongest part followed by the environment. It has gotten that comparison to Farcry Primal but people have said it plays much better. The best comparison I've heard is if Tomb Raider and the Witcher had a robotic baby.
     
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    Yeah... but Ygritte.
     
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    My default gaming site is Eurogamer, who wrote a less positive review. So initially, I was a bit disappointed. Then someone in the comments listed some of the other review scores.

    Still not going to buy it at launch, but I'll definitely play this at some point.
     
  11. Jon

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    I think this is my stance as well. I borrowed Mafia 3 off a friend to tide me over until Andromeda (I sent FF15 his way for the swap). So, I won't have much time to play this until much later anyway. Once I get FF15 back and after I finish Andromeda, I may swap out 15 for a used copy of Horizon Zero Dawn. But as for release day, I will probably let this go.

    And Ygritte.
     
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    Zelda/Switch for me, although the fact that new games seem to plummet in price within a month to six weeks here is a factor as well.
     
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    You're lucky for that. A used copy may drop $5-$10 after a few weeks, but new games remain full price for almost a year before they drop even remotely. (This is only true in stores, as online, you can find cheaper prices usually.)
     
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    So I played 4 hours of it yesterday and first impressions - it is phenomenal. The world is so immersive and the graphics are the best I've ever seen on a console. Gameplay feels like the Witcher 3 in terms of overall movement and pathfinding but is more intuitive when it comes to fast reflex moves. I've only encountered 3 types of machines but the game is hard due to me only having a couple of ways to fight right now. Just got the trip caster, which is a great tool. There are so many ways to enter a fight and bring it to its conclusion... and there are still 25+ other machines to discover.

    The characters are very emotive and every NPC I've come across that you can talk to look different. No same-y faces over and over and the voice acting is generally great. The level of detail and emotion is outstanding. And I did three side quests, and while 2 of them were the standard fetch quest, the characters and cutscenes involved give them more life than the typical side quest. Again, a little Witcher-y, but not nearly the same level.

    The introductory hour or so built the setting and characters very nicely and I'm totally invested. Can't wait to get home and play tonight. The hype is justified so far.
     
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    Glad to hear it. I'll look for it after I finish Andromeda.
     
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    Lol, I forgot that was this month. Goodbye free time!
     
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    I played some more last night and was mostly just hunting at night. I wear full ear headphones when I play so the ambient environment sounds are beautiful and then they get tense when the machines get near. They sound like a mix of horror and techno when they spot you. Almost reminds me of some of the sounds the Transformers make in those awful movies.
     
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    Keep the talk coming (spoiler free! ;)). I'm loving getting other people's opinion on this game. It sounds fun.
     
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    My progress may slow down as I've acquired the Switch and Zelda... but I have a half day at work (leaving soon) and I'm not sure if I want to play Zelda or HZD. So I guess thats a good sign.