Horizon: Zero Dawn was the inspiration for me to begin writing in this blog. I’ll just tell you upfront that I absolutely loved it an I think it will be as a strong contender for Game of the Year. Considering a new DLC for the game was announced this week at E3, I think this is a good time to share my thoughts on it.
Horizon takes place in a Post-Post-Apocalyptic world where modern society was completely destroyed hundreds of years ago. Humanity has regressed to Stone Age hunter-gatherers that live in small villages. Outside these villages in the wilderness, large animal-like robots called “Machines” roam the world, attacking any humans that stray into their territory. Not only this, but the Machines have been getting more and more aggressive over the past few years and some have been breaking through the humans’ defensive walls.
You play as Aloy, an outcast at birth who learns the art of survival and hunting from another outcast, Rost. Yes, I know their names sound like “alloy” and “rust”, they weren’t that subtle trying to give them machine-related names. Aloy begins her journey to try to gain acceptance back into her tribe and to discover who her mother was, but she quickly gets embroiled in a more sinister plot that forces her to travel outside the village walls and explore the rest of the world. That’s all I think I can say about the story without spoiling anything, you’ll have to play the game to find out the rest. (more…)