Horizon Zero Dawn
A storm’s brewing in this enticing RPG
Hunting down robot dinosaurs in a gorgeous open-world RPG is as close to a slam dunk as we can imagine, and everything we see of Guerrilla’s sandbox suggests the developer is doing the idea justice. A recent reveal shows that there’s a lot more variety in this post-apocalypse than just the lush forestry that’s been on display so far. Guerrilla is describing these new areas as ‘ecotopes’, each inhabited with their own resident machines to discover, and promising scorching deserts, vibrant jungles, and snow-covered mountains to explore. Despite the beautiful scenery, you might want to pack a brolly, as art director Jan-Bart Van Beek explains another key feature: “There is a very dynamic weather system. You get the types of weather that belong to certain ecotopes and that of course has an influence on the gameplay. It can reduce visibility, make certain things harder, certain things might be easier.” One moment has a herd of robots pelting away from a chasing Aloy as rain lashes down. Another sees her surveying a group of machines in a desert canyon as they become engulfed in a cloud of dust. Add to this the promise of extra-crisp 4K graphics with sumptuous HDR on PS4 Pro, and Uncharted 4’s time as Best Looking Console Game seems perilously close to coming to an end.
Oh my Mr Snapmaw, what scarily sharp teeth you have. Nothing that a swift smack around the gob with a big stick won’t fix.