A post-apocalyptic reality
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition presents players with the vision of the future of Earth, where machines and humans coexist in harmony, close to each other. However, the world is not as peaceful as it may seem at first glance.
It is ruled by the deadly Machines, and something even worse than the apocalypse that has devastated the Earth threatens the entire planet. Aloy, a young redheaded hunter, expelled from her tribe as a child, needs to uncover her past and stop the bleak future that threatens the world. In the game, Aloy will hunt artificial animals, try to tame them and engage in a guerilla fight with humans and robots.
An open world
The video game has a huge open world and allows free exploration. The entire world map is divided into various biomes. There are regions of thick forests, snow-capped mountains, deserts, jungles, and vast plains. The world offers several ways to interact with it. Although the main story covers the entire map, there is still much more to do if we take care of all the side missions the developers have prepared.
This huge world is obviously inhabited by a multitude of machines. There are also the so-called “Corrupt Zones”, full of more aggressive robots. The difficulty level in these areas is significantly higher than in any other part of the game.
At first, most of the map is unknown to players and must be discovered during the game. To see a new part of the map, you have to find a robot giraffe and climb it. Those machines are called Longnecks and reaching the top of them will grant players some rewards (like discovering a new part of the map). For some, it may resemble the sync moments from Assassin’s Creed (albeit without the leap of faith).
The game also features some RPG elements. Aloy can gain experience and level up. Experience points are obtained naturally by killing enemies and are also given as a reward for completing missions. The skill tree is divided into three categories: one for stealth, one for combat, and one for healing, gathering resources, and controlling robot beasts.
Become the hunter
One of the main parts of HZD’s gameplay is undoubtedly hunting robotic animals. Zero Horizon Dawn offers several ways to interact with those machines. Aside from simply killing them, we can trap them and lure them into it (eg by whistling), or we can even try to “override” their internal system by sticking Aloy’s melee weapon (a long staff) into their memory sockets. Depending on the type of our prey, it can become our ally for a short period of time (before the null state disappears), or they can “allow” us to mount them, which is a more permanent situation (once mounted, I steal them -animals can be retrieved later when needed).
Additionally, Aloy is also equipped with a Focus, a small device that allows her to scan machines and find their weak spots. You can also show their level and indicate what kind of objects they will drop after their death.