15 Reasons Why Horizon: Zero Dawn Will Be A Game Changer For The Open World Genre

Can Horizon help bring boring open world games back to relevance again?

Posted By | On 11th, Jul. 2015 Under Feature, Slider | Follow This Author @ZootPlays

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Horizon: Zero Dawn was revealed on Sony’s media briefing stage to staggering applause. A new IP from Guerilla Games (know for the Killzone series) nearly five years in production, Horizon: Zero Dawn quickly soared to the top of many websites’ prestigious “Best of show” E3 award handouts.

Born into a world overtaken by machines, Aloy — the female lead — will “embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of [her] planet, and of life itself.” Set in a post apocalyptic world, Horizon promises lush, vibrantly colorful environments; brilliant, jaw-dropping graphical design; a large open world with RPG elements; and an overall original story concept: a lost human society overran by machines, with no upfront reason on what exactly went wrong. Those are just to name a few features from this new triple A IP, coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in 2016.

Already poised as one of E3’s top most anticipated games, let’s take a look at 15 reasons why Horizon: Zero Dawn will be a game changer for the open world genre.

Horizon: Zero Dawn
Early on in the Horizon E3 trailer we learn animals, dinosaur-like creatures and many other species of animals roam the land. But these aren’t just any type of species like we see in our every day zoo. No. These creatures are borne of machines. That’s right! Monsters both big and small, ferocious and calm with metal skin and teeth run those there lands.

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  • GamerJudge

    Cant wait to get my hands on this game.

  • Devon Day

    Loved this game since the concept art came out. Love it even more after an impressive E3 showcase. If there is a collectors edition to this game, instant day 1 for me.

  • MrVux007

    Just give it to us allready! this is to much teasing!

  • *Also On PC

    30FPS with drops, monster hunter clone by a western studio

    lel Sony have no ideas.

    • Agent_Blade

      How about you actually play the f***ing game before calling it a clone. People…..sheesh.

    • MrVux007

      how about you don’t feed the obvious troll and flag his comment 😛

  • MrSec84 .

    This looks awesome, one of the most original looking new IPs in a long time.
    Horizon is exactly what gamers have been asking for, for years and Guerrilla are going to deliver.

    This game won game of E3 2015 and it will more than likely be Game of the Year for 2016.
    Can’t wait to play it!!

    • Psionicinversion

      be so funny if it turned out to be trash on launch haha

    • XbotMK1

      Kinda like most PC exclusives and the “few” exclusives Xbox even has.

    • MrSec84 .

      If that happens then I’ll accept it as suck, I’m objective unlike many around here seem to be, but it’s not looking very likely that this will suck right now.

      A true gamer wouldn’t be wishing for games to be trash like you always seem to do on Playstation related articles, while constantly defending XBox articles and then claim to be a PC gamer as some kind of defense.

    • Psionicinversion

      i dont wish it to be trash but everyones omg GOTY its amazing… best game ever, but the thing that keeps you in a long winded open world RPG is its story line and quests. If there complete crap pretty graphics arent going save it

    • MrSec84 .

      Good, I’d like to believe that, but past comments from you don’t make me believe that.

      The reason for the belief that this is a great contender or dead certainty in some people’s minds for Game of The Year 2016 is because of this story we’ve been told about (in game it’s going to have a lot more depth than the details we’ve been given already), the length of time the game’s been in development and also the staff that Guerrilla Games have hired to help make the most out of the story, Open World gameplay and everything this kind of game needs to be.

      John Gonzalez worked on Shadow of Mordor, Fallout: New Vegas and Tom Clancy’s End War, he’s been the Lead Writer on Horizon: ZD since September 2013.
      There’s also a bunch people from CD Projekt Red that you’ll probably know made The Witcher series.

      Guerrilla Games are very solid, if not up there as the best in the Technical side of things, they also pull off great gameplay, atmosphere, it’s sometimes their story telling that has let their games down, but Killzone 2 was pretty awesome in that regard and the new additions to the Studio reinforce those aspects of Horizon’s development.

      We’ll see what happens, but I’m very optimistic for this game, especially after seeing the reveal and it most definitely flies in the face of what many PS Haters have been claiming about Sony not being willing to invest in new AAA IPs, you can’t really get anymore AAA than this!

    • Psionicinversion

      I’ll probably get this myself but alot of the sonys exclusive I’ve played recently have been mediocre at best in my opinion so hard for to me think this is going be any different. Even with all the writers it could fall flat on its face so you never know

    • Rup

      Infamous second son is more than a mediocre game.
      And I really liked it and it also received 8.0 meta score and

      7.9 user score.Then there is Bloodborne which is even better and one of the best game i have played.
      It also received 9.2 metascore and 8.7 user score.
      But i do get your point rest of the Sony exclusives this gen are utter shit.Even though I am not even satisfied about upcoming AAA exclusives in 2016 but let’s hope.
      Uncharted 4 will be a bomb for sure but just a good cinematic experience.Horizon is looking awesome and concept is too…Fallout’s writer…Chances of it going wrong is real low.Then there is Ratchet and clank…suit pixar level game experience.
      I am really happy with Sony bringing an open world game every year,especially with RPG elements.
      2014-Infamous second son
      2016-Horizon:Zero dawn

    • Psionicinversion

      Infamous is trash dude. Doesnt matter about the meta score because im basing mine on personal opinion. Just goes to show how dumbed down console gamers are

    • Rup

      Everyone is entitled to his own opinion (:
      I am also a PC gamer though but Infamous is one of the games which make people buy console.
      I am just curious how does it show how dumbed down console gamer are?
      Don’t get me wrong..I play almost all multiplatform games on my PC.
      But i can’t say a single AAA PC exclusives that are up to any standard of console AAA exclusives.

    • BloodHound7281

      “Dumbed down console gamers are” be careful not to fall off that pedestal of yours!

  • XbotMK1

    Good to see another female protagonist. Hellblade is another game that seems to be diversifying.

    • Psionicinversion

      thats only cus most women are mental anyway, nothing new

    • XbotMK1

      You must be a woman then.

  • Starman

    looooooooooool , a game changer in the openworld genre …aaaaaaah ha ha ha ….. just like kz was going to be game changer for fps ..omg , give it a rest , you need money to change the game .. and also , i thought the witcher 3 did that a bit already , this here will be another over hyped and under performed “p.o.s.”

    • XbotMK1

      It’s looks much better and more interesting than anything on the Failbox 180. Microsoft is too broke to make new IPs. The only first party exclusives on the Failbox 180 are Gran Turismo rip offs called Forza rehashes.

      That Gears 4 demo was nothing but walking and quick time events. It looked worse than The Order 1886.

  • jent

    This game looks great from the E3 presentation. I hope this game works out well.

    But this article is mostly a waste of time.

    To me a game changing game is
    (1) one that takes new strides and moves in new directions.
    (2) need to be influential enough after its release to affect other games in the future.

    Many of your slides do not meet the criteria for #1 and you can’t know #2 until well after its release. You should call this article what it is. You are really excited for this game because it has these features. If you use the term game-changer too often its meaning is watered down to nothing. Sadly this might already be the case.

  • 1-800-Hisoka

    The only thing I didn’t like in the demo is those old rpg elements. Mini cutscene when mini boss arrives and I didn’t Luke the boss ending move. Stabing crystal which is the heart I guess. But awesome game.

  • Jarod Locke

    Wont be that big a hit….one reason….90% of guys don’t want to play through

    a game as a female character…sorry but true….its a turn off to not have gender selection.

    • Ti74Raven

      Not true at all. 90% is a gross exaggeration.

      I know more guys (including myself) that are perfectly happy with a female character than aren’t. In fact, even working at a game store for 6 years. I only had ONE guy complain about it to me because I decided it would be a fun joke to flip all the Mass Effect 3 covers to Femshep.

      We weren’t a gamestop either, my customers came in, hung out, played games on our tvs, talked, and there were plenty of conversations about great female leads.

      All I’ve seen it as is a vocal minority on the internet whining about it. The vast majority of gamers who don’t whine, enjoy female characters just fine.

  • Ti74Raven

    Man, I’m so sick of exclusives. Even owning all the consoles I wish this would come out for my PC because the modding community would get some major mileage out of it, not to mention I’d just rather play a game like this on mouse/kb. And before fanboys come in, exclusives don’t benefit you (no matter what you are fanboying PC/PS/XB/N), stop supporting it.


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