Post-apoc­a­lyp­tic robot dinosaurs. These are prob­a­bly the only four words that need­ed to be spo­ken in the pitch meet­ing that green-lit Hori­zon Zero Dawn. Piv­ot­ing away from their first-per­son shoot­er com­fort zone, Guer­ril­la Games shocked every­one when they announced Hori­zon Zero Dawn. This open-world action game is, in my opin­ion, the finest work the stu­dio has put out to date. The com­bat sys­tem is fun and diverse, with a mul­ti­tude of options to approach any encounter. There’s plen­ty to do as you explore the world, with side-quests that feel more per­son­al than the “go there and get that” fare of oth­er games. The sto­ry is top-notch, with a vibrant world full of inter­est­ing char­ac­ters and fea­tures an out­stand­ing per­for­mance by Ash­ly Burch as Aloy. It’s also one of the best-look­ing games to come out this year from top to bot­tom. Hori­zon Zero Dawn more than earns its spot as the 4th best game of 2017.


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