And, done.

I have completed Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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This was the only screenshot I took during the main quest line. I had a hard time framing it, but in retrospect it actually looks pretty good.

The main story line turned out to be excellent, and I might do a spoiler-intensive review of it at some point. Sadly, I spoiled myself a bit on the big surprising part of the story accidentally, and I kind of regret not going into that portion without expectations. It was still a very moving story, in a lot of ways, and I was actually tearing up a bit in the final cut scene before the credits.

Well, I’m not going to talk about the plot, but I am going to say a few words about my experience with the game. For the most part, it was entirely positive, as my final playtime of just under 84 hours will attest. 😉

Naturally, after playing a game for such a long time, various cracks will begin to show, especially in a game as complex and beautiful as Horizon. As time went on, I encountered various glitches, such as the picture I posted previously of the corpse of a Stormbird that teleported from directly in front of me onto an inaccessible mountain after it died, preventing me from looting it. I also managed to grab a short clip of a Glinthawk enemy completely glitching out and spinning end over end, but sadly I don’t have a convenient way to post it right now. 😛

Other than that, I noticed some graphical issues, especially with dynamic lighting and the like. But honestly, all these problems were pretty minor, and things you only notice if, like me, you play the game exhaustively.

Oh, and speaking of playing exhaustively, I was quite pleased when I finished the game and found that I only had one trophy left to collect, so almost every trophy I was able to acquire just by playing the game and doing all the side quests. Naturally, some of those quests were more irritating to complete than others, but it’s all entirely doable, so I was able to pick up my platinum trophy relatively easily. So, yay. 😀

Now, as for what’s next, I’m afraid that I’m going to set Horizon aside for a while. There is a New Game+ mode, as well as an expansion pack available (each with their own trophies to acquire) but my shelf of PS4 games keeps expanding, and I’d really, really like to finish a few more of them. (Hmm? When am I going to write? Hush, you. 😛 )

So I’ve got a tentative game schedule arranged, starting with Dishonored — or it was first, before my wife gave me my birthday present after I posted the chapter of Anubai yesterday:

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I love my wife. Not only do I have the game I really wanted, I have a model to work on as well.

So yeah, my next game will be NieR: Automata. I wonder if it has a photo mode… ^^;

Incidentally, I already installed it, and downloaded a fair huge (3+ gb) update file, leaving me slightly close to running out of hotspot data for the month. But don’t worry, I will continue to post! Somehow. 😛

For now, though, I’ll be saying fairwell to the Horizon. Thanks, Aloy. You were pretty awesome.

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What with the whole “pet T-Rex” thing, y’know?
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The Anubai Hero, Chapter 20

Chapter 20

Both creatures hissed in unison, continuing to retreat from Kahen Sera’s suddenly revealed martial aura. The woman from the Green Wildness Sect stretched minutely, and the tension in her body seemed to melt away. Incongruously, even though her aura had increased exponentially, to Bi’er’s eyes, she seemed to be getting… harder to grasp; as though, even standing there with her full power on display, a single breath of wind might disperse her presence and form.

“Will you still call me mere ‘food,’ beasts?” demanded Kahen Sera. Even her voice had an eerie, wispy quality to it.

“Tsssk, the human is calling us beasts, brother,” hissed the monster on the left. Continue reading

Finally…

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After collecting all the flowers, figures, and “vessels”… finding all the vista points… clearing all the corrupted areas… overriding every tallneck, and incidentally every other (non-corrupted) machine in the game… clearing every cauldron… clearing every bandit camp… clearing nearly every sidequest in the open world… reaching level 50… gaining all but one skill…

…after over 65 hours of play, I am finally visiting the main hub city to continue the plot. 😀

Incidentally, my favorite collectibles are the metal flowers. Not only do they grow other flowers in an odd triangle pattern, each one contains a poem about nature. Very cool. 😉

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Sunday Digest: For some reason, a dream journal?

Hey, everyone! Once again, a week with no chapters, sorry about that. I’ve learned that it is completely 100% impossible to write while my daughter is home, so I’m reworking my schedule to take that into consideration. Tentatively, a new chapter of Anubai next Friday, if I can control my impulse to write a dark Super Mario fanfiction. 😛

So, that leaves me with nothing to do but discuss Horizon pictures today… or it would if I hadn’t had a seriously crazy dream last night. Like, seriously crazy.

First of all, I was completely aware that it was a dream. Like, I was lucid to the point where I actually felt like I was really awake. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a dream that intensely real, and it was pretty cool.

But here’s where it starts to get strange: I was completely convinced, in my dream, that I was having a prophetic dream, and that what I was dreaming about was going to happen in the future. For instance, my daughter was wearing a dress that we don’t own, so I thought that she’d get that dress in the near future. (Unfortunately, I don’t remember what it looked like. 😛 )

Incidentally, I tried to explain to two women whom I was sitting at a table with, eating a meal, that it was actually, currently, the past, and I was simply dreaming about the future. Unsurprisingly, they looked at me like I was crazy. Kinda hard to blame them. 😉

But wait, it gets crazier. It seems my dream was drawing on elements of some stealth assassination game like Assassin’s Creed or Dishonored, or possibly Hitman? Anyway, I don’t think it was a game that actually exists, but I definitely snuck into some people’s mansion disguised as a… chair. (!?!)

Naturally, no one saw through my clever chair disguise (!?!) despite the fact that the chair kept moving when no one was watching it. Well, until one old guy came into the room, took a long hard look at the chair (!?!), and naturally came to the conclusion that someone was hiding inside it.

Oddly, he wasn’t too upset about it, since he figured that it was me, and that I was there to help them out. See, the whole family was suffering from some sort of curse, and he thought that I could sort the whole thing out. Er… either that, or I already had, and that’s why he wasn’t upset that I was skulking around. I can’t quite remember which. It does sort of beg the question of why I had to disguise myself as a chair (!?!) to get in, but yeah, dream logic I guess.

I have a feeling some other stuff happened, but I don’t really remember it. No matter how lucid the dream, it still becomes fuzzy afterwards. Either that, or it’s because I whacked my head on my bookcase in my sleep twice last night. (Don’t ask.) (Also, ow.) :\

Anyway, enough of that. How about a Stormbird? 😀

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Look at those sparks… So cool… But you know what isn’t cool?

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When your hard-fought loot ends up landing on an inaccessible part of the mountain. That isn’t cool at all. ;_;

See you next week, everyone! 😀

Up in the sky! It’s a bird! (And it’s coming to kill us!)

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This is probably my favorite machine in the game, the Stormhawk. Hmm, this picture doesn’t really help grasp just how huge it is, though.

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So here’s a picture of Aloy STANDING NEXT TO ITS FROZEN CORPSE for scale. 😛

Surprisingly, I actually like fighting these guys. Just… not more than one at a time. That gets a bit rough. ^^;

I don’t have a picture yet, but my least favorite machine to fight are the Rockbreakers. Those things suck. 😦

And just for kicks, here’s some pretty scenery. See ya tomorrow! 😀

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Even later than yesterday…

…but hey.

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At least it’s a pretty night. 😉

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Oh, and here’s some evidence that Horizon actually takes place in the American midwest. Although, I think the turbines in the game are actually shorter than the real things… 😛

I tried to sit down and write earlier, but my daughter immediately came and sat in my lap to stop me. Gonna have to buckle down and start writing while she’s at school… of course, winter break is coming up soon. :\

Editing the research paper of someone you love is surprisingly stressful.

And that’s my excuse for not posting so much as a picture yesterday. 😛

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Otherwise, I would have posted this picture of a girl riding a mechanical bull that much sooner. Hmm, sounds like an off-color joke though… 😛

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Enough of that, check out this sunrise. What a beautiful red glow.

At least, I think it was a sunrise, not a sunset. I don’t quite remember when I took the photo… ^^;

Ok, I’ve got to get back to editing my wife’s paper now. It’s due at midnight tonight… :\