I have completed Horizon: Zero Dawn.
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:
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.