The 5 best things about new fantasy game Horizon: Zero Dawn 5 years ago

The 5 best things about new fantasy game Horizon: Zero Dawn

It's like Tomb Raider meets Far Cry.

Horizon: Zero Dawn has just arrived on PS4 and it's great to see a brand new and original game starting up, especially one with such a fresh premise.

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The game, developed by Guerilla Games (the guys who brought us the Killzone franchise), and published by Sony, is set 1,000 years in the future – in a beautiful post-apocalyptic world overrun by dinosaur robots.

That's right.

Robots that look like dinosaurs.

Here are some of the things you can get up to...

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Hunt a giant futuristic super-techno-beast

Using your bow and arrow and big spiky cyber-spear, you gather resources by hunting down machines that are roaming around the open plains of the game.

It's really satisfying stalking your techno-prey and bringing them down with a well-placed techno-arrow.

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Techno, techno, techno. I'll stop using techno-words henceforth in this article.

Just gawk at the gorgeous graphics for a bit

The world of this game is beautiful.

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The environment can take you by surprise every now and then. More than once, I found myself just staring out at the horizon. I don't know if that was what the developers were going for with the title of the game, but fair play to them.

Like Uncharted 4, there's also a tasty Photo Mode, so you can unleash your inner creative spirit.

Explore the map

This game's map is huge, and it's filled to the brim with quests, side quests, hunting grounds, collectables, bandit camps and a wealth of plants and prey to keep your pack full for crafting items.

There really are hours upon hours of gameplay in this.

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Climb a Tallneck

There are huge roaming Tallnecks dotted around the map, and they're there to make more of the map viewable.

They're basically a big moving version of the watchtower viewpoints from the Assassin's Creed series, but they're spectacular to watch.

Play like a girl and kick some serious ass

The protagonist in Horizon: Zero Dawn is Aylo, and she is badass.

Like Lara Croft before her, she's strong and self-reliant - but without the forced sex appeal. When Aylo sets out on a quest to discover her origins, it's engrossing and you'll find yourself really captivated by the storytelling.

Check it out...

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Horizon Zero Dawn is out now on Playstation 4, so if you enjoyed the likes of Far Cry Primal, Tomb Raider or Metal Gear Solid 5, this one's for you.