The internet woke this morning to a wealth of Horizon: Zero Dawn reviews – the embargo has lifted well ahead of the 1st March release date. Early embargo dates are usually a sign of a publisher’s faith that their new releases will gain glowing reviews, which is something that rings true here.
So far Guerilla’s open-world sci-fi opus has gained top marks from Giant Bomb, The Telegraph and PlayStation Lifestyle, along with impressively high scores from the likes of Polygon, God is a Geek and Jim Sterling.
Consensus has it that it does have a few faults, with voice acting and AI coming under scrutiny the most, but these issues are minor and easily excused. That said, US Gamer – amongst a few others – weren’t swallowed in by the fancy visuals and found the experience to be less of a revolution, and just another repetitive open-world game.
There’s also Eurogamer’s scoreless review to consider. “Horizon: Zero Dawn is a work of considerable finesse and technical bravado, but it falls into the trap of past Guerrilla games in being all too forgettable” was their verdict. It didn’t even gain a ‘recommended’ tag, which has so far lead to a 150+ comment ruckus.
Here are other choice cuts from critics:
5/5 – Giant Bomb: “Horizon: Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It’s not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient”
5/5 – The Telegraph: Aside from the occasional bit of weak voice acting and some bad lip sinc, there’s not a lot to complain about with Horizon.
10/10 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “This is a glorious game, the result of a team of masterful artisans who not only had a story that they wished to tell, but a world that was living inside of them which they wanted to share with us all”
9.5 – Polygon: “Horizon Zero Dawn thrums with the energy of a creative team finally allowed to explore something new. It builds on elements of open-world and loot-and-craft gameplay that we’ve seen before, but it does so within a context, a setting and a style that feel fresh”
9.5 – The Jimqusition: “Horizon: Zero Dawn is just brilliant. I speak as a critic who has played more “open sandbox” games than any one human should and has grown so very weary of them. I should have gotten sick of this thing in an hour, but I’ve been glued to it for days and days and I don’t want it to end”