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Horizon Zero Dawn - Before You Buy

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Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) is poised to be Sony's next big PlayStation franchise. Does it live up to the hype? Jake breaks it down. ★Follow Jake on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jakebaldino Subscribe for more: http://youtube.com/gameranxtv
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gameranx (1 year ago)
I had a few issues with Horizon, but I still managed to really, really enjoy it. Definitely recommend.
Miles (1 month ago)
Same though
Scarred Praetorian (4 months ago)
Only soyboys play as a woman
Giovanna Zavala (8 months ago)
gameranx is horizon zero dawn for ps pro only please tell me so I can get it or not
FelixBlue4 (9 months ago)
same here i hae a few issues too but overall the game just DELIVERS
Oh bummer (11 months ago)
+Up// //The sky kinda like farcry just pretty much pretend role play
Robbie Olivo (3 days ago)
this title's amazing. LOL, Girl Power!! (and I'm a dude).
Grace E (4 days ago)
And fangirls!!! I love this game
beeman2075 (4 days ago)
The one single issue I have with Horizon is that the camera occasionally auto pivots to odd viewing angles, especially during combat. But overall the hunting/attacking is a lot of fun, and it is one of the most beautiful games I've played.
BK (8 days ago)
I've heard amazing things about this game, but I'm very much the kind of guy who needs good characters. I loved the last of us. I enjoyed Breath of the Wild okay, but the characters were pretty stale. Then again, Shadow of the Colossus was amazing and there's not any character to speak of. If anyone can make any sense of what I'm saying and can still recommend this to me, I'm down.
Ziggy Nerkowski (8 days ago)
I just got mine two days ago, it's simply amazing
Rachel Muller (8 days ago)
jeremebp (9 days ago)
Can't decide whether to play this, Arkham Knight, Bloodborne or Mad Max next.
Adri Benitez (15 days ago)
Thijs de Boer (17 days ago)
Aloy as in alloy Wow i just realised that i'm dumb
Magic Mac (19 days ago)
Its $20 now, buy it and try it! Ok?
Doom Guy (22 days ago)
Not interested in open world games, thanks.
LHCM199 (23 days ago)
This game is boring
Mustafa Aamir (23 days ago)
It's a very good game
Eunice Francisco (24 days ago)
The first ever ps4 game I ever played and the main reason why I bought a console. The thing that irks me is my main quest was bugged and even with the patches, I couldn't continue without restarting.
Ramius (25 days ago)
Bought the complete edition a few weeks ago and boy did I luck out. This game is *fun as hell* to play. I'm not sure I'll ever start it from scratch again because there's really only one way to play it. It's not like there are different character paths for a second or third play-through. *But* the combat is so fun I might turn it on once in a while just to wander around killing stuff. Pure fun. Great game.
cmoneytheman (28 days ago)
I just bought it comes next week
Michael Coffey (28 days ago)
One of the better purchases I had this year and (to me) a must own for anyone who enjoys open world, or sci fi, or rpg elements in their game. One of the PS4 best titles to come out that year. Really amazing game I thought and a new IP.
Connor (29 days ago)
3:19 lmfao me when i decide to put traps every fucking time
Ash Fu (1 month ago)
Dumbass game.
therealquade (1 month ago)
I only just got Horizon zero dawn about a week ago. without having viewed any reviews. Here are my thoughts. Story : Predictable to a laughable degree. Here's a few choice moments where I predicted everything too hard. moment 1 - training montage of little girl -multiple running jumps "She's going to land and be an adult" -- Thump, aloy is an adult. moment 2 - cagey dude says "enjoy these moments while you can", -- "Yep, Everyone in this town is going to die" moment 3 - So, background dialogue in town said stuff about the metal devil, and then this single random piece of text I found about the world flooding and london taking a bunch of refugees "So uh humans fuck up and destroy the earth, something something AI and robots something something humanity dies and we use machines to clone everything and terraform and then something something AI goes rogue something something evil robots" At this point I hadn't even gotten to the gates to enter the desert area to head to meridian. and I figured that much of the plot out based on a bit of background dialogue and a random computer I found laying in a field. moment 4 - "Help me find the people who murdered my sister", gut reaction of "it was staged, she isn't dead, who the supposed attackers are is a lie, everything is a lie, there wouldn't be a quest for this if it didn't have a twist, because every single solitary quest is 'help me do mundane thing-- but suddenly there's a twist'... every single solitary time. I am currently about 30% of the way into the game btw. i'm going back and doing all the sidequests and errands for some extra exp and so I can stock up on crafting materials so I can make some more of the exploding tear arrows because I didn't realize one of the components is stupidly rare. Oh yeah, and moment 5 - I just found the final end game armor after finishing the obligatory everyone you love is dead starter quest because I asked "whats this weird marker on the map"... thankfully I can't just open the door and take it because they put it behind a "collect the 5 macguffins, 3 of which are locked behind story quests so you don't get any kind of reward whatsoever for finding it early" So far the only things that have surprised me have been game mechanic things. Protips, using the tripcaster from tall grass doesn't make you detected even when enemies are already alerted and searching (yellow), and are not triggered to your location by placing tripwires directly on where they are standing. meaning you can effectively use the tripcaster as infinite stealth attacks without causing detection. and considering how much goddamn blaze and chillwater I have, it's really kind of a joke, as long as you have 1 piece of tall grass to stand in, and it's not those goddamn birds. Other than that my thoughts are that the gameplay is really satisfying, and doesn't feel like a grind even when you're low on items trying to get more crafting components. I hate to use the game journo descriptor but it feels like "the darksouls of hunting simulator". combat kills you in 2-3 hits, you have a dodge-roll button, and different weapons are best for different enemy types, but if you're good at stealth and know the AI it's super rewarding even with a "press R1 to instant kill everything" stealth takedown button. and yeah, tallnecks and climbing are very shadow of the colossus. I also hate this term but I can't think of another way to describe it. Horizon has a great "Gamefeel", except when you try to climb by jumping on rocks to jump on other rocks. that's the only time the gamefeel breaks down and it turns into glitchy derpy skyrim mountainclimbing.
Hafiz Sam (1 month ago)
Tim O'Tay (1 month ago)
Hafiz Sam No.
ghostspider KGS (1 month ago)
It's 2018 august 14 What im don't hear? Well horizon zero dawn is on sale so yeah just checking the video if it's worth it and it's definitely worth buying in my opinion Its 60% off i think 21.99 Is a good price:) dlc included
Anne Reilley (1 month ago)
6:30 "But I guess that's just a whole nother story." What is a "nother" ?
Bruno del Castillo (1 month ago)
Now its at 26 dollars, a bargain
cmoneytheman (29 days ago)
its way cheaper then that it can be had for 15 or 10
RAINBOW_LUSTER (1 month ago)
Would it still be worth it to buy the complete edition now ?
cmoneytheman (29 days ago)
I just bought the reg
Tim O'Tay (1 month ago)
TheNuclear Sheep (1 month ago)
Maeguk (1 month ago)
The landscape is awesome, the graphics are top notch. The crafting, scavanging, using the modifiers was kinda unclear for me at first especially because I don't remember seeing any in-game help for these. Anyway by time I learnt it. What I don't like: so the story starts well, super interesting, but then it flatlines, with so many characters involved, you tend to forget who is who and rather just do your "job", sneak around, hunt, kill, loot, collect XPs. The dialogues are absolutely ridiculously pathetic, facial animation is on commodore 64 level. There seems to be a handful of master character models, which are then modified to portray several other characters. F.e. a bad dude in place A is then a good dude with slightly altered hair and facial paint in place B. A cheap solution... Secondly, if following the main storyline, you are sent off to the main map area quite soon after you start. However there are so many places to discover (and creatures to encounter) that eventually I reached the max XP level before getting to Meridian... Only by trying to uncover all the machine sites, cauldrons and bandid sites. So, my opinion, Uncharted 4 is way better in any aspect than this game.
Nickster Roberts (1 month ago)
Thanks for the good commentary and this will help me make my decision if I want to buy it or not
trex plays (1 month ago)
It seems the only thing people criticize games for being similar to games, you never saw that in other games, this game has stealth, assassins creed clone
Tonya Sotelo (1 month ago)
"Oh BTW, I am a PC player." What does that have to do with a console exclusive F*&$k boy?
agfagaevart (1 month ago)
looks like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74hOR5f4MS0 but with a girl...
Gimpler Da Happenin (1 month ago)
I'm from the future. The game is the best. Buy two.
WARI,S IDEAS (1 month ago)
EXCELLENT GAME i give it 9 of 10 ......the game is deep ..loved it ☺
Teodoro Cano (1 month ago)
i got ac origins instead, P.S Yeah i know i am late
cmoneytheman (1 month ago)
Teodoro Cano I am to I not played none except the 2nd
Jason Steel (1 month ago)
Horizon Zero Dawn complete edition is only $20 in the PlayStation Store
cmoneytheman (29 days ago)
its 10 for the reg
42 lvl (2 months ago)
Should i buy ac origins or hzd
jio T (2 months ago)
watching this because its only $19.99 now on ps store, and its the complete edition :O
Kojima Red (2 months ago)
Love to Jake , you're a good dude, you like all the games and humor I'm into and come from the East Coast. o7 I love gameranx and its crew. Be well!
Anitha pradeep (2 months ago)
Why am I watching this again after I bought it??
Robbie Olivo (2 days ago)
Because you love it!!
Wesam Magdy (2 months ago)
This is one of the worst before you buy videos.... I mean the game is way different from the way you describing it
Callum Morrison (2 months ago)
I've just finished this, a bit out of the loop. I found it very overrated. Crafting is tedious, monster fighting soon becomes repetitive and the story is so crueldly told that it made me roll my eyes at almost every cutsene. It looks stunning, the environments are great, models and animation are great. But once you get over that, that's when it quickly loses you.
Da Noob Sandstorm (2 months ago)
God of War, AC Origins, or Horizon Zero Dawn?
Jose Luis Vega (2 months ago)
TBH after a year + it was released; i was dragged to this game because Hideo Kojima (huge fan) chose to tweak this engine after he was dismissed from konami to produce his new creation "death stranding" @ SONY; So knowing this made me curious as to what the platform he chose made me wonder, so about 2 weeks ago i bought the game on a store, discount, complete edition. 10$dll including "the order 19xx" or something, that i haven't actually played yet. but after a year and so... i can tell that this is not only the best game I have played in in terms of narrative and fleshing out a story, but that i i found a bunch of "Easter Eggs" sorta influences from here and there common knowledge that people from the early digital stage will feel familiar, i can only tell you this, if you own a ps4 buy this game an: enjoy, learn, suffer and rejoice while you unravel it's mysteries. few games will isolate you in their world like this one does.... just make sure to remeber who you are.. it's easy to forget and time loses its meaning when you are playing.
magburner (2 months ago)
Such a beautiful game. Once I started, I did not put it down until I platinumed it.
geoo zeii (2 months ago)
8/10 The story was becoming pretty stupid and a mess from the "to save innocents some innocents must die" (for exemple making the sister die after like 2 min of us finding her even tho she was there for days was just to add forced drama )part but the story cought itself near the end (not the dlc)and saved itself especially with the few last cutscenes The Story in general 8.5/10 The story with the details related to it 7.75/10 I hate the king he can't do shit by himslef The graphics ,art and character designs are good so is the animation The music is kind of good but not great tbh in other hand the voice acting and sound effects are great The combat systeme is great But Being witnessed by a group of animals while running is way more deadly than the bosses somehow And the final fight itself (without the dlc) was kind of crap but the cut scenes afterward were great Anw overall 8/10 still better than uncharted 4 (7.25/10)
Blaize Parsons (2 months ago)
Who is waiting for kingdom hearts 3?
Stew bob Joe (2 months ago)
Don’t care that this is a year late but I loved this game and they need to make another one beside the dlc
Joshua Gooding (2 months ago)
I bought this when it came out..... I've lost HOURS of my life just running around doing anything I want. This enormous open world is one of the most amazing things..... Now if only Bethesda could apply that to the Fallout series.....
Amy xo (2 months ago)
I’m watching this after buying it and finished it.😂 Great game.
David Barton (2 months ago)
I hate this game because it sucks you in at first with its beauuutifulll graphics but quickly becomes dull experience. The enemies are annoyingly easy to take down , the side quest are so annoying and unimaginative and the main story is just okay at best. Typical sci-fi stuff blah. There isn’t really any progression in the game, you level up but... it ... just means you can carry more or do more damage ? Big friggin whoop lol now the annoying bad guys go down 50% faster. My god all you do in this game is follow the compass icon to your side quest. This game is beautiful garbage nothing more. Gameplay is very very boring, story is average but the side quest will bore you so bad that the main story is too much of a chore to even remember and the voice overs feel off half the time. I hate how the main character Sounds like she is from 2017 with sass and attitude but everyone else sounds like they are from brave heart. Total garbage. The only way I could imagine someone enjoying this game if is they did LSD and hallucinated they was in the beautiful world of the game. I give this crap game 3/10.
David Barton (2 months ago)
magburner , I’m a PlayStation fanboy since PlayStation 1. This game isn’t bad but I be damn if it deserves all that praise. It’s just tomb raider without a hot chick.
magburner (2 months ago)
Triggered XTARD...
David Barton (2 months ago)
geoo zeii , the character models look kind of bad especially the facial animations. I remember one side quest where a girl was asking me to save her mother or something. A very sad and hopeless moment and the NPC had this smirk on their face because the game designers didn’t do any facial animation. Maybe spend less time on the plants and more time on the heart breaking moments ???????
geoo zeii (2 months ago)
David Barton 8/10 and the graphics are overated
Reggie Carrington (2 months ago)
I absolutely love this game❤❤❤ Addictive,challenging,beautiful graphics.I just brought this game yesterday an i all ready love it
Mitty Ahmed (2 months ago)
Warehouse (2 months ago)
That screenshot photo make me crack all the time also interesting
Flex (2 months ago)
damn it sony...
Gummi Bear (2 months ago)
It's not one of my favorite games like I thought it would be, I love it but there's just something that I haven't heard someone criticize yet...the progression system. Why are there so few outfits and weapons and much more variants?? I felt like I went through the entire game with the Shadow outfits and I rarely ever had to change anything besides the coils/weaves. For the genre of game it is, there should be dozens of outfits and weapons, but they made it even worse by giving you the best items pretty much at the beginning of the game. In reward boxes you never got anything with high value. You couldn't ever change the spear or modify it and there's only one hidden outfit throughout the game! Seriously it's such a huge let down what they did with that aspect, it pretty much ruined everything for me.
Da Bossman (2 months ago)
Should I get this or save up for GOW?
Juhan Leis (2 months ago)
Da Bossman God of war is way better and original with a great story
Zentz29 (2 months ago)
I just bought the complete version of this about a week ago. This is one of my new favorite games of all time. This game is absolutely amazing.
Caprise Adams (2 months ago)
Before I just saw this video, I described my beginning experience with it as “a lot like modern Tomb Raider but with a more interesting story because...future.”
jim psas (2 months ago)
Is this better or assassin's creed origins?
Chris Edgar (2 months ago)
I’ve just finished play God of War and loved it, looking for a new game. Would anyone recommend this to me?
Chris Edgar (2 months ago)
NOLLY R.D. SMITH thank you for the idea but if I buy it I’d like to have the game and trophies on my account
Chris Edgar (2 months ago)
NOLLY R.D. SMITH Can I change my PS account to US and then back to UK? Or do I have to create a separate account
Chris Edgar (2 months ago)
NOLLY R.D. SMITH I’m in the UK unfortunately. It’s £35 over here so I want to make sure it’s good before I buy it
Fahima Karama Karama (2 months ago)
is it only for ps4 pro
Blade619234 (2 months ago)
This review sucked lol it didn’t accurately describe the game at all
Jacob Sample (2 months ago)
The Witcher 3 style sidequests that have full fleshed out stories take a lot of time and money to make, especially for a game that will have hundreds of them. CD Project was able to pull it off as they have a strict "coming when its ready" policy that gives them all the time they need to make the game as good as possible. Unfortunately, most games studios don't get this luxury because they have publishers that set specific release dates they have to make no matter what.
Black Smith (2 months ago)
is there only female caracter?
onzkicg (2 months ago)
I’m buying a used one.. complete edition. But should I? Any risk of not really getting the “compete” features if it’s 2nd hand? What if seller shares his download code?
onzkicg (2 months ago)
NOLLY R.D. SMITH wwhhhaat? Lol, I just purchased a used one 2 days ago lol, $29 (bundled with Everybody’s Golf). Shipping on the way. Next time, I’ll check PS Store direct.
Tristan Slambert (2 months ago)
I'm playing it at the moment and it is addictive, I agree with what you mentioned here
nerd020 020 (3 months ago)
The hunting is incredible,the combat just feels so damn good.The only problem that I have with this game is the combat against humans/melee combat, it works but you'll notice that the game was made for robot-dinosaur hunting first and foremost.
No_One (3 months ago)
Bro if the side quest characters are blend in HZD then in AC origins they are complete robots
Kim RRB (3 months ago)
I actually loved the side quests!! I liked how all characters you meet seem like realistic people, they have humor, they flirt a bit with Aloy and they're all remarkable in their own way. Another big thing is that when you're done playing this game you can start again on a another difficulty level. It goes from easy to ultra hard and even easy ain't that easy. You can choose to keep your inventory when you start over or just start again with nothing.
David Estrada (3 months ago)
Before you buy, buy it it’s amazing
Mustafa Kesgin (3 months ago)
Zandor Felok (3 months ago)
Now available on PC! Yay Steam, came here to check it out before checking out $
Ryder Barton (3 months ago)
Zandor Felok No. it’s actually Permanent Exclusive for PS4.
Annie (3 months ago)
The Watchers just annoy the shit out of me now and I'm 43% through. The flying ones are annoying and flap around too much. Take too long to kill. I loved the game up until this point. Now I'm over it. One thing I thought was silly was that you are prompted to talk to a lot of people around you and they say something but your character is never able to reply. You just look at them while they mutter. That could have been done better.
Annie (3 months ago)
Agree with this review. I was really impressed with the detail and variety of the machines and the incredible landscapes. I got very into this game, this is why I was really disappointed when there were some tedious quests and many machine boss battles that seemed to never end, used all your ammo and were unfair to the player. I hate investigative type side quests and there were a few of these I had to plod through. I got very disenchanted about the Armour Quest where you don't get the special armour until near the end of the game when you need it to fight the larger machines and flying ones much earlier. I think a lot of people have been annoyed by that. There was also a glitch early in the game where a crucial item, a power-cell, was locked up permanently behind gates and made inaccessible though you weren't told that you would need it later when you were near it. That was really unfair to the player. The voice-acting was great with at least one surprise sci-fi actor appearing. Aloy's voice was great, unlike the main female character in Mass Effect Andromeda. There were definitely some 'wow' moments in this game, for instance the view from the top of one of the tall machines while it's walking. I was really impressed. It's still worth buying, for sure.
Random Games (3 months ago)
No online?
TenseFootSoldier (3 months ago)
getting a ps4 in about 2 weeks and haven't decided between horizon zero dawn or God of war.
Blue (3 months ago)
Who do you think has the higher vertical? Nate Robinson or Aloy?
Jamil Rahman (3 months ago)
Only con of Horizon zero dawn is that once you play it, no other game will satisfy you, this game is by far the greatest game I've ever played in my life though it already won game of the year for 2017 I reckon it could possibly still be the game of the year for 2018 as well, yes it is that good
Mark Hampton (23 days ago)
Jamil Rahman I still believe Spider-Man will surpass HZD.
Jamil Rahman (23 days ago)
+Mark Hampton Hmmm, idk man, God of War was a great game but it weren't as good, I guess it's the unique concept that gave zero dawn a big booster in comparison to other games.
Mark Hampton (26 days ago)
Nah. God of war, Spider-Man, and RD2 are heavy hitters for 2018. Not to mention the other titles.
Infamous Dingo444 (1 month ago)
Try Red Dead Redemption 2 when it releases
theBatman (3 months ago)
Bought this game on sale for 19$ so I can't say I'm too disappointed. I still CAN NOT BELIEVE that this game is the best selling ps4 game.. that's a huge clue to ps4 having the dullest fanbase in all consoles. This game is so left-winged that it completely destroys the lore in game. As you progress you'll see every race in these tribes. LOL. How realistic. NOT. If any of you know anything about history it's that we've always been divided and enslaved by superior races. Sorry cupcakes. That's how the world runs. Yet you see black,yellow, races of all color getting along through this "horrible time in game" yet there is no talks of murder, rape, or any war time atrophosies. Hmmm. Not to mention you play as a female character.... give me one famous female in history that could do half of anything A lot does in game... exactly. 100% fake. The only evil guys in the game are indeed that, guys. I'm ashamed that so many ppl ranted and raved about such a poorly thought out game. The lore is complete rubbish and you only stupify yourself if you indulge in such fantasys. can we not have a serious well thought out realistic game style game that offers fantasy elements. Does everything have to be politically correct so no one gets hurt???? The graphics are awesome. Lore + story = hell naaaaaa naaaa naaaaa I'd rather play Rome on the pc
DEAD MEME (1 month ago)
You sound ridiculous. I don't have a problem with a female protaganist, it's actually something you don't see often. And also many video games are not realistic.
Jasper Miguel (3 months ago)
chills its just a Game dude
XxZero Gaming (3 months ago)
James Chan (3 months ago)
Is it worth buying a ps4 for it?
blupengu (3 months ago)
honestly i'm not a big fan of open-world RPGs but... i am a big fan of stealth, using bows and arrows, and collecting stuff, so i absolutely love horizon i bought it before watching, didn't know anything about it besides it had good reviews, and no regret whatsoever, sunk 50 hours on it so far lmao
Abbz Scooby snacc (3 months ago)
What's the complete edition though?
Mike jones (3 months ago)
Probably the best open world game i have ever played and i usually dont like open world. Plus gameplay/graphics is amazing.
Maeguk (3 months ago)
only thing I didn't like is the facial expressions animation. It's so inferior compared to what the game strives for. It's ridiculous, the discussions are badly staged and the camera work is also subpar for the other quality level of the game. Nowhere near to what Naughty Dog has achieved. Also to some extent I had a feeling of "have played this already", namely things resembled to Red Dead Redemption. But otherwise it's a recommended buy.
AlienFirefox (3 months ago)
reminds me too much of enslaved oddysee of the west :/
Jacob Mason (3 months ago)
boring open world hippy game.
Riana Furoa (3 months ago)
I watched after I Bought it loll
phantom hunter (3 months ago)
I got bored after the death bringer
phantom hunter (3 months ago)
I got bored after the death bringer
Joshua Shelton (3 months ago)
when you compare one aspect of a game to another game, you should make sure to say which one does a better job with that aspect
Cody Cigar (3 months ago)
This game is painfully boring, the animation and the story kind of suck, the combat is meh. Don't get me wrong, though, the graphics and gameplay animations are great, but cutscene animations often SUCK. Everyone is just frozen still the whole time, but their faces move, often awkwardly. The phoneum tracking is really fucked up, leaving lip sync ridiculous in most scenes.
Kleindog (4 months ago)
Dang I have played through this game three times, I need help
5 20 (4 months ago)
1:49 video game story? what? can u explain pls
LaNo games (4 months ago)
Best game ever
Vu Le (4 months ago)
Aren’t there are 2 different versions of this game? And what are they? Any big difference?
Rodrigo Romero (3 months ago)
There's a complete version with all the DLCs
Lord Bruck (4 months ago)
Am I lucky that my uncle gave this game for me for free because he didint want it?
robert Jones (4 months ago)
I just bought the complete edition today 😊
Shahrad Fahimi (18 days ago)
Good For You
Lennart N (4 months ago)
Played it quite a bit when it was just out, took a long break from it and now I can't bring myself to play it for more than 15 minutes. It's hard to explain but for some reason it doesn't really grip me. It looks gorgeous, the theme is cool and the gameplay is good, but somehow it's missing something in the plot to make me want to keep playing.

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