Killzone never did live up to being the Halo-killing franchise that Sony wanted it to be, but that didn’t stop Guerilla Games from trying their hand again in developing a memorable property for the PlayStation 4. And their efforts paid off. The expansive character action-game Horizon: Zero Dawn isn’t just one of the best games of 2017 -- it’s one of the best games you’ll play on Sony’s PS4 in general.
The vast terrain of Zero Dawn’s landscape is one that’s equally awe-inspiring and intimidating. You’ll scour the robot-infested environments in search of resources and answers. Starring a bushy-eyed protagonist named Aloy, players will be able to use various skills that’re needed to hunt, track, and craft the wide assortment of metal creatures that you’ll come up against, working in hand to level up a variable skill-tree based around the heroine’s proficiency as a survivalist in the post-apocalyptic world of Zero Dawn.
Similar to NieR: Automata’s plug-ins, you’ll get access to several parts from the steel beasts you’ll slay and be able to repurpose them into upgrades that you can craft upon an ever-expanding arsenal of tools and weaponry.
The character development here doesn’t just cover the fundamentals of gameplay, as the plot of Horizon: Zero Dawn is directed by a choice-driven narrative, giving you an extra layer of agency over the kind of person you want Aloy to be.
Anyone with a PlayStation 4 that’s hankering for another strong female lead after their time with NieR: Automata should jump at the chance to pick Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game will offer countless hours of thrills and emotions in its unforgettable campaign.