Horizon: Zero Dawn Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Horizon: Zero Dawn RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Horizon Forbidden West: 5 Big Changes from Horizon: Zero Dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/pucl9/horizon-forbidden-west-5-big-changes-from-horizon-zero-dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/pucl9/horizon-forbidden-west-5-big-changes-from-horizon-zero-dawn Thu, 03 Jun 2021 16:42:03 -0400 Aaron Bayne

Sony’s latest State of Play showed off a whopping 14-minutes of gameplay for Horizon Forbidden West. The highly anticipated action-adventure sequel to Horizon: Zero Dawn, which was announced last year, is shaping to what could be another hit for Sony. 

While anyone that delved into the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn will recognize the game's (so far) polished animations and bow-based combat, there were a number of elements of this ambitious sequel shown in the gameplay trailer that will hopefully mix things up in Aloy's second adventure.

We may be some time away from the Horizon Forbidden West launch date — something noticeably absent from the latest State of Play. However, here are five changes we know are coming to Horizon Forbidden West.

New Horizons

It may be in the title, but one of the most striking changes to Forbidden West is its new locale. Players will explore and fight along the sandy beaches of post-post-apocalyptic San Francisco. With tropical palm trees and stunning blue waters, this looks like a marked change over Zero Dawn’s already beautiful pastures.

Swapping out the snowy mountains of Colorado for the sun-bleached West Coast, Forbidden West isn’t just changing the look of everything, but it's also diversifying and increasing the amount of verticality in the world of Horizon.

New Gameplay Features and Mechanics

By and large, Horizon Forbidden West’s gameplay looks largely similar to the first game. However, there are already a couple of noticeable additions that will help diversify gameplay and work into the sequel's more vertically-inclined design.  

Aloy is seen utilizing a new grapple and glider, which yanks her up and across to select points and ensures a soft landing from high heights. The new tools lean into San Francisco’s increased verticality, and we see them used as both ways to traverse the ruins and as getaway tools in combat.

Melee combat has been reworked, too. Zero Dawn’s melee was a simple swipe at the tap of the square button, but here, Aloy swipes and pounces, comboing her attack, and even dishing out special blows with an electrical blast.

We are sure there will be plenty of additional gameplay features revealed in the lead-up to Forbidden West's release date. Now we are just wondering how good bow combat feels with the pressure of adaptive triggers and the rumble of haptic feedback.

And don’t think we didn’t notice that handy slide mechanic, either. 

New Enemies

Horizon Zero Dawn had it easy. Show off a couple of robo-dinosaurs and almost any sci-fi fan was in. Forbidden West has the challenge of introducing new enemy types that still give fans those same goosebumps. Turns out, velociraptors and giant elephants are all you need.

With chainsaw jaws and that Spielberg-infamous click of their piercing claw, the robo-velociraptors, or Clawstriders, are immediately the most intimidating enemy in Horizon's universe yet, and much like some of the beasts in Zero Dawn, they also make handy rides.

However, it is the giant Lord of the Rings-esque elephants, Tremortusks, that have stolen the show so far. Anyone else planning a Legolas-styled elephant takedown? No? Just us?

Underwater Areas

To add to the variety of the game's West Coast environment, Forbidden West will also let players dive below its depths. The underwater segments were among some of the most visually impressive of the whole gameplay demo.

With a breathing apparatus always ready to go, Aloy can explore the underwater depths for as long as she likes, and there is a lot to see. However, the waters aren’t entirely safe, with menacing Snapmaws lurking and strong currents to avoid.

While we didn’t get a sense of how explorable these underwater segments are, with its open-world structure and coastal setting, we’re hoping that underwater segments will play a huge part in Forbidden West.

A New Story

With mass extinction, cloned humans, sentient AI, and a robotic apocalypse, there was a lot going on in Zero Dawn. Uncovering the truth about the apocalypse that wiped out humanity 1,000 years in the past was one of the first game’s many strengths. With more overarching mysteries, Forbidden West tasks Aloy with uncovering the origin of a deadly virus that is plaguing the land and killing everything it touches.

This mystery will take Aloy across to the Forbidden West, where we imagine she’ll find something to do with that pesky homicidal AI HADES. 

And of course, new locations mean new tribes, ruined locations full of lore, and new struggles for Aloy, who will undoubtedly begin to uncover more elements of Earth's apocalyptic past.

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There's still a lot we don't know about Horizon Forbidden West, and everything listed above came from only 14-minutes of gameplay. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on Guerrilla Games' next open-world adventure. 

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State of Play Reveals 14 Minutes of Horizon Forbidden West PS5 Gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/ypos5/state-of-play-reveals-14-minutes-of-horizon-forbidden-west-ps5-gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/ypos5/state-of-play-reveals-14-minutes-of-horizon-forbidden-west-ps5-gameplay Thu, 27 May 2021 17:57:59 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It's been almost a year since we've heard much of anything about Horizon Forbidden West, the much-anticipated sequel to Guerrilla Games Horizon Zero Dawn. The game was first shown during Sony's June 2020 Future of Gaming event before getting a 2021 release window a few days later.

It then promptly fell off the proverbial news radar. But during today's State of Play presentation, fans of the series finally got a new look at the upcoming action RPG. The State of Play kicked off with Director Mathijs de Jonge introducing 14 minutes of Horizon Forbidden West gameplay captured on the PlayStation 5. 

The gameplay trailer starts with Aloy on a mission to find Erend in the ruins of San Francisco. Though the gameplay shown seems to be at some point in the mid-game  Aloy has at her disposal a number of weapons and gadgets  some later narrative elements point to it potentially being earlier in the campaign.

It's possible that progress could carry over from Horizon Zero Dawn, but that's purely speculation and has, in no way, been even talked about by Guerrilla. 

Either way, Aloy makes her way through the lush tropical forests now surrounding San Francisco and down to the coastline shown in the previous reveals. As she comes across raiders and some vicious machines, a fight inevitably ensues.

It kicks the trailer into high gear, showing many of the game's mechanics in action, such as free climbing, swimming underwater with a dive mask, and stealth combat. There's also a hang glider, special weapon ability power surges (supers, essentially), a grappling hook, and the tremendously terrifying Tremortusk. 

Honestly, it might seem lazy to say, but it's just much better to watch than to read about. Check out the full 14 minutes below. 

After the gameplay reveal, Forbidden West Narrative Director Ben McCaw followed up with a bit of narrative context for the game. Unfortunately, aside from briefly talking about the plague that's set to consume the land and be the centerpiece for Forbidden West's story, McCaw didn't share too much more information. 

There was no release date or updated release window shared. McCaw shared in a PlayStation Blog post summarizing the gameplay footage that Guerilla hasn't quite settled on a release date, saying "We don’t have an exact release date yet, but development is on track and we’ll have an update for you very soon."

Horizon Forbidden West will be releasing on PS4 and PS5 when it does launch. It's one of our most-anticipated games of the year, and it looks to be shaping up quite well. We loved Horizon Zero Dawn when it released for the PlayStation 4 back in 2017, calling it "primal futurism at its finest." Stay tuned for more on Horizon Forbidden West throughout the year. 

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8 PS4 Games That Need an FPS Update on PS5 Yesterday https://www.gameskinny.com/r2zv9/8-ps4-games-that-need-an-fps-update-on-ps5-yesterday https://www.gameskinny.com/r2zv9/8-ps4-games-that-need-an-fps-update-on-ps5-yesterday Fri, 09 Apr 2021 17:12:24 -0400 David Carcasole

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Death Stranding
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Hideo Kojima's latest epic is certainly controversial, but it cannot be denied that Death Stranding is a beautiful and, at times, horrific experience. Though it originally released on PS4, its subsequent PC release showed how incredible it can be when rendered at such high fidelity. 

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Unlike many of the games on this list, Death Stranding needs an upgrade to 4K/60fps not for its moment-to-moment gameplay, but for the world and story built around it. So much of why Death Stranding works relies on unperturbed immersion, and being able to experience its environmental storytelling in the finest detail — without losing any performance  is key to the experience. 

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So there you have it: eight PS4 games that so desperately need a 4K/60fps patch to take full advantage of the PS5's hardware.

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What games did we miss? What would you have included? Which game from the list would you be most excited for if a patch was announced? Let us know in the comments down below! 

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Horizon: Zero Dawn
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Guerilla Games' smash-hit has struck a chord with more than 10 million fans (at the very least) since it released on the PS4 in 2017. Many, including myself, immediately connected with Aloy, her resolve, and her adventure. Plus it's cool to take down giant robot creatures with a bow and arrow. 

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With the sequel on the horizon (pun intended), the recent release of Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC, and Sony giving away the PS4 version via the Play At Home program in mid-April, a PS5 upgrade is sure to release soon, right?

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In any case, like many others on this list, we already know how good the game would look and feel with a 4K/60fps upgrade thanks to the PC version, so it's time for the PS5 to come up to par with it. 

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Gravity Rush 2
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Why Gravity Rush 2 doesn't already hit 60fps on PS4 is another headscratcher. The remaster of the PS Vita classic, and this game's predecessor, Gravity Rush, runs at the incredibly smooth frame rate on Sony's last-gen system, so having the sequel being locked to 30fps feels quite anti-climactic.

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It felt that way when the game released in 2017, and it still feels that way today. Hopefully, we can see this addition for Gravity Rush 2, but the recent departures from SIE Japan put the prospect of such a patch in jeopardy.

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Batman: Return to Arkham 
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Unlike Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, where the series' early entries run at 60fps, the Batman Arkham series is a bit different: only the latest release, Batman Arkham Knight, runs at 60fps on PS5.

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Before Insomniac's fantastic Spider-Man and Miles Morales, Batman Arkham ruled the roost, setting the stage for all of the superhero games to follow. So it goes without question that the remaster of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is far overdue.

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The Last Of Us 2
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Once again the latest in a hit Naughty Dog series is left behind without a PS5 patch. A full 4K 60fps patch for The Last Of Us 2 would make a great game even better.

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Just as The Last Of Us was remastered and released for PS4 (and seems to be getting a full-on remake), it is very likely the same will happen here, where a remaster of The Last Of Us 2 is quietly being worked on, opening the door to more than just a frame rate and resolution boost.

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The Last of Us 2 already looks great on PS5 via backwards compatibility but imagine how faster load times, increased frames, and ray-tracing could affect the feel of Ellie's adventure.

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The Last Guardian 
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The Last Guardian is an interesting case because there is already a way to play it at 4K 60fps on PS5. The only catch is that fans must already own a physical copy of the game on PS4 and most importantly, do not update it to the latest patch.

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Running the game unpatched on PS5 allows fans to experience The Last Guardian precisely the way it really should be experienced. It's unfortunate, though, that there is no official way to play the game this way, especially because it is also part of the PlayStation Plus Collection on PlayStation 5. 

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This one hurts a little bit more because those who own the digital version of the game can't roll the game's patches back. 

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
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This is another one that feels like it should have been done a long time ago. The Uncharted series is one of PlayStation's most beloved franchises, and the incredibly impressive cinematic gameplay deserves to be experienced at a locked 60. 

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What's most baffling about A Thief's End, however, is that the original three Uncharted games already run at 60fps in the Uncharted Collection. It feels odd to think of the performance discrepancy if fans play the series chronologically on their PS5.

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Bloodborne
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You had to know this would be at the top. There truly is no other game that deserves, nay, demands, to be upgraded for PS5 with a 4K 60fps patch. I, like so many others, have gotten the Bloodborne platinum and spent many hours more just mainly mucking about in Yharnham.

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But it is absolutely heartbreaking to play it on PS5 because what we know the performance could be.

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The fast-paced, push-forward combat in Bloodborne makes it exactly the kind of game set to take advantage of a locked, high frame rate, yet it still runs at 30fps on the PS5.

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You may have missed it, but Insomniac's reboot of the classic Ratchet and Clank series, which released in 2016, has just recently received a PS5 update that lets the game run at a buttery-smooth 60fps at 4K. The update makes a world of difference when it comes to gameplay, and as a long-time fan of the series, it is lovely to see how much care and love Insomniac continues to put into this series.

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What's more interesting than Ratchet and Clank getting such an upgrade was what Digital Foundry found after performing a deep dive into the patch. They found that while the patch itself was developed in March 2021, it's built on a legacy SDK model.

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This is significant because if Ratchet and Clank can be upgraded through a patch based on an old build, the potential for other PS4 to receive the same treatment is a lot higher now. 

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With that in mind, what other games desperately need to have that same switch flicked? Here are eight that should receive a PS5 upgrade sooner instead of later.

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Sony Offers 10 Free Games with Play at Home 2021, Includes Horizon Zero Dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/lgu56/sony-offers-10-free-games-with-play-at-home-2021-includes-horizon-zero-dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/lgu56/sony-offers-10-free-games-with-play-at-home-2021-includes-horizon-zero-dawn Wed, 17 Mar 2021 16:14:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony is expanding its Play At Home initiative by offering nine games for free starting March 25, including some PlayStation VR games. Play at Home will continue into April, with Sony making Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition available for free beginning April 19.

The first round of Play at Home free games will be available March 25 at 8 p.m. PST/11 p.m. EST through April 22 at the same time. It includes:

  • Abzu
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Rez Infinite
  • Subnautica
  • The Witness
  • Thumper
  • Paper Beast
  • Moss
  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition will be free from April 19 until May 14 at the same times. 

There's no gimmick to obtaining these. Just like with 2020's Play At Home games, all you need is a PSN account. 

From March 25 through April 22, Sony is also offering an expanded Funimation trial, extending the usual two-week free trial to a full three months.

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Best PS4 Action-Adventure Games to Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/j5mev/best-ps4-action-adventure-games-to-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/j5mev/best-ps4-action-adventure-games-to-play-on-ps5 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 13:21:36 -0500 Henry Stockdale

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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While we continue waiting on the elusive Elden Ring, it’s as good a time as any to take a look back at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Developed by FromSoftware, it marked a departure from the studio’s previous work on Bloodborne and Dark Souls, featuring fewer RPG elements and no online multiplayer, though it, of course, retained the signature Soulslike difficulty of its predecessors.

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Playing as the disgraced “one-armed wolf” during Japan’s 16th century Sengoku period, we find a tale of revenge as he goes after the samurai clan that attacked him and kidnapped his lord. Utilizing a retinue of refined ninja skills, stealth, and head-to-head combat, Sekiro is absolutely worth a look if you’re up to the challenge, but it’s not for the easy-going.

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Do you agree with the games we've laid out here in this list? Sound off in the comments below.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft will always be one of gaming’s most iconic protagonists and though Tomb Raider games haven’t always hit the mark, we found a damn fine effort within Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Launched in 2018 and developed by Eidos- Montréal, it marks the third entry in the rebooted franchise, following on from 2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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This time around, Lara is traveling between Central and South America, exploring the lost Inca city of Paititi whilst fighting a paramilitary organization. We thought highly of it, though some critics believed that after three entries the formula was getting stale. Either way, if you aren’t tired of raiding tombs just yet, this adventure should prove quite satisfying.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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We’ve seen some mixed results from Star Wars since EA obtained the license but if there’s one game you shouldn’t ignore, it’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Taking place five years after Revenge of the Sith, we play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who is being hunted by the Galactic Empire in the aftermath of their Jedi purge.

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Marking the only action-adventure Star Wars title on last-gen consoles, this single-player experience wasn’t perfect but still offered a great time for fans. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to play, Fallen Order isn’t a PS Plus Collection game, but it is available via the EA Play subscription service at $4.99 a month, so that’s at least worth a browse.

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Batman: Arkham Knight

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It’s strange to think that for a long time, Batman had quite a poor reputation with video game adaptations. That was until Rocksteady Studios came along. Having won over players with Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, we haven’t seen a new entry for five years now in this Arkham series but Batman: Arkham Knight made for the best one yet.

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Set nine months after Arkham City, Gotham City is under attack from Scarecrow, who forces a citywide evacuation and is aided by the elusive Arkham Knight, all to try and finally defeat Batman. We thought it was one of the best Batman games yet and as a free PS Plus Collection game, there’s absolutely no excuse not to play.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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No one can deny how much Uncharted helped shaped the PS3-era for Sony and when Naughty Dog revealed a fourth game for the PS4, expectations were high. Released in 2016, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes place several years after the third game, seeing us play as a now-retired Nathan Drake, former treasure hunter.

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Quickly finding himself pulled out of retirement, this adventure takes us on a search for Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure, taking Nathan all the way to Libertalla. It was yet another strong winner in our books and is another freebie via the PS Plus Collection. If you enjoyed A Thief’s End, you’d do well to also check out its standalone expansion, The Lost Legacy.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

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It's been almost four years since Horizon Zero Dawn first launched and honestly, it still holds up beautifully. Developed by Guerilla Games, it brought us a primal-futuristic adventure, where wild machines now roam a post-apocalyptic world. It follows the story of Aloy, an outcast shunned by her tribe, as she sets out to discover who she is.

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With a group of cultists corrupting these machines, it’s up to Aloy to uncover what's destroying this wonderful world. Of course, she becomes entangled in a wider mystery that unravels the mysteries of this world in the process. It made for a fantastic adventure and with Horizon Forbidden West currently on track for a 2021 release, we’d highly recommend taking a look at the first game in preparation for it.

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God of War

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We’ve seen franchise reinventions before, but God of War gave us something that defied all expectations. Developed by SIE Santa Monica, 2018's pivot takes us away from ancient Greece to a quieter (and colder) Scandinavian setting, utilizing Norse mythology as its inspiration for a more nuanced tale.

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Having destroyed the Greek gods, Kratos is a much older version of himself in God of War; he's started a new life in Midgard, and we find he now has a family. After his wife Faye’s tragic passing, Kratos and his son Atreus head on a journey to spread her ashes, incurring the wrath of Baldur in doing so.

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Narratively rich and featuring some truly fantastic combat, God of War is one of the best games this decade. Since it's a complimentary game in the PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5, there's no excuse for not playing it. A sequel is expected next year, so there’s never been a better time to get started.

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The Last of Us 2

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Even now, months after release, The Last of Us 2 keeps making headlines. Recently mopping up at The Game Awards, winning seven of the 10 awards it was nominated for, including Game of the Year, it stands as one of 2020's best, and most divisive, games. 

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Experiencing some major story leaks and anti-progressive backlash, Naughty Dog’s juggernaut held firm back in June. Set four years after the first game, TLoU2 starts by showing fans that Ellie and Joel have built a new life in Jackson, Wyoming, but it's one that's soon turned upside down.

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Without going into any spoilers, The Last of Us 2 features a story we called an “emotional rollercoaster” when we reviewed it earlier this year. While it doesn’t always land, its narrative and mechanics make it a spectacular experience that’s worth playing.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has been an undeniable success for Rockstar Games. Released back in 2018 and selling 34 million copies, this story is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, where we take on the role of Arthur Morgan, member of the infamous Van Der Linde Gang.

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Set in 1899 during the waning years of the Wild West, RDR2 shows the gang at its peak as federal agents track you down, tying into the story of Red Dead Redemption's John Marston. 

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Another open-world title, Red Dead Redemption 2 offers hundreds of hours of content. Whether it's the well-written narrative or one of the game's many free-roam activities, RDR2 is a game that players can come back to over and over again, finding, if not something new, something entertaining each and every time. 

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Like many other PS4 games on this list, we thoroughly enjoyed RDR2 and while it doesn't see a huge performance boost on PS5, players can expect to find improved load times and fewer framerate drops.

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Ghost of Tsushima

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Sucker Punch Productions established themselves with series like Sly Cooper and Infamous, so it was quite surprising when they revealed their next title after those would be an action game set within feudal Japan. Launched earlier this year, Ghost of Tsushima puts us in the role of Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior that seeking to fend off the Mongol Empire’s invasion of Tsushima Island.

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Learning to defeat these tough invaders through both traditional and non-traditional means, stealth and direct conflict, Jin calls into question everything he thinks he knows and must decide between a rigid code of honor and saving his home. 

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Ghost of Tsushima's open world is one of the most beautiful on the PlayStation 4, and it's full of things to do, from liberating villages to writing haiku. Its story and mechanics ultimately make for another winning first-party game that’s well worth looking into. It helps that Ghost of Tsushima gets a performance boost on the PS5, running at 60fps for smoother gameplay, and recently saw the addition of co op multiplayer in Ghost of Tsushima Legends.

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Control

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Remedy Entertainment have gained a dedicated following over the years because of the popularity of games such as Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Max Payne. Now with Control, arguably their best title yet, they've connected them all via an intricate multiverse.

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In Control, we play as Jesse Faden, who has been searching for her missing brother since they were separated as children. Being made the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), Jesse's adventure takes us through the FBC’s headquarters, a.k.a The Oldest House, a building that can morph and change shape, reaching into alternate realities.

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Finding The Oldest House under threat from a mysterious entity called The Hiss, one that’s infected nearly every one in the FBC headquarters, Jesse must fight her way to the truth using both guns and her supernatural powers.

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Control packs a surprising challenge and we strongly recommend trying it out, saying "[it's] undoubtedly Remedy's biggest and weirdest game yet. In many ways, it's also their best, all while it paves the way for a Marvel-like connected universe."

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It’s due to arrive on PS5 next year and comes as a free upgrade if you own the Ultimate Edition. In the meantime, it still plays beautifully via backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 4.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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We’ve all seen the argument over whether games can be considered art, but if there’s any game to make that case persuasively, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is certainly in the conversation. Taking its inspiration from Norse mythology and Celtic culture, this story revolves around Senua, a warrior intent on making her way to Helheim to save a loved one. 

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We strongly rated it at the time as "a unique game that intriguingly captures mental illness and offers a punishing-yet-fluid set of mechanics, all wrapped inside a compelling journey through a vibrant world." Hellblade was further praised by critics for its delicate handling of psychosis, helped by developer Ninja Theory’s work with those suffering from such conditions and mental health experts.

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A sequel was announced last year, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, though due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Ninja Theory in 2018, that one sadly won’t be making its way to PS5.

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Days Gone

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Days Gone arrived at a time when Zombie fatigue had set in for a lot of players, but as another free PS Plus Collection game, it deserves a second look. Developed by SIE Bend Studio, Days Gone takes place in the Pacific Northwest after millions have turned into zombies following a global pandemic that destroyed civilization.

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Traveling across this open world via motorbike, you play as Deacon St. John, who discovers that his wife Sarah could still be alive. Of course, there's plenty of action to be found along the way.

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Quite noticeably, Days Gone on PS5 is improved over its PS4 counterpart, now playable at 60fps with dynamic 4K resolution. So, if you were ever curious to try it out but haven't yet gotten around to it, playing Days Gone on PS5 is undoubtedly your best option yet. 

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Assassin's Creed Origins

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Assassin’s Creed might be one of Ubisoft’s biggest franchises, but few could argue that when it reached Syndicate, it started getting rather stale. Having previously seen annual releases, Assassin's Creed Origins bucked the trend by skipping 2016 and releasing instead in 2017.

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This time around, fans travel to ancient Egypt, with the narrative focusing on a centuries-old conflict between the forerunners to the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Incorporating an open-world style, it adopts more distinctly RPG-esque gameplay, which Odyssey and Valhalla later expanded upon.

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Though it was criticized for poor pacing, critics considered it a necessary reboot to Ubisoft’s hit series and even now, it remains worth a look.

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We said that, despite some technical issues, "Assassin's Creed: Origins is a fantastic game that takes all the best elements of the action-RPG genre, (such as hunting, crafting, archery, etc.) and gives you total freedom to use it all in the grand and absolutely gorgeous world of Ancient Egypt."

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Shadow of the Colossus

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There’s no denying that Shadow of the Colossus is an absolute classic. Focused on the story of Wander, we find our hero traveling across a strange land to slay Colossi, seeking to bring a girl named Mono back to life. Facing 16 of these giant creatures in total, each with their own specific weaknesses, and Wander has his work cut out for him.

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Initially released on PS2 by Team Ico of (unsurprisingly) Ico and The Last Guardian fame, this remake was instead brought to us by Bluepoint Games, who recently undertook the PS5’s fantastic Demon’s Souls remaster. It’s incredibly faithful to the original, which isn’t always to its advantage, but there’s an unforgettable experience here you won’t want to miss.

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In our review of the game, we said "Shadow of the Colossus is still a great game despite its game design becoming repetitive and the fact that some of its mechanics can be quite irksome. There still isn't a game out there that can match its dreary atmosphere, simple but effective storytelling, and outstanding boss fights. It's a one-of-a-kind game that still holds up and that PS4 owners should check out..."

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We’ve seen quite a fine launch line-up for action-adventure games on PS5. Between Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, too, if you bought the Ultimate Edition), we've had a lot to choose from.

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These games won’t suit everyone’s tastes, but thankfully due to backwards compatibility on the PS5, next-gen owners can also take advantage of Sony’s enormous PS4 catalog. From Red Dead Redemption 2 to The Last of Us Part II, there’s no end of options to choose from.

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Better yet, depending on the title, playing via PS5 can also offer better performance, increased resolution, and shorter loading times. Many titles can now be found on the cheap but some are completely free via the PS Plus Collection, which is exclusively available for PS5 owners, provided you’ve subscribed. As such, here are our top recommendations for the PS4 action-adventure games you should play first on PlayStation 5.

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Several of Sony's PlayStation 5 Exclusives Still on Track for 2021 Release https://www.gameskinny.com/gpxf3/several-of-sonys-playstation-5-exclusives-still-on-track-for-2021-release https://www.gameskinny.com/gpxf3/several-of-sonys-playstation-5-exclusives-still-on-track-for-2021-release Mon, 09 Nov 2020 11:13:50 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Returnal, and Horizon: Forbidden West are still on track for their 2021 release dates, as confirmed in a new PS5 trailer direct from Sony. 

The anticipated release time frames feature in subscript at the bottom of the trailer. It reads "Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal: Anticipated first half 2021. Horizon: Forbidden West: Anticipated second half 2021."

So it looks like that Gran Turismo 7 release date blip was on the money after all.

Of course, "anticipated" is key there, since it's possible any or all of these games could face delays depending on how COVID-19 affects production.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a PS5 exclusive with rift-shifting action made possible by the system's high-powered SSD. The duo is called upon to save the universes once again after Dr. Nefarious launches a plan to bend the dimensions to his will.

Fans have waited years for Gran Turismo 7, and if early indications are anything to go by, its gorgeous collection of new and classic cars means it'll be well worth the wait.

Sony highlighted Returnal and Horizon: Forbidden West during an earlier State of Play. Apart from the basics — an explorer stuck in a loop of rebirth and Aloy uncovering secrets in a post-apocalyptic North America — details remain scant for both. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 5 exclusives news as it develops.

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How to Get Echo Shells in Horizon Zero Dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/6kbnj/how-to-get-echo-shells-in-horizon-zero-dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/6kbnj/how-to-get-echo-shells-in-horizon-zero-dawn Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:59:46 -0400 JosephYaden

In Horizon Zero Dawn, you'll come across a variety of different resources that help you craft useful items. While you may already know how to find resources and components such as Ridge-Wood and Wire, you might be wondering how to get Echo Shells. In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about them.

Below, we'll cover everything from what enemies drop Echo Shells to what they're used for. We'll also share a good farming location if you want to get them quickly. 

What are Echo Shells?

Echo shell rarity, value, and use information in the HZD inventory screen.

Echo Shells are an incredibly useful resource that you'll need if you plan on crafting various items. According to the in-game description, Echo Shells are used for the following:

  • Crafting ammunition
  • Crafting items
  • Trading with Merchants
  • Selling for Metal Shards

Particularly, upgrading the Potions Pouch requires a handful of Echo Shells, which will come in handy when dealing with the game's tougher enemies. Aside from that, you'll need Echo Shells when constructing Tearblast Arrows and the Forgefire Ammo Pouch (available as part of the Frozen Wilds DLC).

In short, Echo Shells are an extremely important item that you'll need to look out for and possibly farm to ensure you've got the best gear. 

How to Farm Echo Shells

The Horizon Zero Dawn map showing a Ravage site in the northern desert surrounded by white machine icons.

Farming in RPGs is necessary at times, depending on what you're trying to craft. In Horizon Zero Dawn, you don't actually need to farm for Echo Shells, but doing so will certainly make your life easier especially early on.

One great (but boring) way of farming Echo Shells is to visit the Campfire in the image above. It's just south of a Ravager site in the middle area of the map

Aloy stands in front of three Shell Walker crates that sit next to a dirt ridge in the desert portion of the map..

When you spawn, head north, and you'll see a group of Shell-Walker Crates, which has a chance of containing Echo Shells, along with a lot of other useful items.

To effectively farm Echo Shells, follow the steps below:

  • Run over to the crates
  • Grab what you can
  • Run back to the Campfire
  • Quicksave
  • Go into options and press "Restart from save"
  • Rinse and repeat

The spawn rate for Echo Shells isn't amazing, but it's a fairly consistent method that granted us a handful every few runs. While doing this, you'll likely gather Metal Shards as well, which you can sell to merchants for Echo Shells, so make sure you do this after a while.

There are other crates around the map that you can use this method on, but we like the location above since the crates are so close to the Campfire. 

A less effective (but more fun) method of farming is to take down certain enemies that have a chance of dropping Echo Shells. We had the most luck with Longlegs, but the following enemies are reported to drop Echo Shells, as well:

  • Behemoth
  • Longleg
  • Rockbreaker
  • Stalker
  • Stormbird
  • Thunderjaw

All enemy types can be spotted on the map, so just do a quick search to find their locations. You can scan an enemy beforehand if you aren't sure which is which, since different enemies tend to travel in packs.

Don't Want to Farm? No Problem

The nice thing is that you don't have to farm to get your hands on Echo Shells in Horizon Zero Dawn. If you loosely prioritize taking out the list of enemies above, you'll already be off to a great start without having to farm.

Better yet is that if you simply play the game, you'll stumble across lots of Metal Shards, which can be sold to Merchants for Echo Shells. It takes 50 Metal Shards to get 50 Echo Shells on Normal difficulty, while Ultra Hard Mode requires 150. 

You can sell most items you stumble upon for Metal Shards, too, so there are lots of ways to eventually get your hands on Echo Shells by simply playing the game. 

You should have everything you need to know about Echo Shells in Horizon Zero Dawn. For more Horizon coverage, make sure you take a look at the hub page here, where you'll find a slew of guides to help you get through the game.

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Horizon Zero Dawn: How to Fast Travel https://www.gameskinny.com/15qzd/horizon-zero-dawn-how-to-fast-travel https://www.gameskinny.com/15qzd/horizon-zero-dawn-how-to-fast-travel Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:17:21 -0400 JosephYaden

With the release of Horizon Zero Dawn  Complete Edition on PC, players are jumping into one of the best open worlds of the generation for the first time (or again after playing it on PS4). That said, you'll probably want to fast travel around the world to make better use of your time. 

In Horizon, fast travel works a little differently than you might expect, so in this guide, we'll walk you through everything you'll need to know. Keep in mind, fast traveling works the same, whether you're on PC or PS4

How to Fast Travel in Horizon Zero Dawn

The Horizon Zero Dawn map showing a green campfire fast travel icon in the middle of the map.

To fast travel, open your map and hover over one of the green Campfires scattered around the world. On PS4, you can press "R2" while hovering on it to fast travel.

For PC, it works the same, but obviously, if you're using a different gamepad or mouse and keyboard, the input will be something different than "R2." The map menu itself will tell you which button or key to press.  

When you do press the Travel button, a small menu will appear, letting you know fast traveling costs 1x Fast Travel Pack. This is to eliminate the ability to simply zip around the map with ease — at least at first. If you don't have a Fast Travel Pack, you can't fast travel.

How to Get a Fast Travel Pack

An inventory screen showing the fast travel pack and the components needed to craft it.

Fast Travel Packs can be acquired in a couple of ways. Either you can purchase one from a merchant with the following materials:

  • 2 Metal Shards
  • 15 Ridge-Wood
  • 1 Rich Meat

Or you can construct them yourself with:

  • 15 Ridge-Wood
  • 1 Fatty Meat
  • 1 Bony Meat

Both are effective  just make sure you take a look at your resources to determine which will work best for you. For us, it was much easier to simply trade with a merchant than to try and make one ourselves, due to the availability of the required materials. 

We do recommend that you at least have one set of resources on hand to make one yourself, just in case you get caught in a spot in which you'd need to fast travel. You'll be annoyed if you run out of packs and the materials needed to craft one, even if exploring Horizon is a fun and rewarding experience.

There is one other way to fast travel towards the latter portion of the game, and it grants you unlimited uses. For this, you'll need the Golden Fast Travel Pack.

Golden Fast Travel Pack

An inventory screen showing a hide bag,case,and pack for golden fast travel pack.

To acquire the Golden Fast Travel Pack, you have to purchase it from a merchant in Meridian City, but it will only be available once you've reached the "Into the Borderlands" quest.

It will cost:

  • 50 Metal Shards
  • 1 Fox Skin
  • 10 Fatty Meats

If you've explored thoroughly and taken the time to hunt animals, you'll probably already have the 50 Metal Shards and the 10 Fatty Meats needed to purchase the pack. If not, Metal Shards are found on the corpses of machines, while Fatty Meats are best acquired from killing wild boars. Though, many animals will reward you with Fatty Meats, so keep hunting, and you'll get 10 in no time.

The real challenge will be in locating and acquiring Fox Skin. It's best to search for foxes in green areas of the map that contain grass. You can click in "R3" on PS4 to easily locate animals around you.

Do note that the Fox Skin won't immediately drop for you. It'll take several tries, but eventually, a fox will drop the skin. Luckily, you only need one. 

That's everything you need to know about fast travel in Horizon Zero Dawn, including how to get various travel packs. For more on HZD, please visit its hub page here

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Horizon Zero Dawn Power Cells: How to Unlock the Shield Weaver Armor https://www.gameskinny.com/foqen/horizon-zero-dawn-power-cells-how-to-unlock-the-shield-weaver-armor https://www.gameskinny.com/foqen/horizon-zero-dawn-power-cells-how-to-unlock-the-shield-weaver-armor Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:06:13 -0400 John Schutt

There are a lot of different armors to collect in Horizon: Zero Dawn, each focusing a particular playstyle. All of them pale in comparison to the Shield Weaver armor, the ultimate protective kit. And like any piece of endgame gear, it's locked behind an ancient door that needs five power cells to open.

These power cells are scattered and hidden across the entire Horizon Zero Dawn map. Many of them are in locations tied to the story. You'll be through most of the game by the time you get your hands on the five cells and the Shield Weaver armor, but it'll be worth it.

The Shield Weaver armor is important because it generates a force field, granting you an extra health bar that must be depleted before you take a single point of damage. It's got a quick recharge time, too, so only the most careless hunter will leave a fight with so much as a scratch. Promotional images for The Frozen Wilds showcase it for a reason.

This guide will show you where to find every power cell in Horizon Zero Dawnand how far into the game you need to be to acquire them at all. 

You don't need to start the quest for the Shield Weaver armor to collect the power cells; you only need to do so to get the armor. You will be able to access the Power Cells once you make it out of the Embrace, which you'll do after the Proving and a big fight with a Corruptor machine.

Once you're outside the gates, talk to a hunter named Varl, and he'll set you on the main quest.

First Power Cell Location: Ruins in the Embrace

The first Power Cell is located in the ruined bunker you visit when Aloy is a child. You can revisit this area once you gain access to the Embrace when she's an adult. Specifically, the ruins are here:

The ruins aren't hard to get to, as the Embrace isn't home to dangerous machines. These ruins should already be on your map. Head to the southernmost portion of the area until you run across a hole in the ground surrounded on three sides by trees. You'll know the one because several craggy tree stumps flank the entrance.

Head down into the hole, and you'll find yourself at the beginning of the bunker where Aloy first found her Focus tool. 

Proceed as you did before. You'll come across a set of doors you can now pry open with your spear, the ones child Aloy slipped through in the introduction. 

From these doors, continue through the facility, down one set of stairs and up the ones beyond them. You'll pass two sets of stalactites, both of which are breakable now and lead to supply rooms. The first you'll come across is not the one you're looking for, but it will give you a good head start on crafting materials.

Once you make your way up the second set of stairs and near the room with the power cell, Aloy will say something about being able to get through the barrier now. The power cell itself is the green loot icon just beyond the stalactites. 

It's a simple matter of breaking the barrier and collecting the item. There is a hefty amount of additional materials and consumables in the nearby supply crates.

For easy reference, here's the map of the ruins with the location of the power cell. The power cell itself is near the end of the area if you use the ruin icon on the map, as that entrance puts you near the final portion of you Aloy's journey through the complex.

Second Power Cell Location: Mother's Heart Mountain

You'll find the second power cell near the end of the prologue of the game. Following the Proving, you'll begin a quest called The Womb of the Mountain. Aloy wakes up inside the mountain at the back of the settlement of Mother's Heart.

If you're going after the power cell during the Womb of the Mountain quest, you'll exit the bedroom and walk through a pair of mechanical doors. After the second door, you'll come to an intersection. You'll then turn toward the right hallway. Light cascades out the door, there's a large stack of crates to its right.

Head into the room beyond, and you'll notice an air-vent-like tunnel to your left. Head inside.

There are no other paths through the vent, so eventually, you'll make your way to a large room where you'll find the power cell out in the open.

Third Power Cell Location: Maker's End

The third power cell is at the top of Maker's End, which you'll visit as part of the "Maker's End" mission. The ruin is in the northwestermost portion of the map, hidden in an old complex buried in a mountain. There is a nearby Shell-Walker site as well as a grassy field just south of it. Of the three northern jetties on the map, Maker's End is the farthest left. 

You'll make your way through an Eclipse camp before you reach the ruin. Follow the path to the left of the camp's entrance to eventually reach a large clearing in the rubble. You're looking for a hole in the debris where you can slip through using a button prompt. The hole is hard to miss: it's flanked by two icy steel walls with hanging icicles and descends into darkness below.

Make your way down into the facility and proceed with the initial mission parameters.

If you're coming back after the "Maker's End" quest, you're looking for a staircase leading up to a long hallway with a bunch of open doors. The first opening on the left shows a yellow ladder leading up. Climb up.

Keep moving up, traversing the various platforming sections. You'll pass through a circular room, and go up several sets of additional elevator shafts. Go to the top of each one. Eventually, you'll reach a set of purple-lit hallways

You'll need to drop down the ledge and turn around to find your way past the first such hall you reach, and the path is much less linear during this section. If you find yourself at a dead end, the way forward is likely behind you. Most of the hallways you'll want to head through look like the above image. 

Elevator shafts remain your primary means upward, and as you make your way to the tallest portions of the tower, you'll eventually reach a large open office room. It's covered in snow and lacks a roof, and there is a used but forgotten conference table in the center.

If you're grabbing the power cell during the quest, there are some story beats in this chamber you'll want to experience. Once that's over, look above the elevator shaft you came in through to see a climbable portion of the tower.

Climb up one last time, and you'll be standing on a small platform where the power cell is.

Fourth Power Cell Location: The Grave-Hoard

The fourth power cell is in the ruins of the Grave-Hoard which and like both Maker's End and the fifth and final power cell, is only available once you reach the appropriate point in the story. The "Grave-Hoard" mission. Surprise.

There are no Eclipse camps this time, but the area near the Grave-Hoard ruin is home to some nasty machines. The complex is at the top of a large hill above an icy lake. There's a campfire at the base of the hill and on the shore of the lake, and you'll need to make your way south to find the route upward.

The path to the power cell is a short one, but that doesn't mean it's simple. There are three locked doors with circle puzzles to solve. Each of them opens a door you need to progress. You'll also need to slide down two pipes like you would any other zipline.

At the bottom of the second pipeline, you'll see a door hanging open. The power cell is just beyond it.

Fifth Power Cell Location

As with most of the power cells in Horizon Zero Dawn, the fifth and final one is in a location locked behind a quest: this time in the GAIA Prime ruins. You'll visit this end-game location as part of the "The Mountain That Fell" quest, and it's home to some nasty weather and nastier machines. 

Reaching GAIA Prime is itself a test, as Glinthawks and a Stormbird will make your life difficult. The closest campfire is a ways away from the mountain you need to climb, and the whole place is covered in a perpetual blizzard. You'll also note the endless ruined machines that surround you as you climb.

When you make it into the complex, you'll immediately turn left and follow the path along the wall. You'll eventually reach another large, open area with a repel point directly in front of you. To be safe and ensure you get the power cell, don't go down immediately. Instead, look to your left.

Jump into the darkened area below the zipline, and you'll find a handhold that will take you up to the hallway leading to the power cell.

Climb up, and you'll see a shadowy hallway ending in a small room. The last power cell awaits you there.

Unlocking the Shield Weaver Armor

Once you pick up a Power Cell, you'll have a quest marker for the bunker's location. It's southwest of the Devil's Thirst ruins but not very far.

You're in the right place if you see a big hole in the ground with a broken power line tower grasping for the sky.

Jump down into the hole and into the water. Collect the Metal Flower on your left, then proceed to where the armor awaits — behind some doors.

In the bunker, to the right of windows blocking your way to Shield Weaver, is a set of locks, two of which require power cells. Place your cells into the unpowered locks to activate the set.

A machine to the right of them will also light up. Scan it with your Focus to bring up a holo display with timestamps. These translate directly to the order and orientation of the locks to open the first door.

The times and lock rotations are:

  • 1200 (12:00 PM) Top
  • 1500 (3:00 PM) Right
  • 1800 (6:00 PM) Bottom
  • 2100 (9:00 PM)  Left
  • 0000 (12:00 AM) Top

The first and last locks are already in position, so you only need to turn the middle three.

Once you open the first door, you'll be face to face with the Shield Weaver armor, but you won't be able to access it. You need to place your remaining power cells to do that.

Head into the hallway beyond the armor to discover another set of circular locks. As before, they need to be rotated in a specific order, again determined by a code on the wall nearby.

The angle values and lock rotations are:

  • 90 — Right
  • 270 — Left
  • 360 — Top
  • 450 — Right
  • 630 — Left

With that done, the locks keeping you from Shield Weaver are now open. Go and grab the best armor in all of Horizon Zero Dawn. You'll need it for the challenges of the final fights, and definitely for Frozen Wilds. Enjoy the awesome look and the nigh-unbalanced energy shield. For more on Horizon Zero Dawn, be sure to check out our guides hub!

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Horizon: Zero Dawn Cauldron Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/x5zz5/horizon-zero-dawn-cauldron-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/x5zz5/horizon-zero-dawn-cauldron-locations-guide Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:42:17 -0400 John Schutt

Cauldrons — ancient production facilities filled with advanced tech and deadly machines — lie scattered across all of Horizon Zero Dawn and its DLC, The Frozen Wilds. Finding their locations and completing them grants you the ability to "override" various machines, turning them to your side.

Each Cauldron is a small dungeon complex filled with platforming, light puzzle solving, stealth, and an ending boss encounter. Follow along with this guide to learn where to find each Cauldron in Horizon Zero Dawn.

Cauldron SIGMA Location

The first Cauldron you’re likely to run across is Cauldron SIGMA. It is northwest of Hunter’s Gathering in a clearing at the base of a mountain.

There are a few watchers stationed about, and Shell-Walkers patrol regularly. The entrance isn’t that far off the beaten path, and unless you aren’t looking for it, you’re unlikely to miss the huge, futuristic hole in the rocks.

With the SIGMA override, you can hack these machines:

  • Grazer
  • Lancehorn
  • Sawtooth
  • Scrapper

Cauldron RHO Location

Cauldron RHO is in the side of a mountain southwest of Daytower Gate

Reaching RHO’s location is not the hard part. The entrance is at the end of a pathway going down into a small clearing. Several Watchers guarding the entryway, and they’re quick to call reinforcements if you aren’t careful.

Getting into the Cauldron itself, however, is a little more complicated. You’ll need to turn left and head down into the gorge in front of the complex. From there, you’ll work your way up through the Cauldron, rather than entering through the front and making your way down.

With the RHO override, you can hack these machines:

  • Longleg
  • Ravager
  • Shell-walker
  • Snapmaw
  • Trampler

Cauldron XI Location

Cauldron XI can be found south of the city of Meridian. It's defended by the Eclipse, and you’ll need to fight your way through them to reach the entrance. 

There are two main entrances to the Cauldron. The path from the north has a save campfire just outside the camp, and you can also come from the west. Northern aggressors will have better stealth options, but coming from the west means fewer total defenders looking your way.

You’ll find a door at the top of the camp, and you’ll have a button prompt to open it. Do so and descend.

With the Cauldron XI override, you'll be able to hack these machines:

  • Behemoth
  • Fire Bellowback
  • Freeze Bellowback
  • Glinthawk
  • Stalker

Cauldron ZETA Location

You’ll find Cauldron ZETA tucked away in a forested valley in the northwestern portion of the map

You’ll need to be past Dawn’s Sentinel to reach ZETA, which occurs at the midpoint of the game. From there, you can follow the path north and west until you reach the area. 

The entrance itself appears to be sealed, but if you look up and to the left, you’ll see a single red-eye Watcher guarding the actual door. There are, however, some flares surrounding your way in, and they’ll alert ZETA’s real guards if tripped.

These guards are three Stalker machines that prowl the woods just before you reach the Cauldron. They’re fast, hit hard, and turn invisible to sneak up on you. Corrosive arrows and fire arrows are a good option.

With the ZETA override, you'll be able to hack these machines:

  • Rockbreaker
  • Stormbird
  • Thunderjaw 

Cauldron Epsilon Location (The Frozen Wilds)

In the Frozen Wilds expansion, Cauldron Epsilon is covered in purple light and can be found at the back of a large facility known as Firebreak at the far eastern side of the map. 

Accessing the Cauldron takes place as part of the side quest “The Forge of Winter,” and you’ll need your NPC allies with you to make it through the complex. More than that, I leave for you to discover.

That's all for our Horizon Zero Dawn Cauldron locations guide. For more tips and strategies for HZD, be sure to head over to our guides hub

[Cauldron Epsilon image source: Fandom]

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New Report Says Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Coming to PS5, More HZD to Follow https://www.gameskinny.com/21zyb/new-report-says-horizon-zero-dawn-2-coming-to-ps5-more-hzd-to-follow https://www.gameskinny.com/21zyb/new-report-says-horizon-zero-dawn-2-coming-to-ps5-more-hzd-to-follow Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:40:41 -0400 Josh Broadwell

A new report from Video Games Chronicle points to Guerilla not just making Horizon Zero Dawn 2, but possibly another title as well in a Horizon Zero Dawn trilogy. The report says development on Horizon Zero Dawn shifted away from PlayStation 4, suggesting Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will be a next-gen, PS5 game only.

The news follows several days of speculation that came after Guerilla posted new job listings hinting at next-gen development and a Horizon Zero Dawn project.

According to VGC, Guerilla always intended to make more Horizon Zero Dawn games and had plans for a sequel, but held off doing anything about it until they saw how well the original performed. Following HZD's initial launch, Guerilla started production on Horizon Zero Dawn 2.

While HZD2 was originally planned for PlayStation 4, VGC says development has completely shifted now, and Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will be solely a PlayStation 5 game. Whether the sequel also makes the jump to PC in the future remains uncertain for now, but the sequel is reportedly much bigger in scope than the original.

Guerilla is planning some sort of Horizon Zero Dawn co-op feature too, though the specifics have changed during the course of development. It was once intended to be a separate mode, then a standalone game demo that would carry over progress.

There was even co-op concept art drawn up for it that VGC verified as legitimate, and Sony had said it wanted to both leverage Horizon Zero Dawn more in the future and take advantage of online capabilities for it.

The report also clarified a certain reference made in the DualSense reveal, where Sony mentioned haptic feedback would make actions like pulling a bow feel more realistic. It seemed a bit specific at the time, and now we likely know what it was referring to.

There's still no word on when we might expect any kind of Horizon Zero Dawn 2 release date, even though it's been in development for a while now. While Sony said it does not plan on emphasizing next-gen exclusivity in the PlayStation 5's first year, that doesn't mean we won't see any exclusive titles at all. If history is any barometer, it makes obvious sense we will in some capacity. 

The original report is on Video Games Chronicles' website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and PS5 news as it develops.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition Leaps Over to PC Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/4lbah/horizon-zero-dawn-complete-edition-leaps-over-to-pc-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/4lbah/horizon-zero-dawn-complete-edition-leaps-over-to-pc-soon Tue, 10 Mar 2020 11:55:55 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Guerilla Studios' futuristic open-world title Horizon: Zero Dawn is coming to PC this summer. The news comes via a PlayStation Blog interview with PlayStation Worldwide Studios President Hermen Hulst, who also happens to be the former head of Guerilla Studios.

Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition's Steam page is already live as well, though there's no indication of when it might release this summer. The Complete Edition includes the base game plus the Frozen Wilds DLC add-on.

Hulst told the PlayStation Blog this doesn't mean PC fans can expect a flood of PlayStation titles being ported to the PC, though.

He said:

...releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC. In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance.

We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.

In addition to HZD being a natural fit for PC, Hulst provided another reason why Sony's Worldwide Studios might consider porting other titles to the PC: it pulls people back to Sony's dedicated consoles:

I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.

We called Horizon: Zero Dawn one of the best sandbox and open-world games of the generation and said in our Horizon: Zero Dawn review that it "forays into a previously untapped corner of the RPG genre  and delivers a pretty incredible experience."

This isn't the only instance of Sony considering other methods of attracting new followers to its PlayStation brand. A few months back, Sony released a survey asking fans whether they might want to see Sony titles on handhelds or even other platforms like Nintendo Switch.

That's not to mention that Kojima Productions' Death Stranding will be making its way to PC this year, too. 

You can check out the full interview on the European PlayStation blog. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation games on PC news as it devleops.

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Horizon Zero Dawn Amazon Listing Hints at Upcoming PC Release https://www.gameskinny.com/l87vk/horizon-zero-dawn-amazon-listing-hints-at-upcoming-pc-release https://www.gameskinny.com/l87vk/horizon-zero-dawn-amazon-listing-hints-at-upcoming-pc-release Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:47:09 -0500 Ty Arthur

Rumblings of a potential Horizon: Zero Dawn port have been swirling for some time now. Reports first emerged last year, following news that Death Stranding would be making its way to PC. Kotaku confirmed HZD would no longer be exclusive to the PlayStation 4, but details remained scant. 

Today, though, we're possibly a bit closer to this stellar PS4 open-world title hitting PC.

One eagle-eyed Twitter user discovered an entry for Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC on Amazon France. The Amazon listing was subsequently taken down, but a screenshot of the original can still be seen in the tweet below.

 

While this isn't an official confirmation by any means and could have been an Amazon error, it sure seems like Horizon: Zero Dawn is nearly done serving time as a PS4 exclusive. However, when that might be, we don't know. The listing did not provide a release date or window. 

Besides seeing a wider audience on Steam or some other PC platform, Horizon is an action survival title ripe for modding.

Are you looking forward to hunting mechanical dinos and unraveling the mystery of humanity's past on PC? Sound off in the comments below!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on the suspected upcoming Zero Dawn PC port as it becomes available.

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PS Now Games for January Cooking Up Lost Legacies on the Horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/tf5n0/ps-now-games-for-january-cooking-up-lost-legacies-on-the-horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/tf5n0/ps-now-games-for-january-cooking-up-lost-legacies-on-the-horizon Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:06:17 -0500 Josh Broadwell

PlayStation Now is set to get three new games to start the new year. These January 2020 PS Now games are some pretty big titles, too. Though they're a tad older, users are sure to be excited to finally get their hands on some of Sony's best games. 

Here's what subscribers can expect on January 2.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a gorgeous, open-world game that's as compelling now as it was when it released two years ago. You'll follow the tale of Aloy, who is naturally a Chosen-One type (this is an RPG after all) and watch her emotional journey unfold across a bizarre landscape.

But the real joy here — and one reason we loved it so much — exploring Horizon's massive world, and it's partly because the game cuts down on the bloat of things like its crafting system.

Overcooked! 2

Sequels have to navigate that tricky balance between rehashing old material and being too new. Fortunately, Overcooked! 2 manages that tightrope walk pretty well. It's the same wild, zany action you (might) know and love from the first game, garnered with a generous dash of new obstacles, locations, and scenarios to work your way through.

Like all good recipes, Overcooked 2 is versatile as well, good for solo or co-op play with the young'uns.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was something of a departure for the beloved Uncharted series. It shifts focus from usual protagonist Nathan Drake to other important characters from Uncharted 4, and in doing so, it offers a fresh take on the franchise.

That's good, since the rest of the game is basically pure Uncharted, for better and for worse. But hey, it's free with PS Now.

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That's it for January's PS Now games. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PS Now news as it happens. And if you're wondering what the difference between PS Plus and PS Now is, we've got you covered

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PUBG Celebrates Horizon Zero Dawn Anniversary With Special In-Game Skins https://www.gameskinny.com/1fw3o/pubg-celebrates-horizon-zero-dawn-anniversary-with-special-in-game-skins https://www.gameskinny.com/1fw3o/pubg-celebrates-horizon-zero-dawn-anniversary-with-special-in-game-skins Wed, 27 Feb 2019 16:27:54 -0500 QuintLyn

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been hosting some interesting crossovers as of late, including a recent event that brought PUBG cosmetics to the fantasy MMO Tera. Today, another crossover has been announced, and this one will take place in the battle royale itself.

With the second anniversary of Guerrilla Games' open-world adventure game Horizon Zero Dawn occurring tomorrow, the PUBG Corporation has decided to partner with developers, Guerrilla Games. Beginning March 5, PUBG players who own the game on PlayStation 4 will be able to receive Horizon Zero Dawn content for completing various tasks in game.

Some of the content can be obtained simply by logging in. Specifically, every player that logs into PUBG (on the PS4) during the event will receive the Horizon: Zero Dawn Eclipse Top.

Other items will require that players achieve certain goals in order to receive them. This includes the Eclipse Mask, which is granted to those who play 10 games of PUBG during the event, and the Pan that comes from killing 10 opponents with the crossbow. 

Finally, one item has to be purchased. That is the Eclipse Kar98k, which is available from the store for 8,000 BP.

To create these items, PUBG Corporation worked closely with Guerrilla Games on the concept, design, and production elements. This assures the new items will fit within PUBG while still maintaining that Horizon Zero Dawn feel.

Of course, this isn't PUGB's first crossover with open world games. Prior to this, PUBG players were blessed with crossovers in which they received Uncharted and The Last of Us content.

This upcoming event will last until April 5, so PlayStation 4 PUBG players have plenty of time to hit all of the goals. More information on the crossover items, including what went into creating them and how to obtain them, can be found on the PUBG website.

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Spider-Man, HZD, and The Legend of Zelda -- Or Why Towers Can't Meet Our Lofty Expectations https://www.gameskinny.com/sej9b/spider-man-hzd-and-the-legend-of-zelda-or-why-towers-cant-meet-our-lofty-expectations https://www.gameskinny.com/sej9b/spider-man-hzd-and-the-legend-of-zelda-or-why-towers-cant-meet-our-lofty-expectations Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:20:32 -0400 William R. Parks

Since Ubisoft's 2007 mega-hit Assassin's Creed, towers have become ubiquitous -- seemingly countless open-world games now have them. 

Often used to reveal new map areas and collectible locations, players can expect to scale spires in a range of titles.

In 2017 alone, I spent over 150 hours of playtime across two new tower-centric titles: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Zelda's towers were standard-fare -- clear the enemies at the base and reach the top. Fortunately, I was so excited to be climbing in a Zelda game, the rote gameplay of these sections passed me by without leaving much of an impression.

Zero Dawn, on the other hand, I found particularly painful. Here, the towers are machines called Tallnecks. And they move.

To scale one, you need to find elevated ground, wait for the Tallneck to pass you by, and jump on to it. If you miss your jump, you're stuck waiting for the mammoth machine to pass by your spot again for another try.

And I certainly missed my fair share of jumps.

After these two titles, I was at a breaking point and decided I needed some time away from games with tower-affinity. Then along came Spider-Man, and again I found myself locating items from atop steeples.

But something was different.

In Spider-Man, this task is not centered around the sluggish act of climbing the tower itself. I could web-sling my way there without impedance. Rather, the focus is on completing very brief puzzles at the top and then moving to the next objective.

Quickly.

The deftness of the activity is what makes it palpable, but if the best part of Spider-Man's towers is that you pass through them rapidly, are they really a boon to the game overall?

I do agree that a system needs be in place to gradually reveal Spider-Man's map and collectibles -- there are a vast number of collectibles available from the very beginning of the game, and it would be quite overwhelming to see them all the first time you access your map.

However, if the towers themselves are going to be treated as non-events, why not circumvent them all together? Are they really needed when you could simply uncover GPS caches, for example, or craft an awesome gadget in Doc Ock's lab?

Or what about Spidey-sense?

Spider-Man enters a new area, his Spidey-sense tingles, and voila: that map area and its collectibles are revealed. That would be more than enough for me.

In a game that is likely perched at the top of many GOTY lists, tower-perching for collectibles seems a bit ... lazy. At the very least, tired. 

While I am glad to see Spider-Man transform towers into yet another platform for Spidey's fluid parkour -- rather than obstacles to overcome -- it is time for developers to find a new approach to how their games' maps are explored.

If they reach high enough, they just might.

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Horizon Zero Dawn to Celebrate Anniversary With a Reddit AMA This Friday https://www.gameskinny.com/3l254/horizon-zero-dawn-to-celebrate-anniversary-with-a-reddit-ama-this-friday https://www.gameskinny.com/3l254/horizon-zero-dawn-to-celebrate-anniversary-with-a-reddit-ama-this-friday Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:11:49 -0500 Zach Hunt

Can you believe it's been a year since we first met Aloy and began ambushing robotic dinosaurs? Well, time flies when you're Tripcasting Sawtooths (Sawteeth?), and Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerilla Games is commemorating the game's one-year anniversary by inviting fans to participate in a Reddit AMA this Friday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to noon EST. 

Ashly Burch, who voices Aloy in HZD, and Lead Writer Ben McCaw will be available to answer all of the burning Horizon-related questions you're still losing sleep over -- and it should be a great opportunity to express what the game has meant to you since its release back in February 2017.

Will you be participating in the Horizon anniversary AMA, and if so, what do you plan on asking? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mainstream Survival games are predictable: How can we change that? https://www.gameskinny.com/jt52j/mainstream-survival-games-are-predictable-how-can-we-change-that https://www.gameskinny.com/jt52j/mainstream-survival-games-are-predictable-how-can-we-change-that Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:30:11 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

Right now, survival games are regaining a lot of their initial popularity after being kicked off their throne by Battle Royale and MOBA games. This is mostly because some of the survival’s flagships are finally leaving or have already left Early Access. The departure will probably cause a second survival game craze, meaning we’ll get another wave of countless Early Access survival titles that all want to share in the genre’s popularity. However, many survival games share the same core concepts and can be very predictable, leaving little room for surprise.

What is a mainstream survival game?

Narrowing it down to the core, in a survival game you usually find yourself in an open world environment with little to no gear or resources. Your only goal is surviving by gathering food, crafting tools and weapons, and building/finding shelter. Besides making better gear and making processes like getting food more efficient, there are no real goals in the game. All the things on top of those mechanics can heavily differ from game to game and really depend on whether or not it’s a single or multiplayer survival game.

In multiplayer survival games like Rust, the end game mostly consists of raiding bases, while the end game for  The Forest, one of the cornerstones of the single-player survival genre, consists of defending your base from weird humanoid creatures who try to hunt you down. But, there's never an end to those games or anything to give you a real sense of completion.

This game design with no definitive end is hated by a lot of players, but is loved by many more. However, when one of these games clicks with you they can be real time sinks; you could potentially pour thousands of hours into one of these games.

Same old, same old

The survival genre has more than enough games that take the core concept and add new things to it. Usually, it’s just the setting or the environment that changes. Some games are set in space while others completely exist in the depths of the oceans. In other instances, things like zombies or dinosaurs exist to make player vs. environment a bit more exciting or there are fantasy elements like magic.

These are changes that make a lot of the survival games stand out from each other but don't really change anything about the core of the survival game. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but at some point, the core will be burnt out and people will grow tired of these games that on surface level look very different but when you get into them you’ll start to notice it’s the same formula over and over again.

How to change?

For the survival genre to evolve and become something big, like the RPG genre, developers need to play around with the core concept by adding new things, removing old things and overall changing up the same old formula while still keeping the feel of a true survival game.

Game Worlds

There has been a lot of experimenting with game worlds in the genre but it usually ends up with an open world that is big, but small enough to still feel limiting and without a real sense of exploration. I would love to see a survival game set in an open world like the one in Horizon Zero Dawn but much much more expansive, a world you can explore for hours without running into the same little towns over and over again. A world that rewards exploration while still having to survive by gathering your standard food and resources.

Or, a survival game in a more tiny place i.e. someone who is locked in his own home due to a snowstorm that also caused a power outage, where you have to survive in the most primitive ways with whatever you can find in your own home. It would be especially cool if the house would be randomly generated for a different experience every time you play.

Branching out

Branching out to different genres as a sub-genre would make for some really cool games, games where survival isn’t your main goal but something added for immersion whilst not feeling like a burden. A true MMO with basic survival elements could be something really interesting or maybe a heavily story-driven RPG where you have to provide not only for yourself but also for a group of survivors that are in there with you. Or maybe even a Battle Royale game with matches lasting one to two hours where you’ll have to survive the elements as well as outlive all of the other players.

More survival

When it comes to surviving in most survival games, all you'll need to get yourself is some food, water and sometimes shelter for warmth. However, this is a point where developers could get really creative. It would be cool to see basic things like going to the toilet become necessary in survival games but also things like your mental state or getting sick could be added to make surviving so much more interesting. At the very least, developers should try to make basic surviving more than just gathering food and water.

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These are just some ideas that could potentially make for great games, but the survival genre should definitely branch out and renew itself to become something even bigger than it already is. Feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments. Don't forget to stay tuned to Gameskinny for much more gaming content.

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9 Games We Want to Experience in Virtual Reality (VR) https://www.gameskinny.com/kbrtm/9-games-we-want-to-experience-in-virtual-reality-vr https://www.gameskinny.com/kbrtm/9-games-we-want-to-experience-in-virtual-reality-vr Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:51:40 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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If for nothing else than just parachuting down with 99 other people Fortnite Battle Royale rounds out our list as a game we would love to see in VR. From building, to shooting, to hiding your way into the top 10, the cartoony Fortnite world would be an absolute delight to experience in VR. The PVE Save the World mode wouldn’t be half bad either. Fighting off wave after wave of cartoon zombies would be thrilling, and just the right amount of scary.

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That does it for our list of games we want to experience in VR! What other games do you want to see in VR? Do you think any games wouldn't work in VR? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for more lists, guides, and news about your favorite games!

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I haven't met a single person who doesn't like Mario Kart. It's easy to get the hang of, and you always feel like you have a chance to win the race. The levels are also delightful to drive through. I know, I know there’s already that Tokyo arcade that offers the VR Mario Kart experience, but if there could be a way for the common gamer to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from the comfort of their own home, it would dominate the VR market. Fans would come in droves to VR to play this game, if only because nailing your friends with a green shell would never be more satisfying.

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Portal
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This one might turn your stomach, but from the first inklings of VR, Portal was part of the discussion. This 3D puzzler that redefined the way we think about puzzles would be a natural for VR. Imagine going through a level and hearing someone like GLaDOS talking behind us or above us (which would be a great game to take advantage of sound in a 3D space) and trying to get under our skin as we try to beat a level.While we have Portal Stories: Mel, it’s not the same as the mainline, genuine Portal experience. We want to blast our portal guns and travel through disorienting dimensions and vomit-inducing infinite loops!

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Overwatch
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If any FPS would work well in virtual reality, Overwatch would. The gameplay is already favorable to VR: each character only has a few abilities to master, while movement is easy to master for most characters. As long as we had great wireless VR technology, so we wouldn’t trip all over ourselves, this arena shooter would be a fantastic way to spend a quick hour in VR. Players would get an opportunity to really challenge themselves against others and have a whole new way to compete with one another. Overwatch also has tremendous lore around it that people are in love with. Being able to go into a world you love and see your favorite characters (I'm looking at you Mei and Winston) would go a long way in bringing people real joy.

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World of Warcraft
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So many fantasy and sci-fi novels talk about being transported into virtual worlds and going on adventures with friends. When World of Warcraft came out in 2004 it was the virtual world everybody had been waiting for. Now that we have the technology WoW VR would be the epitome of virtual reality experiences if done right. Just imagine being transported into a fantastical world and cooperating with 24 other people to take down a dragon 30 times bigger than you. It would bring a whole new meaning to the term heroic mode. If any MMORPG should be made into VR it's this one.

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Steep
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Let’s face: it snowboarding and skiing in real life can be scary and downright dangerous for the inexperienced, not to mention relatively expensive. We're not all capable of going to the Olympics like Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White. Fortunately for us who are more risk-averse, but still love snow, Steep captures all that fun and excitement, without any actual risk of bodily harm. If we could be instantly transported to the peak of Denali and go for a high adrenaline race down the slopes in virtual reality, how could we possibly resist that temptation? Steep is highly acclaimed for how beautiful it looks, and in VR , I imagine we'd all be wondering why we can't see our breath while we trick our brains into feeling chilly.

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For Honor
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Ever wonder who would win a fight between a knight, a viking, and a samurai? If so, then this game is for you (and it probably still is, even if you never wondered). While it has its fair share of issues, like connectivity and microtransactions, For Honor has a very rewarding fighting system. If the game solved all of its issues and came out on VR, it would be a truly great experience. Who doesn’t want to grab the nearest sword and beat up on any unfortunate soul who dares come near them? The 3D environments in the game would be especially great to experience in VR, combat would bring entirely new challenges, it would be a great workout, and the arenas are small enough to traverse easily. There's almost no reason why this shouldn't work as a VR game.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn
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Horizon: Zero Dawn is breathtakingly beautiful. This action RPG features hunting, stealth, and a fantastic story, not to mention the landscapes in HZD are tremendous. Being able to experience that world in VR would make your jaw hit the floor. You would practically be able to feel the tall imaginary grasses while stalking your prey as Aloy. Imagine drawing back your bow and letting loose an arrow to see a monster fall before you. It's the thrill of the hunt -- except nobody actually has to get hurt. Which is good, since those machine monsters would probably be even more terrifying in VR.

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Overcooked
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Overcooked is fun, hectic, and easy to pick up. It's a game where friends work together in a restaurant to get out as many orders as quickly as possible (think diner dash done even better). Its simple controls make it a great candidate for VR. This co-op frenzy would guarantee laughs, as you see your friends bumble around while you try to get those meals out on time. So it's easy to speculate that being inside a crazy kitchen like the kitchens in Overcooked would lead to even bigger laughs then the game already produces in groups of friends. And of course, the best part is there's no risk of actually cutting yourself with that kitchen knife!

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VR technology has been improving steadily, and dedicated VR gamers are always hoping for the next great experience. Virtual reality offers people the opportunity to immerse themselves into fantastic worlds and challenge their brains and bodies in new and exciting ways. The technology for virtual reality gaming is quickly improving, and after titles like Doom and Star Trek: Bridge Crew came to VR, the platform looks more promising than ever for gamers. To prepare for that glorious future, here are a few more games we hope to one day experience in VR.

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The GameSkinny Community's 2017 Game of the Year Picks https://www.gameskinny.com/de4kj/the-gameskinny-communitys-2017-game-of-the-year-picks https://www.gameskinny.com/de4kj/the-gameskinny-communitys-2017-game-of-the-year-picks Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:00:02 -0500 Josh Broadwell

2016 was no slouch as far as gaming went, but 2017 was absolutely spectacular. From new systems, rebirths of old genres, and reimaginings of some of the best-known IPs, it'd be difficult for anyone to choose just one favorite game from this year. But that's what we did anyway. We asked our community writers what their top AAA, mid-tier (or AA, if you prefer), indie, and mobile games were this year, and here's what they had to say.

Thomas Wilde

As you'd expect after seeing his usual monthly catalog, freelancer Thomas Wilde chose from a broad range of games for his best-of-year picks.

Best AAA Game
Asking someone to make a choice like that in 2017 is like asking them to pick a favorite vital organ, and I haven't quite managed to play everything yet. It was even a good year for horror games. In a year where everything else about human existence seemed determined to suck, video games offered one of the best lineups of titles in maybe a decade or more, with surprisingly few outright disappointments.

My top three is some combination of Resident Evil 7, Tekken 7, and Prey, depending on the day. Tekken 7 has a disappointing set of features in its long-awaited home releases, but the gameplay there is solid and quintessentially Tekken in a way that keeps you playing for evenings on end; Prey wraps itself around you and doesn't quite let go, with a paranoid atmosphere that has you questioning your own possessions and a truly weird alternate history; and Resident Evil 7 proves less is a lot more by removing (most of) the action-movie spectacle of the franchise and getting genuine scares out of something so simple as an old man with a shovel.

Best Mid-Tier Game
I'd probably hand this one to Nier: Automata, simply for how it sticks with you. It's a deeply weird game in a way that you don't typically get out of any release, indie or not. It feels like a localized production from an alien race. Sure, at its heart, it's a simple, remarkably short shooter/brawler, but it has a lot to say about loneliness, sentience, and violence. Even in as crowded a year as 2017, it's a stand-out for how it utilizes the medium.

Best Indie Game
I got a lot out of RiME. It may flag a bit towards the end, but it's a simple, evocative, and, above all else, colorful game, with effective puzzles and a bizarre world that keeps you asking questions. It's a learning experience about atmosphere and minimalism.

Ty Arthur

Freelancer and guide writer Ty Arthur had the unenviable task of choosing from several contenders, but he managed to do so nonetheless.

There were some absolutely fabulous games this year, from the long-awaited PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn to a slew of Switch hits like Breath Of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Both Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Call Of Duty: WWII rocked it on the first-person, Nazi-killing fronts, and Friday The 13th was more fun than it had any right to be. We got some very unexpected gameplay changes from Nier: Automata and Resident Evil 7 that sort of rocked the gaming world, along with a crop of outstanding RPGs. While it doesn't quite match its predecessor,Torment: Tides Of Numenera is easy to sink a whole lot of hours into if you love classic computer RPGs, and of course Persona 5 dominated on the console front. Now onto the impossible task of actually picking the best of the best!

Best AAA Game: While any of the above-mentioned games could easily sit in this spot depending on personal preference, I'm going to have to go with Arkane's tweaking of the stealth action formula with the sci-fi/horror mashup Prey. It has everything that makes the Dishonored games great, but in a revamped setting that really messes with your head. I love the combination of RPG elements with stealth combat that rewards thinking outside the box, and just wandering around the station learning little details about the people who lived there before all hell broke loose was a pleasure, even outside the killer gameplay.

Best Mid-Tier Game: I suppose there's some wiggle room on what exactly constitutes “mid-tier” over indie, so this might be a bit controversial, but I'm going to solidly put Divinity: Original Sin 2 here in this category. That was a game that absolutely lived up to the hype, and not many titles do that. This is the sort of title that shows why crowdfunding needs to exist and that the practice actively enhances the gaming landscape. Hats off to Larian for keeping the gameplay recognizable while improving on the original game in every single way. There's a hundred different ways to approach any situation, with dozens of character builds, and I've yet to get tired of trying out different combos. If you love turn-based RPGs, be prepared to sink a hundred hours or so into this one.

 

Best Indie Game: For me, easily the best RPG of the year is a little indie excursion that came out of nowhere and absolutely bowled me over with its amazing combination of style, substance, and humor: West Of Loathing! I'm still sort of in awe over how a black and white game with stick figure graphics managed to grab me and never let go. Every element of the game is hilarious, and there's always more to discover, whether it involves demonic cows, ghost pickles, or even more absurd hijinks. Throw in a killer old-school overland map, with random encounters that easily match the best of the '90s PC RPGs, and you've got a rare gem on your hands here that delivers on all fronts. It's laugh out loud funny and keeps you hooked with solid, classic gameplay.

El Conquistadork

Freelance writer El Conquistadork's choices are equally as varied and go to show that you don't have to love everything about a game for it to be your favorite too.

Best AAA Game: Horizon: Zero Dawn. I just had so damn much fun playing this game. The setting is fascinating and unique, the protagonist is amazing, and it’s the most beautiful game I’ve seen in a long time. A close second would be Persona 5 for the simple reason that I don’t like anime, I’m lukewarm on JRPGs, and their save system caused me to lose so much progress that I would take month-long breaks between sessions just to counteract the frustration ... and yet I put more hours into it than I’m comfortable with relating. How does that even happen? And RE7 would be in there as well: strong as hell at the beginning of 2017, and still strong as hell at the end.

Best Mid-Tier GameWhat Remains of Edith Finch was the apotheosis of what walking sims have been attempting to become since Gone Home and Dear Esther. There’s a level of vast storytelling interacting beautifully with its wide varieties of gameplay and its stylistic decisions, and it left me gobsmacked.

Best Indie Game: I wasn’t completely sold on the final, horror-themed moments of Night In The Woods, but that still left it plenty of room for being the best indie game of 2017. Its artwork, soundtrack, and themes of growing up, loneliness, small-town water treading, and crimes just sucked me right into its world.

Best Mobile Game: With a game titled We Eat Blood, And All Our Friends Are Dead, you know I’m gonna have a look. Based in the classic RPG world of Vampire: The Masquerade (a personal favorite of mine), this is a spooky, text-based adventure where you play a youngling vampire trying to learn about himself without getting purged by his elders. A damn fun time.

Kieran Desmond

JTP Mentor and community writer Kieran Desmond pulled from a wide variety of genres for his GOTY picks, a reflection of just how much there was on offer this year.

Best AAA Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Like a bunch people this year, I really fell in love with Breath of the Wild. The way the open world was set up by giving you access to a few core mechanics -- remote bombs, Magnesis, Stasis, Cryonis, and the glider -- and then just setting you loose to explore Hyrule was a stroke of genius. The subtle score and beautiful visuals only add to the "open-air" atmosphere they were striving for. I'm still playing BotW, and after putting about 250 hours into it so far, I'm yet to encounter the final Divine Beast or enter Hyrule castle -- I never want it to end.

Best Mid-Tier Game: Absolver

Absolver was a game that I followed from its announcement, hoping that it would live up to the promise of being able to dynamically learn various combat styles and customize your style as you progress. And SloClap absolutely delivered. This unique open-world fighting game takes patience and a keen eye to master, just like many traditional fighting games. Studying your opponent in order to predict their next move is a huge part of the game that, when done correctly, creates an immensely satisfying experience.

Best Indie Game: Pyre

I was attracted to Pyre because of the beautiful artwork and music from its trailer. I was also curious about its odd mix of RPG, visual novel, and sports-centric gameplay, which turned out to be an innovative and really fun combination. Every character is endearing, the overworld map and the locations are stunningly designed, and the incredibly diverse score, composed by Darren Korb (who worked on Supergiant's previous games Bastion and Transistor) is just sensational. If I were to recommend a single game from 2017, it would be Pyre.

Auverin Morrow

Erstwhile senior editor (now with Hi-Rez) Auverin Morrow took the time to drop in and leave her thoughts too.

GOTY: Horizon: Zero Dawn, hands down.

Beautiful game, excellent combat, a truly unique environment (with awesome robo-dinos), and a badass female character who puts more emphasis on the badass part than the female part. What's not to love?

Joshua Broadwell

Your humble writer felt the need to add his choices too, because why not?

Best AAA Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Like Kieran and countless others, this one has to go to BotW, but it was a tough choice between it and Super Mario Odyssey. The latter is excellent in its own right, but with BotW, Nintendo managed to pull off a difficult task by creating a fantastic game that also happened to be a radical remaigining of a world-famous franchise. Despite being so different, it comes across as everything Zelda games always wanted to be. Hyrule is truly a living and breathing land, with areas that look and feel drastically different from each other and characters who are actually deeply connected to each other. The combat and weapon mechanics are spot-on, and there's always something to make exploration worthwhile, even if it's just standing on top of a mountain and admiring the gorgeous view. There is also a definite sense of progression, going from everything being a struggle to feeling capable of handling challenges like that Hinox that looked awfully intimidating when Link only had five hearts. Plus, it's one of the only games (other than Xenoblade Chronicles) where my cat sits on my shoulder and watches. And that has to count for something.

Best Mid-Tier Game:Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee didn't go over very well with many at first (although we did quite like it in our review). But even with the original issues -- issues quickly fixed by the Spin 'n' Polish update -- it managed to recapture everything that made gaming great over a decade ago: bright, colorful worlds, plenty of challenges and things to do, fun and quirky characters, tight platforming, and generally just being fun to play. Being the first major 3D platformer in forever, it carried a heavy burden, and it would have been easy for Playtonic to rely just on nostalgia and hope for the best. Luckily, they didn't, and the end result is a quality experience.

Best Indie Game: Yono and the Celestial Elephants

Yono is definitely indie, since it's the result of a one-man studio. On the surface, it's a cute adventure game about an elephant trying to solve people's problems, with some Zelda-esque puzzles and combat. But underneath that, there's quite a bit more going on about the nature of life and death, reality, and the relationship between everything alive -- and dead. It's not going to tax your brain or skills, but it's more than worth spending time with.

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And there you have it -- a host of games from across multiple genres, with enough quality and variety to satisfy almost anyone. But you, reader, are part of the community too, so sound off in the comments below and tell us what your GOTY picks are!

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