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Will this addiction ever end?! Horizon Zero Dawn’s provocative, desolate world is already so engaging that it’s shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve now become susceptible to one of its more innate features, specifically “Photo Mode”. I just can’t stop taking photos. There’s an inherent catharsis about capturing the very singular images that you’re exposed to on the journey that you simply can’t ignore. My continued exposure has allowed me to exhibit a photogenic fervour I didn’t even know I possessed, taking liberties with supplementary errands as I make periodic trips through ravines or up perilous mountain tops in an attempt to capture yet another startling image. In fairness the game makes it remarkably easy to do so, equipping you with various initiatives to help get just the right angles. Though verticality and elevated positions provide a broader canvas for capturing those distinctly glamorous shots, I’m now finding myself engaging with hostile combatants and trying to passively arrange their assault into art. It’s sad, I realise but documenting such exquisite scenery that’s just begging to be captured has become such a satisfying accomplishment.
Below is a slew of pictures that encapsulates some of Horizon Zero Dawn’s exquisite scenery with a preferential exhibition of its startling exuberance, contrasted by the world’s arresting vulnerability. I’ve tried to capture the compelling beauty of the scenic environments, but also the sobriety of the more adverse weather conditions that displays a more authentic and oblique depiction of this world’s polarising essence. Humanity is struggling and though there is hope in the form of a brazen, red headed heroine, the much more solemn images below reflect the hardships faced by our increasingly depleted species. Actually I’m talking nonsense. What I really did was go “Oh, look. Pretty. Take picture to show fwiends”. Enjoy.
Horizon Zero Dawn is, with a few caveats, an exemplary introduction to a new original concept. One that forgoes the irritation of multiplayer, invasive glitches and abstains from the “Buy me, buy me!” DLC attitude, at least for now. Salvaging dignity from the erstwhile mess of failed IP’s that have sadly blemished this generations auspicious promise (thanks “The Order 1886”). Surviving in this feral land requires, skill, resiliency, speed, a forest worth of bows and a big pointy stick! It’s tough, especially considering the carnivorous nutritional requirements of these prehistoric machines, that have a specific appetite for ginger ninja rump. So it’s nice to have a reprieve from having your spine used as a Dinosaurs toothpick, by sheltering undergrowth. The beautifully verdant terrain is complimented with conveniently located grass, that provides strategically affable positioning and concealment from pursuing guards or other hazardous creatures. Allowing for an effective means of disposing of larger groups of enemies through stealth. However the earnest breadth of this shrubbery appears to be unnecessary when confronting human adversaries.
In the video below I will demonstrate how to successfully avoid enemy detection, even in the most hostile and well fortified settlements, against foes with all the aptitude of a blind storm-trooper, by concealing myself behind a few flaying strands of grass that would expose even an ants most subtle movements.
There’s a lot to admire about Horizon Zero Dawn, yet the one crucial element most deserving of our recognition is the resplendent scenery. The extent of detail that resonates throughout this plundered interpretation of Earth is truly staggering. You can tell that the trajectory of a river, the alignment of trees or seemingly benign placement of a shrub have been placed with methodical consideration, to give the world a truly distinct identity. And the game isn’t modest about letting you know this. Much like a peacock displaying his plumage to attract a potential mate, Horizon features a photo mode that allows you to visually document your environment with more control than the standard screen capture function available through the PS4’s share functinality. Among its extensive features is an editing tool consisting of various initiatives that allows you moderate the time of day, contrasts, adjust the camera, remove the characters image entirely, almost anything to accomadate your photogenic needs. So I decided that rather than bore you with protracted observations, glib analogies and tortured metaphors the best way of conveying Horizon Zero Dawn’s diverse climate is to show, not tell. So while scouring some of the games rustic aesthetics, during one of my many improvised excursions I made a concerted effort to document the retinue of naturally occurring architectures, woodlands, streams or anything of interest and preserve them for your viewing pleasure. Which incidentally wasn’t too difficult. Enjoy.
Phew, what about that Horizon Zero Dawn huh? It’s some game right? All those dinosaurs tearing up that rich, vibrant world replete with exploratory tangents to satisfy even the most hardy of adventurers. I’d like to express the overwhelming joy and fluttering anticipation I get from scavenging resources gathered from the shrapnel of these prehistoric replication’s. How I’ve finally realised my “Game of Thrones” fantasy by coming inside ygritte…..I mean playing with Ygritte…..playing as Ygritte, as Ygritte! Or portraying a version of her at least. A strong versatile female that I wouldn’t dare objectify with demeaning misogynistic remarks, that has successfully overcome her hereditary infirmity of being ginger. I’d like to tell you just how much I’m enjoying my time with this PlayStation exclusive, but I can’t. You see the online retailer that I had purchased said game from (for argument’s sake let’s call them “zamazon”) have chosen to enlist the services of their preferred distribution partners, one that rhymes with “Foil Grail”. Of course being the trustworthy and dutifully reliable company that they are my copy didn’t arrive. It is instead currently residing in some storage compartment at my local postal distribution centre, which is mere minutes from my home but isn’t accessible until the morning. Apparently their very singular religious beliefs mean that they don’t believe in letter box’s nor the concept of posting packages through these heinous zealots of Satan!
So thank you “Boil Bail”, I salute your tireless pursuit to disappoint customers up and down the country. You truly are an institution to be preserved and continue to be the primary advocate for independent delivery service.