Horizon Zero Dawn Review Roundup

What do critics think of Guerrilla's open-world action-RPG?

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Horizon Zero Dawn's launch is just around the corner; as such, reviews have started to surface ahead of the game's February 28 (March 1 in Europe) release date.

Horizon Zero Dawn is a PlayStation 4-exclusive action-RPG from Guerrilla Games, developer of the Killzone series. It features some pretty cool cyborg animals, and a beautiful open world. To see Horizon in action, check out some brand-new gameplay here, or the game's most recent trailer here. Take a look at some more details about the game in the links below:

As for critics' opinions, GameSpot has a Horizon Zero Dawn review up now. For a wider view on what reviewers think of the game, you can take a look at GameSpot sister site Metacritic, or check out our quick roundup below.

  • Game: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Platform: PS4
  • Release: February 28 (North America), March 1 (Europe, Australia)
  • Price: US $60 / £45 / AU $100

GameSpot -- 9/10

"This is first departure from the Killzone series for developer Guerrilla Games, and though you might think the team took a risk by stepping out of its FPS comfort zone to create a third-person open-world action game, you'd never know it was their first rodeo. For every minor imperfection, there's an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn's beautiful and perilous world. Guerrilla Games has delivered one of the best open-world games of this generation, and redefined its team's reputation in the process." -- Peter Brown [Full review]

Giant Bomb -- 5/5

"Horizon Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It's not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient. The combat has some nice options that make encounters fun, even when you're just stacking up stealth kills from the relative safety of a bush. And the presentation end of the game holds up its end of things with a solid soundtrack, great voice acting, and a cohesive design that makes all its disparate parts fit together. All in all, it's a great game, it's Guerrilla's strongest release to date, and I suspect I'll go back in after the fact to clean up whatever side quests and errands I have remaining, if only to spend a little more time in that world." -- Jeff Gerstmann [Full review]

USgamer -- 2.5/5

"Horizon Zero Dawn is disappointing. It has a story that I struggled to care about (complete with massive expository dumps--yay), a bland protagonist, and overtly repetitive and constraining missions that worked against its open-world sensibilities. When Horizon Zero Dawn hit its rare strides--from its gloomy cauldrons to traveling across its sprawling vistas--it only made me wish the rest of the game were as worthwhile." -- Caty McCarthy [Full review]

IGN -- 9.3/10

"Across a vast and beautiful open world, Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity--combat--is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration. Though side-questing could have been more imaginative, its missions are compelling thanks to a central mystery that led me down a deep rabbit hole to a genuinely surprising--and moving--conclusion." -- Lucy O'Brien [Full review]

Eurogamer -- No score

"Horizon Zero Dawn is a work of considerable finesse and technical bravado, but it falls into the trap of past Guerrilla games in being all too forgettable. For all its skin-deep dynamism it lacks spark; somewhat like the robotic dinosaurs that stalk its arrestingly beautiful open world, this is a mimic that's all dazzle, steel and neon yet can feel like it's operating without a heart of its own." -- Martin Robinson [Full review]

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