Horizon Zero Dawn (Official Discussion Thread)

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Was wondering what the general consensus on this game was, you all talked me into it!

It's pretty fantastic. One of the better open-world action games I can recall. It offers a great mix of pure finesse combat (a la Dark Souls) and strategy.
 

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I wonder if Sony will be generous again and release it on PC...
I'd bet it probably will be, after a very healthy amount of time of it being exclusive on PS5. I'm hoping HZD and Death Stranding successfully demonstrated sales potential for putting the games on PC- although it really was across the spectrum, HZD needed a lot of TLC while Death Stranding was in better shape upon release.
 

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I'd bet it probably will be, after a very healthy amount of time of it being exclusive on PS5. I'm hoping HZD and Death Stranding successfully demonstrated sales potential for putting the games on PC- although it really was across the spectrum, HZD needed a lot of TLC while Death Stranding was in better shape upon release.

I don't think Sony needed those games as proof that their games would be successful on PC...they have to know that Last of Us, Bloodborne, God of War, Spider Man etc would do amazing sales on PC...they are just choosing to keep them as PS exclusives
 

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I don't think Sony needed those games as proof that their games would be successful on PC...they have to know that Last of Us, Bloodborne, God of War, Spider Man etc would do amazing sales on PC...they are just choosing to keep them as PS exclusives

With Microsoft buying up huge studios I see Sony scaling back porting plans. Most people were choosing Playstation because it had good exclusives. Now they have competition. Hopefully they continue with their PC release plans.
 

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With Microsoft buying up huge studios I see Sony scaling back porting plans. Most people were choosing Playstation because it had good exclusives. Now they have competition. Hopefully they continue with their PC release plans.

I'm a PC gamer but if I'm Sony I would keep those big titles as PS exclusives...it forces people to buy a PS5 to play them...you get more $$ from people buying the consoles then you would from the PC sales of those games...
 

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I'm a PC gamer but if I'm Sony I would keep those big titles as PS exclusives...it forces people to buy a PS5 to play them...you get more $$ from people buying the consoles then you would from the PC sales of those games...
The only reason I own a PS5 - so many great exclusives. I won’t wait to play Forbidden West on PC, I’m too impatient.
 
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The only reason I own a PS5 - so many great exclusives. I won’t wait to play Forbidden West on PC, I’m too impatient.

Def same here. If anything they'll get my money twice again like they did with HZD on PS4 and PC. I'll bet I'm far from the only one to have done that too. But if the PS5 version of Forbidden West runs at a dynamic 4k or 1440p/60, as I expect it too since most current gen games now either support or targeting 60 FPS, then I may be less inclined to buy it again on PC. I'm kinda interested in how well they'll support the Dual Sense on it too and kinda dig the adaptive triggers and advanced haptics. I still played the game with controller on PC too and prefer controllers for most non-FPS games.
 

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I'd rather play Forbidden West on the PC, but if the PS5 version has a 60fps mode, I'll happily play it there instead. I'm generally more sensitive to framerate, so as long as the consoles can push 60fps at least in 1080p - that's fine by me. Especially if it means I can play now instead of waiting for a hopeful/eventual PC release.
 

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I'm not going to buy a console regardless. Was thinking of a PS4 but kept missing the black Friday deals. By the time it had enough good games it was pretty dated. Probably won't even bother trying for a PS5. Don't really have the space or want to deal with a console.
 

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With how important hitting "weak points" is in this game, many of them small moving targets, there's no way I'm gonna play this franchise on console without kb/m accuracy. I'll wait till the sequel it hits PC, if it doesn't I'll skip it. Accuracy/aiming on a controller is too frustrating.
 

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With how important hitting "weak points" is in this game, many of them small moving targets, there's no way I'm gonna play this franchise on console without kb/m accuracy. I'll wait till the sequel it hits PC, if it doesn't I'll skip it. Accuracy/aiming on a controller is too frustrating.
This is one of the easiest games to aim with on a console.
 
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yeah, the aim assist is very forgiving. I actually found it more difficult on KB/M than the PS4.
Can't agree with that, but the aim assist is very good. I turned it off on KB/M because it was making my shots curve in a weird way.
 

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I beat the entire game with mouse/keyboard without aim assist and didn't realize that I was handicapping myself. I felt like certain weak points required a crazy level of precision and thought that was the default.

Glad to see that it's not, tbh.

I thought it made the game really challenging and I could never have made those with dual stick. If the autoaim is really good that makes a hell of a lot more sense.
 

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I beat the entire game with mouse/keyboard without aim assist and didn't realize that I was handicapping myself. I felt like certain weak points required a crazy level of precision and thought that was the default.

Glad to see that it's not, tbh.

I thought it made the game really challenging and I could never have made those with dual stick. If the autoaim is really good that makes a hell of a lot more sense.
I typically stick to using gamepad on games that were designed for it (originally console titles). I used a PS4 gamepad and the arrows curved to hit the spot that I was aiming at on the target. Not sure if that is how it also behaves with KB/M, but that's the level of aim assist I experienced. I can't remember if it was enabled or just automatically used with the gamepad, I typically use it when using a gamepad.
 

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I typically stick to using gamepad on games that were designed for it (originally console titles). I used a PS4 gamepad and the arrows curved to hit the spot that I was aiming at on the target. Not sure if that is how it also behaves with KB/M, but that's the level of aim assist I experienced. I can't remember if it was enabled or just automatically used with the gamepad, I typically use it when using a gamepad.
It does NOT behave that way.
 

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I beat the entire game with mouse/keyboard without aim assist and didn't realize that I was handicapping myself. I felt like certain weak points required a crazy level of precision and thought that was the default.

Glad to see that it's not, tbh.

I thought it made the game really challenging and I could never have made those with dual stick. If the autoaim is really good that makes a hell of a lot more sense.
The aim-assist on controller is pretty good, but I will admit I was never quite as accurate as I wanted to be on PS4 playing this game on a controller. KB/M feels a lot better for the level of precision you need, especially without aim-assist.

Apparently Ultra Hard turns off auto-aim entirely, so if you want to shoot for doing a run in that difficulty, you have to get used to it without.

I think the main purpose of the aim-assist is to make it so you don't have to lead the target as accurately if they are moving, so the arrow curves to compensate.
 

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Have put a solid 10-12 hours into this since I got it over the weekend. It's a lot of fun and runs smoothly on pc, mouse and keyboard feel good to me. Looks great at 1440p maxed out on graphics.

Have found some good challenging fights and the battles are interesting so far.
 

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Difficulty-wise, it's one of the few games where you don't out-level the game. In a lot of open world/open-ended games you end up fighting the same enemies while you keep getting more powerful gear and stats. Horizon does a good job of keeping the fights challenging even as you get better/stronger. The Frozen Wilds in particular is downright hard at times. The final hunter's lodge challenge is beastly and managing to kill all of the fireclaws is potentially even tougher. You can use a little cheese along the way, so the game does give you some options if you're ultra-patient.
 
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Yeah, finally had some time to pick it up, and am enjoying the first chapter.

I just transitioned to full adult after a one-minute training montage



Show a lot of things happening at once,

Remind everyone of what’s going on (what’s going on)

And with every shot, show a little improvement

To show it all would take to long

That’s called a montage (montage)

Girl we want montage (montage)
 
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Yeah, finally had some time to pick it up, and am enjoying the first chapter.

I just transitioned to full adult after a one-minute training montage



Show a lot of things happening at once,

Remind everyone of what’s going on (what’s going on)

And with every shot, show a little improvement

To show it all would take to long

That’s called a montage (montage)

Girl we want montage (montage)

Just wait until Aloy gets the "all people are dicks, pussies, and assholes" epiphany half way through the game, right before she gets kicked out of the bar and violently vomits an impossible amount onto the ground before passing out into said puddle of vomit.
 

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I played through it on my PC with a PS 4 controller, absolutely brilliant game. The voice acting could be a bit mediocre at times, but Sylens, Rost, and Aloy were all excellent. The actual sci-far part of the story was a fairly unique development I haven't experienced in a movie or game before (some similar themes but there was unique enough of a twist I found it really engaging). I don't know, one of the most unique AAA titles I've played in a very, very long time. My one complaint is that the other weapons weren't really necessary, and I didn't really use them until I was like half way through the game. I felt they could've had some more introduction with some of the other weapons / made them more useful. I mostly just used the bow and trip caster the whole game.
 

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I played through it on my PC with a PS 4 controller, absolutely brilliant game. The voice acting could be a bit mediocre at times, but Sylens, Rost, and Aloy were all excellent. The actual sci-far part of the story was a fairly unique development I haven't experienced in a movie or game before (some similar themes but there was unique enough of a twist I found it really engaging). I don't know, one of the most unique AAA titles I've played in a very, very long time. My one complaint is that the other weapons weren't really necessary, and I didn't really use them until I was like half way through the game. I felt they could've had some more introduction with some of the other weapons / made them more useful. I mostly just used the bow and trip caster the whole game.
Have you played the DLC yet?
 

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Have you played the DLC yet?
No I haven't I decided to take a break and come back to it later when I had a hankering for more. I kind of over played the game a bit and burned out. (I'm playing Gears 5 Hive Busters at the moment, way better than the regular game so far.)
 
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