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Games to Get Excited About: Horizon: Zero Dawn

Games to Get Excited About: Horizon: Zero Dawn

Developers: Guerrilla Games
Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PS4
Release Date: 2016

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is an action RPG set to be released for PlayStation later this year. Not only is it the first RPG created by Guerrilla Games, this game will also be their first new release since the Killzone series started in 2004.

Set 1,000 years in the future, Horizon: Zero Dawn takes place on Earth, which humans have since abandoned. Overrun with robots, only a few humans remain.

The player takes control of a character named Aloy. Aloy is a hunter and an archer, who utilizes both ranged and melee attacks (my favorite!). While I still do not know what the overall goal is, Aloy travels through her Earth, completing missions while fighting all sorts of mechanized creatures along the way.

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The production of Horizon: Zero Dawn began in 2011. The studio brought in John Gonzalez, who was the head writer for Fallout: New Vegas, to create the story for the game. The concept explores the conflict between the beauty and danger of the world around Aloy. The game also analyzes the idea of humans no longer holding their place at the top of the food chain.

It is an open world game and has been said to be a cross between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim. When not completing missions, the world can be explored to your heart’s content. In order to encourage explanation, there will be a quest system as well as materials throughout the world that players can use to craft new items.

The fighting style varies by player. You can shoot your enemies with arrows or engage in melee combat, as I’ve mentioned above, but you can also set traps and use explosives to get the job done. For the rogue-loving players, you’ll even be able to perform silent take downs. How cool is that?

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The elements that I find most appealing about this game are that the main character is a badass female, the world looks absolutely gorgeous, there won’t be loading screens and the gameplay looks smooth and challenging. I only wish there was a more set release date than “sometime this year.”

What upcoming games are you excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

This Month in Gaming History April

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This Month in Gaming History April

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It is said that April showers bring May flowers. Well, I don’t know about that, but I am sure that most of us just want April to bring more games. Once again, it appears that not a lot of games were released in April – until the 1990s, that is – so we will be starting a little later in the timeline this month.

Here are some games that were released in April.

Little Computer People
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Little Computer People was a disk game that originated in Japan. It was released on April 3, 1987. The game has no winning conditions, and only one setting: a sideways view of the inside of a three-story house. An animated character moves into the house and goes through everyday situations, including a poker game for some characters. No two characters are the same, so every time it is played it is different as you go.

Splatterhouse
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Splatterhouse was released for PC Engine on April 6, 1990. The game was developed in Japan and is a game where a man named Rick is trapped with his girlfriend inside a mansion where they have taken refuge from a storm. Rick then has to fight off hordes of creatures while under the influence of a special mask in order to save his girlfriend and escape.

Bob Vs the Mob
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Bob Vs the Mob was developed for DOS and released on April 3,1995. Our little protagonist in this game is a stick figure attempting to shoot down his adversaries. They are also stick men and apparently are members of the criminal underground. The player shoots and moves forward instead of the more free game play we enjoy now.

Easter in Reality on the Norm
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Easter in Reality on the Norm was released worldwide for Easter in April 2003, to be played on Windows. It was mostly point and click game play. The Easter Bunny comes to town and you are to help him deliver presents while solving different puzzles. A cute idea for a themed computer game.

Planet Fish
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Planet Fish was released for the Wii on April 4, 2011. You use your underwater vessel to travel to different regions such as the Great Barrier Reef to collect different colorful fish for your personal aquarium. That objective seems a little decadent to me but whatever floats your underwater boat. While collecting fish and trying to unlock animated trophies, you have to look out for obstacles. These could be jagged rocks or dangerous underwater species.

The Elder Scrolls Online
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The Elder Scrolls Online is one that I think many of you will be familiar with. This first installment of the multiplayer game that so many of us enjoy was released on April 4, 2014. The game starts with character creation, choosing from four classes and three factions. Unlike some of the other games, each faction had its own campaign that progressed in a linear fashion through different regions.

May April showers bring May flowers… and more games.