While Horizon Zero Dawn’s beautiful open world creates an illusion, that in-game combat is easy, it is actually hard to conquer the mechanical beasts. Although, the controls are quite basic and the weapons interface is concise, there have been problems in planning an effective attack on the complex machines, that show up later in the game. Therefore, here are a set of tips and hidden combat mechanics, to help the players understand the fighting techniques better.
Keep An Eye Out For The Small Icons
The animoids can sense and notice Aloy’s movements, which is usually represented by a sign above their heads. A yellow sign means ‘alertness’. A robot with a yellow sign, will be alert of its surroundings and will be on guard. On the other hand, a red sign indicates ‘danger’. A machine that carries this sign, has already seen Aloy and will begin to attack her. Most gamers aren’t aware of this and often get caught by the robots, on the act of sneaking up on them.
Always Remain In The ‘Just in case’ Attitude
Every open world gamer will know, what the ‘just in case’ attitude means. The inventories of these gamers will be full of items, either bought or crafted. The reason behind this, is open world games offer much challenges and even the less valuable items may come handy. Similarly, Horizon Zero Dawn’s combat is tough. Hence, storing every possible item or artifact Aloy comes across, is essential. Killing boars, rabbits, foxes, turkeys and other animals in the wild, will provide the necessary stuff, to help her craft traps and weapons, which will be later needed to take down more powerful animoids.
Override Ability Has Two Purposes
The world of Horizon Zero Dawn conceals many high-tech dungeons, called Cauldrons. They offer the codes to override the animoids. Once they are overridden, they will become Aloy’s temporary friends and will aid her in battle against other machines. Apart from being a friend, the overridden robots can be mounted, to travel to distant areas on the map.
Tag The Animoids
Aloy will find the Focus device in the very early stages of Horizon Zero Dawn. Tapping R3 will bring up a glowing purple sphere around her, and will allow her to tag enemies. Tagged animals can be kept track of, even after the Focus is switched off. They can be tracked through walls, trees, grass and other mediums too. When Aloy is surrounded by a horde of machines, it is easier to get noticed and attacked. Using the track ability, helps Aloy to stay hidden and unnoticed.
Lure And Silent Strike Are Vital Skills
Silent Strike will let Aloy sneak up on smaller robots like Watchers and Grazers, and lets her instantly kill them, as long as they’re not alerted to her presence. Combined with the Lure skill, she’ll be able to whistle and call the closest machine towards her. By setting up trip lines around her, the lured animoid will run straight into the trap and will be gone for good.
Merchants Offer Free Stuff
Horizon Zero Dawn’s open world makes it easier to come across many minor tribal communities. These tribes will have merchants, who will give Aloy a free treasure box. The ‘Treasure Boxes’ tab on the screen will host a variety of resources, she received from the merchants. The contents of the box is randomly generated, but it does provide items that are valuable enough to craft everything Aloy needs. Sometimes, they might contain the goodies that Aloy is already looking for. Hence, the treasure box needs to be checked before doing any trade.
To sum it up, look out for icons, collect everything possible, override the machines, tag and track, use lure and silent strike skills and finally, don’t turn down the free stuff from the merchants. With the machines in Horizon Zero Dawn being hard to tackle, the application of these six combat mechanics and tips will definitely save Aloy and the gamers, a lot of trouble.
A mysterious past, an unknown future and an enigmatic present is what describes the scenario in the world of Horizon Zero Dawn. If one gets a chance to be there, they would certainly say, that it is a perfect combination of primitive life and futuristic technical advancements. Such, is the balance achieved in the game. It also brings up a puzzling question, on the existence of two opposites of life in the same time frame. This question becomes the backbone of the entire story of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Fast forward by a thousand years, tribals thrive in a precarious condition where the foretold technical advancements run wild in the wilds. They aren’t humanoids with super A.I, but are animoids. They roam free in the jungles and snowy mountains in the form of gigantic boars, crabs and dinosaurs. While the co-existence between the tribes and these animoids seems impossible, the tribes have their own co-existential crisis within their community, by outcasting some of the people. The protagonist Aloy is one of the outcasts.
Born and raised primitive, Aloy finds it hard to comprehend and accept technology into her life. As she comes across the animoids, she becomes curious and feels the need to uncover the secrets of the past of her tribe and her world. She ventures to the farthest areas of the land, while facing different challenges which demand both physical and mental prowess. Along her journey, she sees herself gaining maturity, confidence, knowledge and courage, as she discovers new technical artifacts and learns how to use them to destroy the animoids and to gather information about the past.
Though the story turns out to be good, the gameplay and combat steal the show in the end. At the beginning, Aloy has just a bow and arrows. But down the road, she gains access to elementally charged bolts, slingshots that lob explosives, and an assortment of traps that can surprise or constrict the animoids.
Switching between her tools during a fight is made easy, by a weapon wheel that opens with the tilt of the right analog stick and slows down time to give Aloy a moment to plan her next move. She can still jump, run or dodge while the wheel is open. This aspect of the game sounds more sensible and provides a different perspective to a third-person combat.
Aloy can also do a 360 degree, jump and turn attack, delivering a critical blow. The exciting part is, the draw and aim of the bow is made into a slo-mo. She also does the same 360 degree jump and turn move while roping down from the top of a tall animoid dinosaur.
Defeating each of the animoids gives Aloy, the access to metal shards and other valuable items. She can also find natural items that lie dormant and hidden in the wide lands. Gathering these resources, helps her to craft her own weapons. Although, she is provided with the option of choosing between melee and ranged weapons, there is hardly any use of the melee. The only close-combat weapon she holds is a spear and it comes with a disadvantage too; Aloy cannot block with her spear. This puts her at a dangerous position against enemies and the effect from the spear attacks is considerably less.
The open world and its components are skillfully crafted, to aid for a more logical combat. Aloy is made to use the natural resources around her to guide her in battle and not just rely on her physical abilities. Rocks, mountain walls, tall grass, trees and river water are some of them. The real thrill lies in the process of using them, to take down the mechanical beasts.
Speaking about these beasts, they range from turtles and horses to T-rex and velociraptors. Exploring the wild more and progressing deeper into the game, brings Aloy face to face with animoids with increasing complexity. To handle them, she needs to use her new-found advanced device called Focus. It helps her to see the vital points on a robot, that glow in yellow. Hitting these points will remove a part of their armor, making them more vulnerable.
However, as told earlier, robots with high complexity are powerful and high-paced. It’ll be hard to use Focus on them, while they try to run rampant on Aloy. This is the time, the natural resources of Horizon Zero Dawn come into play. Being mechanical bots, they are easily vulnerable to electric shocks and explosives. Setting up electric trip lines between a couple of trees or rocks and luring them into it, is one of the game’s most used tricks to blow them up. Tall grass is the next sought resource for stealth attacks, which involve setting up traps and hurling explosives while being unnoticed. Though, these are the usual methods to defeat the robots, there is an unusual way too. It is possible to disarm an enemy and use their own weapon against them. Aloy’s weapons and attacks are already sufficient, but who doesn’t like a glorious take down with laser beams?
The game doesn’t make it mandatory to kill every animoid Aloy sees. It also provides an option to tame them. As obvious as it is, animoids are pre-programmed. Hence, their programs can be overridden. There are many alien-like constructs that stay hidden in the ground. The hearts of these constructs contain a device that provides the codes for overriding the machines. To do this, she has to sneek behind them and stick that device in one particular area in their body. The device will inject overriding codes into the machines which will eventually make them non-hostile. Once they are tamed, Aloy can ride them to cover larger ground in short time, which comes handy when travelling. However, one point to be noted is that, certain machines of heavy complexity cannot be overridden. They can only be defeated by battle.
Horizon Zero Dawn’s open world makes it easy to find many tribal settlements. These tribes comprise of merchants and side quest-givers. Side quests doesn’t add much value to the game, as larger part of gaining the experience and knowledge lie in the main quest. Apart from weapons, Aloy can also brew health potions and other valuable items. She can trade these items from her inventory with those merchants. But, the problem with the inventory is, it takes a lot of time to scroll through the items. The open world gamers tend to store more potions and weapons in their inventory because of the ‘Just in case…’ attitude. Hence, it would end up being a drag to read through each and every item and then decide which to keep and which to sell. For a game that manages to handle complex systems in real-time, it’s odd to see something as basic as inventory management feel unhandled.
Now, talking about game detailing, Horizon Zero Dawn’s open world is carefully forged with accuracy. From the light shimmering off the metal robots and the water, to the moon’s dim light filling up an area in the wilds, the game boasts some of the best extensive detailing. Blades of grass and leaves of trees dance like a wave, with the wind gently brushing through them. Vegetation and flora, along with protrusions of the earth’s crust like cliffs, mountains and rocks, make up the beautiful world of Horizon Zero Dawn.
With that note, it is safe to say that this is by far the best open world game to have ever been produced. Play as Aloy and experience the wildlands and the beautiful landscapes of Horizon Zero Dawn through her eyes.
Amazing combat physics
Beautiful landscapes and detailing
Imaginative animoid designs
A perfect balance of natural and technological components
About a week ago, a video was released by Guerrilla Games, where the developers did a briefing on Horizon Zero Dawn. Soon after that, to peak the curiosity, anticipation and of course for marketing and sales purposes, four new videos were presented by Sony. They showcased the gameplay, combat and the official launch trailer. You can view those videos here.
With Horizon Zero Dawn launching today, there is more news to the game than just those videos you saw before. While you explore the post-apocalyptic world, you will come across items that you can trade with merchants. However, there are a couple of items that might say more than how they look.
When you take a look at these icons, they feature a striking resemblance to the Kojima Productions logo.
Apart from that, the names of these two items are Stranded Figures and Stranded Shackles, which would sound familiar to you. Yes, that’s right. It sounds similar to Death Stranding.
There might be other easter eggs hidden in Horizon Zero Dawn. We just need to play the game and explore its world to discover them.
With the game set to release tomorrow, we got four new videos showcasing every detail you need to know on Horizon Zero:Dawn.
The first one is the game’s launch trailer.
The next two show-off the show the action-RPG’s open world and crafting system.
The last one presents the game in PS4 4k resolution.
Horizon Zero Dawn has the most anticipated game of the year, with gaining many postive reviews already. These videos just got the blood pumping for the game’s release and it’s going to be one legendary wild hunt.
Horizon:Zero Dawn is the most anticipated game of this year. To keep the excitement intact, Sony released a new trailer of the game.
In the trailer, developers from Guerrilla Games do a briefing on the journey of making the game. They made remarks on creating new strides in terms of facial animation and also on advancements to the studio’s engine so that there are no loading screens at all once the game is booted up.
But this update isn’t going to be as huge as the other two. The developer Guerrilla Games, announced, that the file size of Horizon’s patch is just 250MB. The update will look to bring performance improvements with smoother framerates for higher visual fidelity.
On top of that, this patch will be applied to both 4k and 1080p displays.
If this news isn’t satisfying enough, I got more for you.
Horizon:Zero Dawn is already creating waves in the gaming industry with a plethora of amazing reviews. With the final product being exemplary, Sony have decided to make Aloy, the Playstation’s icon of the future. Besides, Guerrilla Games’ senior producer Angela Gillespie, shared her thoughts on the game’s upcoming sequel. She revealed, that the sequel might be featuring alternate protagonists, apart from Aloy.
“I think Aloy will always be a part of Horizon: Zero Dawn, but as you might have seen, there is a big number of characters and tribes in the game, and we have a rich history. We spent years developing these tribes, so there is a possibility for other characters in the future, but Aloy will always remain in Horizon: Zero Dawn.”
Some people think, having another protagonist is an odd decision, provided the current success rate of the game and its current protagonist Aloy. But, I beg to differ otherwise. This is because, I reckon the storyline featuring the alternate protagonists would be played out separately, and would be brought together in the end to make a complete picture. However, my perception is different and is just a theory.