Why You Should Play Horizon Zero Dawn, In GIFs

Horizon Zero Dawn is the game that made me literally dust off my PS4 and plug it back in to my TV. It's one of the best games I've played in years. It also helps that it looks absolutely amazing, as these GIFs demonstrate.

In the two months since the game's launch, I still haven't finished Horizon. I'm slowly plugging away at it when I can find the time, and I'm pushing myself to find that time, because I absolutely love the world that the game is building.

Every one of these GIFs comes from SunhiLegend, a guy that makes amazing GIFs from a bunch of beautiful titles. You should check out some of his other work.

Even when you're not fighting, and not making your way through the storyline — when you're just exploring — the entire experience just feels so rich.

It's fun, too. It's rare that I'll actually enjoy the controls of a game on console — I was raised with a keyboard in one hand and a mouse in the other — but combat in Horizon is just about as intuitive as any game I've played, at least once you get the hang of the camera.

And the robots are massive. Even the smallest Watcher feels intimidating when you're early on in the game, and the scale progresses to suit as your abilities grow and you leave the hearth of your ancestral home.

The animation and sound and detail in characters is top-notch. Everything has had so much care put into it, from Aloy's motion to the impact that melee weapons have on robot and human enemies alike. The design of the tribal elements of the world is just awesome.

And all the while, you're running around in a world that moves from the chilly hinterland of Mother's Cradle to the deserts around Lone Light and the forests and lush jungles past Meridian. There's snow and rainforest and savannah and it all looks good.

Last, but not even remotely least, is Horizon's story. It centres around Aloy, and I won't spoil it even one bit, but suffice to say she's one of my favourite characters in any game probably of the last five years at least.

Yeah, you should play Horizon. It's a PS4 exclusive, sure, but it's worth it.

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