It's gone, and no I don't need a hug. I don't need advice. No, I didn't have PlayStation Plus and there's no cloud save.
Just, indulge me here.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Horizon Zero Dawn is a visually stunning game, and one with a captivating storyline to boot. But it backs these two pillars up with a third that isn't so immediately obvious: a soundtrack and ambient in-game music that immerses you in the broken-down, overgrown tribal world.
We talked to Guerilla Games' music supervisor Lucas van Tol and the game's composers Joris de Man and The Flight to better understand exactly what goes into creating the audio element of one of 2017's most ambitious -- and impressive -- titles so far.
Historically, once I beat a video game, I rarely keep playing it. What's the point? The story is done and I don't get satisfaction from 100 per cent completion. Well, with Horizon Zero Dawn, not only have I kept playing it, I don't want it to end. Ever. Guerrilla Games has created a world and experience that has reinvigorated my love of video games.
Horizon Zero Dawn is a landmark of gender equality in AAAs. Aloy reps the cause so overtly that it barely even needs to be said. She's a strong female character in every way, with a practical, unsexualised design and a pivotal role to play in the story. Hell, she comes from a shamelessly matriarchal goddess-worshipping society.
But plenty of games have strong female characters. Horizon Zero Dawn is the first to take the next step, setting Aloy free in a truly progressive world.
When I first started Horizon: Zero Dawn, I didn't think Guerrilla Games' version of a post-apocalypse saga was going to pull me in. Twenty hours later, I can't stop hunting -- and getting wrecked by -- robot animals. It's a very good video game with a chilling, scifi vision of the far-future at its core.
Video: Guerilla Games, the studio responsible for making Horizon: Zero Dawn -- a Playstation exclusive that looks like it'll make amazing use of the PS4 Pro's beautiful HDR -- hasn't made an open-world game before. In the past, it made the Killzone series of tight corridor shooters, but FPS is a very different beast to RPG. A short series of videos from Sony looks at how Guerilla evolved to adapt to the challenge, and what it means for the gameplay of H:ZD.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is a game that's been built from the ground up to take advantage of the PlayStation 4 Pro's additional processing power over the now-three-year-old PS4. That means that if you have a 4K TV -- especially one with HDR support -- it'll look amazing. Even if you have a normal 1080p telly, it'll look better than any other console you can buy.