This game is rated PEGI 16
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This combination of overblown disaster and sometimes simplistic solutions – such as the discovery of a small group of scientists with a plan to remake the planet – manages not to jar. It’s a game that invites you to find the resilience of life even in the catastrophe. Life goes on, maybe differently And haphazardly, but still finds a way to continue.
The second game in the series, Horizon Forbidden West takes the action to a vast and foreboding wilderness to the far west as a pestilence has driven the planets inhabitants to search for a cure. You play Alloy, again, in a world bristling with even more robot dinosaurs.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Violence. Players guide Aloy as she learns to hunt robotic creatures and animals in the wild. Aloy uses arrows, spears, and explosive traps to injure and kill machines, boar, and occasional human enemies. Animals and humans emit small puffs of red blood when struck; one sequence depicts an abandoned camp with large blood stains on rocks and trees. The game contains a brief reference to sexual material (e.g., “Eighteen months hard labor in exchange for thirty years lounging around Elysium watching porn?”). In text/audio files, characters sometimes reference fictional drugs, overdoses, and getting high: “...not even out of junior high and already a drug addict”; “...I ran across a pusher who was selling Razorwing for eight bucks a tab”; "I'd spend a few days getting high, then OD on Overcast." The word “sh*t” appears in the text/dialogue.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Young players need to be able to traverse the huge world, both following a map as well as navigating the best route when climbing. You also need quick reactions for battle where you must switch to the best weapons to deal maximum damage to enemies. It's fast-paced and demanding. There are prolonged story elements of the game that while optional are a key ingredient of why players enjoy this experience.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Additional paid content in the form of "The Frozen Wilds" that substantially extends the experience with storylines, characters, machines and new areas.
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Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition has extended accessibility features on the PC. You can't remap controls on PlayStation 4, but you can on PC. However, you can't change the button to access the Menu. It also doesn't support use of the scroll wheel of the mouse to switch weapons (which would be useful to reduce the number of buttons). There are a lot of button-holds required, holding two triggers to fire. You can toggle sprinting to hold.
You can scale your head-up display on PC but not on PlayStation 4.
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