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Horizon Zero Dawn Review

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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Horizon Zero Dawn, and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, has a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines have taken over. The exploration and combat don’t dwell on the downfall of the world, but there is an interesting undercurrent of self-annihilation that lingers as you play. It’s an impressive and enjoyable world to explore that says as much about humanity’s ability to survive as any direct narrative.

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.

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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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)


Duration: This game will take between 22 hours and 30 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Horizon Zero Dawn usually costs £15.99.

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of moderate violence. Violence consists of Aloy, armed with bow and spear, fighting mechanical dinosaur type characters and humans from enemy tribes. While blood is not depicted, violent scenes during the cinematics can be quite realistic which contributes directly to the rating.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 14-18 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.


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.
Our Horizon Zero Dawn Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:

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