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Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds Review

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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Horizon Frozen Wilds extends the Horizon Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating from an arcane frontier known as the Forbidden West.

As Aloy, you venture north into The Cut. This leaves the warm lush valleys behind. Instead, the north is harsh, frozen and occupied by the stronger Banuk Tribe. They believe the machines are possessed by demons, something you agree to help them with.

The story runs alongside events of the main game which means you do need to have completed some of the main game to access it (from the Enemy at the Gates quest line). As well as the new regions, there are five new machines, additional weapons and a new Traveller skill tree.

But this is more than an expansion of the original. The game has been upgraded visually as well. Motion-capture and facial animations have been improved as well as more dynamic camera-work and snow effects. It's clearly a stepping stone for the developer on the way to making Horizon Forbidden West.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 07/11/2017

Platforms: PC and PS4

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

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @Guerrilla


Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 for depictions of realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. This game contains frequent realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The playable character, Aloy, can be attacked by various fantasy and human characters. Her reactions are always realistic in nature, with her making audible pained sounds and falling to the floor when injured. When she is running low on health she is shown visibly injured as she grasps her side, and moves slower until she can be healed. While blood is not depicted, violent scenes during the cinematics can be quite realistic which contributes directly to the rating.

ESRB TEEN with Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Sexual Themes and Violence. 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.


You can't remap controls on this version of the game, but Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition has extended accessibility features on the PC. There you can remap most keyboard and controller buttons, although it also doesn't support the use of the scroll wheel of the mouse to switch weapons. You can also scale the head-up display on the PC version.

There are a lot of button-holds required, holding two triggers to fire. You can toggle sprinting to hold.
Our Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds Accessibility Report details 21 accessibility features:

Game SeriesThe Horizon Series

Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds is part of the Horizon series of games:

Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds
PEGI Rating 16 for Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds

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