Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds Review
Posted: 5 weeks ago.
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.
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.
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:
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