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28 Great Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn

These are hand-picked games similar to Horizon Zero Dawn. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Horizon Zero Dawn. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Horizon Zero Dawn, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Horizon Zero Dawn is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

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

Developer: @Guerrilla

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

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

Developer: @InsomniacGames

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Miles Morales. It is similar to the first Marvel's Spider-Man game in mechanics although Miles Morales extends this...

Ark: Survival Evolved

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Survivetheark

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and...

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...

Marvel's Avengers

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @CrystalDynamics

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Marvel's Avengers is an action-adventure game based on the Avengers. You control the heroes from a third-person perspective on your own or with friends. Together you assemble a team of heroes to take on the game's main storyline, where you must clear...

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/02/2012

Platforms: PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is an action-adventure game. It's a spin-off of the Uncharted series, although also a substantial experience in its own right that features the series protagonist, Nate. As with the other games you explore, run, jump and shoot...

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into...

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Halo (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Halo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

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

Developer: @Insomniacgames

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/05/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @CDPROJEKTRED

Players: This is a single player game

In this game you play monster-hunter Geralt in a vast open world as he searches for his missing adopted daughter. The game responds to your actions and has dynamic environments, weather and day–night cycles that affect the creatures you hunt. It’s a...

The Pathless

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @GiantSquidology

Players: This is a single player game

The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, and unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/08/2017

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer, and seek the Tusk of Ganesh in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war. It's the first Uncharted game not to feature protagonist Nathan Drake.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/10/2009, updated in 2015

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure game that puts you in the role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. You head to Nepal looking for the lost city of Shambala, unfortunately, you're not the only one looking for it. On your journey, you'll...

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

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

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...

Hogwarts Legacy

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @AvalancheSweden

Players: This is a single player game

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world role play game set in the world of Harry Potter. You control a wizard character who starts as a student at Hogwarts but then ventures out on a dangerous journey with a mystery to solve. You design your character, learn...

Batman: Arkham Origins

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/10/2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Developer: @RocksteadyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham Origins is an open-world adventure game. It's the prequel game to the Batman: Arkham series, taking place about five years before the first game, in the early years of Batman's career as a crime-fighter. You explore Gotham, collect items,...

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @NinjaTheory

Players: This is a single player game

This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...

Okami

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/04/2006, updated in 2012

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @PG_kamiya

Players: This is a single player game

Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is interactions are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your own. Whether...

Tomb Raider (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, Mac, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 04/11/2002, updated in 2016

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @InsomniacGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Ratchet & Clank looks more cartoony but still offers the B-movie-style action. As Ratchet, you explore planets and space stations, battling enemies with a variety of weapons and gadgets. Sidekick Clank sits on Ratchet’s back and offers more abilities,...

Destiny 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @Bungie

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Destiny is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role play experience.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 23/06/2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @RocksteadyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Batman: Arkham series. Nine-months after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Gotham seems safer as crime drops significantly. All good things must come to an end, as it is Halloween night and the...

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @EmberLab

Players: This is a single player game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MonolithDev

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...

Second Extinction

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 02/10/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @SystemicRxn

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Second Extinction is team based shooting game, where squads of three work to kill mutated dinosaurs that have taken over the planet. You play one of a handful of survivors and must work with two other online players with weapons, abilities and skills to...

Sable

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @ShedworksGreg

Players: This is a single player game

Sable is an adventure game where you play a young girl, Sable, alone in the world, but bravely exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and fallen ships to uncover her place in it.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/11/2010

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @NinjaTheory

Players: This is a single player game

Enslaved, similar to Heavenly Sword offers a heady mix of heroic storytelling and narrative. You control a character called Monkey (played by Andy Serkis) in a third-person perspective and use power-staff combat moves, running...

Heavenly Sword

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @NinjaTheory

Players: This is a single player game

Heavenly Sword, similar to Enslaved, offers a heady mix of heroic storytelling and narrative. The fighting is styled on martial arts and the main character, Nariko, uses a weapon called the Heavenly Sword which changes into one of three forms depending...

Ghost Of A Tale

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 13/03/2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @SeithCG

Players: This is a single player game

Ghost of a Tale is a swashbuckling adventure where you, as plucky rat Tilo, take on a rich world of evil creatures. It’s another game full of lore and backstory, although here it is medieval darkness rather than technological apocalypse. The work of a...

Horizon Zero Dawn is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Horizon Zero Dawn in the following lists:

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from the:
  • The Family Games award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 
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Hope Through Play

Games that embed a sense of hope by playing them. Sometimes a hopeful story, sometimes a hopeful interaction, and sometimes just an uplifting aesthetic to spend time in. These are games that leave you with an uplifted spirit, maybe not immediately (like Horizon Zero Dawn) but by the time you have finished them.

There is something innocent and childlike in play, and video games each have a slice of that in different ways. Sometimes simple and sometimes complex, games can help us return to the hope we had as children, or call us on to the wisdom and perspective of older years.
 

Free With PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a subscription service that provides hundreds of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games to play on demand. The games are streamed to your PS4, or Windows PC like a Netflix film but with interactions. Because of this you need a fast internet connection of about 5Mbps. Additionally, PlayStation Now also lets you download some PlayStation 4 games to play locally on your system without streaming.
  • PlayStation Now costs £8.99/month

PlayStation Plus is the other subscription service and is required for most online games. It also offers discounted and a two free games each month. It also grants discounts on games, add-ons and pre-orders. PlayStation Plus also enables you to backup your progress to the cloud.
  • PlayStation Plus costs £6.99/month

With PlayStation Plus you can also share your games in more ways with friends and family:
  • Screen Share – Let's someone in another place watch your game on their PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is not required for either party
  • Pass the Controller – Let's someone in another place take turns on a game you own, without owning the game themselves. PlayStation Plus is required for the host, but not for the guest
  • Playing Together – Let's you play local co-op or split screen games with someone in another place who has a PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is required for both players

 

Gaming Projects: Photography

The spaces and places that video games create are often designed with a particular interaction or way to progress through them. However, because games are open to the player, how you play, the direction you move and what you do in the game is up to you.

This means that you can often put video games to unusual uses. Photography is one aspect of this as Paul Buttle recently highlight on Twitter. All modern video game consoles enable you to capture an image of the screen. At a rudimentary level this allows you to take pictures of your adventures. Beyond this, many games offer a Photo mode that allows you to freeze the action and take control of the camera -- even letting you control effects, depth of field and shutter speed in some cases.

This means you can take really beautiful and engaging pictures in the games you play. Some families have tasked their expert players with capturing a certain type of photograph as they play:
  • Portraiture - capture images of the people you meet.
  • Photojournalism - create a photo diary of the events of the game to be annotated later.
  • Fashion - document the different outfits and wardrobe styles your character chooses.
  • Sports - capture sporting moments, including not only players, but the crowd and coaches.
  • Still Life - capture the inanimate, mundane and overlooked elements that make the game world what it is.
  • Architectural - find ways to photograph the buildings in various states of build, decay and renewal.

Some examples of these projects include:
 


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