Horizon Zero Dawn is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

IGN
Top Critic
9.3 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn presents us with a beautiful world full of unforgettable challenges.

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No Recommendation
Feb 20, 2017

Guerrilla Games goes open world in this sumptuous, enjoyable yet overly generic new age sci-fi RPG.

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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
8 / 10
Feb 20, 2017

State-of-the-art visuals help create one of gaming’s most entertaining open worlds, even if the gameplay doesn’t quite reach the same standards.

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Feb 20, 2017
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Feb 20, 2017

An open-world that tailors to each and every interest, Horizon: Zero Dawn keeps combat fresh, with an intriguing protagonist to match.

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8.8 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon doesn't reinvent open-world gaming, but it delivers consistent fun, challenge, and intrigue from start to finish

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GameSpot
Top Critic
9 / 10
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon: Zero Dawn is an exciting and breathtaking odyssey.

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9.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn feels like a storied developer finally finding its voice

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Unscored
Feb 20, 2017

With Horizon, [developer Guerrilla Games] is finally let loose to show us how much more they're capable of, and what they're capable of is jaw-dropping.

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Feb 20, 2017

All in all, it's a great game, it's Guerrilla's strongest release to date, and I suspect I'll go back in after the fact to clean up whatever side quests and errands I have remaining, if only to spend a little more time in that world.

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Feb 20, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn is disappointing. It has a story that I struggled to care about (complete with massive expository dumps—yay), a bland protagonist, and overtly repetitive and constraining missions that worked against its open world sensibilities. When Horizon Zero Dawn hit its rare strides—from its gloomy Cauldrons to traveling across its sprawling vistas—it only made me wish the rest of the game were as worthwhile.

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Game Revolution
jamalr
Top Critic
Feb 19, 2017

To simply put it, there is a certain appeal to Horizon: Zero Dawn which I have not found in any other open-world RPG game. Perhaps it is the addition of shiny robots to the mix or the story of Aloy herself. Either way, this game has my full attention and I wouldn't call it anything less than stellar.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn is a fascinating premise wrapped in a tortilla of tropes. It has detective vision, radio towers, skill trees, masked load screens (Tony Hawk's American Wasteland gets no credit for popularizing this in 2005, by the way), and a world map littered with billions of points of interest -- all stuff you've seen before. But after you set up and execute a cunning plan to decimate a pack of giant robot crocodiles and that smile hits your face, it's more excusable.

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95 / 100
Feb 20, 2017

‎Guerrila Games reinvents itself and gives life to a beastly adventure, and not only technically. Horizon: Zero Dawn is an action RPG like the top of a pine tree, with a combat system as elaborate as it is satisfying, and a universe so colossal that a bright future for Aloy is already on the horizon. A star is born.‎

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8 / 10
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a bit of a slow burn, but there’s more to Guerrilla Games’ latest than just its staggeringly pretty graphics. The story surprises as it takes several twists and turns and explores the past, but the games beating heart is with its excellently tense and engaging robotic monster hunting.

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9.3 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn was as good as everbody expected. A powerful narrative and a solid gameplay make this Guerrilla game one of the best titles that 2017 has to offer.

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Paul Tassi
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

I was impressed with Horizon from the outset, my interest lagged a bit in the middle, but by the end I was a convert. This is a very cool universe with a genuinely likable new lead. Gameplay is excellent in most sections, and it avoids some irritating open world tropes like overloading players with substance-free side missions. There are some problems that reflect Guerrilla being new to this genre, but ultimately the good far outweighs the bad.

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9 / 10
Feb 20, 2017

When I began Horizon: Zero Dawn, I was anxious it wouldn't be able to maintain itself for thirty-plus hours. I'm thrilled that fear was unfounded. The play was constantly rich and rewarding, and the mysteries constantly unfolding. I'm left not just feeling satisfied the entire time, but wanting more. This one is something special.

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8.7 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a successful "first time" for Guerrilla in the open world genre. The game isn't perfect, but it's gorgeous to see and explore (best open world graphics ever) and offers engaging fights against fascinating machines.

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9 / 10
Feb 20, 2017

There's so much to love on Horizon: Zero Dawn. You may love its gameplay, its magnificient world, its crips visuals or the excellent sound desing. An experience that's worth it.

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