GSY REVIEW | PS4 Monday, February 20, 2017 | 9:01 AM

We've been playing Horizon Zero Dawn

We've been playing Horizon Zero Dawn

Even though we have only seen 30% of the whole game, we have been playing for more than 15 hours (possibly more than 20 even) and we have been enjoying every minute of it. The game is inspired by many other titles, like Far Cry, Uncharted, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, The Witcher 3 to name but a few, but everything it does, it does well. We have a review in progress on the French side if you are interested, the following videos aiming at illustrating the things we mention. Today's extracts are short and contain no spoilers whatsoever as they were recorded in the open world and show no cutscenes.
Update: Colors are indeed too saturated in the PS4 Pro videos, due to a bug of the console when we switched to our capture set-up.



Note: The PS4 Pro Combat video was recorded at 1080p while the game was played at 4K. Recording lossless 4k has proven very unstable, so we only used the bits that were ok. Needless to say that it was too difficult to do so in a combat scene.

PS4 - Environments
PS4 Pro - 4K - Environments #1
PS4 Pro - 4K - Environments #2
PS4 Pro - Combats

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Commented on 2017-02-20 09:17:11
Its reviewing really well! I hope it lives up to those scores when i play it next week
Commented on 2017-02-20 10:17:02
How is the story and performance?
Commented on 2017-02-20 10:22:15
Are you playing on Normal difficulty?
Commented on 2017-02-20 10:52:17
The ps4 pro vids look overly saturated or something, for me at least. Why is that?
Commented on 2017-02-20 11:09:03 In reply to AndreasZ94
Posted by AndreasZ94
Are you playing on Normal difficulty?
Hard.
Commented on 2017-02-20 11:13:58 In reply to mbalazs
Posted by mbalazs
How is the story and performance?
Performance is good on both consoles. Minor drops on Pro at 4K sometimes and a few ones on PS4 (though I've only played this version a couple of jours).

Story, haven't seen enough of it to say. It's a lot more engaging than anything they've fine with Killzone.
Commented on 2017-02-20 12:00:12
Somebody needs to edit this tune over the Environment video. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5ViebGqgRo
It was used at Jak and Daxter's reveal back in the day too.
Commented on 2017-02-20 12:13:58 In reply to Driftwood
From your experience would you recommend playing on hard or normal difficulty for the first time? Is it enjoyable on hard or annoying? Some games are so much better on harder difficulties while others are not
Commented on 2017-02-20 12:18:56 In reply to AndreasZ94
Hard is ok, at least so far, though it took me several tries to beat the first boss. ^^
Commented on 2017-02-20 12:27:43 In reply to Driftwood
Ok, i think im gonna go with hard. Btw does the game say what are the differences on each difficulty? Hopefully human AI becomes more perceptive because some reviews said its not very good especially compared to the machines ai
Commented on 2017-02-20 14:25:18
Thanks for these. Guerrila really need to be commended for producing a visually spectacular game, that excels in technical foundations and aesthetic beauty. Going to keep this one for my birthday.
Commented on 2017-02-20 14:27:24
Holy Jesus! Now THIS is one pretty game!

I'm really impressed by it's visuals.
Commented on 2017-02-20 15:57:16
Really looking forward to this! We badly needed another good exclusive as they have been few and far between.
Commented on 2017-02-20 16:26:02 In reply to Xoar
This is kinda weird but what's up with the dithering effect on the bottom corners of the screen? The only other game i noticed this was rise of the tomb rait but it was on the top corners instead. What's the point of this effect?

Oops, replied to xoar by accident
Commented on 2017-02-20 16:54:48
Man, youtube does not make this game justice. Due to the low bitrate the vegetation/grass looks blurry as hell, which is sad, because it's one of the most impressive things in the game's graphics.
Commented on 2017-02-20 18:25:24 In reply to spacemanjupiter
Posted by spacemanjupiter
The ps4 pro vids look overly saturated or something, for me at least. Why is that?
HDR.
Commented on 2017-02-20 18:32:16 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
HDR.
No, no, no and no.

HDR is always deactivated when we capture the games, because it simply can't be turn on with our setup.
Commented on 2017-02-20 18:42:25
I wish i had an HDR tv. I bought a standard 4k tv recently because my old one broke and at that time i was unaware of how awesome Hdr is.
Commented on 2017-02-20 19:29:51 In reply to AndreasZ94
Posted by AndreasZ94
I wish i had an HDR tv. I bought a standard 4k tv recently because my old one broke and at that time i was unaware of how awesome Hdr is.
Plus to get an HDR TV that actually does HDR WELL you have to spend a bit of an arm and a leg. There are plenty of "mid-tier" 4K sets that do HDR but it's not worth it. Need to spend a bit of dough to get a worthwhile HDR set. At least here in the states. I know Europe has access to some brands that we don't.
Commented on 2017-02-20 19:41:17 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
No, no, no and no.

HDR is always deactivated when we capture the games, because it simply can't be turn on with our setup.
So dodgy capture then? Oversaturated colours is what a HDR image always looks like on a standard screen. That's what the video looks like. Just sayin.
Commented on 2017-02-20 19:41:55 In reply to AMDman18
I watched the combat video and holly shit it looks intense! The sound design is phenomenal too
Commented on 2017-02-20 19:43:09 In reply to MrWhite
The game is very intense on colour but it does look more saturated than other videos
Commented on 2017-02-20 19:44:56 In reply to MrWhite
Same setup as usual. Console video output on full, like on our base PS4 For Honor vids or today's FFXV vids for example. That's how the game looked on the TV.
Commented on 2017-02-20 19:51:55 In reply to Driftwood
Strange. It definitely does look blown out. Is the TV a HDR 4k set?
Commented on 2017-02-20 20:00:35 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Same setup as usual. Console video output on full, like on our base PS4 For Honor vids or today's FFXV vids for example. That's how the game looked on the TV.
weird because it definitely doesnt look right. Like if you enable the BT.2020 color space when not supported.
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