Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Review

Horizon Zero Dawn New DLC

As one of the most critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusives in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn remains one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I’ve ever had. The smooth combat, crafting mechanics, amazing story, and drop-dead gorgeous graphics are what makes this game shine. But let’s take a look at The Frozen Wilds review.

Into the Frozen Wilds

Although Horizon had a bulky 30-40 hours of gameplay, most of us wanted more after the conclusion of the main story arc. Guerilla Games heard our cries and created “The Frozen Wilds” DLC to help soothe our agony.

Aloy shooting her bow

What’s New In The Frozen Wilds

There is plenty of new content introduced in The Frozen Wilds. Besides the introduction of an entirely new zone to play in, they added quite a few new “robodinos” to hunt with your arsenal of medieval-futuristic weaponry. Speaking of weaponry, some of my favorite parts of the new expansion were the new weapons and new mechanics introduced alongside them. Some of them improve the base game mechanics ever so slightly to really hammer home the excellent combat system. New armor which actually does things, new abilities, and challenges galore make it a fun and exciting adventure.

The Story

After a semi-slow beginning, I found myself enjoying the new story arc quite a bit. Guerrilla really puts effort into making sure their players have a compelling reason to help those around them as Aloy. Besides the decent 8 hours or so main story, the side quests in Horizon Zero Dawn really shine. You can definitely notice the inspiration they got from my all time favorite game, The Witcher 3, which is a good thing.

Meaner, Fiercer

What you might notice right away is the difficulty is increased by quite a jump in difficulty compared to the base game. The enemies you’ll fight are smarter, stronger, and faster. More than a few times I had to find a creative way to take down an enemy because I kept failing. This is a good thing to me, but I can see how it can be overwhelming to some lighter gamers on the higher difficulties.

In Conclusion

Overall, to anyone who is a fan of Aloy and loved Horizon Zero Dawn’s base game, you’ll absolutely enjoy The Frozen Wilds. With more of the same game formula tweaked for some improvements, it’s an easy decision. It’s safe to say I got my money’s worth. After I finished the last quest, I felt I had just completed quite a masterpiece for my Playstation game collection. Also be sure to check out some of the most anticipated games of 2018 here.

Verdict: 9.2/10

 

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