Most Impressive Game of 2017 (so far)

It involves giant machines.

Horizon: Zero Dawn captivated me from the minute I inserted the game disc into the PS4; with a world as immersive and big as Horizon’s world is, I had a fun time just roaming around it and I loved sightseeing the many environments in Horizon. This is an open-world game that is done the right way and I feel like it’s ahead of the curve in comparison to other open-world games.

On top of the environment being breathtaking, the game is just a ton of fun to play. One of my favorite things about Horizon is the variety in which the machines appear in this world; no two machines are the same and Guerrilla Games has done a great job at creating these beasts in which Aloy fights throughout the story mode. My personal favorite machine enemy is the Stormbird; they’re a major pain to deal with but they just look awesome and menacing upon arrival within the story mode.

The story within Horizon is a major talking point simply because at the end of the day, stories do drive gamers to be engaged with the game as a whole. One reason why The Last of Us was so beloved is because of the characters and the overall premise of the story mode. Because of The Last of Us and games such as Uncharted, people expect a grand story that might rival something as seen in a movie; don’t expect that with Horizon: Zero Dawn. While I love the story mode and Aloy, the main character in this game, Horizon is more beloved for its great gameplay and the overall setting within Aloy’s world. I don’t necessarily find any problem with this simply because if one plays a Mario game, they’re not playing it for the story mode; it’s a Mario game, after all. I’d apply this same logic to Horizon. While it attempts to give players a great story, it’s not one game I’d point out and say, “ya know, Horizon was one of the best experiences story-wise” because I would be lying.

Overall, I still love Horizon and feel like that this is a huge step forward for Guerrilla Games. I love Aloy, I love the world that she partakes in, and I just feel like this is a game that everybody should try to play at some point before 2017 is over. I recommend Horizon: Zero Dawn and I feel like this game has GOTY potential written all over it. While the story is not its strength, everything else that’s packed into Horizon: Zero Dawn kept me occupied and entertained for hours on end. We need more games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and so far, this would be my personal favorite game of 2017.

If it makes cents, it makes sense.

Is this hurting gaming?

At the end of the day, the video game industry is a business and compared to when I was a kid, the industry has exploded in terms of financial profits and gains. Despite my rose tinted glasses, gaming has become better than ever before and there is a market for just about every game in today’s industry. Love sports games? EA and 2K Sports have you covered. Love single player experiences with rich storylines and characters? Naughty Dog is probably for you. Love the classics such as Mario and Donkey Kong? Say no more; you know what company I’m talking about. In a recent interview, Naughty Dog implied that their recent game, “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” is not the end for the Uncharted series. Well, this is not surprising to me at all; case in point with the title I’ve chosen for my most recent blog post.

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For Naughty Dog, they literally have no reason to discontinue making Uncharted games minus the whole, “we want to make new stories with new characters” spiel that many companies feed the consumer. But why stop making these games if they print money? Just take a look at Nintendo and how they do business: how many more years of Mario can the average gamer put up with? Well, with Super Mario Odyssey coming soon, gamers can’t get enough of that plumber apparently. I’m not blaming companies like Nintendo or Naughty Dog for cashing-in on these games because that’s what fans love and it benefits both parties. The game studios make the money, the consumer is (usually) happy, and everybody goes about their day with a smile on their face. My main concern, which isn’t really even a big concern right now, is how is this effecting gaming as a whole? Despite this question constantly popping up regarding what we would consider “blockbuster games” such as Mario, new IP’s are constantly being produced despite dealing with the same properties we’re accustomed to seeing. Sony has been pretty good about new IP’s as of late and so has Nintendo surprisingly.

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One of my favorite games this generation is pictured above: Horizon Zero Dawn. This game was just a ton of fun to play, the combat was great, and I was immersed within Aloy’s world. The best part about this game was that it was new and it was fresh; it was something I hadn’t seen before. I wasn’t just playing Super Mario 27 or Halo 14, I was playing something brand new; it was not entirely original but it something I really enjoyed playing and it wasn’t just the same old game.

Am I going to buy the new Uncharted featuring Chloe Frazier and the return of Uncharted 4 antagonist, Nadine Ross? Of course because I already have it pre-ordered. My recent blog post is more of a rant/ramble simply because I don’t personally have a disdain for seeing a game series last for twenty or more years such as Mario has. I actually find it very impressive that even after twenty or more years, Mario is still printing money with every new game. It just goes to show how powerful nostalgia is but it also shows how dedicated the fans become when it comes to these franchises.

If you’d like to entertain discussion, drop a comment regarding the state of gaming at this moment in time. Am I reading too much into this? Probably but I’d like to hear some thoughts, if possible. Thanks for reading!

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Hey people! I’m blogging once again!

I’m back.

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I’m back on the grid as far as blogging goes and I’ve started a brand new blog here on WordPress. For quite some time, I was posting on my previous blog that was titled Commander Shepard’s favorite gaming blog which I stopped posting on because I’ve been so dang busy. I’m hoping by starting off fresh with my new blog, that I can give any insight on all things related to video games. I also plan to touch base on some other things such as movies and comic books here and there just to spice things up a bit.

So, that’s pretty much all I have for today. I plan to post a review of Tekken 7 in a few days and I will go from there in terms of all things video games. I also hope to get some contributions from other people who may have an interest in games. Thank you and have a good night!

Enjoy this classic tune from one of my favorite franchises of all time 🙂