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Horizon Zero Dawn (PC) Review: Enjoying the Best Version!

Horizon Zero Dawn

Shocking is the right word when Guerrilla Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment suddenly announced and confirmed that one of their flagship open-world games, which had been used as the spearhead to popularize the Playstation 4, was suddenly certain to be released on PC. That's right, we're talking about Horizon Zero Dawn which contains the adventures of an Aloy in the post-apocalyptic world with the RPG action format which was originally released, was praised. After waiting for a long time, the opportunity to try out how well and intentional the process of porting this game to PC has finally arrived! The question now is of course one - how significant is the increase in experience he offers?

Because it's clear to Sony Interactive Entertainment, the strategy for releasing Horizon Zero Dawn to PC has one specific mission - opening the eyes of PC gamers to the quality of their exclusive games and therefore, it is likely that they will consider purchasing a Playstation 5 later to enjoy the sequel series - Horizon Forbidden West which is indeed previously announced. Therefore, they certainly have to make sure that the experience of PC gamers who entrust their money to this game port pays off nicely. Moreover, they already carry affordable region prices, especially in the Indonesian market and their engine base - Decima has proven to run fantastically on Death Stranding.

So, what does the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn actually offer? Why do we call it the "Ultimate" sensation that has finally arrived on the market? This review will discuss it more deeply for you.

Welcome to the "Ultimate" Version

Welcome to the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn does not offer anything new and different from the side of the story. But the affordable price that he carries, both from the Steam version or the Epic Games Store (with a coupon) already provides you with - the experience of the Vanilla series as well as his expansion pack - The Frozen Wild. For both content combinations that seem ready to offer you tens of hours of play, there is almost no reason not to look at this game.

The good news? It also comes with a unique sequence at the start of your run. The PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn will initiate a minute-long optimization action to test the performance of your gaming machine and then adapt to ensure you have the best gaming experience possible. After this process, if you want to test it deeper manually, it also provides a benchmark application to give you an immediate idea of ​​the performance that your PC or laptop can offer. Although we cannot test how accurate the benchmark is compared to the existing real-time performance, from the gaming sessions we run, the benchmark is quite representative of the performance we get. For the "Ultimate" version

Welcome to the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn does not offer anything new and different from the side of the story. But the affordable price that he carries, both from the Steam version or the Epic Games Store (with a coupon) already provides you with - the experience of the Vanilla series as well as his expansion pack - The Frozen Wild. For both content combinations that seem ready to offer you tens of hours of play, there is almost no reason not to look at this game.

So like PC games it should be, the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn carries many things that the Playstation 4 version doesn't offer, even when running on the Playstation 4 Pro though. The most striking thing is of course the resolution and graphic options which can now push the Decima Engine's capabilities in this game further. Guerrilla Games also looks non-stealthy to give you a clearer picture. There is an "Original" setting option which can be selected to represent the quality of the Playstation 4 version which turns out, oh apparently, it contains all the graphic settings available in "Medium". If your rig is powerful enough, you are now given graphic options up to “Ultimate Quality” for a more maximal graphics experience. Inevitably, this beautiful game on Playstation 4 Pro is getting more beautiful on the PC version.

Welcome to the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn does not offer anything new and different from the side of the story. But the affordable price that he carries, both from the Steam version or the Epic Games Store (with a coupon) already provides you with - the experience of the Vanilla series as well as his expansion pack - The Frozen Wild. For both content combinations that seem ready to offer you tens of hours of play, there is almost no reason not to look at this game.

The extra performance offered by the PC version also makes it come up with “minor enhancements” which, although they may not seem significant, are quite stunning when they happen. It is a feature called Dynamic Foliage where the plants Aloy found during the exploration process will now move and react, having their own physics. Given how often you'll be doing Stealth stunts that will require you to hide behind these tall grass and flowers, this feature does make Horizon Zero Dawn feel “next-gen” now. A small increase that will make your eyes quite pampered and satisfied at the same time.

If you play this game with an SSD as a base, which incidentally also happened in our gaming session using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550, you will also enjoy super fast fast-travel sessions which are essential for open-world games like Horizon Zero Dawn. . You no longer have to wait long enough to just change places to take Aloy to any location you want. While for other features, like other PC games, this also means the chance to taste it in native 4K or Ultrawide resolution, depending on what your PC is capable of.

Welcome to the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn does not offer anything new and different from the side of the story. But the affordable price that he carries, both from the Steam version or the Epic Games Store (with a coupon) already provides you with - the experience of the Vanilla series as well as his expansion pack - The Frozen Wild. For both content combinations that seem ready to offer you tens of hours of play, there is almost no reason not to look at this game.

The extra performance offered by the PC version also makes it come up with “minor enhancements” which, although they may not seem significant, are quite stunning when they happen. It is a feature called Dynamic Foliage where the plants Aloy found during the exploration process will now move and react, having their own physics. Given how often you'll be doing Stealth stunts that will require you to hide behind these tall grass and flowers, this feature does make Horizon Zero Dawn feel “next-gen” now. A small increase that will make your eyes quite pampered and satisfied at the same time.

There is also a sense of extra comfort to finally enjoy this game by using a mouse and keyboad, with 60fps framerate in our gaming session. With Aloy always relying on bows and arrows as weapons, carrying out the aiming process, holding back the power of the arrows, and releasing them when fighting humans or animal robots he met made things feel easier. Especially considering that most of the animal robots you encounter will have weak points, which of course will be easier to target using a mouse. With a higher framerate, your accurate shot execution will no longer be a problem.

So does this mean that the port itself is perfect? Unfortunately no. There are a few notes worth talking about, especially if you plan on tasting them in Ultrawide format:

Widened

With quite optimal performance compared to the specifications you have, the PC version of the Horizon Zero Dawn is still not exactly perfect. We had some crashes for no reason during the exploration process, which made you have to run the game again from the Steam Store page. We also had time to find a little glitch where Aloy did not respond to movements for at least a few seconds after the looting action, making him just stand still. Although not significant, the frequency of these glitches is indeed quite annoying. The good news? These technical problems are within the range of problems that can be resolved with further updates.

One of the weirdest parts of our action trying out the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn actually came from the experience of using the Ultrawide monitor, which is indeed an option. At the time of gameplay, where you fight against the cool animal robots or just explore the process of exploration in a beautiful world, this Ultrawide format does make the experience feel cinematic. It works in the capacity it should, as you would expect. But you can feel that Ultrawide's support is just half-hearted.

There are some oddities that you will come across immediately. First, from the menu that you can access. Instead of adapting a wider menu format, the fixed menu comes with a 16: 9 resolution with extra cuts on the left and right to make it feel stretched.

Second? Cut-scene, of course. It feels obvious and ends up awkward and strange, every portion of the cut-scene in the Ultrawide format in Horizon Zero Dawn makes everything feel forced to expand, with a lower resolution of subtitle text as well. It's certainly not the Ultrawide support you'd expect. Third? This widening case also occurs in the cut-scene conversation, which is followed by a zoom-in effect on the character's face. Now you will see a super wide character face model, which again, makes this game that should spoil the eyes, look hilarious.

We ourselves do not understand whether the issue of improved Ultrawide support will be resolved with an update or not in the future. But for now, apart from the cinematic sensation on the gameplay side, other portions, such as cut-scenes and dialogue, must be admittedly looking strange. Fortunately, the same problem doesn't occur at 16: 9 resolution regardless of whether you sample the game in 1080p or 4K native format.

Conclusion

So with all the support for the new features they offer on this PC version, especially with the super affordable pricing policy on Steam and the Epic Games Store, there seems to be no reason for PC gamers not to jump into Horizon Zero Dawn.

This action RPG game with a super beautiful world formulated by Guerrilla Games has pretty good optimization, eye-pleasing visualization, proper PC features and support, and Photo Mode support which provides plenty of room to channel your creative actions to capture all of these attractions. With the gameplay and tantalizing stories that have always been the hallmark of Sony's first-party games, this is the best opportunity for PC gamers to understand what makes this series so highly praised. Of course, there is hope that the problems we discussed above can be resolved with various updates in the future.

To help you get a clearer picture of what kind of visualization quality the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn offers, we're throwing in a bunch of fresh screenshots from the oven below in two separate large sections - those captured in 4K resolution and those that come in Ultrawide format. All of these screenshots were captured directly from our gameplay sessions. But keep in mind, each size of the image on the following page is large and ready to take up your quota if you decide to enlarge it. So, watch out!