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10 Games To Play If You Loved Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is an amazing game. Its graphics are stunning, its score adds a layer of ambiance, the controls are responsive, and the story is intriguing. It features the journey of a young outcast named Aloy as she travels across a vast, varied landscape searching for answers and trying to save her people. The game has stealth elements, exciting combat, and skill trees to level up. In addition, there are a variety of enemies that require planning and strategy to take down effectively. These elements come together to make the game an exhilarating adventure. If you’ve beaten Horizon Zero Dawn and its DLC and are hungry for more, here are ten games that you might like.

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10 Jak and Daxter Bundle

The Jak and Daxter Bundle is a PS4 port of the original trilogy that was released on the PS2. These games follow the exploits of Jak and his best friend and sidekick Daxter. The games are open world for the most part and there are tons of secret areas and collectibles to discover. The trilogy has a gradual curve in difficulty and maturity as these games grew up alongside their audience. There is dynamic combat that evolves from simple hand-to-hand to a variety of guns and weapons to choose from. It also has a compelling story that spans the entire trilogy that's sure to keep you playing.

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9 Batman Arkham Series

If the stealth segments of Horizon Zero Dawn were some of your favorite parts, then the Batman Arkham series will be a solid choice. There are three games in the continuity: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Origins. These games put you under the cowl of the Dark Knight himself. The combat has two modes for the most part: knock-down-drag-out fights with mobs of henchmen, and stealth combat. The stealth combat has you swinging off of gargoyles, hiding in passageways, and skulking through the darkness to pick off enemies one by one. There are few things more satisfying than watching the foes' growing fear as their numbers slowly dwindle. It doesn’t get boring either, as the remaining enemies learn to check places where you might be hiding.

8 God of War

The latest God of War that was released for the PS4 is a great jump for those that liked the combat, open world, and story elements of Horizon Zero Dawn. The story of Kratos and his young son’s journey is touching and relatable and you find yourself determined to get the pair to their goals. The open world of Norse realms are beautiful to look at and it doesn’t feel like a chore to explore them in order to find collectibles and secrets. Of course, it wouldn’t be a God of War game without some great combat. You face the gods of the Norse pantheon and it feels great to swing your weapon, as the blows land with weight and impact. Kratos’ son will aid you along the way in battle and exploring. He enriches the experience rather than hinders.

7 The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Horizon Zero Dawn had a very basic leveling and skill system, a sort of entry course of what one might expect from a complex RPG. If all of the aspects of the game appealed to you and you’re looking to dive into something a little more challenging, than The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is a great next step. You play as Geralt, a witcher, who travels the massive open world of medieval Poland to hunt down monsters. The skill and leveling system is quite detailed and in-depth, allowing you to customize everything to suit your playstyle. The story has dozens of choices scattered throughout so you can play it over and over again to see the myriad outcomes. Combat is challenging, as every monster and enemy has a weakness and will require certain weapons or spells to defeat.

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6 Red Dead Redemption 2

When playing Horizon Zero Dawn, did you ever think, “This game needs more cowboys.”? If so, then Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PlayStation 4 should be the next game on your list. The developer Rockstar is famous for the quality and scope of their open world games and this Western-themed romp is no exception. You get to swing into the saddle of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw in a rapidly changing and evolving world of the Wild West. The story is lengthy but involving and therein true Rockstar fashion, there is so much to do! There are side missions, secrets, collectibles, and just fun activities that allow you to slide into the persona of a Wild West cowboy.

5 Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 but despite it being two years old, it is a fantastic game and a great game to play if you loved Horizon Zero Dawn. The graphics aren't photorealistic, but still gorgeous to behold. You play as Link in a large open world and start with almost nothing, havingto slowly gather weapons to defend yourself against the monsters and wildlife. While you’re welcome to try your luck at defeating stronger foes or the final bosses at any time, it’ll probably go poorly for you. It makes the journey quite worth it; hours of gathering and crafting, culminating in an epic battle that you’ve been carefully preparing for.

4 Monster Hunter World

Horizon Zero Dawn was populated by a variety of robot enemies, each of them with special attacks and weaknesses that require the proper equipment and planning to take down and loot them for their rare and precious parts. Two of the most fearsome of these foes was the towering Thunderjaw and the deadly Stormbird. If hunting these gave you a rush, then Monster Hunter World is perfect for you. Filled with huge and intriguing creatures for you to hunt and harvest for parts to craft powerful weapons and armor to hunt the next beast. The habitats you track these creatures through are simply breathtaking. The monsters themselves behave like real animals and the entire experience is quite fun and immersive.

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3 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Adventuring through faraway lands and interacting with different societies was a fun part of Horizon Zero Dawn and bits of lore were hidden everywhere. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes that and puts it on steroids. The open world is jam-packed with hidden books stuffed with lore, cities, and people, that it will take you weeks to discover it all. When you finally finish that, there's a story to play through as well. You create your own character, the Dovahkiin, to save the realm of Skyrim from the return of a powerful and evil dragon. The story doesn’t progress until you do, so if you want to spend all of your time exploring and gaining strength, the fun is practically endless.

2 Tomb Raider Series

Aloy, the main protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn, was a strong female that bucked the norm. While many debates about whether Lara Croft from the recent Tomb Raider reboot for the PS4 is a stand-out female protagonist or a cliche one, she and her games offer a similar experience to Horizon Zero Dawn. You follow Lara’s evolution from a fledgling explorer to a bone fide grave-robbing badass. As you are often infiltrating areas with a lot of enemies, there are stealth segments that require you to sneak past them. There's a lot of platforming and acrobatics as you navigate your way through crumbling passages. When combat does occur, it is dynamic, and a total rush as you genuinely feel that your life is in danger.

1 Ark: Survival Evolved

If the hunting and harvesting resources aspect, primal setting, and dinosaur-like creatures of Horizon Zero Dawn struck a chord with you, then Ark: Survival Evolved is the next thing you should pick up. It should be said that Ark: Survival Evolved is nowhere near as polished as Horizon Zero Dawn. There is often lighting glitches, rendering issues, and the graphics leave a little bit to be desired. The game is continually being updated though. You play as a castaway on a strange land filled with creatures from nearly all time periods, ranging from dinosaurs to ancient mammals. You must survive in this hostile place, killing and taming creatures to harvest them for materials to make weapons and shelter.

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