I love E3. Five days of non-stop game coverage, with more announcements and surprises than the mind can comfortably conceive.
What’s more, E3 just keeps getting better, with all of the big publishers showing an amazing variety of games. For every predictable sequel, there was a brand new game or unique looking indy title.
So many incredible games, but the one that stood out to me the most was the new game from Guerrilla Games: Horizon: Zero Dawn.
I was expecting Uncharted 4 to be my game of the show, and for the insane Uncharted fan within, it was, but this will be my forth adventure with Drake and I sort of know what to expect.
I have no idea what to expect from Horizon, not just because it’s a new IP and they showed very little of it, but because it’s being developed by Guerrilla Games, who for the past 10 years haven’t made anything other than Killzone.
I really enjoy the Killzone games and while Shadow Fall showed that Guerrilla are capable of using a more varied colour palette (not just different shades of brown) an open world third person role playing game is completely new for them.
Despite the lack of colour, Guerrilla’s games have always been graphical powerhouses and the first bit of Horizon we saw looked incredible. No colour is off the table in this post-post apocalyptic world and it looks beautiful.
And then there is Aloy, the game’s protagonist. Killzone games were first-person, and while you saw your character during cut-scenes, you were only really able to build a relationship with his hands, which is what you saw 95% of the time.
Aloy will be played in third-person so you will really get to know her, especially if she is as vocal as she was in what we’ve seen.
What has me most excited for this game is how little we know about it. How did humanity come so close to extinction? Who are the tribes and where did they come from? And what the hell is up with the machines that roam the land and that Aloy treats like wild animals to be hunted and respected?
Guerrilla has created what looks like an incredible world that is packed full of questions and that first trailer and piece of gameplay, with that goose bump inducing score has me so excited for the game.
I know it was only a first look but I just cannot wait to find out more.