Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Review

by Nick Staunton-Mckenzie

Posted on Mon 6th Nov 2017

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With a great story and landscapes, The Frozen Wilds truly stands high above the rest.

Venture into the unknown snow capped wilds, full of new and mysterious Machines and a secretive nomadic tribe. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will take players on a journey into Guerrilla Games' new expansive DLC from November 7th 2017, only on PlayStation 4.
Aloy finds herself in a strange snow-capped land, far north from home, after hearing whispers and stories of a distant tribe under siege in their own land by the creatures they were once akin to.

Set after the events of the base game, The Frozen Wilds does a great job at expanding on what made the base game so interesting (aside from the robot dinosaurs). This DLC provides more content-rich lore and intrigue for players to explore at their own leisure, as well as a plethora of quality side quests for the player to run away and experience the kooky and funny characters, which add much-needed information that the serious main story hides away.
Nothing much has changed gameplay wise, it is largely the same core mechanics and inventory items with some new area-specific weapons, armour, and modifications to play around with. This DLC carries over the base games enthralling combat and stealth system, while at the same time throwing some curveballs at the player to keep them on their toes in this strange new land.
Guerrilla Games has done a masterful job of somehow making the game even more beautiful than it already was. The snowy environments, strange new Machines, and overall character design looks magnificent. The game is simply bursting at the seams with an insane level of detail and the redesigned machines, paired with the Old Ones' structures really give this DLC a feel that is totally separate from the base game.
I feel like a broken record for saying this, but the impeccable soundtrack, expertly delivered voice acting, and immersive combat sounds have been carried over from the base game.

But instead of being a boring reproduction, The Frozen Wilds puts it's out spin on all of these elements to create top-notch audio across all aspects of the game, which really goes a long way in making the player feel comfortable yet curious about what is yet to come.
This doesn't feel like your typical DLC, this game has its own look and feel that is completely its own. Everything from the dialogue to the Machine design has been reworked to make the player think that this is something that is new and fresh for them to sink their teeth into.

In my opinion, this could have been its own standalone expansion or sequel, because that is how this game is presented and truly feels like fans got an early sequel to quell their hunger for another entry into this young yet amazing series.

Review Copy provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment


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