What a generation it has been, full of incredible stories and countless incredible games that have kept players company for hours upon hours. It’s no secret that we at Press Start love our gaming and there has been a lot to love over the last console cycle.
In that time we’ve awarded five Game of the Year awards, given a perfect 10 to fourteen games, and reviewed a lot of others. We’re here to continue our countdown towards the Press Start Game of the Generation.
For an overview of the rules we set for ourselves in determining this top ten, click here.
#9 – Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn was a spectacular success with regards to establishing a new, exciting IP to bolster the already heavy-hitting PlayStation first-party stock. But it also succeeded in delivering a system-heavy, imaginative open-world game that hit a lot of the right notes, striking a tremendous balance between action-adventure and role-playing nuance.
A beautiful game still, Horizon: Zero Dawn is a technical marvel backed up by satisfying combat, the driving feature of the whole experience. Aloy’s tactical dissection of the machines is something that never grows old, reducing them to a bucket of bolts and scrap is an incredible feeling.
The game sold over 10 million copies on PlayStation 4 and enjoyed a successful PC launch as well, which is just a cherry on top for one of the generation’s most exciting new IPs.
“Horizon Zero Dawn is an incredible game. Guerrilla has managed to find a perfect balance between creating an extremely challenging and deep Action RPG whilst still managing to make it accessible to almost any gamer. It’s, without doubt, the most beautiful game on PlayStation 4, set in a world that’s full of life and intrigue. There are definitely some minor issues with the game, but at the end of the day, Horizon Zero Dawn reminds me why I love games. I was able to get lost in the world for hours on end, fighting bad-ass machines without a care in the world.”