This article will talk about the best games like Horizon Zero Dawn, if you’re interested in knowing what are the best games like Horizon Zero Dawn (or HZD), stick with us till the end.
Set in the post-apocalyptic world, Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best action-adventure games that the gaming community has witnessed in recent years. The game introduced us to who was going to be one of the most lovable female protagonists, Aloy. The game is set in an open world that is overrun by robotic creatures, the player is free to explore the scenic open world of the game. The gameplay includes Aloy fighting robots using arrows, traps, explosives, and spears.
Now, without saying another word, let’s continue marching toward the list of the games that you’ll fall in love with if you like Horizon Zero Dawn.
Best Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn
Ghost Of Tsushima
- Developers – Sucker Punch Productions
- Release Date – Jul 17, 2020
- Platforms – PS4 & PS5
Ghost of Tsushima and Horizon Zero Dawn, both the games are based on somewhat of the same storyline. The protagonists in both games are trying to protect their lands from the antagonists. In the game, you assume the role of a samurai named Jin Sakai who along with the help of his allies goes on a quest to free his island from the clutches of the Mongols.
The gameplay involves Jin either engaging in direct confrontation with the Mongols using his katana sword or using stealth elements to sneak past his enemies or take them out quietly. The game features a beautiful open world of Tsushima Island that a player can explore either on foot or on horseback. Though the open world of the game is not a true open world since all three islands of Tsushima only unlock after the player has completed certain objectives and has made certain progress.
The game was nominated for various end-year awards and the game won several of them.
God Of War
- Developers – Santa Monica Studio
- Release Date – Apr 20, 2018
- Platforms – PS4 & Windows
God of War is one of the most celebrated franchises in the gaming community and there are hardly any gamers who would say they don’t like God of War. With technological improvements, Santa Monica Studio is just making the God of War games better and better.
With the God of War 2018, the story’s focus shifts from Greek mythology to Norse mythology. The majority of the game is set in ancient Scandinavia in the realms of Midgard. The story of the game sees Kratos going on a quest to fulfill his second wife’s (Atreus’ mother) wish that her ashes be scattered from the highest peak of the nine realms.
In their journey, the father-son pair fights against the dark elves, wulvers, draugers, and many other foes. A major difference in this God of War title is that Kratos’ default weapons are not the two blades that he had wielded in the majority (or should I say all) of the games. Kratos uses a magical axe that can be used as both a ranged and a melee weapon.
The game was ported to PC in early 2022 marking the debut of the God of War title on PC. The game is a must-play for every gamer.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Developers – Nintendo EPD
- Release Date – Mar 3, 2017
- Platforms – Nintendo Switch & Wii U
The Legend of Zelda franchise is another great example of a video game series that just keeps getting better and better with time (as a COD fan my heart cries after MWII). With this entry, Nintendo just took the open-world idea to a different level, making it one of the best open-world games.
The Legend of Zelda BOTW follows the story of Link, an amnesiac elf-like warrior, who after awakening from the deep slumber of 100 years attempts to save the kingdom of Hyrule from the main antagonist of the game, Calamity Ganon. The developers have made the game in such a way that it encourages players to explore and experiment with the true open world of the game.
The gameplay involves exploring the kingdom of Hyrule and collecting items and gears that would help in side quests and various puzzles. This title of Zelda broke various sales records and won many game-of-the-year awards, including The Game Award 2017 and the 21st Annual D.I.C.E Awards for Best Game of the year.
The Last of Us: Part 2
- Developers – Naughty Dog
- Release Date – Jun 19, 2020
- Platform(s) – PS4
The Last of Us Part 2 is a PS4-exclusive game with all the elements that make up a perfect game. The game is a direct sequel to 2013 The Last of Us and is set 5 years after the events of the first game. The game takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States where the player assumes the characters of Ellie and Abby. Ellie is a young 19-year-old girl who sets out on revenge for a murder while Abby is a soldier who gets involved in a confrontation between her militia and a cult.
The gameplay features elements similar to HZD (both the games are set in post-apocalyptic worlds) having both stealth and horror-survival elements while also including direct confrontation with the adversaries. The enemies in the game include armed humans and also cannibalistic zombies that a player can fight using firearms and stealth.
Before playing this master of a game, we suggest you first play the prequel to the game, The Last Of Us. This is just so that you may better connect yourself with the characters and develop an emotional bond with them. After that, when you play the second part, that is when it will hit you (beautifully).
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Developers – Eidos-Montreal
- Release Date – Sep 12, 2018
- Platforms – PS4, Xbox One & PC
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the 12th main entry in the Tomb Raider series and marks the end of the Survivor Trilogy. The game is set approximately a year after the events of The Rise of The Tomb Raider. The game’s storyline follows the iconic character of Lara Croft as she ventures to the legendary city of Paititi while crossing the tropical regions of the Americas to battle against a Paramilitary Organization, Trinity.
The gameplay includes Lara traversing through the environment while engaging in combat with enemies, solving puzzles, collecting resources to craft tools, using stealth to sneak past the enemies, etc. One major plus point of the game is that players can tailor their gameplay as puzzles, exploration, and combat all have their own difficulty settings. The game expanded on its narrative with DLCs.
Shadow of The Tomb Raider is the strongest entry in the Survivor trilogy that began in 2013 with Tomb Raider.
- Developers – PlatinumGames
- Release Date – Feb 23, 2017
- Platforms – PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & Windows
There aren’t many games that touch your heart and develop a connection with the player but Nier: Automata is definitely the game that does both. The game is set in the year 11945 AD Earth where humanity is nowhere to be found. Earth gets attacked and overrun by alien-made machines and YoRHa (an elite military force of androids) tasks 2B, 9S, and A2 (the main protagonists in the game) to make Earth free from the invading forces. The game is a sequel to the 2010 game – Nier.
Platinum games had never made an open-world game before Nier Automata and they truly have done an amazing job with the game. The in-game scenes are beautifully depicted that are capable of making the player stuck to the playing screen. The game met with mostly positive reviews with its story, theme, gameplay, and music being loved by the critics. This game is not merely a product but an art.
Monster Hunter: World
- Developers – Capcom
- Release Date – Jan 26, 2018
- Platforms – PS4, Xbox One & Windows
The perfect monster slayer game for anyone and everyone. In the game, you assume the role of Hunter tasked with either hunting down or trapping the monsters that roam the world. Upon successfully slaying or trapping a monster, the player is awarded several items through loot that may include parts from the monster itself that can be used to craft stronger weapons and armor.
The key to success in the game is understanding which gear to use to hunt down a specific monster because one sword may work great on one monster but may also fail horribly against the other. So, choosing the right weapon is the key. You might wanna check the best weapons in the game that you can choose if you’re new to the game.
The game features both single-player and multiplayer modes. You may choose to hunt alone or in a group of four (online multiplayer only).
Far Cry Primal
- Developers – Ubisoft
- Release Date – Feb 23, 2016
- Platforms – PS4, Xbox One & Windows
Far Cry Primal is a Far Cry 4 spin-off. This game is unique in the whole Far Cry franchise, as this game’s setting takes a whole new turn and takes place in pre-historic times (as opposed to modern times). Far Cry Primal follows the story of Takkar, who goes on to become the leader of a tribe, named Wenja after his hunting group is ambushed by a sabertooth tiger.
The main focus of the gameplay is survival. Takkar uses primitive weapons like bows and arrows, spears, and clubs for hunting down animals. He can also call summon animals to aid him in his battles. Players can craft weapons using scavenged materials such as wood and stone.
A very interesting mechanic of the game is that of taming animals. You can feed wild animals with the bait during which you can bait the animal after which it is added to your Beasts menu. Tamed animals can be called to aid Takkar during combats.
Far Cry Primal was well-received by the gaming community. The taming mechanic of the game, graphics, concept, and setting was praised while criticism was drawn towards the lack of weapons that the game has to offer and the repetitive nature of the gameplay.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Developers – Ubisoft Montreal
- Release Date – Nov 10, 2020
- Platforms – PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & Windows
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an open-world RPG that follows the story of a Viking raider Eivor Varinsdottir, who goes on a quest to establish a new Viking clan in England. The game is set in the years 872-878 A.D and shows the fictional story of Viking expansion to the British Isles. Upon reaching the British Isles, Eivor finds himself involved in the centuries-old Assassin-Templar conflict. The game is the successor to the 2018 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
You can fully customize Eivor including its hair, beard, armor, clothing, warpaint, and even gender. The game also features “social stealth” elements, meaning that Eivor can hide in the crowd of people and use them as cover. The social stealth feature was missing in the previous two AC entries (Origins and Odyssey) for which Ubisoft was heavily criticized. The scenes depicted in the game are beautiful and a treat for the eyes.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Developers – CD Projekt
- Release Date – May 18, 2015
- Platforms – PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch & Windows
Witcher 3 is one of those few games that you can play on and on and on. The game takes place in a fictional fantasy world where the player controls Geralt of Rivia also known as the Witcher. Geralt possesses superhuman abilities due to mutations and is a monster hunter. The story follows Geralt as he sets on a quest to look for her adopted daughter Ciri who is being chased by The Wild Hunt.
The gameplay features several mechanics including combating monsters and other supervillains using several weapons and magic, completing side missions for XP and gold, and interacting with NPCs. The game features 3 different endings based on the in-game choices made by the player at the key moments.
The game received critical acclaim and is counted among the best video games ever made and also the best-selling video games of all time. The game went on to win several Game of the Year awards including The Game Awards and also the Game Developers Choice Award.
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When is Witcher 3 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?
The port is planned to be completed by Q4 2022 and hopefully, by the end of 2022, we will be able to enjoy Witcher 3 on the new state-of-the-art consoles.
Is Horizon Zero Dawn only for PS4?
HZD can be played only on PS4 and on a PC running Windows OS. It’s a shame that such a great game is not available on other platforms as well.
Do I need to play Horizon Zero Dawn before Forbidden West?
Yes, it is strongly recommended that you play Horizon Zero Dawn before Forbidden West as the latter is a sequel to the first game and basically starts from where the HZD ends. So, to relate better with FW you should play HZD first.
How old is Aloy in HZD?
According to the Horizon Fandom page, the adult Aloy in the game is 19 years old in Horizon Zero Dawn.