I recently played through this game, and The Frozen Wilds expansion. It’s definitely one of the most enjoyable RPGs I’ve played in recent years, and one of the finest examples of the power of the PlayStation 4 hardware, especially running on the PS4 Pro.
It’s best aspect, though, is the unique game world that draws players in. The fusion of technology and lush, open spaces, combined with an intriguing back story make Horizon one of the more interesting places to explore of recent game worlds. All this, combined with silky smooth controls of modern action games, as you climb up and grappel down ledges and mountainous terrain.
I haven’t played Breath of the Wild (although I have watched some of it on YouTube), so I can’t compare the two easily. Perhaps the new Zelda does some things better with regard to the structure of an open world title, but when it comes it portraying realistic feeling characters and environments, it’s hard to make a fair comparison there, and for some of us, those things are more important.
In some places Horizon does feature repetition, and cliches prominent in the genre, such as the fetch quest based formula (although this issue doesn’t overstay it’s welcome). But what I can say is that Horizon is an extremely polished realisation of both open world, story based, and action RPGs that have come before it. Usually games aren’t good at all of these elements, excelling in only some areas, but Horizon feels well balanced all over.
If you have a PlayStation 4, get Horizon: Zero Dawn. It’s the must play RPG of this generation.