Originally released in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn was a PS4 exclusive that instantly became a fan favourite all over the world. Developed by Guerilla Games, the open-world RPG had stunning visuals, a compelling and engaging story, and an incredibly fun gaming mechanic.
When it came out in 2017, no one thought much of it. After all, with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild acting as its direct competition, very little had all that high of hopes for the game. However, when it came out, the game did more than hold its own against the legendary IP.
If you’ve already had the chance to enjoy the masterpiece that is Horizon Zero Dawn, don’t worry. We’ve got a few games that, while not an exact replica, will give you the same feeling you had when first picking up and playing as Aloy.
Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn
5. Far Cry: Primal
Take Horizon Zero Dawn, make it first-person, and get rid of all of the computerized aspects to animals and wildlife, and you quite literally have Far Cry: Primal.
If you’ve been a fan of the Far Cry series, you’ll feel right at home in this awesome first-person experience. You’ll play as Takkar as you learn to control different primal, savage animals to kill your enemies. Not only does this share many of the animalistic aspects of Horizon, but you’ll also have some of the same abilities, like controlling animals to help you fight and survive in this unforgiving world.
4. Monster Hunter World
One of the biggest parts of Horizon Zero Dawn that people truly loved with the game was its dynamic, unscripted giant monster battles that would just seem to happen at any time and in any condition. Well, Monster Hunter World takes that and says, “How about all the monsters are like that?”
When playing Monster Hunter World, you’ll need to use every bit of patience, research, and experimentation to determine what will work on what creature and what their weaknesses are. Not only that, but if you were a fan of Horizon’s beautiful and lush world, you’ll find that Monster Hunter’s is just as enthralling.
3. Enslaved: Odyssey to The West
Ok, so this is a personal favourite of mine. Inspired by the Chinese novel, “Journey to the West”, Enslaved follows many of the same running themes as Horizon Zero Dawn. You’ll play in a post-apocalyptic world that is surprisingly beautiful despite its incredible danger.
The game is from the PS3 era, so it’s not going to be on quite the same level as Horizon graphically. That said, the developers behind this were the visual monster company, Ninja Theory, that did Heavenly Sword and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. If you are someone that loves an engaging story that has a bit of platforming along with its adventures, you’ll feel right at home with Enslaved.
2. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
If there’s any game to toss your attention towards, it’s The Witcher 3. This game takes all of the things that you loved in Horizon and amplifies them severalfold. And, while Geralt of Rivia doesn’t quite have the vivacious attitude of Aloy, you’d be surprised just how quickly you’ll find yourself interested in his story. Plus, if all else fails, you’ve got Ciri.
Witcher 3 has an engaging story, amazing visuals, an effective combat system, and numerous options that allow you to affect how the story unfolds. Is it a direct 1:1 to Horizon? No. However, if you’re someone that loved Horizon, you are guaranteed to love Witcher 3.
1. God of War
There were a lot of choices that I could have put here as the #1 spot. However, unlike many of these other choices, either on or not on this list, God of War just does everything it needs to do to be a game that succeeds Horizon’s phenomenal gameplay and story.
Like Horizon, you’re in a linear story with an open-world experience. Like Horizon, the visuals look incredible to the point that you’re kind of amazed a game could look this amazing in your lifetime. Like Horizon, the combat is dynamic and engaging, with a variety of RPG elements that you can exploit to make a character that is perfectly set up for you.
Simply put, even besides the fact that it’s a great game on its own, God of War is the perfect stand-in for any Horizon fan looking for something to tide them over until the sequel (for both games) comes out later.