Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Month of HZD: Stormbirds are the worst II

Again, the game forced me to fight a Stormbird. This shot, taken during a cutscene, shows its surprise entrance. I saw this cutscene three or four times because I kept dying during this fight.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Month of HZD: Where the wild things probably are

And Aloy sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year. Here she is, pictured slightly before the onset of the Wild Rumpus.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Month of HZD: Snapmaw aftermath

I remember the context behind this image. I had just faced my first group of Snapmaw, the game's mechanized equivalent of alligators. I had also either just learned, or was about to learn, the joy of using blast bombs, an explosive type of ammo fired from a slingshot, to knock bits of armor off machines. The already-visceral combat, paired with the visual feedback of armor chunks flying off an enemy and the indescribably satisfying sound of an enemy's components being damaged beyond repair, make fighting machines a treat that the player seeks out, rather than a chore to be avoided.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Month of HZD: Ballad of Redmaw II

Arriving at the scene of the impending ass-handing, Aloy and Talanah witness Ahsis talking sass to Redmaw, who prepares to unmake the bigot in spectacular fashion.

This is a still from a cutscene. What I like about it isn't what's happening. It's what's clearly inevitable.

To be continued

Friday, January 12, 2018

Month of HZD: Climate change

It is illustrated, through the game's collectable lore, that Horizon Zero Dawn takes place in a post-apocalyptic Colorado. As you can see, in far-future Colorado there are palm trees.

I don't remember how I got it to look like this. The photo was taken during the game's night cycle, yet the sky is blazing.