We have been seeing a bit of a shift in the gaming sphere for the past several years. Ever since Skyrim and Dark Souls became popular in 2011, audiences have generally begun shifting away from the ‘cinematic experiences’ that Sony wanted to make. There are some exceptions, obviously, such as Bioshock Infinite or TLOU, but many other games that would have been hugely successful in 2008 aren’t really cutting it anymore.
However, corrupt game journos are still promoting cinematic experiences as if there is still a real market for them. People like Jim Sterling and Dualshockers are constantly parading around titles like Horizon Zero Dawn as if they the paragon of game design and are must buy titles, only to typically be forgotten at the end of the year. At the start of the seventh generation, people fell for this kind of thing with Assassin’s Creed which led to constant milking of sequels that are only now starting to slow down. In the eighth gen, this business model is not nearly as sustainable because people are getting tired of buying games they don’t actually play or like.
I don’t think Horizon Zero Dawn will do nearly well, because the industry has moved on past that kind of development model. Horizon, from what I have seen, is very much the new Assassin’s Creed. It takes an interesting idea and setting, tries to use that to sell people on the game, and then has the player go through repetitive and dull tasks over and over again to progress through a very politically motivated story that’s not all that well told or interesting but covers topics that will guarantee support from the SJW community, which will lead to a defense force of white knights and perfect scores from game journos for the first couple of weeks after launch.
Looking at you, Jim.
Horizon is going to be completely forgotten in a matter of months. One of Playstation’s biggest exclusives ever is going to come out the same week as the Nintendo Switch, alongside a brand new Zelda game that is millions of times better than this. But people like Dualshockers are working really hard to try to keep people excited about Horizon, even though we already know that the game is severely underwhelming. Those who actually buy the game and play it for themselves will quickly come to agree with us. Horizon is not a mediocre game, let alone a stellar one.