All games should have a photo mode, this much we know. But after taking a two-month break from open-world games, I’m finally back in the driver’s seat with the insanely gorgeous PlayStation 4 exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn. And man, let me tell you, my Share button is getting quite the workout.
I made it roughly 8 hours into Horizon before contracting open-world fatigue, and since that time developer Guerrilla Games has implemented quite a few neat little additions to the game’s Photo Mode — namely poses and facial expressions for its fiery-haired leading lady, Aloy.
I’ve been on a screenshot kick all day (seriously, I played the game for eight straight hours and littered my Twitter feed with them) and thought I’d transfer some of them off the PS4 via USB and share them here with you folks. Hopefully you’re into that sort of thing because Horizon: Zero Dawn is fucking jaw-dropping.
Before we get into the screenshots, can we all agree that even Horizon’s quest NPCs look amazing? I took all three of these in-game with a standard PS4.
Once I discovered that I could pause the game during conversations and enter Photo Mode to remove the UI, I started appreciating and taking notice of Horizon’s utterly fantastic NPC design a whole lot more.
Here’s the batch of Aloy screenshots I took throughout today’s adventure. I’m very big into framing the environment around Aloy and getting as much of the game’s rad architecture in the shot as possible.
There still appears to be a bit of image compression which jeopardizes the overall quality, but if I figure out how to get around that I’ll update the files later. It could be WordPress, for all I know.
I’m thoroughly enjoying Horizon: Zero Dawn now that I’ve had time to distance myself from the open world of Breath of the Wild, and I’m certainly glad I gave the game another chance. It’s shaping up to be an incredible experience.