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‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ Receives Extended Gameplay Video

Horizon: Zero Dawn has gotten plenty of attention over the past couple of weeks, with new trailers and details emerging before E3. The game received more gameplay footage during Sony’s press conference that showcases more of the third-person shooter’s gameplay mechanics and systems.

Once Aloy sets forth into the valley, we see her use an ability called Focus Scan. Scanning enemies reveals their vulnerable areas that can help Aloy dispatch them quickly. Once enemies are defeated, Aloy can scavenge their components to craft items. In the footage, we see her craft some Explosive Traps.


The new gameplay gave us a glimpse of some more weapons at Aloy’s disposal. So far, we’ve mostly seen Aloy use her traditional bow to fight. This time around, we saw a slingshot and heavy crossbow in action. The scanning system will most likely highlight weapon weaknesses for particular enemies. Players will most likely need to alter their attack strategy and weapons to successfully bring down the more vicious creatures.

After killing a corrupted beast, Aloy comes across another villager who warns her of a “demon” nearby. This segment revealed a dialogue tree system to advance the story. Shortly after this segment, we get a brief glimpse of the major world map, giving us an idea of how big the open world will be.

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Aloy also has the ability to override particular types of creatures to use them as mounts. She finds an area where Broadheads gather and tames one using a staff to override its circuitry. She rides the creature to an area where corrupted beasts have overrun a village. She comes across a Corruptor and focus scans it. The enemy is weak to fire, and she uses some explosive traps, tethers, and fire arrows to kill it.


The defeated Corruptor only brings her more questions, and the trailer slowly fades out from there.

Horizon: Zero Dawn will be released on Feb.17, 2016.

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Doug Trein

Doug Trein is a staff contributor at Fandom and focuses primarily on video games and animated television shows. His game genre favorites include strategy and turn-based role-playing games, first-person shooters, 2D fighting games, and action/adventure titles. In his free time, he digitally archives limited release music, takes part in extended road trips, and discusses history, paranormal, and fitness. He is also a proud Ohio pro sports supporter, for better or for worse.

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