Horizon Zero Dawn looks extremely pretty and feels oddly famililar
Horizon Zero Dawn hurts my brain for two reasons. First, it's so incredibly pretty that the search for a comparison becomes a difficult one. Second, for such a pretty world, the story trailer and details it sort of reveals, are as vanilla heroes journey as they can possibly get, and that makes for a painful yawn. It feels like a waste to see such gorgeous design being put to use in what seems to be an extremely bland narrative.
You can take a look at the newest story trailer for the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive above. A strong female protagonist has to leave the village and go on an adventure, there is a villain meddling in powers he doesn't seem to completely understand, a shadow organisation or "interested party" is in the mix somewhere, the list of safe, bland and uninspired is a long one.
Horizon Zero Down looks like it's taking place in an interesting world. I sincerely hope they don't choose to populate that world with washed out stereotypes and a story by numbers.