Parents' Guide to

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gripping drama with tough female hero is a must-play tale.

Game Windows 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Great game

This game is amazing! Your a bada$$ female in an open world. There is some mild swearing such as S**t. But besides that this is an amazing kid for anyone. There is action right in left! robot creatures shooting lasers out of there eyes or breaking the ground with a stomp this game is amazing! I would recommend this game to kids 11 and up.
age 9+


Great game, but practicing shealth will be hard for some kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This was a remarkable game on the PlayStation 4, and it's just as good on Windows PCs. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition wisely chooses not to mess with anything that made the console version so unforgettable. The compelling story -- filled with memorable characters and brilliant plot twists that fans of speculative fiction are sure to love -- remains intact and unchanged, and the fascinating, enormous open world we get to explore as Aloy is brimming with mysteries to discover. The combat is as strategic and rewarding as it was on PlayStation 4, forcing players to learn how to use a satisfying array of weapons and traps to take down challenging robotic foes, and PC players who don't like gamepads are bound to appreciate the improved accuracy offered by a keyboard and mouse setup. Having the excellent and expansive The Frozen Wilds DLC -- a narratively rewarding chapter that takes place at the same time as other events in the main game -- thrown in at no extra charge is just gravy.

As expected, PC players also benefit from graphical and performance boosts -- assuming that the game is being played on a moderately well-equipped rig. A decent gaming PC will allow players to increase the frame rate for a smoother experience, and players with extra-wide displays can expand the camera frame to create a wider field of vision and achieve a more cinematic look and feel. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition probably isn't enough of an upgrade to justify purchasing it a second time, but anyone yet to experience this enormous, brilliantly written adventure with one of the strongest and most memorable female leads in recent memory would do well to seek it out now that it's available on a new platform.

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