Horizon Zero Dawn Difficulty Level Impressions Revealed; “It’s Like A Dark Souls Game”

ThisGenGaming says "Early players have revealed their impressions regarding Horizon's difficulty with all of the players saying it's a difficulty game even on Normal."

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CyberSentinel493d ago

I hope that's not true, I don't want every game to be as hard as "souls" games. Sometimes I just want to enjoy a game like tomb raider and uncharted, without it being to difficult.

Nitrowolf2493d ago (Edited 493d ago )

Been playing for a while and ive died a lot. Its not that its hard, its that IMO the gameplay needs a bit of tuning. Theres no lock on for starters, which could help a lot in 1v1 situations, but i feel the dodge doesnt do its job right. I can dodge an attack early, or even last minute but nk matter a majority of time i get hit. I found just running away is usually a better option than dodging. That could also have to do with the lack of lock on, cause being able to see when ur about to get attacked helps

You have to play it safe basically, but its no way hard like the souls game

CyberSentinel493d ago

I have it preordered, do you think it's worth a day one buy, or should I wait for it to drop in price first?

ShadowKnight493d ago (Edited 493d ago )

Its definitely challenging. Did you get the day one patch update? Just curious

Nitrowolf2493d ago


The day 1 patch is not live yet


I feel havent played enough yet to say, but i am enjoying it a lot

Majin-vegeta493d ago

Not every game needs a Lock on feature.People need to start learning to adapt.

uptownsoul493d ago

comparing Horizon to a Souls game is ridiculous b/c the difficulty settings can be changed in Horizon. Souls games are Souls games b/c the difficulty setting can't be changed & thus, unforgiving

N8493d ago

Lock on as in so that you can focus on one enemy at a time?

buttcheeks493d ago

Why would a it have lock on most games when you use bows or guns as the primary weapon don't

Captain_Mushroom492d ago

EVERYTHING'S like dark souls, these days. kinda - no, it has DEFINITELY - lost its meaning

MagicBeanz492d ago

How do you have the game already when the release date is the 28th?

WelkinCole492d ago

Well you are going up dino robots with a bow an arrow. Its should be at least challenging. Personally I don't want it to be too easy that's its like pedestrian like many games where you just really sit through it.

mikeslemonade492d ago

You guys are lame. Dark Souls difficulty is fine. Otherwise you just pop and shoot and fall asleep.

Utalkin2me492d ago


"no lock on for starters"

Sounds like a casual problem to me.

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Kashima493d ago

Tomb and uncharted are not action rpg.

game4funz493d ago

And this one is??? How so.. What's the difference?

UCForce493d ago

@game4funz Horizon Zero Dawn is RPG, you do have skill tree to level up your character. Uncharted isn't RPG because it didn't have skill tree. About Tomb Raider, I don't know which one, Kashima. You talk the old one or the current one because the current one have RPG and the old one didn't.

sullynathan492d ago

@game4funz this one isn't an rpg. Baldurs gate 2 does not have a skill tree yet it is one of the greatest rpgs of all time. Same for Gothic 2.

ItMatters492d ago (Edited 492d ago )

Tomb raider is now a 3rd person action adventure RPG and uncharted is a 3rd person action adventure game.

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Eonjay493d ago

LOL no, he is saying that the Hard difficulty is 'Souls' hard. Its actually really quite difficult.

Dawknight316493d ago

If you look at the gameplay, those machines look tough. Its an RPG though so lvl up and get stronger. I keep thinking its gonna be like Far Cry. You will be a beast by the end.

PlayableGamez-493d ago

Actually souls games are not hard!
Souls games are fair. The problem with a lot of games now days is that it holds your hand. Soulsborne games treats you like a gamer in the most fairest way possible.

Ashunderfire86492d ago

Same thing with Nioh after beating that bat lady I realize all I had to do is wear medium, and light armor to move faster on the boss. I can hit her faster than she can strike.

ziggurcat492d ago

Well, no... they are hard, but they do get a lot easier once you get used to the way things work. people who have been playing the series have no problems with any new iteration of the game because they are already familiarized with the mechanics. those that have only recently started playing the souls games will invariably have a much more difficult time with the game (and are often the ones calling for a difficulty scale).

The game, if anything, teaches you how to be patient. the advice I tell people is to just learn the patterns, don't get greedy by trying to get in that one last strike (you *will* probably die if you do that), and don't try to rush through everything. also don't listen to people when they tell you to not go past level 120.

PlayableGamez-492d ago

That is not what you call hard, that is what you call a video game.
Gamers today are such wimps.

IamTylerDurden1493d ago

There are 3 difficulty settings, if easy is too hard you are going to struggle with a lot of games..

SweetLeafSmoker493d ago (Edited 493d ago )

If anything it will be similar to TW3 and Death March... on the hardest diffculty

An open world game with difficulty on par to a SOULS game is still quite a few years away... I'm sure there is a developer out there working on it in some sort of fashion..

Horizon: Zero Dawn will have quick, fast paced combat encounters that require you to pinpoint aim on weak spots and stuff of the giant machine beasts...

Like I said above it's gonna to probably be like TW3 on Death March when set to the hardest difficulty... It will be like a battle of death dances... Ducking and weaving until you finally get a chance to hit the weak spot of your opponent.

Yeah... that's it... Just save your game all the time... Just like TW3 on Death March... even the smallest most asinine encounters feel like monumental tasks when played on Death March... I constantly save my game.. after every little fight with drowners or bandits.

ColonelHugh492d ago

Speaking of Souls series though, Death March is nothing when it is the first game you played after playing through Bloodborne. I was extremely disappointed in the enemy's AI for The Witcher 3 as you could just maneuver out of a flanked position and wail on an enemy.

The tougher, the better when it comes to any game where you get stronger over time.

patchzon492d ago

I gotta agree with you on this,a little challenge is welcome,but if its too difficult it might be also too frustrating to a lot of players and spoil the overall gameplay experience of this yet to be an awesome and promising game!

Mithan492d ago

Eh, I don't find dark souls hard. I think once you learn the mechanics, it's easy.

DarXyde492d ago

Perhaps the developers on the team who worked on The Witcher modeled it after the third game's Death March mode, which I consider merciless in its own way(s).

So long as the options exist, I would consider this a nonissue.

drunkenspy007492d ago

I hope it is true. Challenging games are way more rewarding. I don't get this "learning curve" issue, rather it seems people just would rather have things handed to them in their games instead of trying to improve their own manual dexterity. There are plenty of great games that can challenge your abilities if you don't have hand eye coordination skills, like turn based strategy games. Maybe it's not for you, but it's really not that hard once you try, fail, but continue to try until you get it. Then you'll have a blast and understand why

Utalkin2me492d ago


Then thats why they make "TR and UC" for the casuals to enjoy. There is only a handful of games that are hard like souls games. And honestly i think we need alot more of them, instead of the 95% of constant casual games.

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FunkyGoron493d ago

It's too bad for this game that the Switch/New Zelda comes out 3 days later. My time will be focused on BoTW. This does mean I should get a pretty sweet deal later in the year for a great game.

BrettAwesome493d ago

Yeah...well I think it'll be ok 😉 I'll even go as far as to say that Horizon is gonna ship more copies than breath of the wild, simply due to the enormous install base on ps4 and the might of Sony's marketing campaign

SoulMikeY493d ago

lol, I'm buying both, but you must've never met a Zelda game.... between wii u and Switch, I honestly don't think Horizon has a chance of beating it. I'll go as far and say the switch console will outsell Horizon.

FunkyGoron493d ago

I could care less... your yearly dividend's going up if Horizon does better or worse than BoTW? Insecure much? I am just happy to have a new Zelda now and new IP for a discount later. I hope you are happy with the game(s) you play too.

nitus10492d ago


Played Zelda 1 including the new game plus, Zelda 2 (the last boss was interesting), Zelda 3 (pretty much Zelda 1 with better graphics), Ocarina of Time and Windwaker so I am not stranger to Zelda games.

At the moment I have no real interest in the Switch as it seems to be more of the same thing that turned me off the Wii and WiiU. I do like the Zelda games but one game is not attractive enough to make me purchase a Switch. Even Mario and Pokemon games hold no real interest for me so unless they come out with a Metroid game and some other IP that is unique to the Switch then I am afraid I will stick with My PC and PS4.

I have noticed that the Switch games appear to be anything from 15% to 20% more expensive than equivalent new PS4 and XB1 games. Most likely due to the games coming out on a cartridge.

Also, it looks like the scalpers (see eBay) are definitely out in force trying to sell their pre-ordered release for two to four times the actual price of the Switch so unless you pre-order then good luck getting one. Even some people who pre-ordered the Switch over the phone have been getting cancellation mail from some places.

constantine_man492d ago

Yeah, its okay now that they moved the released day forward a couple of days instead of dropping on the same day as BoTW. LMFAO

Bran492d ago

Yeah with 50 million PS4's out there Im sure Horizon will be fine, as long as Guerrilla delivers a solid game. Id say Nintendo needs BOTW to sell better than the 3.67 mil there last Zelda pulled to best Zero Dawn.

Sm3000492d ago

I'm with ya funky, the Sony pompom shakers here are ridiculous. And I'm a sony fan first

_-EDMIX-_492d ago

@soul- Skyward Sword barely sold 4 million copies and that was on an install base of 100 million.

Uncharted 4 just sold 8 million units

The Last of Us recently just sold 9 million units.

What you have to understand if there is definitely a chance that Horizon zero Dawn ends up outselling Uncharted 4...

I have no clue where you even think of Zelda comes into this picture but I just do not see it moving more units, the last Zelda to move 10 million units was in 1998.

The only closest zelda recently to my understanding with around those sales is twilight princess with around 8 million.

You have to consider Uncharted 4 match those numbers without a 100 million install base.

What happens when Horizon zero Dawn a new intellectual property matches or beats Uncharted 4?

The last of us has a very much shown that a new IP can outsell an established IP.

Commandacrunch25492d ago


Calling Zelda: Link to the Past Zelda 1 with better graphics is one of the dumbest things I've ever read on a gaming site.

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TomatoDragon493d ago (Edited 493d ago )

Well...enjoy Zelda. I'm gonna enjoy Horizon. If Nintendo ever fixes the problems it continues to have, I'll definitely return to them. Been on a Nintendo hiatus since the NES.

kevnb493d ago

really? The snes was a beast and nobody can realistically say otherwise.

FunkyGoron493d ago

LOL geez you have a huge hole in your gaming library! I hope you play Chrono Trigger, Mario 64, OoT, and other great games at some point in your life. You are missing out!

Ashunderfire86492d ago (Edited 492d ago )

You miss out on Nintendo's last great console that was on bar with PS2 and Xbox in terms of power. Yup the Gamecube.

Sm3000492d ago

Lol you're doing it wrong

Kombatologist492d ago


Those games are classics. I can't believe you got so many disagrees.

Utalkin2me492d ago


Cause he assumed he didnt play those games. You dont have to own the console to play those handful of games. He could have played them at a friends house.

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uptownsoul493d ago

I'm sure Horizon will do just fine if you don't buy it right away

FunkyGoron493d ago

I hope so... why wouldn't it? I'll buy it later when it's discounted on PSN. Decided I wanted a Zelda experience instead. I hope you make money if PS does well.

Utalkin2me492d ago


I think the point was you started bringing Switch and BOTW into a HZD article, in a fanboy way. But in no way shape or form is that Zelda experience worth close to 400 bucks. But some people lap up whatever you throw their way.

thekhurg493d ago

I'm sure I'll get a great deal on the switch in a few years too with a cheaper Zelda cost. Looks like we're both benefiting.

FunkyGoron493d ago

Hopefully! Nintendo doesn't drop their prices too often, minus the 3DS launch.

nitus10492d ago

Nintendo has a habit of making sure that the prices of their games remain at a higher price for much longer than the games on both Microsoft's and Sony's offerings. In time they will drop but very slowly.

FunkyGoron493d ago

I guess I should have clarified... I meant for me LOL It's too bad for me that I pre-ordered and got the Switch for BoTW. Didn't want to also drop the $60 on Horizon.

Wasn't trying to insinuate one over the other.

I do wonder the age of most of you responding... arguing about copies sold and being off of Nintendo LOL. Are you shareholders with Sony? It's ironic as I spend my time primarily playing PS4/Vita but what does that even mean? I like good games and am glad I'll have BoTW now and Horizon later, for cheaper.

It is heart-warming to see all of you come to Sony's defense :)

jeremyj2913492d ago

Just guessing here but the backlash could be because you mention getting it for cheap instead of just saying that you'll get it after you're finished with BotW. Makes it sound a little trolly.

PlayableGamez-493d ago

I got a question.
Why are you telling us this? What is the point.

FunkyGoron493d ago

I just said things b/c I wanted to. Put a smile on my face to see the comment was taken defensively by so many people. I didn't know the desire for Horizon to succeed was so strong. I just wanted to play a good game and eluded to the fact that I bought Zelda/Switch and ergo wouldn't be buying a game that comes out 3 days prior.

What's the point of being offended I chose to buy game X now vs game Y later? Interesting look at the small echo-chamber that is N4G.

PlayableGamez-492d ago (Edited 492d ago )

In other words, you just want attention because you have nothing better else to do.
You came under an article that is CLEARLY about Horizon Zero Dawn and ABSOLUTELY has NOTHING to do with Zelda to let people know that you are buying Zelda over Horizon?

LMAO. You must have some loneliness problems with some insecurity.
If you are buying Zelda that is cool. A lot of people here are buying Zelda why are you telling us that?... Are you trying to stand out or something I don't get it? Nobody is offended, everybody is trying to figure out why are you going out of your way to tell us something that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. You are deliberating trying to piss people off. That's why people are scratching their heads.

FunkyGoron492d ago

Whoa, chill out buddy... if Zelda hadn't come out so close to Horizon it wouldn't be on the top of my mind. If you really took my post as yelling about Zelda, then so be it. It is too bad Zelda comes out and I won't be buying both, but at least games get cheaper over time.

Forgot any mention of a product outside of PS4/Horizon would be attacked.

Why are you bothered at me talking about Zelda? What's the point?

Big mad man

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Ashunderfire86492d ago

I be too busy playing Horizon Zero Dawn before I ever play Zelda.

DanteVFenris666492d ago

Besides the guy that is wanting attention. I'd suggest both. Both look like fantastic games. Can't wait to play both of them

remixx116492d ago

My backlog b is big as hell as I just finished gravity rush 1 and just purchased the last guardian but I'll still be buying both on release....I definitely don't have the time to play them.

Also mass effect andromeda as well as persona 5 drop not even a month after. For me there is no summer drought.

constantine_man492d ago

5 likes and 33 dislikes. Never change N4G, never change.