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Horizon Zero Dawn PC revisited: is it fully fixed?

Digital Foundry writes, "With the announcement of more PlayStation exclusives coming to PC, starting with Days Gone this Spring, the time felt right to return to Horizon Zero Dawn, Sony's first full-blooded attempt at porting one of its most celebrated triple-A masterpieces. On release, performance and the overall quality of the user experience was poor, but six months on there's no doubt about it: the game has dramatically improved. It's not perfect, it's still far from ideal, but Guerrilla Games has taken onboard feedback and corrected many of the issues, while dramatically improving performance in some scenarios."

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BiofourceGun38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

completed this game last week on ver 1.10. played it on two setups. (GTX 1060 and GTX 1660)
enjoyed them both pretty well at 1080p 60fps and 1440p 60 fps. (custom settings)
the only thing as DF mentioned was some tech quirks that spans across all versions of the game. (@ 7:20)

bouzebbal37d ago

That's the reason I will always game on consoles

SDuck37d ago

Hate to beat a dead horse since i loved the game but... cough cough Cyberpunk cough cough

anast37d ago

Probably wouldn't want to compare the number of bad PC ports to the number of games that originally worked well on consoles...cough cough. I can't even begin to list them.

TheRealTedCruz37d ago (Edited 37d ago )

@anast

Please do.
As a PC gamer, the only ones that at all stand out to me are Arkham Knight, from years ago, and was the product of outsourcing the port to a new, inexperienced team.
More recently was Red Dead Redemption 2, with half the issue being Rockstar's launcher, itself, and the rest being fixed via a patch, and updated drivers.

So please, enlighten us all with this sheer avalanche of poor PC releases that rendered the PC version a pale comparison to the console versions. I'll wait, though I think you're just speaking out of your bum-bum :^)

RazzerRedux37d ago

@anast

Probably wouldn't want to compare the number PC ports that perform significantly better on mid-tier PCs than their console counterpart either. Let's not pretend people game on console for the superior performance.

Father__Merrin37d ago

Just because you have experienced little issues with xyz game on pc doesn't men the next person has.

Google any game then type in any GPU and Il guarantee forums are flooded with complaints.

That's how it's always been, where on console things are more equal across the board pending patches etc

Your best of with having both units side by side as some experiences won't be on console and vice versa but it ticks me when ppl say or claim everything is smooth sailing on comp

mcstorm37d ago

Farther_merrin

I have to disagree with you on this. If we go back quite a few years pc gaming was hard and a pain in the a$$.

I moved from console gaming in 2019 to pc due to having less time to game with now having a family. Bought a ryzan 5 2600x & 1070ti as i dont own a 4k tv (plan to next year when we move home) but looked at the processor and graphics card and could see it ran most games hight 60fps at 1080p.

Jummped over and i have only had 1 issue with 1 game and this was burnout paradise remastered. It fialed to get past the 1st screen. Quick search found it to be my kinect. Unplugged it not had an issue since.

I have played the following games and had no issues.

Dirt 5, Control, Gears 5, Forza 7, Forza Horizon 3 & 4, Rez 7, Halo TMCC, Grid to name a few new games and all works fine without any issues and in high 1080p.

Pc gaming is far better now than it was a few years ago and will get better now Microsoft are pushing pc gaming along with others.

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ProjectVulcan37d ago

Because console games have always launched in a perfect state

Excuse me just....a minute

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL

anast37d ago

Not always, but in general, console releases are better out of the box.

ProjectVulcan37d ago

"Console releases are better out of the box."

Only in dreams of console only gamers. Spent the past 15 years downloading monstrous and multiple patches for games on consoles, barely any noteworthy difference to PC gaming in that respect.

Plus there is the fact on PC you can actually tailor settings and tweaks for custom performance if there are issues and factor in community fixes, neither of which you can do on console. Considering that mitigation anyone that thinks console games are better in these aspects are behind the times.

Smellsforfree37d ago

@anast not really the case and hasn’t been for years. Since game patches on console became as common as PC patches, it’s been basically the same.

Smellsforfree37d ago

I have a hard time going back to Horizon Zero on console with capped 30fps after playing 60fps in the PC version. PC is a much better experience for this one at this point, but I’d love to see a PS5 patch.

Espangerish37d ago

I cannot understand where the horizon and TLOU2 patches are....I would have expected them to be among the very first rather than say Days Gone (as welcome as that was).

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Levii_9237d ago

Horizon is not a masterpiece DF

RazzerRedux37d ago

DF disagrees. So do I. Opinions.

Kilua37d ago (Edited 37d ago )

Come on dude, Horizon is a masterpiece. You dont have to like it,but at least give credit where it is due: Innovative and incredibly fun gameplay, deep story and compelling open world - a technical powerhouse too. HZD ticks all the boxes for being masterpiece (add in the sales and critical reception). Most definitely one of the best new ip from last gen.

Levii_9237d ago

I like the game but how is it a masterpiece ? Come on .. do gamers really have such low standards today.

Kilua37d ago (Edited 37d ago )

I just explained why it is a masterpiece, and no, i have high standards - i dont play or entertain rubbish. I wish more developers would make new ip as great as HZD. No, it isn't perfect but GG delivered a GG.

O, and that forbidden west trailer was absolutely fantastic. Jaw dropping in fact.

Michiel198937d ago

@kilua, i agree besides the compelling open world, beautiful world? yes, for sure, but i wouldnt call it compelling, there is not much to do in there once you killed all monsters a couple times and the exploration just dumbs down to finding some metal flowers which are just marked on your map.

DefaultComment37d ago

that is kinda subjective, I played just as you probably, I did almost all the missions and explored the hell out of the map until completing the game, hell I even took the time to find all the mugs for the merchant. But now that being said it's an amazing game, but definitely not a masterpiece.

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Silly gameAr37d ago

I bet you thought Breath of the Wild was a masterpiece, though.

Levii_9237d ago

First of all i don’t think i consider any game to be a masterpiece only masterpiece in certain aspects of the game but back to your question compared to Horizon ? Absolutely. Open world game design and freedom and the map in Horizon isn’t even in the same universe as BOTW.

RazzerRedux37d ago (Edited 37d ago )

"Come on .. do gamers really have such low standards today."

Seriously? So if someone doesn't agree with your perception of games then they have low standards? Come on.

Espangerish37d ago

What you mean is ‘I don’t like Horizon’ which is not the same as ‘Horizon is not a masterpiece’.

I don’t like Bloodborne but I recognised it’s a masterpiece of its genre.

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anast37d ago

Most people had no trouble with this game when they completed it over 3 years ago.

TheRealTedCruz37d ago

Probably because it was built from the ground up for one specific platform.
This was the first time the developer had to design a game with multiple variations of tech in mind.

All I have to say is Sony 1st party devs really need to start wrapping their heads around it, or hire quality 3rd party development studios, because, as per Sony themselves, there's a lot more titles moving over to PC going forward.

anast37d ago

Hopefully they make quality ports going forward too.

specialguest37d ago (Edited 37d ago )

Well considering you're playing the game at 30fps, that's already "trouble" for some gamers. 30 fps is painful for me since I primarily play my games on PC. I don't always need a solid 60 fps, but 30 fps feels too sluggish for most game genre. I would rather lower the graphics settings if I can get a higher frame rate

anast37d ago

I only do Pacman at a 1000 fps...

specialguest37d ago

@anast

Impossible!! Da huMan eYE canNot see passed 1173$298(#(( frames per second

Rocketisleague37d ago

Yeah for me the major downside as 30fps, fps and tps are a different level of quality in 60fps

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