Best open world game: 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' or 'Horizon Zero Dawn'?
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Best open world game: 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' or 'Horizon Zero Dawn'?

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It's a good time to be a gamer. Nintendo's "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is a legitimate system seller for the Switchthe rare game that redefines the entire financial outlook for a company. But "Horizon Zero Dawn" has been called one of the best original IPs in years and a legitimate reason to own a PlayStation 4. Both open world games have dazzled critics and gamers, feature incredible art design, and make the case for their respective systems. What do you think? 🎮

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Released just days apart, "Zelda" and "Horizon Zero Dawn" have divided gamers along familiar lines—Nintendo and Sony. And it's no surprise why. Both games are critically acclaimed, open world adventure games that are master classes in game design. But which one is the best?

Two humungous games, yet with a number of key similarities. Both are open-world, both feature hunting and craftingboth even have secret underground sections where you'll learn more about mechanised ancient forces.

Gamers have even created comparison videos on everything from vegetation to particle effects, in order to crown the superior game!

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is the 19th game in Nintendo's storied "Legend of Zelda" series, and the main launch title for the Nintendo Switch. "Breath of the Wild" tells the story of Link, a swordsman who wakes up 100 years after a disastrous encounter with the Calamity Ganon, and must travel the world of Hyrule to recover his memories, gain new abilities and find new allies en route to saving the titular Princess Zelda.

"Breath of the Wild" is a dramatic departure from the Zelda formula that Nintendo mastered nearly 20 years ago, with Nintendo's seminal "Ocarina of Time." This time around, players are dropped into the middle of Hyrule with little to no explanation and encouraged to explore the world however they want.

"Breath of the Wild" is considered one of the best games of all-time, and has the most perfect review scores in Metacritic history.

"Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is a game changer. Not only does it redefine what an open world adventure can be, it is the culmination of decades of game design from Nintendo and other developers. It's beautiful, engrossing and huge. It creates a Hyrule that feels like a living, breathing world. It gives Nintendo Switch owners a reason not to care about the fact that the next original Nintendo title won't come out for the Switch until June.

There's a reason why it's being called the greatest game of all-time and scoring some of the highest marks ever seen by Metacritic users. It's incredible. You can't deny it. Horizon Zero Dawn might be a fun game, but it was released in the shadow of a masterpiece.

After thirty years of The Legend of Zelda, the latest entry in the series isn’t just innovative; it’s a transformative, essential gaming experience that demands to be played whether you are a longtime fan or if you aren’t quite sure if Zelda is the boy or the girl.

"Horizon Zero Dawn" is an original title developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony, exclusively for the PlayStation 4. It tells the story of Aloy, an archer who hunts robotic animals—set nearly 1,000 years after an apocalyptic event on Earth. Aloy travels the world and uncovers the truth about this catastrophic event, learning more about the history of the "Old Ones."

"Horizon Zero Dawn" was a risky bet for Guerrilla Games, known predominantly for its "Killzone" series, as a wholly original intellectual property. When it launched, it quickly became the PlayStation 4's biggest new IPtoppling "Breath of the Wild" in the U.K.

"Horizon Zero Dawn" is considered one of the best video games of its generation and is the third highest-rated exclusive on the PS4, according to Metacritic.

Zelda is a franchise. Nintendo had decades of world building and game design to borrow from. It takes real ingenuity to launch a whole world from scratch, with characters you've never heard of before. And that's exactly what Guerrilla Games and Sony have accomplished with "Horizon Zero Dawn." 

Not only is "Horizon Zero Dawn" more detailed, and more visually impressive (running at 1080p with ridiculous modeling and draw-in distance)—but the game also features a strong female protagonist. All of this is wrapped in a slick, polished package that simply trumps Nintendo's efforts on every imaginable technical level.

Published by Sony exclusively for Playstation 4, "Horizon Zero Dawn" is set in a futuristic, yet primal world, bringing together the genres effortlessly. 

Even gamers are torn.

But each game has legions of supporters, willing to defend the hype!

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