Horizon Zero Dawn’s Updated Boxart Is A Disappointment

Horizon Zero Dawn was a breath of fresh air in the current market of open world RPGs. It delivered a story rich RPG set in a post-apocalyptic science fiction world where the Robots ruled the world while humanity was scarce. While the game was received well by critics, it also managed to achieve commercial success by selling more than 3 million units within its debut month.

Horizon Zero Dawn was the work of Guerrilla Games who have previously worked on the Killzone series. This was their first project and attempt at creating an open world action RPG and they managed to be quite successful at it, judging from the end result. While the game has no doubt received critical acclaim, the boxart of the game featured a gorgeously drawn artwork that seemed to put the main characer, Aloy, against Jawbreaker, one of the signature Robotic dinosaur featured in the game.

Sadly while the first print edition of the game featured just the artwork, the second print for the boxart is now messed up thanks to the addition of review scores that seem to reflect the critical reception of the game. The only issue is that they now hide a part of the boxart so they appear as a blemish on the artwork.

This might seem like a minor nitpick, but adding review scores to the actual boxart is something that always come across as an attempt to catch the attention of those who are new to the game. It is not necessarily a bad thing but it can also be attempted with certain creativity. Why not use the back of the boxart to show the scores instead of putting them right at the front, often at the expense of the artwork.

Horizon Zero Dawn is available now for the PS4. It was developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Danial Arshad Khan

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