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User Info: Panthera

Panthera
1 week ago#11
Okay then. Made some more progress, wasn't meaning to play for quite as long as I did but kind of got caught up in it. This may be a bit brief in parts as a result.

So first Rost took me out to some new area to fight a Sawtooth. What is a Sawtooth? Good question, I pelted it with fire arrows to lure it into a trip caster shock wire and by the time it stood up, I had depleted about 90% of its health so even though it did a lot of damage when it hit me, it was easy to finish off. We get the standard mentor "use your strength for everyone!" speech and then head off for The Proving, which sounds like a big deal. Also Rost will be abandoning Aloy forever to avoid tempting her into breaking the whole "no talking to outcasts" rule. Aloy is understandably sad and I'm understandably convinced he'll show up much later in the game to do something dramatic and then die soon after.

We get into Mother's...Heart I think is the town? Hard to keep track of all this Mother's Stuff. The guy we saved earlier is a merchant now and made us clothes that the dialogue specifically mentions fit perfectly...not sure I want to know how he knew the right size. There's a big scene that introduces some crazy sun worship tribe who apparently were insane until their king killed the previous one. Now his people are out there preaching peace and reconciliation. So...these guys are going to be the villains at some point, right? Anyway, spoke to some dudes after, one of whom has a comm badge (called a Focus but f*** that) and is shifty as hell, the other who seems to be a travel agent for Meridian, capital of the Carja sun dudes. He gives a nice speech, delivers some backstory and probably wants in Aloy's pants at some point. Then we go light a lamp that flies...a lamp. That flies. You know, in a game where machines are animals and also suddenly going crazy, that shouldn't stick out as unusual, but it does. Aloy bickers a bit with rock toss kid from the intro (gee, who would have guessed that the kid who had a name in the prologue would reappear), makes friends with some girl and then sleeps.

Onto the Proving! Where we fight some robots. And the a****** guard guy is an a******. And a****** kid Bast is an a******. Okay guys, settle down. We take a shortcut to win! Yay! And then the woman does a fake out when she says an outcast can't win and then says OH but Aloy isn't an outcast now! Hooray! Then she dies! Not hooray! Bunch of crazy cult dudes attack, leading to a big fight where everyone that's not Aloy dies. Some big dude nearly kills Aloy, then Rost reappears! Huh, earlier than expected. Why was he up there anyway? Big dude seemingly takes an arrow to the face without much harm, which is certainly something. He stabs Rost, they blow up the mountain to kill us, but Rost shoves Aloy off a cliff to save her. It's a good thing she's a video game character or that fall would have been fatal. Also big cult dude said something about facing the sun so he's probably involved with the sun dudes.
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User Info: Panthera

Panthera
1 week ago#12
Aloy is taken into the mountain by the Matriarchs (Teersa seems nice, Lansra is a jerk, and Jezza...exists) and discovers a lot of stuff. She was found inside the mountain, the mountain the Nora tribe worships has a high-tech door inside it, Aloy resembles some woman and the mountain door likes them both but not quite enough to let her in. She gets made a Seeker, AKA someone who can go anywhere and do whatever she feels like. So basically, officially a video game protagonist. We also find out the cult guys wiped out a bunch of Nora dudes sent after them, and also that they have some ability to control the machines. Well, given we found out earlier that the machines have been getting more aggressive as the years go on, that certainly sounds like something that might lead to the main plot.

Speaking of controlling machines, a machine that can control other machines shows up to lead an attack on the town! This thing, called a Corrupter, was kind of annoying, it does a huge leap attack that should be easy to avoid but since there are tons of NPCs for it to target, it constantly goes for them and as a result I end up running directly into the path of its attack because I think it's aiming for me when it actually isn't. Still won the fight without any deaths, but it got a tad close. We got something that might be able to control machines in some way for ourselves, but that will wait for tomorrow, as will testing out the new "Sharpshooter" bow I bought. Next destination is apparently sun dude central. Hmm, maybe they won't be the main villains after all? Pretty early to go there if they are. Still expecting the cult guys to be tied into them somehow.

Having fun so far. Almost got the hang of the controls, I keep jumping instead of dodging or doing melee attacks instead of shooting because I forget it takes two buttons to shoot stuff here, but those mistakes are getting less and less frequent. Hate the whole L3 to sprint thing though. Surely R1 could be sprint and light vs heavy melee attacks could be tap vs hold R2? Would feel so much better...oh well.

Next time on Panthera Plays Horizon: Zero Dawn: I have no idea but it will probably involve PURPLEVISION.
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User Info: XIII_rocks

XIII_rocks
1 week ago#13
Yeah it really starts to pick up now
Not to be confused with XIII_Stones.

User Info: Panthera

Panthera
1 week ago#14
Might be able to find some time to play soon, or maybe I'll get sidetracked by supper and put it off until later.

Have to decide whether I want to do some side quest thing I stumbled across, go collecting stuff to upgrade my carrying capacity of various things or move on with the story. Or just aimlessly wander until some machine comes around a corner and murders me, that sounds like a plausible outcome too.
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Panthera
1 week ago#15
Minor update: Did some side quests. Met some dude who wanted me to save his daughter and retrieve a spear, and tracked down some crazy dude who was temporarily exiled. Both helped by the power of PURPLEVISION allowing me to see footsteps and blood. I wonder if there was a way to botch the conversation with the crazy guy and fail the quest because of it? Because that's not what happened but I must admit, it's hard to resist picking the "he's a danger to others" option in reference to the guy who is rambling about spirits compelling him to hurt people.

I think every single time I tried to use the tripcaster and bait enemies into its wires, they just sat back and shot projectiles at me instead or just stood around doing nothing. Suddenly this thing is not so useful...oh well. I'm glad I took the skill that lets me drop down from ledges without making noise when I land, getting good mileage out of climbing rocks and slipping down behind a machine to wipe it out quickly. Should be even better when I get the actual drop down attack instead of relying on dropping down and then using the regular silent take down.

Also found I can ride a Strider if I sneak up on it now, but I'm not sure how valuable mecha-ponies will really be in a game where getting caught in the open seems like a very bad thing.
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User Info: XIII_rocks

XIII_rocks
1 week ago#16
They're useful for getaways, especially later

Also just really handy for traversal
Not to be confused with XIII_Stones.
Yeah man. Amazing game and I'm partial too it because some of the vantage points are right where I live
Rost always said: Patience

User Info: Panthera

Panthera
1 week ago#18
Has that ever resulted in you being afraid to go to the grocery store for fear of a machine eating you?
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Panthera posted...
Has that ever resulted in you being afraid to go to the grocery store for fear of a machine eating you?


Not necessarily but I do consider it as a possibility from time to time
Rost always said: Patience

User Info: XIII_rocks

XIII_rocks
1 week ago#20
fortybelowsummer posted...
Yeah man. Amazing game and I'm partial too it because some of the vantage points are right where I live


That's so cool man. I really liked how I slowly figured out where it was set and the little hints you get about it.
Not to be confused with XIII_Stones.
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