Watch the first hour of Horizon: Zero Dawn (in only 4 minutes)

SPOILER WARNING: I will be talking about minor spoilers for the first hour of Horizon: Zero Dawn. You have been warned!

Horizon: Zero Dawn doesn’t sit you down to gradually explain its setting to you. Oh no. In the first hour you’ll meet mummified corpses, bratty children, and deadly machines prowling through the brightly-coloured landscape. If all that sounds surprising, some kind of abridged explanation of precisely what to expect might come in handy for those of you who are thinking of voyaging into Horizon’s luscious machine-ridden world.

We’ve gathered, condensed, and polished the first hour of Horizon into a slender 4-minute video to showcase exactly what to expect and see whether the game is for you. Obviously, it’s chock-a-block with spoilers. Although most of you can probably guess that it’s a spiced-up tutorial level which explains the basics of Horizon, complete with a 6-year-old Aloy, whose age accounts for her general ineptitude. However, every single thing Aloy does is integral to the story - no throwaway missions here. The central characters you meet will return later on, plus the ruins you explore will be around for you to return to once you’re all grown up with even more to discover. Some key personality-shaping moments pop up in this first hour too, which will affect Aloy throughout the rest of her life. Give it a watch and see what you think!

Zoe Delahunty-Light

While here at GamesRadar, Zoe was a features writer and video presenter for us. She's since flown the coop and gone on to work at Eurogamer where she's a video producer, and also runs her own Twitch and YouTube channels. She specialises in huge open-world games, true crime, and lore deep-dives.