Amazing video imagines Horizon Zero Dawn as a PS1 game

Amazing video imagines Horizon Zero Dawn as a PS1 game

Those wondering what Horizon Zero Dawn would look like if it was made in the mid-90s are in luck, as a new video highlights an incredible demake.

Video game demakes are becoming more and more popular in recent years, and now Horizon Zero Dawn received this treatment. A new video shows what the game would be like if it weren’t for a technical marvel released on PS4, as the demake takes into question. Horizon Zero Dawn back to the PS1 era.

Obviously this leads to a massive visual change as Horizon Zero Dawn was arguably one of the most visually stunning games ever made when it released in 2017. Although it was surpassed by its sequel, Forbidden West Horizon, Guerrilla Games has delivered a breathtaking world with a variety of environments to explore. From the foliage to the character models, everything was stunning, with the machines all looking amazing too. All of this was made possible by the Decima engine and how far technology has come in recent decades.

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For those who like to see modern games with some retro looks like the popular Blood demake, Reddit user ZeoNyph submitted a Horizon Zero Dawn undo. Published in official Horizon subreddit, the video starts with the old Sony Computer Entertainment logo and the iconic PS1 logo. From there, players see a menu screen with some dated winds and environments, with the player then hitting start to enter the game. A nice touch sees a Frozen Wilds option listed.

After a brief loading screen, an intentionally blocky version of Aloy can be seen standing next to a fire that moves in a charmingly old-fashioned way. After walking towards a textureless wall, she climbs onto a very obvious support and pulls herself to the top of the cliff. A Watcher quickly approaches, its light turning red and an ominous noise being heard. Instead of fighting, however, Aloy is knocked to the ground and killed after the Watcher attacks her, with a “you died” screen displayed.

Unsurprisingly, Redditors were impressed by this clip of PS1 Aloy in action, with the post receiving over 6,800 upvotes and tons of positive comments. All models and textures were created by ZeoNyph in Blender, showing a serious level of dedication from the Reddit user. In the description of this clip on YouTube, the modder claims that this PS1 demake was inspired by tomb Raider and resident Evil. Perhaps the best touch of all was that it was intentionally given a 320×240 resolution for “authenticity”.

While Horizon Zero Dawn on PC and PS4 it’s beautiful, it’s really fun to see what a much older version would look like. While an open world might not be possible, the unique premise and machine enemies may have been enough to help the game succeed over 20 years ago.

Horizon Zero Dawn is now available for PC and PS4.

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