Early Reviews of Horizon Zero Dawn are Out

Sony’s next big exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is coming out in just 8 days and some early reviews are already surfacing. Horizon Zero Dawn is Guerrilla’s first foray into the RPG genre and it seems that many reviewers are responding well.

Lucy O’Brien stated, “Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity–combat–is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration.” She gave the a 9.3/1o and you can read everything she has to say over at IGN.

Jeff Gerstmann says “Horizon Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It’s not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient. The combat has some nice options that make encounters fun, even when you’re just stacking up stealth kills from the relative safety of a bush.” Gerstmann gave Horizon a perfect 5/5, you can check out his full analysis at Giant Bomb.

Peter Brown states, “This is first departure from the Killzone series for developer Guerrilla Games, and though you might think the team took a risk by stepping out of its FPS comfort zone to create a third-person open-world action game, you’d never know it was their first rodeo. For every minor imperfection, there’s an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn’s beautiful and perilous world.” You can see everything that Peter has to say over at Gamespot.

All of these early reviews have been praising the world design of the game and that the game looks absolutely beautiful – which comes to no surprise as Guerrilla Games have been known for outstanding visuals. However, the game doesn’t seem to be completely perfect as many reviewers have stated that the side missions in the game don’t have much variety to them.

Caty McCarthy gave the game just a 2.5/5 stating the game is “disappointing” and that the game has “overtly repetitive and constraining missions that worked against its open-world sensibilities.” You can read why McCarthy does not have the same sentiments as other reviewers do at USgamer.

From what I have gathered through most of these reviews, Horizon Zero Dawn is not going to disappoint. If repetitive side missions are the only knock that multiple people are giving it, then I am sure most can live with that seeing as most games struggle with that problem. Long story short, I cannot wait to get my hands on Horizon Zero Dawn and I will be sure to give you guys my thoughts as soon as possible.

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Crash is Back- N Sane Trilogy Release Date Announced

If you guys are Crash Bandicoot fans like I am, you were jumping for joy when Activision and Sony announced they would be releasing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PS4. This means fans will get to play Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped all in 1080p or in 4k if you are a PS4 Pro owner. In even better news, the collection is going to be hitting shelves fairly soon. Activision announced that Crash N. Sane Trilogy will be coming out on June 30th and, according to Polygon, it will only cost $40. The $40 price point is sure to entice longtime fans like myself to pick it up on Day One.

First experience with Dungeons and Dragons…

Last night was my first REAL experience with Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve played a few games on Roll 20, but I’ve never played in person. We all met up last night around 5pm, and got the rules sorted out, the atmosphere of the world, and a few characters created who still needed. We embarked on out adventure around 9pm, and I must say it was extremely enjoyable even though we just were meeting random characters in the world. We started in a courtyard of a castle that was sourounded by what seemed to be a cult chanting while the world was collapsing around them. We entered the castle and began our search. Everything was damaged and it seemed to be vacant for years. So we searched the upper tier if the castle to find what we called..The warlock. He was a fairly common magician, so we decided to take that to our advantage and toy with the man. I started by slamming my sword into his desk and pushing his hat off the table. Then our wizard decided to take it and put it on himself, while the thief slight of handed it off his head. After a good 30 minutes more of messing with the magician, he told us to head upstairs to find the mystical woman. We made our way up to her and she explained we were too early and we should not have been sent here yet. After explaining that there is a terrible force taking over the lands. She sent us back to our tavern to collect ourselves. That is where the journey ended. We hopefully will begin our second session next Friday night!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Who is ShadowGhoul?

Hello people of the Nerdum! I am the co-creater of The Nerd Chambers with the man, the myth, the legend… JaceRush. A little bit about me to start… I have a huge love for the world of fantasy such as Lord of the Rings and D&D. On top of that my fascination for super heroes is second to none. Some of you may be asking why is his name ShadowGhoul? Well thank you very first yugioh card! The connection that Jace Rush and I started was because we are both huge gamers of course. but a huge love that I have is the comic book side of the nerd world! I absolutely love comic cons such as , C2E2 and Wiard World, I will be hopefully dragging JaceRush along with me this year for him to experience the incredible world of Cons! I have been collecting comics for the last 4 years now, and have started with the Amazing Spider-Man series. I will hopefully begin to expand my collection into Flash this year, but for now I will try and complete my Amazing Spider-Man run! JaceRush and I have been gaming together for close to a year now thanks to us attending the same broadcasting school. We dominate the world of Rocket League and Overwatch together on PS4, and have a great time doing it. We are hoping to bring an outlet for all of our fellow nerds out there to relate to and spark conversations with. Feel free to tweet us @TheNerdChambers to get a conversation going on gaming topics or if you want to join our empire to conquer the PSN world of overwatch send us your own names! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

What is to Come…

We have been taking a lot of time to talk and delegate where we want to take the Nerd Chambers after we graduate. We hope to expand, and take this from a fun school project to a true brand. Our ideas are anywhere from gaming news stories, game/movie reviews, interviews with gamers/cosplayers, and much much more. We are open to any ideas of games to try and new topics to cover in the culture of nerdom, so please feel free to tweet us your ideas to @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! Also be sure to follow to see any special give aways, new stories, and upcoming guests! So let the forces of nerds band together, and help conquer the world by joining The Nerd Chambers.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Hype is Real

The Pokémon Company has been very busy this year celebrating Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. From free mythical Pokémon codes to tons of new tins and special sets for the Pokémon Trading Card Game to Pokémon Go, they have been going all out in pushing there brand back in the spotlight prior to the release of their new games Sun and Moon, and it has worked very well. The demo recently released for Pokémon Sun and Moon has become the most downloaded demo in Nintendo 3DS history with over three and a half million downloads. If that is not enough to show that Pokémon is going to be the biggest launch of 2016, according to an article on IGN (which you can read here) it is now the most preordered game in 3DS history. No official preorder numbers have been given but with Sun and Moon being the first new region of Pokémon since X and Y (which shipped over 16 million copies), I would not be surprised that, by the time it is all said and done, Sun and Moon ships close to 20 million copies. I am sure The Pokémon Company would love to see those kind of numbers to wrap up what has been a huge year for them.
For more gaming news and insight be sure to check back here at The Nerd Chambers. 

Dishonored Definitive Edition Giveaway!

Hey fellow Nerds,

We want to apologize for being gone for a while, and the way we are going to do it is by giving away three, yes, three copies of Dishonored Definitive Edition! All we ask of you guys is to follow us on Twitter here, once we hit 100 followers on Twitter we will do the giveaway on our Twitch account here. We will of course Tweet out the day and time of the giveaway stream and give reminders so that you guys will know exactly when the giveaway happens.

Be sure to check back with us for all sorts of gaming news and insight!

-Manny (a.k.a JaceRush)