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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game Review – From Hero to Zero

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  1. Not every video game makes a successful transition to a boardgame format (although I could name a few that accomplished this feat). I appreciate your perspective, but can't help but wonder if the play testers drew similar conclusion from their experiences or just looked the other way in embarrassment…

  2. Got it of KS and I must agree. So far I played it solo and the challenge dropped really fast even with one player. The tiger radar also confused me and the minis,… we complained about them already during the campaign.

  3. After playing HZD the video game, and loving it, I have little interest in a board game version of it. The video game set the bar incredibly high and I just didn't see a board game living up to that level.

  4. "Sword & Sorcery" is absolutely great if you can live with the playtime and some GUI fiddliness. Although I must mention that I find "Rising Sun" to be really interesting.

  5. My biggest board game fear is that Steamforged Games license a video game franchise I love, a friend of mine realised that fear when they announced that they'd licensed Monster Hunter World . I was so happy that CMON got Bloodborne.

  6. Hmm how about, if you just throw in more monsters? Ive played it solo, and found it way to easy (just one hero) Next time, im gonna play it with the 3-4 player settings (*2 monsters) Any1 tried to just double up the Machines (and jeg play it as a coop game)?

  7. Did Tom delete his review? I cannot for the life of me find the video…maybe anyone could help me out with a link? Thx so much…

  8. I had a really good look at this as the minis were awesome, and I love the video game. This board game looked terrible though so I was thinking only of the value proposition of the miniatures from kickstarter.
    I've got Dark souls which in vanilla form is dreadful but at least maybe they tried too hard to match the video game. The components were lovely though and the minis might get used elsewhere.
    Then I backed resi 2 as big fan and I thought at least be decent minis. Unfortunately it was reverse dark souls where the game was quite good fun but production quality was bad. The board, walls, and doors appalling.
    I think HZD could work as a skirmish wargame a bit like frostgrave or it could be a nice RPG.
    As a board game you could use the theme and make an abstraction with different clans competing with worker placement/hunting though that wouldn't need minis so not really steamforged business model.
    So Bardsung, will that be any good?

  9. Sounds about as good as I was expecting.
    Gets my 2 word rating. Dog shit

  10. Take away message, English reviewers like to pile on Tom Vasel.

  11. Steamforged Games: "I DECLARE (this game) SEMI-COOPERATIVE"

  12. Thank you for this review. The vidoe game was one of the greatest games I've ever played. I so wanted to walk out of the game store when I saw this massive box. Not that I have a ton of cash on hand but so wouldn't have cared about dropping 100 at that moment. Later yes but the want of good game from something I loved was strong. After watching this so glad I didn't waste all that cash.

  13. Trying to read between the lines here…So you liked the game?

  14. At the very end of this video I felt the need to remind you "Board games are not food."

  15. Sounds like it was made by someone who plays video games and not board games…

  16. Kind of disappointed the strongest machine isn't the Thunderjaw or stormbird

    Had to search this on YouTube because youtube ad was advertising a horizon zero dawn board game

  17. I actually genuinely like this game quite a bit. It has issues, but it's still really fun. That said, the "semi-coop" really isn't a thing. It is competitive. Saying otherwise ignores the mechanisms and goal of the game. Playing full co-op is alright, but it requires some home-brew to make it even a bit challenging. The developer has said that the expansions coming next year will provide much higher difficulty, but it should have been an option in the base game.

  18. best random video I've seen in a while. sounds like this game could really use some community rules and mods

  19. I very nearly just bought this as it is cheep on Amazon, just over £60. So thank you for an excellent review and for saving me £60. I have seen your stuff before and enjoyed but for some reason never subscribed. I am now a subscriber and looking forward to going through your back catalogue. Great work guys, keep it up. 🤔 Now do I have a spare £60 to spend that you just saved me🤔

  20. Backed this within hours of it coming to Kickstarter. As a fan of the video game, instant want…

    Soon jump off the wagon when they began previewing the lower quality models (compared to promised in campaign), complicated and dull rules, and a power creep that makes the end game boring and makes obvious character choices a must for maximum destruction of robots.

    Plus it was going to cost $50 shipping at the time, which was half my backing cost. Not cool.

    Really wished that Steamforged Games would have taken more time to develop a fun co-op adventure, and this is as a player who enjoys the Dark Souls The Board Game for what it is, half-baked. The IP gobbling of SFG is crazy, with little of the cost seemingly going to good rules.

  21. I feel like the main box's easy enemies are due to Steamforged wanting to charge £40 for each monster expansion.

  22. When I saw it at kickstarter I knew at first sight that it would be horrible. Semi coop? Naah.

  23. I was let down the moment I found out that the big bad was a sawtooth. What? If the game doesn't come with a Thunderjaw, why even bother.

  24. I enjoyed painting the minis for Dark Souls greatly. I’m a huge fan of the IP so getting to see actual representations of things I like was cool. The game itself sucks balls though. I’ve played it once and probably will never play it again. I’m keeping it for the miniatures though. Could be used for a rpg campaign or something

  25. Yeah, Steamforged has to stop ruin IP`s, that could have potential in the right hands. Sad, because no one else will ever touch DS, RE2, Zero Dawn etc… and not enough, soo cool, they re doing the Monster Hunter BG as well…. Thank you guys

  26. Wow you loathed Tainted Grail? I think its a pretty solid game. Unfortunatly this game doesnt sound like its that great. Still waiting for it oddly enough which is even more frustrating when i hear its not that good lol Enjoying your reviews keep up the great work!

  27. So far, so SFG. Dark Souls was awful yet I was stupid enough to still back Resident Evil (which is fine…not great, but not actively awful either). Since then I've finally learned my lesson.

  28. It's really great to know that I'm not the only person out there that sees all the flaws in this game! Great review, thank you.

  29. And the same people are doing the Bloodborne board game…. sigh.

    At least I got in on the Primal kickstarter which will hopefully fill the niche. And it actually has positive reviews/buzz on its prototype builds

  30. As someone new here, I say the “lower arts” is actually the scientific superior but hey, opinions matter!

  31. Super excited I did not back this game. I felt iffy about its game to board game translation. I'm glad to know I wasn't wrong.

  32. A nail polish factory next to a volcano?……. 🤔……….
    ………… WHAT????? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  33. Thanks for the honest reviews. I went a bit crazy a few years ago and started backing a lot of board games on kickstarter. Lots of minis and a great IP's, how could they fail… this was yet another one I went fully in on. Ouch. I guess I'm gonna be making a lot of my own house rules to enjoy this one!

  34. I can't tell if joking or if being pretentious. I think joking.
    Well, thanks for putting me off buying the fun-not-fun game that doesn't work anyway. Saved me stupid money on something that's not been well thought out.

  35. You guys mentioned Imperial Assault! I wanna know you’re thoughts despite it being an old game

  36. This was so entertaining! Well done. I wanted to go all in on this game because the game is one of my favorites and the minis were so awesome looking. But the gameplay just felt lackluster and this just proves it. Thanks for helping me know I was right not to back it. And I so feel the ending! LOL Dice Tower spent most of their review of my game Fossilis talking about it's shortcomings only to score it 7 and 8's. Which was great, but it would have been nice for them to talk more about the positives as well if they ultimately enjoyed it.

  37. 8:02 the chipmunk meme was worth the price of admission by itself. The great game review was just a bonus. ; )

  38. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Elaine get so cross about a game!

  39. The quality makes sense when you consider that the video game is single-player.

  40. The rules on what constitutes "applying blaze with an attack" are downright not there

    Made playing what was, for me, the coolest character in to an argument starter

    Edit: Also its "crazy ability" does state that you only get 1 point for lighting one or more enemies on fire

    So lighting 3 enemies w one ability is 1 point. The problem is figuring out if your melee attack and the ability card count as 2 applications or not

  41. 17:45 ye. I had the same problem with waste land delivery express. In more than one situations, i spend a lot of turn to gain nothing just for bad luck, wile you see your opponents going closer to his/her objectives, reaching the end of the game… Yeah, Pretty fun

  42. so glad i didnt spend the money to buy this guy, i was about to get the whole pack.

  43. I was sceptical about backing this when it was live in Kickstarter and thought it would be better to have more reviews when it would hit retail.
    I was not convinced from the gameplay they presented and I am now glad I didn’t.
    Pity as HZD is my favourite game of all times.
    Other than that, Awesome review! Really funny. Had a blast watching it.

  44. such a shame this'll be the first board game you'll eat when times get tough 😢

  45. My eldest and I LOVE HZD – thank you for saving us from wasting money <3

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