Horizon Zero Dawn wins Writers Guild Award for best video game writing

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by JammerLammy, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. lovecatt

    lovecatt Member

    • User warned: Inflammatory drive-by post.
    Slow year I guess
     
  2. Having a mobile futurama game, and a madden game in the same nomination bracket kind of sullies winning the award in my book. Going up against a sports game that has a pretty basic story is extra hilarious!
     
  3. Nightwing123

    Nightwing123 Member

    Congrats to GG on the win.
     
  4. thepenguin55

    thepenguin55 Member

    Oh my bad. I completely misread! Not sure how I misread something so badly. Yikes, I need to be more careful. lol
     
  5. Tigress

    Tigress Member

    You know what, I think it is very deserved. I see a lot of complaints that the actual story itself is bad but the history of the world is good but the history of the world is part of the story, it's a big part of the story. I'd argue really more the "main story" is there as a mechanic to get you to learn the history of the world and the world's history is the true story. And I also like how you have to uncover bits to learn that history of the world. Really it's the same way with New Vegas... the whole original plotline is kinda drull and boring (you just want revenge for getting shot in the head). But your character's story isn't the real story, the real story is the world itself and your character's story is just an excuse to learn the world's story. All the factions fighting for power and what is going on. And yes, you have to explore to find that out too. It's one of the parallels I found about the story writing that showed it was influenced by the same lead writer for New Vegas (and why I love his writing).

    Really, at worst, the history of the world is part of the story but it is definitely part of the main story. And I really loved it.

    So, I think it's deserved.

    That being said, with the competition it had it is not that great of an honor to win over the other contenders being considered.
     
  6. Huggy

    Huggy Member

    Awesome, conhrats to Guerrilla Games!
     
  7. Man, I loved Horizon zero dawn, but I could never give it an award for writing.

    The base lore was fantastic. The origins of the bots, the world that built up around them post post apocalypse. All that was great. The actual story they told though within that world though...The warring tribes and bandit stories were uninteresting, and everythign that progressed through was completely uninteresting unless it was referencing the past. The game was also nearly completely lacking in good characters, with Erend being the lone exception. Aloy herself being the biggest disappointment to me, with the directing somehow managing to make Ashly Burch of all people boring and the character being overall the most boring least interesting pile this side of assassin's creed's Conner.

    I loved the game, I just hope the inevitable sequel does a better job with the modern story, as they wont have the amazing lore to fall back on the next time.
     
  8. SirNinja

    SirNinja Member

    I mean, the narrative director was the head writer of Fallout New Vegas, so yeah. You want your game to win a writing award, that's...a pretty decent way to do it.

    Doesn't hurt that the only other nominees were Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Madden NFL 2018 [!], and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.
     
  9. Gitaroo

    Gitaroo Member

    I enjoy the story the most out of everything I played this gen, well deserved I would say.
     
  10. Big G

    Big G Member

    I think Horizon's got a really cool story, and it goes to some places that I wasn't expecting. I just didn't love how the bulk of the game's story comes from a few really big info dumps. I don't think the writing itself was especially strong, more that the game showcases a lot of really interesting concepts. Considering the quality of writing in most video games, though, Horizon's is definitely well above the average.
     
  11. Ikaruga

    Ikaruga Member

    I guess it's better than Madden.
     
  12. Bundy

    Bundy Member

    Congratulations. Game of the Year 2017 for me. And the great story is one big reason why I love this game so much.
     
  13. Orochinagis

    Orochinagis Member

    For the story? I was expecting art design or .....huh....music but the story is not really that original at least on the Sci Fi department
     
  14. Charpunk

    Charpunk Member

    Well deserved in my opinion. I really enjoyed the writing and overall story.
     
  15. King_Moc

    King_Moc Member

    That's the thing though, it really hasn't been. Nier and Divinity 2?
     
  16. DeathyG

    DeathyG Member

    Well-deserved. Horizon's story/visuals/gameplay combination makes it my favorite PS4 game.
     
  17. SuperBoss

    SuperBoss Member

    Well its very much deserved. The game has a very compelling and engaging story from top to bottom, including the non-essential content like audio logs, journals, side stories, etc.

    It helps that the voice acting was top tier as well. The game has some of the best writing in the medium, not sure that anything else last year came close.

    Congratulations to the team and I hope there's much more to come!
     
  18. SuperBanana

    SuperBanana Member

    The back story was fantastic but dumping it around audio logs you have to hunt down then stand there listening to is lazy and half-arsed.
     
  19. JudgmentJay

    JudgmentJay Member

    Yeeeah, seems like there were some major oversights here.
     
  20. daniel77733

    daniel77733 Banned Member

    Nice. My 2017 goty. Horizon should win over those games that are mentioned in the title. Wouldn't have had a problem if Nier or Divinity 2 would have won but Madden? What is the world coming to??? SMH.
     
  21. Why are people putting down the game because the concept isn't original?
     
  22. Inuhanyou

    Inuhanyou Member

    These awards are garbage. Madden yet no Nier A or Persona, they were likely not even considered because they were Japanese.

    Not saying Horizon doesnt deserve being acknowledged for its pretty decent story for a huge AAA game, but still
     
  23. Level 9 CPU

    Level 9 CPU Member

    Horizon's writing was solid in that it doesn't hold back and actually provides answers to the mysteries it sets up. It was really refreshing in that regard, especially when so many games would save that stuff for sequels.

    It has a ton of other problems in regards to that though. Exposition dumps through audio logs and old vaults was infuriating. The best way to make me not care about any of your lore is to throw a bunch of long, text logs in front of me when I'm powering my way through to learn about the core mystery of the story. Side characters and actual politics among the tribes were completely forgettable. It felt like Aloy had no connection with anyone (aside from Rost) and therefore had few ways to be challenged or stretched in different directions.

    It deserves credit for making robot dinosaurs comprehensible in a cool and interesting way, but yeah it was generally just lacking in a lot of small ways that hurt the overall storytelling and world building experience.

    Not having Nier is a big omission. You could make an argument that Persona 5's writing is way too hammy and straightforward. It deals with contemporary issues in a superficial way. And not to mention a few of the troubling caricatures that have been discussed here in the past. Overall I enjoyed the story but aside from the first villain in the game I found the rest of them pretty disappointing.
     
  24. misho8723

    misho8723 Member

    I think for example Prey had stronger writing, mainly the main story and the overall themes.. or Divinity: Original Sin 2
     
  25. cowbanana

    cowbanana Member

    Well deserved, I enjoyed the story a lot more than I thought I would. Digging out more background story kept me engaged almost as much as the fantastic gameplay. As far as sci-fi stories in games go, this one was pretty damn good and chilling at times.
     
  26. Rahxephon91

    Rahxephon91 Member

    Is it a union thing as to why certain things aren't nominated?

    Either way the story and writing in Horizon was great. Really well deserved. Such a concise and focused story. I loved it.
     
  27. badcrumble

    badcrumble Member

    i swear, certain people when horizon gets recognized as the good game that it is

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  28. conman

    conman Member

    A very odd mix of nominees, to be sure.

    And of all the things that Horizon Zero Dawn could win an award for, "writing" is not something it does very well. Give it a tech award. Give it a design award. But giving Horizon a writing award can only come from a cynical belief that games can't do any better. HZD is filled with awkward, derivative, overlong writing that bogs down a game that is good in almost every way except for in its writing.
     
  29. Raven117

    Raven117 Member

    I thought it was very good. The way it sort of built up to exactly what happened and the little stories associated with it were all actually very good.

    They build mystery into the game through the use of those little stories...None ever quite spilled the beans, but you had this feeling that something ominus happened. It really was great and much less "on the nose" than some of the more herald "great games."

    Horizon deserved much more credit that it received.
     
  30. LebGuns

    LebGuns Member

    Incredible story. Just phenomenal. More than well-deserved.
     
  31. Astartes

    Astartes Member

    Nier Automata was kinda of a mess in terms of story.
     
  32. Edgar

    Edgar Member

    Maan I still remember when Rise of Tomb raider won the award in 2015. I was completely baffled.
     
  33. JusDoIt

    JusDoIt Member

    I loved HZD, but it wasn’t even the best written Sony exclusive last year (Lost Legacy).
     
  34. semiconscious

    semiconscious Member

    this. that they've never implemented a way of tracking them all down in game (or post game) is unfortunate, considering how interesting they are, & how much info you get from them...
     
  35. Astartes

    Astartes Member

    How was the story compared to 4?
     
  36. TatteredHat

    TatteredHat Member

    I feel like some of the characterization was off, but overall the story Horizon tried to tell was told better than I would have expected it to be from a studio with no experience making open world games.

    Wouldn't have given it to Horizon myself, D:OS2 and NieR would have been my picks.
     
  37. Bundy

    Bundy Member

    Same :) Can't wait for the sequel and see how it continues. I guess it's gonna be a 2020 game for PS5. Let's wait and see.
     
  38. mute

    mute Member

    Had my issues with the story but they were mostly due to the pacing and the open world nature of the game, and the setup for a sequel. Aside from that it was all good stuff, especially the recordings.
     
  39. Transistor

    Transistor Member

    Absolutely deserved
    I actually liked the story in Lost Legacy better than in 4.
     
  40. Elandyll

    Elandyll Member

    No, it made perfect sense in context, and made it optional for those with little attention span who tend to go "lorelol".

    They had to balance the absolutely essential (delivered through dialogue between Aloy, Sylens and Gaia) and the expository/ explanation which was kept to optional logs.
    They achieved imo a near perfect balance, though choosing realism (notes and logs being only in bases and Cauldrons) over gameplay (pepered all over in gameified locations/ access that would make less sense but be more evenly distributed) does provoke different reactions from players.

    That they managed to make lore stories (like what happened with Ted Faro, but also the back story behind each indivisual AI program, or the journey of Elizabeth) so interesting yet completely optional is amazing imo.
    All to the credit of the writters, is that the game follows two stories separated by thousands of years that are both fascinating: Aloy's and Elizabeth's.
     
  41. Astartes

    Astartes Member

    My favorite part of the game was entering that research facility and listening to the audio of Holo logs. That was a genuinely good sci-fi story
     
  42. JusDoIt

    JusDoIt Member

    I loved both. LL had a more straight forward plot, but its characters were just as vulnerable and revealing.
     
  43. sirleiland

    sirleiland Member

    I thought Horizon's writing was on the weaker side, at least compared to its combat, which I thought was great.

    Aloy just fell flat for me, and the story beats didn't keep me engaged. I enjoyed the game, but the writing didn't really factor into my enjoyment.

    I felt the best video game writing last year was in Yakuza 0.
     
  44. CaviarMeths

    CaviarMeths Member

    Quality aside, how many of those games were eligible for this award?
     
  45. Snake Eater

    Snake Eater Member

    my 2017 GOTY, they did an incredible job having a focused storyline in an open world game, the only other open world game I thought that was able to pull it off was Red Dead Redemption
     
  46. Tagyhag

    Tagyhag Member

    I assume they had to be part of the Guild and then submit it.

    That's said, my question was more directed to those in the thread who think it's the best writing in video games that year, or perhaps all time.

    While I enjoyed the game, reading this thread, I was baffled at that amount of praise.
     
  47. Morrigan

    Morrigan Armoring Moderator

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  48. Gryflet

    Gryflet Member

    One of my favorite Sci-fi stories ever. Although I thought the side content lacked interesting narratives, they at least help flesh out the world that I was playing in. I think the game really kicks up about half way through the story... and it ends so gracefully T_T
    -edit- to you guys complaining about Madden's inclusion... have you guys actually played it?
     
  49. If I ever find myself stuck choosing between Futurama, Madden, and Horizon, I know where the story is at! Snark aside, I try and give myself all the options for games that make sense. "Best of" awards from within a restricted pool just doesn't mean anything to me as a consumer. If I want to restrict the list of games I want to consider there is nothing stopping me going down a ranking of overall best in category and then choosing the highest lauded title that meets my needs. Congratulations to the winning team as it is always nice to be recognized but this has zero impact on my judgements or purchases as a consumer because it i truly want to choose a great story, it's my better interest to find someone who judged based on all games in the year, or at the very, very least all games on a certain platform.
     
  50. i find it odd that Horizon wins for what is the weakest part of it's game. I couldn't even name you one other character other than Alloy. None of them had any traits, and the game did a terrible job world building, because it just killed the mystery.

    OH look at all these tribes they are so dumb, no move on to the next one.