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List of Machine Creatures in Horizon

Alloy, the main character and awesome robot hunter from the Guerrilla Games open-world adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn, faces some unique challenges. Regular, run-of-the-mill animals such as deer and turkey are terrifying enough as it is without adding this world’s machinated animal hybrids into the mix.

If you expect to progress in this strange world then you’ll need to know about all the various Machines available to hunt. Here’s a safe and sane rundown of the various Machine types and what to look out for while hunting out in the wild.
The name says it all: These small sentry-type creatures are able to detect threats, then report danger back to larger, more hostile Machines. They lack weapons, but that doesn’t stop watchers from tackling humans.

One of the first Machines shown in the initial Horizon:Zero Dawn trailers, the strider resembles a horse, and it travels in packs across the lands. Alloy can tame and ride these robo-beasts, but they can also be used for baiting out larger predators.

Another peaceful, pack animal, grazers are hunted by humans for the energy canisters on their backs. This energy is pulled from the grass and plants the creature grazes on while moving across the land.

The scrapper is the hyena of the Horizon:Zero Dawn world, surviving off the crashed corpses of Machines like the Glinthawk to survive. These beasts also possess a piercing laser attack, becoming a dangerous problem when dealing with packs.


Never before has a chicken dinner been so important in a video game. We all strive for it, some of us have obtained it, more than once on some occasions and some are still chasing, hoping, that one day, it will be their turn.

Getting your hands on a chicken dinner is no easy task, there is only one way to get one, you need to be the last. How you do it doesn’t matter, there is no playing dirty in PUBG, there is only survival, at any cost.

If you are relatively new to the game, no doubt, your first instinct is to avoid fighting where possible, this is probably the biggest mistake. You need to get over those fears, the shaky hands and the anxiety. Drop in the the middle of the action. Aim for those military zones and high traffic areas. You need to quickly learn to find the loot, equip, aim and kill. Once you have become adept in these concepts, you can now expand on your play styles.

Make sure you are running the most optimal settings for your rig. Generally, most people play with a mix of high and low settings to maximise performance. I cannot suggest the best settings for you, you will need to test them yourselves but I must suggest view distance be on ultra. This will force the game to load in all the assets at the start leading to a much smoother game when travelling into new area’s. With higher settings comes a higher requirement of RAM, to play this game on Ultra, I would suggest 16GM RAM for a smooth game.

Choosing your location to drop plays a huge part in your ability to get geared early on and survive longer than the top 50. Depending on your playstyle you may want to go all guns blazing or perhaps play it safe and keep away from the action. Whatever you do, decide on a location with transportation and buildings.

Pay attention to the plane’s path, this allows you to gauge which towns may or may not have been populated. For instance, the plane was down south from east to west, this means it is unlikely anyone will have landed up north, they would need to drive in order to get there, first come first served.

Enemy players dropping, keep an eye on where you see parachutes open, you’ll know which direction to expect company or to avoid when moving on.
The circle is no longer your friend, it is the enemy’s friend. Rarely will you find yourself blessed by the circle so always watch that timer and be prepared to move at a moment’s notice. Having transport will allow you to leave at the last moment, although it is loud, it’s quick. So, if you are on foot leave enough time to run, otherwise the circle will punish you for being too slow.

Are you a chaser or a camper? Chasers tend to ride the zone in, this means they only have enemies in front, mostly, but run the risk of being caught out by the circle or in a gunfight as the circle closes in around them. Campers will find the middle of the circle and keep moving to save locations within the circle. This may mean you avoid contact with players until the final moments of the game however, you could have enemies from all directions. Either way you will need to pay attention to the sounds around you, these indicate where the remaining players are, you can either engage to finish them off or avoid very skillfully.

Looting is the grind, find that gear, keep your eyes peeled and noise to a minimum. Keep doors to buildings closed behind you, move systematically between buildings making sure you do not miss a room. Loot spawns randomly to some degree, you may think of ignoring that shed out back, it only ever has rubbish in it, you just missed a LVL 3 vest. When looting quickly learn to tab loot. It is much much faster to drag and drop into your inventory than to press F on every item on the floor, especially if you are after 1 item amongst 7 other items. When dropping with multiple enemies, on roof of school or military buildings, the fastest looter will generally win.


A glance at the three-and-a-half decade history of video game movie adaptations and arcade-inspired films reveals a landscape littered with disappointment. Most game films range somewhere between merely meh and obnoxiously odious. The most recent misfire, Pixels, garnered a 4.5 rating from IGN. But sprinkled amidst the masses of mediocrity and canyons of crap are a few films that are positively enjoyable. Next time you’re looking for an entertaining movie, check out these seven recommended diversions totally worth your time.
Wreck-It Ralph tells the story of a video game villain fed up with being taken for granted. Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) escapes from his game cabinet and wanders the network connecting his local arcade on a quest to earn some respect. The inside jokes on game culture Ralph encounters on his odyssey are uniformly amusing to the core gamer audience, but the movie shines brightest when it focuses on themes of friendship, jealousy, and the inevitability of change. Top-tier voice talent, a rib-tickling script, and a legitimately-surprising plot twist help make Ralph the best all-ages video game movie.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) parses his lonely, unemployed, Canadian life through the filter of early-nineties pop culture. Scott’s in love with the mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but to win her heart he’ll have to defeat her seven evil exes. Their courtship plays out like an insane real-world retelling of River City Ransom. The video game ambiance drips from every corner of the script, with nods to Zelda, Clash at Demonhead, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, DDR, Crash and the Boys, and a host of other vintage games. A classic coming-of-age romance featuring a smart script, superb directing, and great performances by the entire cast, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is an unqualified gem.

For forty years, the United States lived under the shadow of imminent nuclear war with the Soviet Union. WarGames taps into the paranoia of mutual assured destruction, fusing the threat of annihilation with the emerging computer-age fear of artificial intelligence and the removal of human beings from decision-making. Despite the Reagan-era anachronisms (eight-inch floppies, pay phone hacking) and some storytelling silliness (a quick-witted Matthew Broderick effortlessly escapes from NORAD after almost starting World War III), WarGames has genuinely prophetic undertones. It predicts the automation of the systems governing people’s lives and the potential marginalization such a surrender of power implies, themes that grow more relevant by the day. It’s a genuinely entertaining thriller with a clever, memorable ending sequence built around the highest-stakes video game ever played.


I’d only been at Pokemon Go Fest for five minutes the first time I heard someone shout that an ultra-rare Pokemon was nearby. With 20,000 of the most dedicated Pokemon Go fans from around the world in one spot, it wasn’t surprising to see that people were passionate, and the friendly, cooperative spirit that started the day represented everything great about Pokemon Go and its community.

As players ran past me, I joined them, running toward a 10-foot tall physical PokeStop and excited for my first chance to catch an Unown, one of the rarest Pokemon in the game. People were laughing, the weather was great, and everyone had a smile on their face. As I got closer to where the crowd was gathered, I saw Unown pop up on the in-game map. Pokemon Go Fest was already a blast, I thought to myself.

That experience sums up Pokemon Go Fest nicely. The event, billed as the first birthday party for the game and developer Niantic’s inaugural real-world gathering, was held in Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend and intended to be a celebration of a massively successful first year.

As an avid player myself (I currently have almost the entire Pokedex complete and have suffered personal injury multiple times in my pursuit of catching them all), I was especially excited at the promise of playing Pokemon Go with a gigantic slice of the community. It was a chance to meet fellow players and to catch some of the rarest Pokemon in the game.

When the game was functional, it was exactly that, and there were some exciting, special moments when the crowd was working together. But for much of the day, most people couldn’t even get the game to start, leaving them standing in the hot, crowded park with not much to do but wander aimlessly. Others could connect but found the game laggy and unresponsive, or encountered crashes every time something good popped up.