After plenty of build-up, Horizon: Zero Dawn finally releases on the PlayStation 4 this week – and we've put together six tips and tricks that you need to know before you get started with the game. These are spoiler-free suggestions that should help you to get off to the best possible start; recommendations that we honestly wished that we'd known prior to release.

Horizon: Zero Dawn Guide and Walkthrough

Save the game often

Horizon: Zero Dawn does auto-save, but it only tends to do so during key story moments. Because the game's post-apocalyptic world can be quite wild, then, you'll want to ensure that you're saving at bonfires often otherwise you may lose progress when you inevitably eat the dirt.

Scavenge everything

Crafting is a key part of Horizon: Zero Dawn, and you're going to need the right gear to take advantage of it. You should be picking up virtually everything you see; prioritise the resources part of your inventory in errands to expand your available storage space, and ensure that you're always looting the carcasses of dead robot fiends.

Fail to prepare…

You'll run into lots of battles while wandering Horizon: Zero Dawn's open world, so it can be smart to do your preparations ahead of time. While it's not essential – crafting is relatively painless – ensuring that you have a plentiful supply of ammo, traps, and potions before entering battle can help you to focus on the task at hand.

Stay on the move

You should not be standing still in combat in Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game is designed around mobility, so make sure you're dodge rolling often and always looking for the best position in order to expose your enemy's weak points.

Stealth can help

You don't always need to approach every battle arrows blazing. Stealth is a big part of Horizon: Zero Dawn, so make sure that you use the tall grass to your advantage in order to get the drop on both bandits and robots. Remember that you can use your hacking abilities or corruption arrows to take control of enemies and turn the tides of battle.

Know thy enemy

Each time you encounter a new machine, make sure that you use your Focus to scan it by pressing the R3 button. This will add information about the enemy to your Machine Catalogue, which you can then read in order to learn more about its weak points and which kind of arrows it's most susceptible to.

Do you have any other Horizon: Zero Dawn hints to share? Will you be using these suggestions during your first playthrough? Do check out our full Horizon: Zero Dawn walkthrough, and also learn how to get the best ending and best armor. Finally, we can help you locate all Metal Flowers, Ancient Vessels, Vantages, and Banuk Figures, as well as how to level up quickly in Horizon: Zero Dawn.