Finished H:ZD after about 50 hours of play. It remained compelling throughout, which is a feat since on the surface it’s a bog standard open world game. But the gameplay is smooth and fun and the environments are varied and spectacular. The story and writing are excellent; the game really contains not only a very good sci-fi narrative, but a densely crafted world with a rich history and various complex cultural interactions and a bunch of interesting and distinctive characters. I wasn’t all that surprised to see Meg Jeynath (of 80 DAYS) mentioned as part of the writing team in the credits. The writing is very strong. The music is also good, with a strong, recognizable theme that ably captures the tone of the game.
And it’s cool to see Ashly Burch carry a game; she does it well and just maybe pushes herself into the A-list for video game voice talent–comparing Tiny Tina and Aloy demonstrates a pretty wide range of characterization.
tl;dr: Very worth playing. I would, for instance, rate it slightly above The Witcher 3 (to which it is broadly similar), mostly because I think the combat is cleaner and more immediate.