Yup, Horizon: Zero Dawn is absolutely in my art category - it’s consistently on-point with its themes, it s characterisation, its setting and the intrigue within it as you uncover the secrets of the past.
On top of that, no romance - I daresay that Aloy is canonically aro/ace from the way in which certain scenes that lean towards romance from other characters are presented.
There’s a strong emphasis on positive, platonic relationships - this is particularly well handled with the male characters as well, there’s like… a seriously refreshing lack of toxic masculinity, sexism, and racism (and there’s a lot of POC in this game) in this setting where it would have been easy to pull that under the shitty pretence of faux-realism (as Game of Thrones does). The core of the story and one of its central themes revolves around motherhood as well, which you just don’t see a whole lot of.
I really hope Horizon: Zero Dawn does well and Aloy becomes the revered Nathan Drake equivalent of this console generation - the game damn well earns this through its writing alone.