Horizon Forbidden West – Game Review

Horizon Forbidden West is the next chapter for Aloy. This continues the post-apocalyptic storyline after Horizon Zero Dawn, so if you haven’t played the first game, you might need to do some homework.

Here she must end the burn and find Gaia’s save. Aloy will be joined by companions, including old friends like Varl and Erend, as well as new allies like Zo, Alva, and Kotallo. The starting sidekick can be quite distant. This story is a little fuzzy at times, but the setting is visually stunning.

Some people have recommended playing the first game before this one so you understand the backstory. Alternatively, you can watch a recap of the game on YouTube to get an idea of ​​the characters. You might like to bring up the notebook in the game menu to read character bios. This will help explain the history of Zero Dawn and what happened before this point.

It’s great to see a powerful female character who is portrayed as strong and capable. Aloy is a little reserved and serious, but she is focused and determined. Her voice artist is Ashley Burch. The other characters are well formed with unique sci-fi themes.

There are improvements including better melee mechanics and more human interactions. Explore the world by swimming underwater, traversing high vaults and climbing freely. There were a few places where I got stuck and the hints got repetitive and boring. I prefer less verbal cues and more example playthroughs.

Beware of machines with ferocious names like clamberjaw, tremortusk, shellsnapper, burrower, sunwing, clawstrider, slitherfang and bristleback. It’s lucky that you can select tools like Pullcaster and Shieldwing to help you in fights.

If you were a Zero Dawn fan, you’ll enjoy Horizon Forbidden West. If you are new to the series like me, you will experience an enjoyable game with many hours of gameplay.

4.5 stars

Benefits

  • Incredible sci-fi world with original characters and a strong female lead
  • Beautiful open-world adventure with hours of gameplay

The inconvenients

  • Verbal allusions can be repetitive.

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Horizon Forbidden West is available now on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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