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Horizon Forbidden West

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Release Date: Feb. 18, 2022

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5. 'Horizon Forbidden West' (PS5/PS4)

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy's story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats.

Redmond Carolipio: The original story of Aloy is one of the best pieces of work in the entire PlayStation era. I've replayed it a handful of times, and I remain ensnared in Guerrilla Games' vision of a wide-open, reverse-dystopian vision of the far future. Fighting robotic creatures of an inspired design and seeing where else Aloy's story could go (underwater, from the early looks of it) makes this a preseason GOTY contender.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Aloy's robot dinosaur adventures continue! After the engaging end of the previous title, Forbidden West finds Aloy venturing into a land full of new dangers. With improved climbing and even a grappling hook, it looks like Aloy will be more mobile than ever before. Of course, this comes with new dangers, including underwater robot dinosaurs, a threat that's so ridiculous you have to take it seriously. The first game set a high bar, and Forbidden West is set to follow that up with a bigger and better adventure.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: After the events of the first title, Aloy is headed west to find the source of a mysterious plague. I suspect that she will find giant mechanical beasts, and I believe it will be just as fun to take them down with little more than traps and an admittedly fancy bow and arrows. The developers have said that the combat and traversal options have been improved this time around, even though the original game was no slouch in either of those areas.

Andreas Salmen: In my opinion, Horizon: Zero Dawn was one of Sony's weaker PS4 exclusives. It had a great setting, good characters, and some creative and fun combat encounters. It is still a phenomenal game, but it didn't nail every single mechanic and felt a bit padded toward the end. Horizon: Forbidden West looks like it may address those shortcomings and has a good chance to become the masterpiece its predecessor aspired to be.



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