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On paper, Horizon Zero Dawn had all the ingredients to blow up into one of PlayStation’s most awarded franchises. With a likeable heroine, a disparate yet gorgeous open world, and a score of robot dinosaurs to override and take down, it’s no wonder its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, which explores farther reaches of this American wasteland was as good as it was.
Despite being only slightly hamstrung by its less-powered, last gen sibling, Forbidden West still improved upon the original in just about every way to cement Aloy as one of the brand’s big names.
There’s plenty more Horizon on the way, too.
The Burning Shores, a Los Angeles-set expansion to this game that’s set to leave old hardware unceremoniously behind, and the PlayStation VR2 title Call of the Mountain are both arriving next year to give players even more of a fix of this intoxicating world.
In his review, Kieron scored Horizon Forbidden West a 10 out of 10 stating: “Horizon Forbidden West is an exceedingly clever sequel, a deep and addictive action RPG, a dense world that unfolds with an impeccable sense of pace, a visual tour de force and the masterful delivery of a promising concept. Somehow, by some sheer creative force a big, blockbuster open world game about post-apocalyptic tribal warriors with AR headsets fighting robot dinosaurs works even better the second time around. If you have access to a PlayStation you owe it to yourself to play this right away.”
As it stands on Metacritic, Horizon Forbidden West is currently sitting at an 88 based on 126 critic reviews.