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Horizon Forbidden West Review: Back to save us from machines

Aloy continues her journey to the west



The much-awaited Horizon sequel is here and, right off the bat, we’re telling you that it’s all worth the wait. Guerilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West is the latest must-play AAA title for every current and last-gen PlayStation owner.

If you haven’t played Horizon Zero Dawn, you should start playing now. It’s a fantastic PlayStation exclusive and with Forbidden West already on the horizon (pun intended), you’re gonna need to catch up.

Warning: Slight spoilers ahead!

Horizon Forbidden West is set six months after the end of Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy is again faced with a new threat to the planet and must head… west. This means we get to see more of Horizon’s dystopian future where tribes rule and animals are machines.

The game’s timeline is one of the most impressive things about it. As a suckers for anything tech with a twist, we got sucked into it. Open world games usually get boring after a while and you kinda get tired of exploring every corner, but not Horizon and definitely not in the forbidden west.

This game is meant to be played on the PS5

We played Forbidden West on the PS5 in Performance Mode which provides smooth 60fps gaming albeit not at its sharpest state. If you want to see Aloy’s world in absolute sharpness, there’s the Resolution Mode for native 4K rendering but it runs at 30fps only.

We tried both during the prologue and our eyes got spoiled with the game’s higher framerate option. Naturally, we went on and played in Performance Mode throughout. Good thing the drop in pixel clarity is minor and it’s only noticeable when you look for it.

Since we’re already talking about visuals, let’s get right into the graphics of the game. In one word: stunning. Zero Dawn is one of the best-looking games for the PS4 and Forbidden West is the most visually pleasing PS5 game to date!

Forbidden West runs on Decima — Guerilla Games’ proprietary game engine. The folks there truly know how to get the best quality out of it. The level of detail in Forbidden West is top-notch; it feels like a cinematic animated action movie rendered in real-time.

We don’t have the exact words to describe how visually stunning this game is, so we’ll let these screengrabs do the “talking”:

I know, you might be thinking that it looks similar to Zero Dawn, which we agree with to some extent. However, everything is 200% better!

The foliage, the facial and body features, the landscape, the machines, and the whole world of Horizon got the solid visual upgrade it deserves.

The most noticeable visual enhancement can be seen in the character models. The fine details of the outfits, the body hairs, and the sheen on the face — especially with the face paints.

Lore worthy of its own series

Horizon, if it’s a show, is definitely something that we would watch on the TV and even on the big screen should there be an adaptation. Although, to play and be the character in the game is probably the best way to experience the lore.

The unique setting in the future is a core strength of this game and we live for it. What we’re not living for is the premise of Forbidden West: Aloy, like any protagonist especially if a hero, is out to save the world again. That was also her main goal in the first installment and sadly, she didn’t exactly save the world.

During the prologue, there’s not much to get excited about but as you progress in the Forbidden West, there are twists and turns. And that’s where things get exciting.

Forbidden West

Aloy brings her friends to the forbidden west and along the way, she will also meet new characters. There are a lot of characters to talk to in the game, a few will stand out, and, like in the first installment, they will joim you in the final battle.

If there are friends, there are also enemies lurking around the map. Not just new machines, but also rebels that’ll fight you to death and they make exploration much more interesting.

As Aloy, you’re the key to almost everything that’s happening in the world and all the inaccessible places in the forbidden west. That’s why you have a lot to explore while you’re completing the main story or even after it.

The tribes of Forbidden West are more worthy of your time than Zero Dawn’s, which means you have a lot of exploring to do.

Riding the machines is always fun, particularly when you’re already able to override a flying machine. The new map is slightly bigger or just about the same, but the main storyline and the side quests complement each other resulting in a game that runs like a well-oiled machine.

What’s it like to be Aloy again?

It’s been nearly 5 years since we first played as Aloy, and if you’ve clocked in a number of hours in Zero Dawn, you’re going to be very familiar with how Aloy moves and fights in the wild.

Aside from Aloy’s updated character model, she also learned a few new tricks plus weapons to use. While the bow and arrow are still Aloy’s signature, don’t be afraid to use what’s in your arsenal.

Aloy’s spear can now do better melee attacks (with combos!). Plus, there are explosive spears and launchers to spice up combats. Don’t forget that tall grasses are your best friend throughout the map. There are a lot of ways to fight beastly machines and bloodthirsty rebels.

Aloy’s skills can be upgraded and you have the freedom to choose whichever type of Aloy you want to have. Be sure to plan your skill tree — which has been expanded from four to six — based on how you want to progress in the game. Your playstyle will be important as you get deeper into the forbidden west.

Is it perfect? Nearly.

Horizon Forbidden West

Yes, obviously, we love Horizon Forbidden West. It’s a well-written, technically polished title that will most likely be another hit for PlayStation. With the game coming to both PS4 and PS5, both generations of consoles have the chance to enjoy Guerilla’s newest masterpiece.

The game might feel familiar to those who have played Zero Dawn. Some might even say it brings nothing new to the table, and that’s okay. I’m not expecting a brand new game; it doesn’t need a new approach in its series like God Of War (2018). We expected Forbidden West to continue Zero Dawn much like how we expect a second season from a beloved TV show — to give us more of what we loved about it.

Horizon Forbidden West is a PlayStation Exclusive and will officially be out on February 18.


Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes now for pre-order

And more from 505 Games



Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

After its showcase at Nintendo Direct, 505 Games quickly followed up details on Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes at Tokyo Game Show 2023.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a JRPG. It’s made by legendary game developers Yoshitaka Murayama’s (Suikoden I & II) and Junko Kawano (Suikoden I & IV). The game features a finely crafted six-character battle system, meticulously created 2D sprites and 3D backgrounds, a riveting story with over 100 playable characters and engaging gameplay designed to bring players a modern take on classic JRPGs.

The game is slated for global release on April 23, 2024. It will come to the PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Steam, Epic Games Store and the GOG.

Standard Edition — Digital edition available for US$ 49.99 / SG$ 58.90 / PHP 2,150 / IDR 499,999 / MYR 149 / THB 1,204. Physical copies may differ in price from digital editions.

Digital Deluxe Edition — Digital only for US$ 79.99 / SG$ 69 / PHP 2,300 / IDR 604,999 / MYR 177 / THB 1,449.
Includes multiple in-game bonuses such consumable items, season pass, digital mini artbook, digital soundtrack, 48-hour early access and an exclusive trinket of Rabbit & Bear

SEE ALSO: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising Review

More 505 Games announcements

Ghostrunner 2

This punishing, first-person cyberpunk-action thriller by One More Level will be available worldwide on Thursday, October 26. It will be playable on the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Steam, Epic and GOG. If you like pain and want to feel it right away, you can get the Brutal Edition which grants you 48 hours of early access. The Demo is out now.


Want more Cyberpunk in your gaming life? Nivalis offers that in a slice-of-life simulation kind of way. TGS attendees can go hands-on with Nivalis’ neon-bathed world at Hall 7, booth 07-N04, ahead of its 2024 release on PC (Steam, Epic Games Store). 

The Magical Mixture Mill

I’m sure we’re all familiar with Subway Surfers. Guess what? It’s co-creator, Jonas Georgakakis founded Glowlight and is bringing us a cozy automated potion brewing game. As a former adventurer adapting a post-questing life, become a witch’s assistant at a potion shop. Gather exotic components, fashion complex brews, and perfect production through clever automations.

Crime Boss: Rockay City

This just launched its Expansion Pack – Dragon’s Gold Cup. Take on a daring heist and make an unlikely ally with Dollar Dragon (Danny Trejo). Enjoy further refinements and improvements with the fourth free update released alongside the Expansion Pack.

SEE ALSO: Crime Boss: Rockay City review

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TEKKEN 8 Closed Beta Test is coming this October

Giving you a taste of the battle before next year



If you missed out on having exclusive access through the Closed Network Test, don’t fret! As the launch date draws near, BANDAI NAMCO is giving players another chance to experience TEKKEN 8 before it hits the shelves. From October 20-23, TEKKEN 8 will have its Closed Beta Test available on all next-gen consoles and PC.

Similar to the CNT, the Closed Beta Test will give players a glimpse of all the exciting features within TEKKEN 8. In particular, the CBT will now showcase all the customization options for your Avatar/Player on top of the new Battle System in place. In turn, this allows players to get a feel of these options and provide feedback for the actual launch.

Apart from the Customization options, the CBT expands its fighter count to nineteen and even added a Quick Match option this time. This will give players a chance to try out the newest addition to the crew in Azucena, while mastering every character that has been announced so far. Speaking of which, BANDAI NAMCO also took this time to announce that Feng Wei will join the roster upon launch.

Registration for the TEKKEN 8 Closed Beta Test started last September 19, and will run until October 11 through the CBT website. If you have already gained access to the Closed Network Test before, you’ll automatically gain access to the CBT, as well.

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Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord now available for pre-order

To release on October 26




Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord will launch on October 26 with pre-orders now available on the PlayStation and Meta Quest stores, as revealed during the PlayStation State of Play.

Players may get a first look at the title’s PlayStation VR2 gameplay and features through its newly-released trailer:

The game lets players team up with up to three more allies as they take on a variety of missions, solving puzzles and trapping ghosts to stop the March of the Malevolent.

Under solo mode, players can also take on the Ghost Lord with the help of a ghostly companion.

Thanks to PlayStation VR2’s capabilities, fans can step into the role of a ghostbuster while enjoying 4K HDR graphics, eye tracking for accurate navigation and interaction, both headset and haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers.

Price, availability

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is available for pre-order via the PlayStation Store with a limited-time 10% discount at just US$ 31.49 for the base game and US$ 49.49 for the Full Containment Edition.

The Full Containment Edition is also available for pre-order on the Meta Quest Store for a limited time at US$ 49.99.


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