Horizon: Forbidden West, the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Horizon: Zero Dawn, is finally out this week, but reviews have dropped for Sony’s open-world escapade already. Did Guerrilla’s latest effort manage to live up to all of the hype or is this a first-party dud for PlayStation Studios?
I’m happy to report that it’s another hit for PlayStation gamers, with the game currently sitting at a score of 89 on Metacritic. It’s actually the same score that Horizon: Zero Dawn currently has, which is a happy little coincidence.
We’ve selected some of the reviews that stood out the most to us – you can check them out down below:
Game Spew – 10/10
“Bigger and better than its predecessor in every single way, Horizon Forbidden West is a game that’s ever so easy to get lost in. It’s got a surprisingly heart-warming story in which Aloy finally realises the value of friendship, thrilling combat that never loses its edge, and a dense world that’s not only cram-packed with things to do, but is also utterly gorgeous.”
God is a Geek – 10/10
“Horizon Forbidden West is a masterpiece. With a gripping story and a world ripe for exploration, you won’t be disappointed.”
VGC – 10/10
“Horizon Forbidden West is an incredible game set in a world that we wanted to return to many hours after the credits rolled.”
Game Informer – 9.25/10
“Horizon Forbidden West reaches a new high bar for Guerrilla Games. It does more than surpass its predecessor; it takes Horizon’s fiction to captivating places and builds a rich world that rewards you for the effort you put into it.”
Push Square – 9/10
“The map is diverse and full of stunning sights; characters and conversations are so much better; and the already great gameplay is enhanced with new weapons, more options, and better melee. The story doesn’t have quite the same element of surprise as the first game, but it still builds upon things with some daring twists of its own.”
Trusted Reviews – 8/10
“Horizon Forbidden West is an outstanding sequel, hammering down on its predecessor’s greatest strength by increasing the number of machines that you can fight, while introducing a more expansive upgrade system which makes combat even more rewarding.”
The Telegraph – 6/10
“But while there’s a lot of things to like here, it’s a harder game to love. Like a band who go for extraneous instrumentals and showy solos over memorable choruses, one can’t help but want a tad less filler and a touch more killer.”
More about Horizon: Forbidden West
Join Aloy as she braves the Forbidden West – a majestic but dangerous frontier that conceals mysterious new threats.
Explore distant lands, fight bigger and more awe-inspiring machines, and encounter astonishing new tribes as you return to the far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon.
The land is dying. Vicious storms and an unstoppable blight ravage the scattered remnants of humanity, while fearsome new machines prowl their borders. Life on Earth is hurtling towards another extinction, and no one knows why.
It’s up to Aloy to uncover the secrets behind these threats and restore order and balance to the world. Along the way, she must reunite with old friends, forge alliances with warring new factions and unravel the legacy of the ancient past – all the while trying to stay one step ahead of a seemingly undefeatable new enemy.
Horizon: Forbidden West is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on February 18th 2022. Find out more on the official website through this link.