Saturday Morning Gaming: I have beaten Horizon: Forbidden West
Well, I reached the point where I beat the Final Boss Battle and was considering going off and doing the DLC and realized that I needed to upgrade my stuff and that required going out into the world and having multiple battles against robot bats and robot stegosaurs and one thing led to another and… well, I kinda stopped playing it.
Then we got into a discussion on the website about the Rings of Power television show and I realized that I really, really wanted to play Shadow of Mordor/Shadow of War again and I booted up my PS5 and remembered “Hey, I never beat the DLC!”
So I have beaten the DLC.
And I realize that I have thoughts about Horizon: Zero Dawn and Horizon: Forbidden West.
The friend who told me “Dude, you have to play this game!” also told me that Forbidden West was better than Zero Dawn. While I understand why he probably thought that, it’s not a sentiment that I share.
That said: The game was surprisingly good. Once the story got rolling and you found out what the game was about, the game dragged you along the way the first game did.
Now, the first game was freakin’ *AMAZING*. You started with a bunch of questions like “why are there robot dinosaurs?” and “why was I an outcast from birth?” and, as the game progressed, you learned the story of What Happened In The Beforetime and had your questions of “how did the old ones overcome this adversity?” answered.
The second game spent a fair amount of time letting you marinate in the old game (but in a new region) and felt like a DLC until the story took off… but when the game took off, it *REALLY* took off.
I shifted from “Meh, more of the same” to “Holy cow, how will I overcome this adversity?” pretty quick once the balls got rolling and the game did a good job of explaining answers to questions we had about the first game.
And, of course, the game finished up with a plot point about how there’s some even greater adversity coming down the pike and you’re going to finally overcome it in GAME THREE!!!
Which, I admit, I am looking forward to.
There are a handful of tics that the game has. A surprising amount of the dialog takes the form “You will never be able to accomplish X!” before you run off and accomplish X and the new dialog is “Wow, you’re really impressive! I was wrong and now I’m eating crow!”
Yeah, yeah. Give me another mission.
But the game is solid, the combat is good, the enemies are interesting, the underlying lore is fascinating, the storyline is engaging, and the world feels like there’s always something new to discover. My complaints take the form that there is a lot of busywork (don’t even *THINK* about upgrading the best weapons in the game) but that’s a small complaint at the end of the day.
I want to see what happens next!
So, all that to say, the game was worth it and I’m looking forward to the third game.
So… what are you playing?