Horizon Forbidden West: What Is New In The Latest PlayStation 5 Video Game?

A PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 open-world action role-playing game called Horizon Forbidden West was created by Guerrilla Games and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game was officially unveiled on February 18, 2022, at Sony’s The Future of Gaming PlayStation 5 unveiling event. The sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn and its add-on DLC The Frozen Wilds is the second game in the Horizon series.

Synopsis

Half a year after the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, a teenage hunter from the Nora tribe named Aloy is dispatched on a quest to a strange frontier spanning Utah to the Pacific coast to find the cause of a terrible virus that kills everyone it infects. Her narrative is continued in Horizon Forbidden West. She confronts hazardous enemies, terrible foes, and deadly devices, both new and old, on her voyage across the unexplored areas of the Forbidden West.

These harsh regions are replete with natural hazards and have been devastated by powerful storms. Aloy discovers a wide variety of various environmental environments while attempting to explore the deeper and wider areas of the Forbidden West, including lush valleys, barren deserts, icy mountains, tropical beaches, and underwater ruins of towns.

“Life on Earth is hurtling towards another extinction, and no one knows why. Vicious storms, an unstoppable blight, and fearsome new machines prowl their borders. 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. Also, read about Just Dance 2023

  • Players are able to explore wider and deeper into a bigger map compared to the previous game.
  • Underwater exploration is a new element that allows players to uncover the mysteries beneath the surface of seas, lakes, and rivers.
  • Engage in strategic battles against enormous machines and mounted human enemies by using weapons, gear, and traps crafted from salvaged parts.
  • A new weapon system will allow players to upgrade their weapons at a workbench, while outfits now give Aloy access to new outfit-specific skills.
  • The mission structure for quests better supports a variety of objectives with compelling reward systems in Horizon Forbidden West.
  • Players can now ride on flying machines.

Locations

  • Daunt (Sundom)
  • Chainscrape (Oseram Settlement)
  • No Man’s Land (Neutral Ground)
  • Barren Light (Border)
  • Plainsong (Utaru Capital)
  • Memorial Grove (Tenakth Capital)
  • Scalding Spear (Desert Clan Capital)
  • Thornmarsh (Lowland Clan Capital)
  • The Bulwark (Sky Clan Capital)

Setting

Set in an open world of post-apocalyptic California, Utah, and Nevada, the game explores the setting of a mysterious location known as the Forbidden West, which, throughout the majority of Horizon Zero Dawn, was hinted at as being extremely savage and dangerous.

Special Editions

Regalla Edition

Contents

  • Horizon Forbidden West PS4/PS5 game(digital)

  • Regalla Tremortusk and Aloy statues
  • Replica Focus
  • Focus stand
  • Two art cards
  • Clawstrider Machine Strike piece
  • Sunwing Machine Strike piece
  • Steelbook display case
  • Mini art book
  • Digital soundtrack
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Vol. 1: The Sunhawk digital comic book
  • Photo mode unlocks (special pose and face paint)
  • Horizon Forbidden West
    Horizon Forbidden West

Bonuses

  • Carja Behemoth Elite outfit
  • Carja Behemoth Short Bow
  • Nora Thunder Elite outfit
  • Nora Thunder Sling
  • Nora Legacy outfit and spear
  • Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike piece
  • Resources pack

Collector’s Edition

Contents

Horizon Forbidden West PS4/PS5 game(digital)

  • Tremortusk and Aloy statues
  • Steelbook display case
  • Mini art book
  • Digital soundtrack
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Vol. 1: The Sunhawk digital comic book
  • Photo mode unlocks (special pose and face paint)

Bonuses

  • Carja Behemoth Elite outfit
  • Carja Behemoth Short Bow
  • Nora Thunder Elite outfit
  • Nora Thunder Sling
  • Nora Legacy outfit and spear
  • Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike piece
  • Resources pack

Special Edition

Contents

  • Horizon Forbidden West PS4/PS5 game
  • Steelbook display case
  • Mini art book
  • Digital soundtrack

Bonuses

  • Nora Legacy outfit and spear

What’s New?

  • The setting of Horizon Forbidden West, the Forbidden West, was alluded to multiple times throughout Horizon Zero Dawn. Rumors of the region’s more dangerous machines and mysterious tribes were repeatedly mentioned, serving as a hint to the location of the next game. Also, read about GTA 6 Trailer
  • For the PlayStation 5 version, the game will take advantage of the console’s increased processing power, custom solid-state drive storage, Tempest Engine, and Dualsense controller to support features such as advanced haptic feedback, 3D spatial audio, enhanced lighting, special water rendering, improved visual effects and reduced loading times, enhancing the player immersion experience.
    • This version also features an optional “performance mode” at 60 frames per second with a lower base resolution.
  • the game will feature an updated version of the Decima engine with support for high dynamic range.
    • Additionally, the game has improved animation works and cinematics from the series’ first installment.
  • The game will feature enhanced melee combat, revamped climbing mechanics, and improved traversal options over the original game with the addition of the Valor Surge system, freeform climbing, and tools such as the Shieldwing, Focus Scanner, Diving Mask, and Pullcaster.
  • The game’s special edition comes with a SteelBook display case, a mini art book, and a digital soundtrack.
  • On January 10, 2022, a Reddit user posted some photos from an unfinished version of the game, that has been accessed by PS4 jailbreak.
  • Many returning and new characters appear to be human.
  • In Horizon Forbidden West, large machines frequently spawn outside their respective sites. This is in contrast to the previous game, where large machines only spawned outside sites in one-time quest-specific occurrences.

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