Horizon Forbidden West

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Epic action game has a mighty female hero and timely themes.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 13+

Positive messages, gorgeous world, thrilling gameplay, appropriate for young teens.

HFW is one of the best open world games to date, and provides dozens of hours of content outside of the main story. The game, like its predecessor, tells a story about understanding your role in both your community and your natural environment, and the main character has to think beyond her belief that she alone can prevent disaster. This is definitely a game for teens, as there is person-to-person violence, though it's not bloody or gruesome in any way. You can shoot with arrows or attack with a spear, and the enemies just recoil when hit and then fall to the ground when defeated. Representation is one of the game's real strengths, with diverse races and LGBT characters all present but also all treated equally. The only real "dividing lines" of the culture are in the various tribes and geographic factions, but within those tribes, all people are equally represented. There's a strong message, like in the original game, of protecting the environment and being wary of technology that sounds too good to be true, but also of respecting innovation when it is proven to help people. There are occasional curse words (sh--, bas---), light banter about "drinking ale", and passing discussion about physical attraction and physical relations, but these things are never dwelled on and are never the main topic of a conversation - they're mentioned to make the world feel more real and human. Most importantly, the main character (and all female characters, really) is never sexualized or objectified, which is a huge plus in an industry with an awful reputation around its treatment of women. As a long-time gamer who has played much more violent and explicit games, this feels like something that I could have easily played as a young teenager without being exposed to anything shocking or harmful. Overall, this is a positive and uplifting game that presents real human conflicts and has a strong main character who shows great concern for her world, her friends, and her personal growth.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Great game for 11 and up

Great game for all ages. Seemingly perfect as all themes are appropriate for most children although the games difficulty and the complexity of the main story is targeted at kids 11 and up. Overall very positive and my children enjoyed it thoroughly. I would highly recommend.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

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