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Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Impressive expansion adds romance, is still pretty violent.

Game PlayStation 5 2023
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores Game: A woman riding a winged machine

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Consider this the cherry on top of one of the best games around. Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores delivers an engaging 15-hour epilogue to the original game that presents players with not only compelling new characters -- including the instantly likable Seyka, as well as the egomaniacal Londra -- but also a stunning new environment to explore. The remains of a Los Angeles that's been ravaged first by war, then by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions over the course of a millennium, are hardly recognizable. But the sprawling jungles and sandy beaches gently lapped by crystal-clear waves are absolutely beautiful, as are the awesomely powerful, jaw-dropping machines that casually roam between trees, over crumbling highways, and among decrepit buildings. You won't find a prettier game on PlayStation 5.

And it's mighty fun, too. New machines like the toad-inspired Bilegut test players' combat skills with challenging attacks and movement patterns, while the amphibious Waterwings provide Aloy with a new mount that makes it a lot easier to get around the map. And the new gear -- including some snazzy new outfits and face paints, as well as several new legendary weapons (such as the Emperor's Reign medium-range bow) -- delivers a satisfying upgrade to Aloy's aesthetic and combat prowess. Plus, Aloy's new abilities, like being able to grapple machines and pull herself closer in a split-second, give players new tactics to master. Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores doesn't reinvent the game that so many players have already come to love -- it provides more of what made the original so entertaining.

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