The ESRB’s rating summary for the highly anticipated Horizon Forbidden West offers some fascinating insight into potential story elements.
Forbidden Horizon in the West has officially received a rating from the ESRB. The rating summary describes several instances in the game that led to the “T teen” rating designation, which is not surprising, like Horizon Zero Dawn received the same rating. But in the Summary of Ratings detailing the reason for the “T” rating, the ESRB inadvertently provides some insight into some of the things that can happen in the future. Forbidden Horizon in the West.
The ESRB description details a number of cases that warrant alcohol and violence cards under the official “T for teenagers” rating for Forbidden Horizon in the West. Using alcohol in Forbidden Horizon in the West not a surprise, nor a violent one, since the main game loop of Western Forbidden are taking down enemy factions and hunting machines. What’s particularly intriguing is the review summary detailing some minor plot points that describe what Aloy or the other characters are up to in some of the cutscenes.
The reason for the violent card describing the case Aloy uses her extended weapon array to attack and kill both human and machine enemies. This comes as no surprise, but what’s intriguing is a sentence that follows that describes that there will be a cutscene featuring some sort of attack. During the cutscene, an NPC will be “stabbed by a sword or spear” and “a character crushed by a statue.” This description is obviously kept as vague as possible so as not to reveal the plot, but it is a fascinating look at the events of the story. Forbidden Horizon in the West.
In the case of the alcohol card, there were references in the first game to the drunken characters drinking scenes. Aloy Erend’s ally Oseram is a notorious drunkard and briefly Aloy comes into contact with him while drunk. In Forbidden Horizon in the West, it looks like Aloy himself will be involved in some of the lies, as the Ratings Synopsis says “a cutscene depicts Aloy drinking beer from a mug.” Go on to say that one of the game’s NPCs will comment on their own drunkenness in some way and there will be some scenes where there will be drinking in the background. Aloy never drank in the first game, so there might be a bit of dialogue about how she chose to be at least one social drinker in this sequel.
This is somewhat consistent with Guerilla Games’ mindset is to make villages and plantations feel more alive. Giving Aloy more possibilities to interact in villages and settlements has been a major point made by some developers and will provide a new layer of environmental storytelling to the game.
Forbidden Horizon in the West Released on February 18, 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
The source: ESRB
Horizon Zero Dawn is great, but it has a special point that the upcoming Forbidden West sequel can do so much more.
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https://gamerant.com/horizon-forbidden-west-esrb-rating-violence-alcohol-info/ Horizon Forbidden West ESRB Rating Details Violence, Alcohol Use