Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – #1 Horizon Forbidden West

If yesterday’s entry in our top 50 list didn’t already give it away, Horizon Forbidden West has come out on top as our most wanted video game of 2021. With Sony having reconfirmed that Guerrilla’s sequel will be launching this year, hopefully PlayStation fans won’t have to wait too long to reunite with Aloy in her next post-apocalyptic odyssey.

For the longest time Guerrilla Games had been associated with just one video game franchise: the brilliantly bleak Killzone. So when Horizon Zero Dawn was announced in 2015, it came as a huge surprise to see the studio try their hand at an open-world adventure game, inviting players to a refreshingly original take on the apocalypse. Instead of barren wastelands inhabited by all kinds of radioactive nasties, Horizon Zero Dawn populated its luscious biomes with sentient machines that have – over time – built their own unique ecology, acting as though they were an ecosystem of wild animals.

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In that first game we explored a diverse map divided between rolling hills, forests, and deserts, as well as the snowy tundra introduced in Horizon’s Frozen Wilds expansion. For the sequel, Guerrilla are taking us west to a more tropical climate, teeming with exotic wildlife and of course more machines to hunt down and tame.

We’ve yet to see any Forbidden West gameplay, though it’s hard to imagine it will steer too far from the solid foundations already laid, combining third person combat with rewarding freeform exploration. In allowing Aloy to traverse underwater locations, there will be even more depth to the world map which promises to be much larger than that seen in Zero Dawn, boasting landmarks such as a ruined San Francisco and Yosemite Valley.

Powered by the Decima engine, every second of footage we’ve seen so far is simply bursting with painstaking detail. When it finally arrives on PS5 and PS4 – it is, quite surprisingly, a cross-gen game – Horizon Forbidden West will surely be an unstoppable technical showcase for both Sony consoles.


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6 Comments

  1. It’s still a shame there doesn’t seem to be a further Killzone anytime soon. KZ2 back then was brilliant, I got fond memories of that.
    I liked HZD but found it a little long, wasn’t as hyped as everyone else, which is true for part 2 as well. Let’s see.

    • HZD sadly wasn’t my cup of tea even though I 100%’d it. There was something about the beast-hunting combat that didn’t click although I loved the world and setting.

      • I think for me it was too colourful a version of a post-apocalyptic world. I’m usually all-in for the apocalypse and what may follow it, and I discuss it with my kids often to prepare them…🤣, but I think I just prefer the bleak, dark and destroyed versions of the world.

  2. It’s been a bit of a sad countdown this. No fault on TSA’s part, but there’s been only 2 games I’m really interested in and another maybe 2 or 3 that I’m mildly interested in. This seems odd considering it’s a new console gen, we’d expect there to be loads of exciting stuff on the immediate horizon.

    • There are still a lot of games that just haven’t been announced yet. That said, if none of the upcoming AAA games are doing it for you then it’s probably an ideal time to hit that backlog and/or snap up some smaller indies.

  3. Must admit this is probably the only title in this countdown that is a must buy for me. But I’m torn between getting it on PS4 or waiting until I eventually go next (now current) gen in a couple of years time – it’ll be interesting to see some comparison articles to see what the compromises / last gen limitations are.

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