Horizon Forbidden West – Burning Shores review (PS5)

Horizon Forbidden West was one of the most highly anticipated PlayStation titles of 2022, offering a sprawling open world, a captivating story, and intense combat mechanics. With the release of the Burning Shores expansion, Guerrilla Games aims to expand on the base game and offer even more exciting gameplay experiences for players. So, does the expansion live up to expectations?

Burning Shores takes players to a new region of the Forbidden West, filled with new enemies, new machines, and new challenges to overcome. The expansion also adds a range of new weapons and equipment, as well as new abilities that players can unlock as they progress through the story. Overall, the expansion adds a significant amount of content to the game, giving players more reasons to explore and engage with the world of Horizon Forbidden West.

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One of the biggest changes that Burning Shores brings to the game is the addition of more naval-based travel and combat. Players can now take to the water in new boats, engaging in battles against pirate ships and other enemies. The new naval combat mechanics are well-implemented, with smooth controls and satisfying explosions as ships are sunk. The addition of boats also opens up new areas of the map to explore, adding even more variety to the already expansive game world.

In addition to the new naval combat, Burning Shores also adds new side quests and activities for players to engage with. These include new challenges, puzzles, and enemy types, all of which help to keep the gameplay feeling fresh and exciting. The expansion also adds new characters and storylines, which help to further flesh out the already rich world of Horizon Forbidden West.

Another positive aspect of the expansion is the new skill tree and abilities that players can unlock. These new abilities allow players to further customize their playstyle and tackle challenges in new and creative ways. The new abilities also feel well-balanced, and none of them feel overpowered or unnecessary.

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That being said, there are a few downsides to the Burning Shores expansion. For one, some of the new enemies and machines can be frustratingly difficult to defeat, especially if players have not yet unlocked some of the new abilities. Additionally, the new naval combat can feel somewhat repetitive after a while, as there are only a limited number of ship types and combat scenarios.

Overall, the Burning Shores expansion for Horizon Forbidden West is a great addition to an already excellent game. It adds a significant amount of new content, including new enemies, weapons, abilities, and a new region to explore. While there are some minor downsides to the expansion, the positives far outweigh the negatives. If you’re a fan of Horizon Forbidden West, Burning Shores is definitely an expansion that should be on your horizon.

Score: 8.2/10

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