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Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores (2023) is an action-adventure expansion for the Horizon Forbidden West game that continues your journey into post-apocalyptic Los Angeles and Hollywood. Play is similar to the main game: close and ranged combat, exploration, and traversal. But now there are new enemy types, weapons and items to use and discover. It continues the grand story of the franchise while offering additional graphical and performance improvements and an expansion of the core mechanics.

The game's story picks up where Forbidden West's ends, as you play Aloy once again and venture south from the San Francisco area towards the ruined wilds of Los Angeles, now a tropical volcanic archipelago. In this new location to the south of the Tenakth Clan Lands, you discover a new threat in a monstrous machine that will take all of your skill and ability to overcome. As you explore by earth, sea, and air, you encounter strange new enemies, characters, weapons and items you can use in your mission.

Gameplay is largely similar to the main game, as you traverse wild landscapes and use a multitude of weapons to fight machines and enemies with both long-range attacks using your bow and various arrows and close-combat melee weapons. You can swim below the water and glide through the skies on the back of a Sunwing robot, and using all traversal options available to you is key to success in both uncovering secrets and progressing through the story.

The result is a unique addition to the Horizon franchise, not only in terms of location and setting but also in its scope and scale and the greatly expanded combat, enemy types, and items you can use, making for a novel and engaging experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence. Not suitable for persons under 16 years of age. This game contains depictions of strong and realistic violence towards human characters. Enemies recoil from blows and blood effects appear on impact. Corpses are left on the ground in the aftermath of violence. There is also realistic-looking violence towards fantasy characters. The game also contains use of bad language, such as '*!@?*'.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol, and Violence.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Young players need to be able to traverse the huge world, both following a map as well as navigating the best route when climbing. You also need quick reactions for battle where you must switch to the best weapons to deal maximum damage to enemies. It's fast-paced and demanding. There are prolonged story elements of the game that while optional are a key ingredient of why players enjoy this experience.


Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores

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  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You need to have Horizon Forbidden West and then can buy this extra content with an in-game purchase. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/04/2023

Out Now: PS5

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)

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