- Horizon Forbidden West’s overriding mechanic is fun but limited in scope, as players can only control machines for a limited time and cannot summon most machines like mounts.
- The sequel could improve the overriding mechanic by adopting a Pokeball-like feature, allowing players to collect machines and summon them at will for combat and assistance.
- Incorporating a feature like this would not only give the overriding mechanic more functionality, but also provide players with their own companions, adding an exciting new aspect to the Horizon franchise.
Over the last couple of years, Guerrilla’s Horizon franchise has quickly become one of the best things that PlayStation has to offer. Horizon Zero Dawn brought players to a unique post-apocalyptic world that they never wanted to leave, and Horizon Forbidden West improved upon practically every aspect to create a true masterpiece. Now, fans are eagerly anticipating the next chapter of this series, which is likely just around the corner. And while this sequel should focus on delivering another fantastic adventure, there is one feature that it really should adopt: machine storage.
In Horizon Forbidden West, players are given the ability to override various machines that they can then force to do their bidding. Some will serve as mounts while others are simply protectors. That makes for a pretty fun feature, as players can bend their enemies to their will. However, it also feels rather limited in scope, something that could change in the sequel if Guerrilla is willing to take Pokemon‘s Pokeball mechanic for a spin.
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Horizon Forbidden West is a great game in its own right, but with a somewhat sparse 2024 for Sony, it could also be a platform for even more.
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Horizon’s Overriding Mechanic Needs a Bit of Work
As players explore Horizon Forbidden West, they will unlock the ability to override certain machines. In total, there are 43 different machines with 38 of them being overridable. To unlock that ability, players must complete the corresponding Cauldron and craft the override. Once that is done, they will have the ability to take control of these machines whenever they want.
Overriding machines can be a lot of fun, but it also feels incredibly limited. While players are able to summon their mounts from wherever they are, the rest of the overridden machines only fight alongside players for a limited time. They cannot do much more with them, as the machines will eventually resume attacking Aloy. Additionally, the majority of machines cannot be summoned like mounts, which is a genuine shame.
Horizon Forbidden West may have improved Zero Dawn‘s override mechanic a bit, though it only went so far. Instead of letting players build their own little army of robots or letting them mount so many different types, the feature exists on a timer. But that could all change if Guerrilla wants to completely reinvent the concept. Even though the eventual sequel should focus its efforts on telling another fantastic story, adding a new mechanic akin to Pokemon‘s Pokeballs could go a long way.
Adopting a Pokeball Feature Could Really Improve Overriding
In the next Horizon game, players should be able to actually collect machines for later use. The game exists in a world where wires disintegrate, cloud AI exists, and countless futuristic technologies are waiting to be claimed. So, a Pokeball-like mechanic does not seem too out-of-this world. While Guerrilla would have to mold it a bit to fit the canon of Horizon, it does not seem that hard to do.
As players override machines, they should be able to break them down into a Pokeball storage system. Then, they should be able to summon them at a moment’s notice to assist in combat. They could also use this feature to store their mounts so that they are available instantly. Additionally, each machine could have various types or mechanics that incentivize players to collect them all.
While a feature like that may feel a bit gimmicky if not handled well, it could also be a fun new addition to the Horizon franchise. Letting players gather their favorite machines to use in combat whenever they want sounds like an exciting next step for this evolving series. It would not only give the override mechanic more functionality, but could also be a great way to finally give players their very own machine companions.
Horizon: Forbidden West
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Aloy returns in the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn. Forbidden West follows the now iconic machine-hunter as she embarks to the aptly named Forbidden West to attempt to find the source of a powerful plague that is destroying all that it infects.
- February 18, 2022
- T for Teen: Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence