18th February 2023 marks the one-year anniversary of Horizon Forbidden West, and Guerrilla Games is celebrating with a new set of free PSN avatars and some fun stats about the PS5, PS4 exclusive to share. The avatars will be available on the PS Store from tomorrow, and they feature portraits of all the major characters in the game like Aloy, Erend, and Sylens. Of course, their story continues in the Burning Shores DLC in April.
Game director Mathjis de Jonge then explained the day leading up to the release of the game as "challenging, though any developer in our industry will inherently understand the mixture of excitement, nervousness, and anticipation as we start seeing your reactions come in. We spend most of the day refreshing social media, checking stats, and reading through initial feedback — whilst, of course, sharing a moment with the team, relishing in the incredible achievements and outcomes of over four years of work, now out in the world."
The codes you need for the PSN avatars are as follows:
- Americas — G7XK-TNNR-NPLL
- EMEA — B2B9-X5NK-494R
- JAPAN — H7LG-45N4-BNKE
- ASIA — 2QHR-8QN2-BQ2C
- KOREA — E5AQ-H8N6-EFQQ
Guerrilla Games also shared some stats on some of the enemies and activities in the title. For example, the Scrounger and Burrower have been named the most dangerous new machines while the Hunter Bow was used the most to down enemies. Over 211,000 hours have been spent in Photo Mode, more than 595 million berries were consumed to replenish health, and more than 20 million hours have been spent underwater. You can see all the stats in the graph below.
Of course, Horizon Forbidden West is joining PS Plus Extra on Tuesday, meaning these stats will only increase in the coming weeks. How do you reflect on the game one year later? Let us know in the comments below.
I went back to HZD last night, my save files were from April 2018. I had stopped playing right after being rescued from the arena which is pretty close to the end, save at about 90 hours. I probably would have finished but somewhere in there I spent about 15-20 hours playing Frozen Wilds. But I stopped b/c GoW. Just never went back.🤷🏻♂️
On the bright side, now I don’t have to replay the game but I can watch the ending. Just need to make sure I give myself time to finish HFW and Burning Shores before Zelda TotK May 12 or I’ll be waiting until Horizon 3 (or 4 if CotM counts as 3) to finish HFW.🤪
I'd take Petra over most of these characters.
Really loved Forbidden West. It was such a fantastic game.
I actually hated fighting slitherfangs.
I already have very poor skills when it comes to fine tuning aiming; add that to small targets and an unbelievably jittery target?
Not at all a fun time. I confess that when I needed to farm some parts from them, after about the third battle in the desert area I chose to just drop the difficulty to the lowest point. Only for the farming portion.
But overall the game was a great experience, and I actually can't wait to go back for the Burning Shores DLC.
Cool avatars but I preferred if they fixed the story!
On a more serious note I would prefer HFW to be PS5 exclusive but since they made a PS4 version why the dlc is locked in the next gen hardware, this makes zero sense.
Also, one year after the initial release? Maybe we have a PC port right around the corner?
HFW is a hell of a game, worthy every cent spent. A real triumph. Can't wait for the Burning Shores DLC, I will buy it day one. Guerrilla Games deserves all praises with this IP!!
Absolutely loved HFW, every aspect of it was so cool, its my GOTY and I cant wait for Burning Shores!
Could you guys let me know if Sony fixed these bugs related to the ownership of games?
Wouldn't my bought copy of HFW overwritten if I buy an upgrade over my PS plus essential?
And also, wouldn't I have similar problems with titles from PS plus collection? (I redeemed them all, just FYI).
Fantastic game. Can‘t wait for the expansion.
I’m the exact opposite. I loved fighting Slitherfangs. Favorite machines in the game actually.
How about blocking access to the final island for no reason. Really sick of the invisible walls in playable areas.
Did not play it, a small game from an unknown Japanese studio called Elden Ring came out and got in the way. I'll play when it comes to PS++ next week.
@rjejr I bought Forbidden West at full price in Feb 2022 and have never installed it.
I'm going to play it next, after I first platinum Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Some Quen armor sets would have been nice….
Free avatars are always cool to have.
@KidBoruto You win. 😉 I bought HFW when I did so my kid could play it while they were home from college for their 1 month Christmas break. I put the PS4 and old 52" 1080p TV in their bedroom so they never had to get out of bed. 😂
I can't imagine getting a plat in HZD. I started back up thinking I was done, kid said I only had a couple of hours left, and I've already spent that killing machines so some nut job could drink their blood. 🤢 Still have to do the stormhawk, I got tired and went to bed after the thunderjaw. After that I have a few things circled in white on the map I need to do b/c the circles are bothering me - mostly metal plants - so it's going to take awhile. I never even did any of the hunting ground stuff, I hunt enough as it is. 🤷♂️ Oh and I still need to find the 3rd power cell to get the good armor b/c I have 2. May go look that up later.
HZD looks so good on the PS5, even if it is a PS4 game w/ no upgrades, really looking forward to the flying and underwater in HFW. And Burning Shores better be freakin unbelievable since my kid can't play it in bed when he's home in May. Still need to figure out if we can save file transfer to PS5 from PS4, I doubt he wants to play the entire game again.
Good luck w/ the plat. 👍
@rjejr I use trophy guides to help move alone plats/trophies. Unless there's hard mode trophies or new game plus, then I don't bother with trophies.
@KidBoruto I'm doing some trophies now in HZD but just to finish up my metal flower collectibles after getting all of the mugs and banuk statues. I used to a guide for the nanotech armor but it turned out I didn't have to, I just couldn't get to the last cell yet b/c it was story related. So I'm not a trophy hunter. After 25 years of Playstation gaming I have 1 plat, Jak & Daxter and very gold. I play for story and move on. Unless there are big white circles all over my map I need to get rid of. 😎
I think I'll finish the main story tonight. Kind of glad I waited, there were 2 characters who in cut scenes mentioned "the forbidden west" the past few nights so I almost feel like I'm playing prologue for that journey. I will try to finish HFW before Zelda TotK this time though. 😁
@rjejr I currently have 26 platinums on my current PSN account.
If you also count my older PSN account, that would be an additional 3 Platinums (Jak & Daxter 1, Sly Cooper 1, and Sly Cooper 2).
@KidBoruto "26 platinums"
Geez, that's a lot of gaming. 👍
"Jak & Daxter 1, Sly Cooper 1, and Sly Cooper 2"
Ah, my PS2 glory days. It will always be my favorite console. Also R&C and the mostly forgotten except for the kids show Tak & the Power of Juju. I really like my story driven 3D platformers. 😁
@rjejr I plan to go back and 100% the games again eventually.
Prob if they ever announce a Sly Cooper 5 or Jak 4.
@KidBoruto I lost interest in Sly Cooper somewhere along the way. Pretty sure I played them all but I wasn't super excited about it.🤷♂️
I'd play Jak 4 but only if it was Jak 2, a follow-up to the original, instead fo what we got.
Jak & Daxter
Jak: Grand Theft Auto
Jak: GTA 1.5
Jak: Gran Turismo
If we got a Jak 4, well I think Jak Racing X was Jak 4, not too mention Daxter on PSP, well Jak 4 would probably be a first person shooter. No wait, that was "Heroes on the Move" or whatever they changed the name to, "Playstation Move Heroes" maybe?😝
So what I would want out of a new Jak game is what I want out of every new 3D game that I never seem to get, good platforming, lovable characters, story driven, decent combat. You know, Ratchet & Clank. 😁
I'm old and jaded. For every good "Hat in Time" I feel like we get a dozen bad Balan Wonderworld and Yooka-Laylee games. It's been 5 1/2 years since Super Mario Odyssey and even that wasn't as fun as Galaxy 1 & 2. But I really want a new 3D Mario. Astrobot Rescue Mission should have bene a Nintendo game w/ Mario, Splatoon, DK, Kirby, Pikmin, all of them, the evolution of Nintendo Land.
OK apologies for the Nintendo tangent. I prefer Sony games like Uncharted, God of War and Horizon but occasionally Nintendo makes a good 3D game. Just too far and between. Pikmin 4 is releasing 10 years and 8 days after Pikmin 3, 7/13/13 - 7/21/23.😩
@rjejr Your opinion is very legit and valid! Nintendo does definitely make some strong 3D platformers.
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