Horizon Forbidden West reviews have started appearing online in the past few hours, and you can check out our review of the game here, as expected, the game offered an exciting adventure with a graphical level that was described as amazing, especially in the PS5 version that presented a vast sprawling world with content huge.
The Digital Foundry channel got the chance to try out the upcoming Guerrilla Games game on PS5 and PS4 platforms, and here is the most important information that was revealed:
- The PS4 Basic and Pro versions offer a significantly reduced visual experience, working in 1080p on PS4 and 1800p of dynamic resolution on Pro, both running at 30fps.
- The PS5 version runs at 4K at 30fps and drops to 1800p and 60fps in performance.
- The PS4 and PS5 versions run smoothly and it’s hard to notice a drop in frame rate at any moment. The only problem with this part is the way the camera pans and moves in some corners and areas.
- The biggest differences between the two versions are the massive reduction in the engineering density of items available in the environment around you on the PS4 version, along with significant reductions in asset quality. The PS4 version degrades or completely removes many elements, such as algae in the marine areas, and the quality of foliage.
- The PS5 version provided a richer, more uniform world visually, in exchange for lowering the quality of many other elements on PS4 to enable the game to run smoothly.
- The intensity of the light sensors is also reduced on the PS4, resulting in low-resolution lighting, while additional lighting is diffused on the PS5 and this is evident in movie scenes.
- Water effects have been reduced in the PS4 version as well, especially when Aloy dives into the depths, where the reflections disappear along with a large portion of the underwater plant life.
- While comparisons to PS5 show shortcomings, the game has introduced profound improvements over the first Horizon Zero Dawn across a number of systems, the most striking of which are the details of the water and the way it moves, character models and features, and most importantly the animation.
- The development studio learned from its past experiences and offered a more refined adventure, and arguably provided an open world game designed for people who are tired of open worlds.
- The graphic quality is richer at 30 fps and 4K resolution, the doubling of the frame rate is great, but you lose a good part of the next-gen experience, and no matter how you choose to play, Digital Foundry highly recommends purchasing the game.