Aloy’s Journey: Exploring Horizon Forbidden West on PC


Horizon Zero Dawn is a 2017 action role-playing game developed by Guerilla Games. Back in 2017 it captivated many players with its immersive gameplay. Players are intrigued by the mechanical dinosaurs and creatures. Horizon Zero Dawn was a proper embodiment of open world and sci-fi coming together.

Guerilla Games later on released the sequel in 2022 titled Horizon Forbidden West. The game is equally beautiful and immersive to play. Aloy is back again with her thrilling adventure and tame enormous mechanical creatures.

However, we know initially Horizon Zero Dawn was only exclusive to PlayStation. With recent events of Sony getting rid of exclusives players can now enjoy both of these games on their PCs. On March 21st 2024 Horizon Forbidden West is releasing on Steam for gamers to play on PC. As Guerilla announced on Steam

“Are you ready to continue Aloy’s epic adventure on PC? On March 21, you’ll be able to explore the Forbidden West, battle awe-inspiring machines and encounter new tribes. Horizon Forbidden West is the beloved follow up to Guerrilla’s critically acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn, and this Complete Edition for PC also includes the Burning Shores expansion, which continues Aloy’s journey and takes players to a treacherous volcanic archipelago after completing the main quest.”

 A Forbidden Frontier Awaits

The Horizon Forbidden West story takes place several years after the events of Zero Dawn. Aloy overcame the label of being an outcast and now indulged herself in the role of a skilled Nora Hunter. She finds out that there is mysterious red blight that is beginning to corrupt the land again.

As usual the curious nature of Aloy triggered her to embark on a thrilling journey westward. She ventured into an unknown territory known as the Forbidden West. The land is the key answer to why the red blight is appearing. At the same time Aloy will face several unknown and new threats.

As you explore further into Forbidden West with Aloy you will make a grand discovery of a forgotten lost civilization. Aloy will can go through all the ancient data logs to piece together the fragmented history of the lost civilization. It is most likely that Aloy will finally get her answer why the red blight is corrupting the land and the history behind machines.

A World Reimagined

The world of Forbidden West is a visual marvel. Guerilla Games never disappoints when it comes to present visually stunning graphics. You will come across luscious forest with colorful flora and faunas. At the same time, you will see sunbaked deserts stretch towards the horizon. Each location has its own unique wildlife and machines. Some machines might be serpentine creatures that loves to burrow underground while others might be enormous mammoth destructing everything.

PC-Specific Enhancements

The PC version of Horizon Forbidden West includes various features tailored to the platform. The full mouse and keyboard support will allow precise aiming and control. Moreover, players can have customizable key bindings according to their preference.

”Fully customizable mouse and keyboard controls let you traverse the Forbidden West and fight ferocious machines on your PC the way you want to. The game also features extensive controller support, including Steam Input support for remapping and customization of your peripheral of choice to your preferences. Use a PlayStation DualSense controller for the most immersive experience, with adaptive triggers that let you feel the tension in the string of your bow and haptic feedback that makes you feel the impact when you’re engaging in melee combat.”

The game is also compatible with NVIDIA DLSS 3 which is a cutting-edge technology that utilizes AI to upscale the graphics which improves the frame rates without sacrificing visual quality. According to Steam the PC specifications are:

  • See every gameplay detail with Ultrawide 21:9 and Super Ultrawide 32:9 resolutions, as well as 48:9 triple monitor support.
  • Witness the Forbidden West coming to life, with NVIDIA DLSS 3 upscaling and frame generation, image enhancing NVIDIA DLAA and latency reducing NVIDIA Reflex. AMD FSR and Intel XeSS are also supported.
  • Customize graphic settings to your preference, with the potential for unlocked frame rates.
  • Take control with full support for the DualSense™ controller, including haptic feedback and adaptive trigger functionality.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements are:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-8100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon RX 5500XT 4GB
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 150GB SSD Space

The recommended requirements are:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8600 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 5700
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 150GB SSD Space

Pre-Purchase Bonus

If you pre-purchase Horizon Forbidden West before 21st March you will get some bonus content like

  • Blacktide Outfit and Blacktide Bow* (available only with pre-purchase)
  • Nora Legacy Outfit and Nora Spear* (available only when linking your Steam account to PlayStation Network)
  • 2 Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • 2 Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack including ammunition, potions, and travel packs
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece
  • Exclusive Photo Mode pose and face paint

So, don’t forget to check out Horizon Forbidden West on Steam. If you are able to pre-purchase then you enjoy some amazing bonus content!


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