Poll Which has the best story of the horizon series? (29 votes)
I notice horizon got overlooked by people either thinking the first was one and done and they didnt have the draw of mystery for a sequel. Others thought the unique idea of robot dinos allured them and it was gone now. Maybe even zelda to Elden ring took the limelight, thou I believe that's overstated as the people playing elden ring arent giving up horizon to do so. IMO at least prior elden ring's release (most discourse about ED was that it was just open world dark souls and nothing to be impressed by or try if you already hated the difficulty of the series). That dismissive side of the internet aside, i really believe horizon was getting purchased by people into that game, and the elden ring game or even zelda wasn't really the same type to push away buyers.
Anyway for the story, I feel it's more of a toy story and toy story 2 situations in that people screamed toy story was one and done, i don't need to know more, yet the sequel was just as good and expanded on more things that were nice to know. Horizon to me never seemed one and done and left threads hanging but tried to have a fulfilling story on itself, much like lord of the rings in how each movie still feels nice on its own but the overarching threat is always meant to be in the final 3rd story.
So, I've also noticed people dropping horizon 2 due to the opening not hooking them and it's length. Finally got to play and beat it, PlayStation trophies said about 70% get far enough for the twist, 40% actually beat it, and the prologue isn't that long or annoying, any more than say the first horizon. I question what made this game's story not as appealing since the twist isnt thrown in at the ending, their's multiple new plot beats that expand the world, and it all mixes into side plots and character arcs (according to pstrophies most didnt see the robot arm story arc but it was a powerful message for people with similar disabilities.) Added to that I think the tribes are more fleshed out and make sense with the things aloy is trying to achieve and the past (symbolisms of the past repeating unless we change etc.). It all seems way more streamlined and besides the help the first game had, in being well the first and the hook, I thought the newer game was better story-wise. (gameplay too but of course, the game with more of the same is better).
It could be that I also predicted some of the twist due to everyone screaming about how good the story was after the first game's release...I mean the name Aloy, robots that weren't hostile and churning soil, old buildings, the random biosphere of grassland to whatever so abruptly (thou thats a game thing in most as well) and the notes spell it out for you.
So what did everyone else feel? What was the consensus on the story in particular?
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