Horizon Forbidden West is out on PS4 and PS5, and it seems poised to be another sizeable success for Guerrilla Games and PlayStation. We don't have any sale figures yet, but over on Metacritic the game has earned an impressive score of 88, and social media impressions suggest the Internet is enjoying the long-awaited sequel. That said, it's not a perfect game. The game doesn't have any game-breaking issues, but it does have some that are vexing players. For example, everyone hates Aloy's hair.
Hair physics is one of the hardest things in-game development. Bravely, Guerilla Games attempts to give Aloy realistic hair rather than play it safe. Unfortunately, it didn't achieve its vision. If you've played Horizon Forbidden West, you'll know Aloy's hair physics often break immersion. Not only is her hair over-animated and constantly moving more than it should, but sometimes it's moving when it's not even supposed to, like when she's inside and sitting still.
Thankfully, to an extent, this can be fixed with a patch, but so far it hasn't been. And until it does, players on PS4 and PS5 are complaining about the problem on social media.
My one complaint with Horizon Forbidden West is how FREAKIN FLOPPY Aloy’s hair is but no one else’s moves AT ALL— Jebstar (@jebstartv) February 26, 2022
My first bug was right at the beginning when you gotta examine your first machine. The prompt just never showed up for me, I had to reload. It’s got some visual clipping. But most annoyingly… Aloy’s hair is always doing too damn much, lmao. It’s always flying all over the place.— Mauricio Sanchez (@mauroinmotion) February 26, 2022
Good god! Aloy’s hair is so insane, I keep tying my own over and over in hopes it will help!?!? Lol#HorizonForbbidenWest— Seanmander, Seanmeleon, Seanizard (@Seanie_Dee) February 26, 2022
How has fabric drop in physics not fixed in camera cuts in 2022? I legitimately don't know and am asking. Aloy's hair. Elden Ring. Every camera cut and it's a cloth /hair dance party. @Dachsjaeger...Is it actually impossible to fix?— The Emperor Has No Pixels (@YlfAndy) February 26, 2022
Horizon Forbidden West is available via the PS4 and PS5. Right now, there's no word of a PC port, but its predecessor is available on the platform, so expect this to change, though it may take a couple of years.
"Horizon Forbidden West, by most counts, is another strong release for Guerrilla Games and PlayStation," reads a snippet of our review of the game. "This is very much a sequel that just looks to go bigger and better than its predecessor, and in that regard, it very much achieves what it sets out to accomplish. Although I wanted more from the story and the game's general structure is very much the same when compared to Zero Dawn, fans who loved the last title should still love the adventure that this follow-up takes you on."
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