Horizon Forbidden West Rating Mentions “Alien Monsters” and “Same Sex Relationships”
Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West has been given a rating by IMDA, the official rating agency of Singapore that also provides some insight into the game.
Horizon Forbidden West has already been rated in various countries around the world, and now we have a full rating from IMDA, which regulates content distributed across Singapore.
They shared a little more on the game aside from giving it a rating of Advisory 16 (Suitable for 16 & Above).
“Horizon Forbidden West” is an action adventure game set on post-apocalyptic Earth. The protagonist, Aloy, travels to the west to discover the source of a mysterious signal and to find a way to restore Earth.
The game is classified Advisory 16 (Suitable for 16 & Above).
Played from a third person perspective, the player controls Aloy to explore new lands. Along the way, she fights humans from enemy tribes, machines and alien monsters. Defeating these enemies drop items or crafting materials which she can use to upgrade or craft her own weapons.Aloy starts with a basic bow and javelin, but as the game progresses, she can acquire more powerful bows, slingshots and launchers which can shoot various ammunition such as ropes, canisters and tripwires.
Combat is frequent with a frenetic pace. Blood puffs are seen when Aloy and her human enemies are damaged by ranged or melee attacks. However, the blood does not stain the characters or the environment. The story scenes also contain some depictions of violence, such as characters being shot with arrows or impaled by spears, with some details of blood. The Advisory 16 Classification Guidelines allow “realistic but not excessively graphic violence with depiction of blood.”
Some of the story scenes contain references to same sex relationships, where various characters mention their partners during conversations with the protagonist.
While it is easy to confuse machines as alien monsters, the rating specifically mentions enemy tribes, machines, and “alien monsters” so perhaps there is something more to see here.
Horizon Forbidden West will be released on February 18, 2022, for the PS4 and PS5.