Burning Shores DLC from Horizon Forbidden West has recently been released and it’s sparked a strange controversy. PlayStation fans “review bombed” the game after it featured an optional dialog between Aloy’s newfound Quen ally Seyka, and an intimate character interplay.
Players can choose to end the DLC with a dialog option that allows Aloy to confess her love for Seyka. Both characters then kiss and go their separate ways. The scene where Aloy kisses Seyka has sparked outrage among PlayStation fans who are unhappy with Aloy getting involved in a homos*xual relationship.
“Continue to destroy your characters PlayStation. No one loves gays in video games …”
In the reviews for Burning Shores, players express their anger in the worst ways possible. They curse the developers Guerrilla Games as well as PlayStation. All of this is for a scene which is optional and in a RPG.
Fans who disliked the optional ending of Burning Shores, Horizon Forbidden: West Burning Shores DLC, have been bombarding review sites with negative reviews.
Burning Shores DLC, Horizon Forbidden West, is a competent story expansion. The DLC not only introduces new gameplay, but it also advances Aloy’s narrative in a way that could lead to a third mainline game in the Horizon Forbidden West series. Guerrilla Games experimented with a variety of DLCs, some of which were significant.
A number of changes have been made to combat in the game. It is now faster and more fluid, thanks to certain skills. Aloy can now use basic tools such as the pullcaster to actively engage in combat. Guerrilla Games, in addition to tweaking the gameplay, has made it more like traditional role-playing games by adding multiple endings.
Burning Shores offers multiple endings, and these have huge implications on the story of Aloy in the DLC. This choice of endings has unfortunately caused some controversy among PlayStation fans, who have taken to Metacritic in order to express their displeasure with the optional ending that sees Aloy kiss Seyka.
While the Metascore for the game was 81 from the critic reviews, user reviews were only at 2.7 as of this writing. It is mainly the result of unhinged review bombing from fans who did not like Aloy having a romance with another woman. Metacritic’s page for Burning Shores is filled with negative reviews from users.
“Another gay agenda-driven game, and for what? People want to have a good time, not indoctrinated. Sony must be careful, because taking business agendas as priority has hurt many brands. I will never again buy Horizon games.”
The love storyline in the movie is just boring [to]”Upush the LGTB agenda at you, it’s just another shot to the wall.”
“A very poor decision by Guerrilla. Why complicate matters with LGBT employees? “It broke my hearth, and I stopped playing the game as well as any future Guerrilla games”
“Visually, it looks great. But what about storytelling?” Aloy lesbian! What are you doing Sony & Guerilla really? Your characters are not worth it. That’s awful plot, you create a wonderful world, and absolutely awful minor characters. It’s really, really bad. I love this franchise, and I don’t want to see how you’ll destroy it. and now I’m start thinking about 3 part, and it scares me.”
It’s sad that fans are disapproving of Aloy kissing a woman, even though the game is marketed like Bioware Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Since the first Horizon game was released in 2017, players have asked Guerrilla Games for meaningful and impactful options in the game. Burning Shores’ DLC finally delivered multiple endings with meaningful choices, but the game is still getting slammed by so-called “fans”.
Other people aren’t bothered by it. They were surprised to see how a simple choice in the DLC could cause users to lower their rating for what is otherwise an excellent follow-up to Horizon Forbidden West.
Aloy is portrayed as being a very closed-off individual who keeps to herself. This stems from her childhood as an outsider of the Nora Tribe. In the last couple of games, Aloy slowly, but surely, started to open up more, particularly after Beta was introduced, who, like Aloy, is a clone Elisabet Sobek.
Burning Shores was the first time that Guerrilla Games centered their story around Aloy rather than making her just a plot tool to drive the larger narrative. Aloy meets someone in Burning Shores who she feels comfortable with and can relate to. She considers this person to be the perfect companion to her world-saving adventures.
The romantic interaction between Aloy, Seyka and the other characters is a mere choice. Therefore, it’s possible that the ending which is being criticized by fans isn’t even canon. It is still disappointing to see such a knee-jerk reaction from the gaming community in 2023.
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