Skip to main content

Horizon Forbidden West praised for it's representation

horizon forbidden black characters

Horizon Forbidden West is one of the most visually stunning games on the Playstation 5. So it's hardly surprising that Gureilla Games are receiving heaps of praise, in regards to how authentic their Black characters appear in the game.

Quite a few people on social media have been pointing how realistic the character models look, from their facial features to skin tone, imperfections and all. But why do the character models look so good? 

Well on the Playstation Blog, lead character artist Bastien Ramisse said, “Each generation of consoles brings extra power that lets us add even denser polygons to our character models, so we can create finer details such as peach fuzz, smooth contouring, or finer texture details and accurate materials expression, to name a few."

As you can see from one example below, players are not only praising the character models, but many also consider them to be the best looking Black video game characters yet.

That's not too far from the truth either, because while games featuring Black characters like Mafia III, The Last of Us: Part II and more recently Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, to name a few, have phenomenal skin shaders, Horizon Forbidden West sets a new gold standard with the power of the Decima engine.

Remember how cool it was seeing Miles Morales with an actual fade in a game. Well this is that times a hundred. Guerrilla Games absolutely killed it.

It's worth noting that not only do the character models look good, but there's also a noticeable amount of Black npcs in the game. Horizon Forbidden West has a melting pot of different races, yet it's hard to ignore the game's diverse Black population, who are found in the world.

Not many games have featured this many Black video game characters in a single setting, which is another impressive milestone.

Not many games have featured this many Black video game characters 

 The only other games which have come close are Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Mafia III, however unlike Horizon Forbidden West, those games are steeped in stereotypes.

In 2015, Pew Research Center found that 35% of Black people, 36% of Hispanics, and 24% of whites surveyed believe that minorities are portrayed poorly in video games.

However here we have a video game which features a large portion of Black characters and they're not represented as gangsters, athletes or promiscuous. They talk and act like regular people, but at the same time they astonishingly stand out for their realistic character models and designs.

Which is why it's brilliant, yet not surprising, to see an outpour of love from a side of the gaming community, which more often than not, is not typically used to seeing themselves represented in authentic ways in video games.

Comments

Share

Popular posts from this blog

Top 10 Best Black Fortnite Skins

Fortnite was released in 2017 and since that time, Epic Games' battle royale game has released a wide variety of in-game skins for players to purchase with each new update. There's something for everyone, provided you have the funds. Over 1000 Battle Royale skins exist and that number only increases with each new battle pass and season. Not only is Fortnite's selection of skins abundant, but they're also inclusive, having shown a commitment to diversity in the games character design.  Black representation in video games has come a long way.  Epic Games has been notably good about being inclusive of Black Fortnite Skins within the game, which no doubt has helped it’s popularity. Not only are the characters varied and unique, but they also wear various different Black hairstyles, and not only the default cornrow or Afro style from the yesteryear. It wasn't an easy feat, but here are the top 10 best Black Fortnite skins to feature in the Battle Royale.  10. Terra  One

10 Best Black Nintendo Characters Of All Time

The introduction of Nintendo's first Black character dates back to 1983 in the arcade version of Punch Out!!, which introduced three opponents of African descent. 30-plus years later and a handful of unique Black characters have appeared in Nintendo games, here are 10 of the greatest of all time. 10. Matt Wii Sports  If you don't remember Matt, then take a trip down memory lane. He's the Mii that you would face in the Wii Sports boxing game. If you saw Matt on the screen for a match-up, it was time for a beatdown.  According to the Wii Sports Fandom Wiki , "Matt is very good at every sport except Cycling, Baseball, and Tennis. In Basketball, he is average." Since ruining the childhood of many, Matt has gone on to become a meme . 9. Grant Pokemon X and Y  Pokemon X and Y's region is based on France, so naturally this gave Game Freak the incentive to add several dark skin Pokémon trainers to the game. One of them is Grant, a Rock-type gym leader who resides in C

Top 15 Black Street Fighter Characters Ranked

Capcom's fighting game franchise Street Fighter has introduced many iconic characters since it's debut in 1987, from the likes of Ryu and Chun-Li to Guile and Cammy. However let's turn our attention to some of the more underrated people in the series. Street Fighter's black representation  has been far from perfect, nevertheless these characters still ooze charisma and stand out in their own ways. This list also features several non playable characters, so without further ado, here are 15 of the best Black Street Fighter characters to appear in the games, ranked from worst to best. 15. Max  Remember the Black dude who got dropped with a right hook in the controversial Street Fighter 2 intro, yeah that dude. For years, him and his white counterpart were often mistaken for being Mike and Joe from Street Fighter 1. However in 2016, Capcom finally put that rumour to rest and identified both fighters as Max and Scott respectively. Max is a technical heavyweight boxer who fi