Horizon Call of the Mountain and PlayStation VR 2 are inextricably linked. The Guerrilla- and Firesprite-developed title is a successful virtual reality game thanks to the tech housed in the PSVR 2, and the PSVR 2’s capabilities are best showcased by the game. Admittedly, the barrier to entry for experiencing it all is very high: You’ll need to own a PS5, purchase the $550 headset, and then get the $60 game on top. But those who do will be treated to a game that’s an impressive technical showpiece and an enjoyable Horizon game in its own right.
Call of the Mountain takes place in the same vibrant setting that you’re used to exploring as Aloy. However, for this game, the protagonist is Ryas, a member of the Shadow Carja who has been imprisoned for questionable actions. Ryas is busted out of prison and sent on a perilous journey to figure out why the machine animals of Horizon’s worlds are acting out.
This is a familiar narrative beat for a Horizon game, and a lot of the story is carried by Ryas. Ryas’ brother went missing while also trying to solve this particular mystery, so he has a personal stake in going out of his way to help those around him in order to figure out what’s going on, even if the people he’s working withtreat him like an outsider. My interest in Call of the Mountain was primarily in seeing how it utilized the new hardware, so it caught me by surprise when I found myself invested in Ryas as a character. The game does a great job of slowly unpacking his story and showing that there may have been more to his history than it initially seems.
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