Horizon Forbidden West: Machine Hulk Review



Some players had issues in the prologue around the arrows tutorial. We’re here to help you understand how to move your name forward when it comes to examining the carcass of the machine in Horizon Forbidden West.

Machine Hulk Review in Horizon Forbidden West

At the start of Horizon Forbidden West, during the Reach for the Stars quest, you’ll come across a machine wreck riddled with arrows. You must examine the carcass to begin the arrow crafting tutorial. There has been some confusion about this and some reports of bugs blocking player progress.

With two tests, it doesn’t appear to be an actual bug. The interaction prompt can be a little wonky, but there doesn’t seem to be a problem with its display for players. Here’s where we were when the option to examine the corpse of the machine appeared:

Another possible explanation is that players are rushing to the destination before Varl. Without Varl and standing in almost the exact same spot, the Examine Machine Carcass interaction would flicker and not actually register the pressed triangle.

That being said, players shouldn’t really encounter an actual bug, just a bit of a weirdly behaving interaction prompt. However, since this is the very beginning of the game, there is the simple option of restarting from a new file. The game also gets a little wild on autosaves, so you can easily reload a little before to try again if there’s a real problem.

That’s all you need to know to examining the carcass of the machine in Horizon Forbidden West.

If this guide was helpful to you, check out our Horizon Forbidden West Guide wiki, where all of our guides can be found. Why not check out our guides on what to expect with the trophy list or how to increase stockpile size.


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