Even the graphics hardly felt any better to me besides cutscenes.I really thought the first one was a 10/10 game. Great story, interesting characters, well-told. Great world to explore. Amazing graphics. The combat was genuinely fun. I loved it. I thought it was a masterpiece and got shit on unnecessarily because of its proximity to BOTW.
The second game is a dud. It’s both more of the same and bloated. Really feels forced in a lot of ways. Aloy is a net negative in this game. The gameplay is more of the same. The only thing it really has going for it is graphics which IMO are the best out there. It’s a showcase game for the PS5 in a way that even Ragnarok isn’t.
With the VR game being the flagship, and the rumored MMO, and the rumored remake, I think Sony is trying to turn it into something it never was, which was a massive AAA franchise. To be fair, that was probably the plan all along, but HFW isn’t good enough to propel it.