Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-4
Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne is a huge expansion to the 2018 action RPG Monster Hunter: World. Iceborne introduces a new, frosty land, full of different locations and new monsters. The expansion also introduces a number of changes to the combat system. The game was developed by Capcom (known from the Devil May Cry or Dragon's Dogma series).
The expansion offers a completely new plot that takes place after the events of the original Monster Hunter: World. Velkhana, a new ice elder dragon, plays an important role in the story.
The basic gameplay mechanics of Iceborne are the same as in the main game. We get a vast open world to explore, and our goal is primarily to hunt various kinds of monsters. The expansion takes place in the snowy land of Hoarfrost Reach, where we find a number of previously unknown monsters and complete Master rank quests.
Among new enemies is Velkhana, a powerful ice elder dragon who can control the temperature. The icy breath of the beast freezes everything, making it an incredibly dangerous adversary. We will also face Banbaro (a cross between a mighty snow buffalo and a ram), Beotodus (a wyvern that "swims" in the snow, using an unusual head shape to cut the ice) and Nargacuga (a flying wyvern with high agility).
A new tool, The Clutch Claw, will help us in hunting. It is a hook mounted on a rope, which allows us to climb on the back of a creature we are fighting. We then gain access to new attacks, allowing, among other things, to control the movements of the beast (e.g. to accelerate and hit the wall or to drive the animal into a trap). We can also use this position to shoot directly at a weak point. In addition, we have access to several new moves - for example, we can shoot from a slingshot or use other items with weapons drawn. Many weapons have received new moves and combos.
An unfavorable climate also requires an appropriate approach - we often have to break through high snow and low temperatures can be a threat in themselves. To deal with them, we can, for example, harvest the right plants to prepare a warming potion.
Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne does not introduce any new game modes. Just like in the basic version, we can play this production alone or with friends - the game features an online cooperation mode.
Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne expansion does not change the technical aspects of the game, but the new location has a different climate and uses several new effects, such as realistic snow forming around the shoes of the characters. The whole thing looks very credible.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 3 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 4 GB Radeon RX 570X or better, Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 760 / Radeon R7 260X or better, Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64-bit