Monster Hunter World is, undoubtedly, one of the best entries in the Monster Hunter saga. This entry provided a lot more of fluidity to the gameplay and by doing some welcomed a lot more hunters into the franchise. Capcom decided that it’s been long enough since they released their most successful Monster Hunter game to date and a well-deserved refresh was needed. And, refreshing it is indeed. Monster Hunter World Iceborn feels like a natural evolution to the great base game MHW already is. We got to play the E3 demo of Iceborn, these are our impressions.
One of the most appealing additions to Monster Hunter World is its vast open areas and how easily and naturally you can move across it. This is no exception, the new frozen area of Hoarfrost Reach is masterfully designed. Crowded with natural elements that make it a believable tundra.
In addition, there are tons of destructible elements as well, this is one of the highlights when battling some monsters. I was a bit afraid that due to the fact that it was a tundra, it would lack the best part of what makes Monster Hunter World unique, which is its rapid and fluid way of exploring each area. That fear was put to rest when I was able to play the E3 demo, Hoarfrost is as good, if not better than some maps on the base game.
Complex and rewarding battles
During the demo, we were able to battle two different monsters. The first hunt was a new addition to the franchise through Monster Hunter World Iceborne, the Banbaros. This monster makes similar moves to the ones the Barroth does. It has antlers, which makes his tackles have a very perilous range. Even though Banbaros reminded me of some Barroth behaviors, it is a beast of its own. The battle gets trickier as he rampages through destructible trees and those get attached along with snow in its massive antlers. This dramatically increases the damage range of his tackles. Also, since he can’t see that much due to the caught branches and snow, he rampages and deliver swift and fast jabs and tackles. I truly enjoyed the battle against Banbaros, it was a challenging new experience.
The second battle included in the E3 demo for Monster Hunter World Iceborne was the return of a classic. Tigrex is back! It is as visceral, fast and unpredictable as always. This rage monster is a classic frantic beast already for Monster Hunter and a massive pain in the butt for hunters. Let me reassure you that difficulty level remains untouched. It was impressive to see Tigrex in Iceborne. The monster is the equivalent of watching Rathalos in Monster Hunter World for the first time. It looks so amazingly detailed and its animations are top notch. My party of 4 hunters during the demo was quickly obliterated by Tigrex. Which, came as no surprise. This monster needs concentration, cooperation and perfect execution of each hunter’s weapon and elementary mastery.
In short, Monster Hunter World Iceborne is an incredible addition, an icy, complex and rewarding experience. There’s a lot of value in the sprawling ice land of Hoarfrost Reach.
Want more E3 impressions? Check our impression on Journey to The Savage Planet E3 demo!