The Greatest New Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Function Is not What You’d Suppose – E3 2019


Every part I noticed crammed me with marvel.

I by no means needed to be offered on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. I am a continuing Monster Hunter participant and have been nothing in need of ecstatic to deal with any and all new content material that is been launched by way of frequent updates all through the final yr.

With that in thoughts, there wasn’t one singular factor I particularly needed from the brand new huge enlargement coming to Monster Hunter World this yr – apart from extra monsters to hunt and make armor out of, in fact – so shade me shocked when I discovered myself getting overly enthusiastic about one thing I would by no means have anticipated.

Your mantles can now be upgraded with ornament slots. Granted, the decorations on mantles are solely energetic when the mantles are outfitted, however nonetheless – ornament slots! Be mindful, “finest” is getting used, clearly, very subjectively right here, however I actually shouted with glee after I noticed that. It was the first factor I shared with my Monster Hunter squad after my hands-on demo and interview and so they, to my shock, shared in my excited rambling.

How may I select additional ornament slots over any of the brand new, flashy strikes for each single weapon, the clutch claw, or slinger improve?

I acquired a bit over-zealous and jumped in after I first performed.

Nicely, I primarily use Sword and Defend, so I may already use slinger ammo whereas my weapon is out. Although I like Monster Hunter and have put greater than 300 hours into World, I admittedly have not mastered each weapon but, so the brand new strikes are considerably wasted on me. That stated, the brand new Sword and Defend assault, the Leaping Slash combo, is fashionable, highly effective, and straightforward sufficient to drag off that I carried out it by accident earlier than I had even learn the tutorial on easy methods to do it. I acquired a bit over-zealous and jumped in after I first performed.

Kaname Fujioka, government director of Monster Hunter World, stated the Lengthy Sword in all probability advantages most from the weapon upgrades, just because it is easy to grasp however very cool trying. It is akin to one thing you’d see in a Samurai film, Fujioka stated. However, he clarified all weapons gained one thing that will emphasize their uniqueness.

“There are form of much less apparent however equally good enhancements to issues just like the Nice Sword, which, it might not look flashier, however in case you’re a Nice Sword person, you will undoubtedly really feel that it has been upgraded lots,” Fujioka defined.

The Clutch Claw, a brand new, everlasting grappling-hook-type attachment for all weapons, is extremely cool. I acquired an opportunity to apply it to Banbaro and Tigrex,  and having the ability to seize onto Tigrex from afar for a journey because it ran away felt so satisfying. Having solely fought two monsters to this point, I did not fairly get an excellent grasp on the Clutch Claw, however I can already see how helpful and integral to fight will probably be shifting ahead.

I’m glad the slinger is getting a bit extra consideration as effectively, and particularly glad nobody could have an excuse to not assist me with Flash Pod-ing monsters anymore. Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto stated he needed the function to be extra accessible, and that is why will probably be ready for use with out sheathing your weapon in Iceborne.

“We needed to make it simpler to make use of and play, but additionally have it be capable to have extra of a spotlight,” Tsujimoto stated. “You may really simply use it fully and together with the opposite instruments at your disposal, with the weapons.”

I am particularly excited to battle returning monsters Nargacuga, Tigrex, and Glavenus.

Nevertheless, I did not study any of this and assume, “Wow, I did not even know I needed this so badly!” Besides, in fact, the brand new and returning monsters. I am particularly excited to battle returning monsters Nargacuga, Tigrex, and Glavenus, however a brand new Elder Dragon is all the time an attractive problem.

I did not fairly notice how huge Banbaro was till I stood subsequent to it in sport, and I love its armor set. Its helmet comes with enormous horns, and for males, a formidable beard! I acquired to see the moose-like creature face off with Beotodus, too, and I discovered Beotodus takes down its prey identical to its cousin, Jyuratodus: it shoots up from the bottom and wraps round its prey in a dizzying show.

Tigrex is, effectively, simply as difficult because it’s ever been – it carted my teammates fairly a couple of instances – and appears excellent in Iceborne. The best way it wildly careens round, trying to collide with unsuspecting hunters, is solely beautiful. An odd solution to describe a raging monster, but it surely’s each terrifying and hilarious in a method that makes it so.

Ornament slots on mantles nonetheless reign supreme for me.

Strictly talking of adjustments and new options, sure, ornament slots on mantles nonetheless reign supreme for me. I like tinkering with all kinds of armor units and discover it satisfying to place collectively the good mixture of abilities for each notably tough problem. I spent almost an hour placing collectively a set I discovered appropriate for Arch-Tempered Nergigante, for instance, so I feel it is protected to say its one thing I like about Monster Hunter. Having additional slots on a bit of kit I am going to all the time have with me simply opens up so many potentialities I am unable to even wrap my thoughts round it. Deliver on the brand new abilities (sure, I noticed a couple of of those, too!) and extra slots! I am unable to wait.

Total, every little thing I noticed in Iceborne throughout my two, brief hunts, crammed me with marvel. The music glittered with chimes, a staple for ice-themed online game levels, and the sound-effects of the snow introduced me again to that point I used to be caught in a blizzard. There have been new small monsters which regarded like a cross between and skunk and a wolf (which I hope we’ll be capable to journey with the brand new function, Raider Journey), new endemic life, and a lot extra. Iceborne is alleged to be as crammed with content material because the vanilla Monster Hunter World, so I am certain there’s a lot extra I did not get to see.

Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN who loves monster searching, slaying, and catching. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.

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