A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sunbreak expands on Rise's focus on teamwork. Players can join together in hunting parties and work together to bring down powerful creatures. In solo hunts, players still have assistance in the form of their Felyne and Palamute animal companions. Sunbreak adds Followers, computer-controlled teammates that can be earned via quests.
Players are given a wide range of customization options to create an avatar that best represents them. Not a wide range of diversity in NPC characters, but attempt is made to create a believable and welcoming community.
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Ease of Play
Has a diverse arsenal of distinctly different weapon types, each requiring practice to use effectively. Combine that with the range of tactics required to take on different monsters, and Sunbreak continues the Monster Hunter tradition of highly complex gameplay that rewards practice and patience.
Violence & Scariness
Most larger monsters that players hunt are intimidating but not particularly scary. Players use weapons and traps to capture or kill the creatures and carve materials (hides, bones, organs, etc.) from them once they're defeated. That said, defeated creatures disappear from the field after a short time, and the game shows little in the way of blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some available armors can be a bit revealing for male and female characters.
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Products & Purchases
Sunbreak is a paid expansion to the main Monster Hunter Rise game. It supports both free and paid content for items, cosmetics, special missions, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Regular references to drinking alcohol in the dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is a paid downloadable expansion for Monster Hunter Rise on the Nintendo Switch and Windows-based PCs. The expansion brings new content to the action role-playing game in the form of a new story in a new location, new high-rank quests, new and returning creatures, and new and revised gameplay elements. Players still go out solo or in multiplayer parties to hunt large monsters for the purpose of collecting resources, researching the environment, and providing help for both the original Kamura Village and the new Elgado Outpost. Combat, in the form of hunting wild creatures, is central to the game, but there's no graphic depictions of violence or any sort of blood or gore. The steep learning curve of the base game still exists for newcomers to the series, and the expansion content is available only after completing the story of the base game.
Is It Any Good?
For nearly two decades, this franchise has carved out a place for itself in the hearts of gamers, with 2021's Rise standing out as one, if not the best, offering in the series. Now, after a long string of title updates and special quest additions, the game has gotten a full-blown, paid expansion with Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. The expansion brings with it a huge amount of content in the form of new quests, new monsters, and new locales, but there's surprisingly little in the way of new additions or changes to the gameplay. It makes for a lot of new things to do, but very few new ways to do them. This "if it ain't broke" mentality means that returning players should be able to Wirebug their way right back into the action, but it's hard not to see it as a missed opportunity.
Sunbreak assumes players already know what they're doing, as the new content isn't even accessible until players complete the endgame portion of the basic Rise story. Once the expansion opens up, though, players are in for a treat. The new hunting grounds are phenomenal. The new monsters are equal parts elegance and savagery. Taking on these new threats, as well as the Elgado variants of familiar faces, requires new strategies and tactics. Being able to swap out Switch Skills on the fly, one of the few new tweaks to gameplay, gives players quick access to a lot more options. The new AI-controlled Followers are great for solo players looking for that multiplayer feel, but sadly they are limited to use in specific missions. And while Sunbreak's story isn't particularly long, the sheer number of available quests, as well as the massive number of new creations added to the Hunter's armory, means that there's more than enough content to keep players returning to Monster Hunter Rise for the foreseeable future.
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