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.