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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Monster hunting goes subzero in this red hot expansion.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Absolutely Amazing Game

This is a rich, deep and very well made game which will keep players occupied for hundreds of hours once they get into it. In spite of it's title there is no real violence or gore. The monsters presented are large, fantastical beasts rather than actual realistic animals and deaths are quick and not lingered upon. The Monster Hunter online community is welcoming and well behaved with minimum issues (given the usual caveat around allowing your children to interact with strangers online) My main reason for giving a 12+ rating is the steep learning curve and complex crafting and hunting system which require some tactical planning that may be frustrating to younger players. That aside I would recommend the game for players of all ages.
age 10+

This game is a masterpiece

This is one of the best games i have ever played in my entire life. The gameplay is simple yet difficult. The armors and monsters all look fantastic.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This new chapter in the popular adventure game brings new content, new territory to explore, and new glory to hunters around the world. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is the first full expansion to the original game, and when Monster Hunter World debuted, it basically served as a sort of reboot, re-introducing the niche franchise to a global audience. It was a hit and left fans new and old eager for more. Iceborne brings with it a whole new icy land to explore, complete with new creatures to hunt, new weapons and ways to use familiar weapons, and most importantly, more of what everyone loved about the original experience. The expansion's smart enough to add just enough new to keep things fresh without ditching any of the fun that keeps hunters coming back.

Admittedly, the Monster Hunter series has always been a complex game that takes a lot of practice. And while Monster Hunter World streamlined things a bit, Iceborne adds new combos to all of the existing weapons, increasing their effectiveness in the field. Couple that with the new Clutch Claw's grappling capabilities and it opens up a lot of new strategies, but also adds an extra layer of complexity that can frustrate early on. One other key thing for players to keep in mind is that Iceborne is designed mainly as additional endgame content. While players can still get the hang of the new weapon combos and the Clutch Claw in the main game, the new hunts in Hoarfrost Reach are generally reserved for those Master Rank hunters that have seen the main game through to completion. But even if you've just started exploring the territory of the original game, the frozen lands of Iceborne has plenty of hot gameplay to keep you coming back for more.

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