With Monster Hunter: World last year, the adrenaline-pumping series finally managed to break through for me, and – given what a colossal sales success the game has become for Capcom – plenty of other would-be players. It's not the easiest thing to figure out as a first-timer, but World's upgrades, tweaks, and sanded-off edges coalesced into a fresh experience that tapped into an eager new audience.
I was woefully hooked on the game at launch, tried my best to keep up with the content updates in the months that followed, and eventually fell off when it came time to grind out battles against beefy-as-hell Arch Tempered beasts. Some people can stick with the Monster Hunterformat for thousands of hours, and more power to them – I was fine saying farewell after 130 hours. Or so I thought.
Iceborne, the fierce new expansion that brings the equivalent of G Rank, has thrust Monster Hunter: Worldback into my life, tipping my save file over the 200-hour mark. Please send help. I can't stop.