- Total Score - 9.1/109.1/10
Monster Hunter Rise free and plentiful post game support has made it one of the series most complete packages.
Developer – Capcom
Publisher – Capcom
Platforms – Nintendo Switch
Capcom has been around for a long time, with titles ranging from Breath of Fire, Dino Crisis, Dragon’s Dogma, Lost Planet and Monster Hunter. It’s clear that somebody at Capcom loves huge, epic monsters, dinosaurs and dragons of all types and varieties. Monster Hunter has been the premier franchise for chasing these beasts down and battling, but for years and years the series was relegated to portable systems. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but for me, I could never get into it.
The small screen was always home, but after World it seemed like it would remain off the smaller screen, thankfully Rise brings all the flair of World with tons of new twists onto the Nintendo Switch.
The transition to the consoles wasn’t a conversion. Monster Hunter Rise, like World before it, has made a great deal of changes to appeal to the mass market. The game has added so many quality-of-life improvements to every single aspect of World, from the crafting, the information on certain monsters, and the core gameplay itself.
Brand new wirebugs completely change the flow of stages with traversal being made so much better I can’t fathom a Monster Hunter game without them. They don’t just make traversal fresh, they also add a whole new aspect to combat, with every weapon and style gaining lots of new moves that can completely shift a playstyle.
Normally those are the kind of things to make veterans scoff. “Dumbing down” games is a major problem in today’s market, with the appeal of the casual fan making some hardcore franchises incredibly player-friendly to the fault of the core game itself.
Monster Hunter avoids that problem entirely. They take all the info that was relegated to online searches and Wikipedia and incorporated it into the game itself. Do you need to know what parts you need for crafting something and from what monster you can obtain them? Or maybe the likelihood of certain mats compared to others? It’s all in the game. The ins and outs of using weapons and some of the particulars to certain combos are all there as well. All of these quality-of-life changes, alongside great visuals that all add up to a fantastic experience.
The best part of that is it’s all done without sacrificing depth. The gameplay is weighty, the hunts are intense and you can, and most likely will, be defeated when you go against a Rathalos or Diablos for the first time.
After waiting for a long time, Monster Hunter has finally arrived on Switch. Monster Hunter Rise does a great job of performing fantastic on the smaller system. All the bells and whistles are there, and despite the hardware limitations art style pushes Rise to new series heights.
The hunt, the drive to defeat these beasts and conquer them, is what makes this game so great. The first time you land a trap, mount and capture or kill a monster, is a satisfaction that can’t be explained. So try it for yourself, and see why Monster Hunter Rise one of Capcom’s best games in years, and a worthy successor to World.