Monster Hunter: Rise Review | PC Gamers

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What is it? Murder monsters and make cute hats out of their faces.
expect to pay £50/$60
developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
audit date GeForce GTX 1070, 16GB RAM, i7-7700HQ
multiplayer game 4 people cooperate
association Official website

The real pleasure of my gaming career has been watching Monster Hunter go from being a niche darling to a huge success in Japan, and then progressing in the West—Monster Hunter: World—to instant fame and global hit. That may have oversimplified the arc of Capcom’s excellent Beasts Challenge, but the series now has a huge fan base and the resources behind it, which has resulted in a game that has gotten better and better over the years, as well as a clear split.

There’s Monster Hunter: World taking over the series, which has the fundamentals but is a very big-budget endeavor — with gorgeous, smooth animations and the visual and aural spectacle of jaw-dropping monsters. Monster Hunter: Rise is another offshoot, following in the footsteps of games like Generations and closer to the series’ portable legacy: smaller, more contained maps rather than larger, more open-world-style exploration.

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Of course, Rise was originally designed as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, and while this PC version is a nice port that does everything you’d expect, it’s a far cry from the kind of straight-forward visual “wow” factor that World does . It also can’t compete on things like textures or custom animations of stunning monsters fighting each other.