Monster Hunter Rise Review – Runt Of The Litter

Monster Hunter: World is a major paradigm shift for Capcom’s beloved series. The fast-paced difficulty gradients delight newbies, while the myriad endgame challenges keep pro hunters coming back for more. Monster Hunter Rise’s gameplay often tries to replicate World’s success, which isn’t always a bad thing. Combat remains an exhilarating dance of death, gear customization is satisfying, and coordinating hunts with friends can be awe-inspiring fun and unexpected results. Even with the introduction of new mechanics that help enhance these features, Monster Hunter Rise has struggled to establish its own creative identity.

Encounters with huge and impressive beasts are at the heart of the experience, testing your skills with a variety of weapon types. Once you win, you’ll sprint around the main hub, upgrade or forge better equipment, get a bunch of unfinished quests from NPCs, and meticulously prepare for your next hunt. This captures the fundamentals of the fantasy action series, but Monster Hunter Rising doesn’t venture out of that comfort zone.

During opening hours, the people of Kamura Village are busy preparing for the “disaster”, a group of savage monsters bent on destroying everything in their path. As a newly registered hunter in the village, you must kill or capture numerous creatures in the biome outside the steel gate of your hometown. Be sure to grab key consumables from your ever-expanding crates as you marvel at the blossoming cherry trees and hum to the gorgeous musical score, dine on delicious treats at local restaurants for exclusive rewards, and venture out into the unknown. This routine has a cozy monotony that Monster Hunter fans might love, but the addition of “Friends Square” adds a new feature to your return.

Buddy Plaza is the base of operations for your palicoes and palamutes (cat and dog warriors respectively). You can send your trusted pets on their own missions to procure various crafting materials, pay to train them so they are more efficient in future engagements, replace their equipment, or hire more Plenty of pets. The pals are incredibly versatile, and Monster Hunter: Rise will continually reward you with using the plaza’s various amenities. Still working on that rare beak or tail? Your palico “meowcenaries” might surprise you on one of your most recent expeditions. This positive feedback gives some much-needed flavor to the lulls between combat/exploration.

You’ll spend most of your game time experiencing the classic loop: battling gargantuan opponents like the ferocious Arzuros and Lagombi, collecting mundane items, and transporting heavy loads to camp. Be sure to explore the nooks and crannies of each map, as floating colorful birds called “Spiribirds” can be absorbed to increase your health, stamina, attack or defense. These buffs make it easier to complete the above tasks. Don’t want to do all this on foot? Ride your palamute for faster navigation, or take out your nematode and climb cliffs and mountains in seconds.

Wirebug attacks, known as Silkbinds, add a new layer of intensity to the operation. When used repeatedly, Silk Binding forces the monster into a rideable state. These brief battle sequences are all about using the power of monsters against them, dealing staggered damage by ramming into nearby structures or dashing at other unsuspecting opponents to take away the pain. Wyvern-riding is my favorite mechanic because it adds an exciting burst of strategy to the franchise’s age-old combat system.

Aside from installing monsters and using nematodes to run around walls in spectacular fashion, Monster Hunter Rising is no different from its previous installments. It has enough endgame content to keep you rolling long after the credits (if you don’t mind a lot of grinding) and multiplayer is still the best way to play, but my early hunt excitement waned quickly. Monster Hunter Rise is far from the next definitive chapter in the series. However, if you’re looking for a sophisticated but traditional adventure with some small-scale nuances, then you’ll find a home at Kamura Village.