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Monster Hunter Rise Review – Runt Of The Litter

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Monster Hunter: World has been a significant paradigm shift for Capcom’s beloved franchise. The well-paced difficulty ramp made progression enjoyable for newcomers, while countless late-game challenges kept expert hunters coming back for more. Monster Hunter Rise’s gameplay often attempts to copy World’s success, which isn’t always a bad thing. Battles continue to be an exhilarating dance of death, gear customization is satisfying, and coordinating hunts with friends leads to some incredibly fun and unexpected results. Even with the introduction of new mechanics that help amplify these features, Monster Hunter Rise is struggling to establish its own creative identity.

Encounters with huge and awesome beasts are the centerpiece of the experience, putting your skills to the test with the myriad types of weapons. Once victorious, you spend your downtime sprinting around the main hub, upgrading or forging better gear, catching a bunch of pending NPC quests, and meticulously preparing for the next hunt. It captures the fundamentals of the fantasy action series, but Monster Hunter Rise doesn’t venture far beyond that comfort zone.

During opening hours, the people of Kamura village are busy preparing for “calamity,” an army of savage monsters determined to ravage anything in their path. As the newly registered village hunter, you must kill or capture numerous creatures in the biomes beyond the steel gates of your hometown. As soon as you are done marveling at the blossoming cherry blossom trees and humming the magnificent score, be sure to collect the main consumables from your ever-expanding item box, eat a delicious meal at the local restaurant for exclusive bonuses and to venture forward into the unknown. This routine has a comfortable monotony that Monster Hunter fans will likely appreciate, but the addition of the “Buddy Plaza” adds a new feature to your home trips.

The Buddy Plaza is a base of operations for your palicos and palamutes (cat and dog warriors, respectively). You can send your loyal pets on missions to purchase various crafting materials, spend money to train them to be more effective in future engagements, trade in their equipment, or rent even more by talking to the handler. . Buddies are extremely versatile and Monster Hunter: Rise constantly rewards you for using the various facilities in the place. Still grinding for that rare beak or tail? Your palico “miaulos” might surprise you with one from a recent expedition. This kind of positive feedback gives the lulls between combat / exploration a much needed flavor.

You spend most of your game discovering the classic loop: face off against gigantic opponents like savages Arzuros and Lagombi, collect mundane items, and deliver heavy items 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, offense, or defense. These buffs make it much easier to complete the missions mentioned above. Don’t want to do all of this on foot? Climb onto your palamute to speed up navigation or take out your metal thumbtack to climb cliffs and mountain ranges in seconds.

Wirebug attacks, called Silkbinds, add a new layer of intensity to the action. When used repeatedly, Silkbinds forces monsters into a mountable state. These short combat sequences involve using a monster’s power against them by throwing yourself into nearby structures for staggered damage or sprinting towards other unsuspecting opponents to dispel pain. Piloting Wyvern is my favorite mechanic because it adds an exciting burst of strategy to the franchise’s centuries-old combat system.

Beyond mounting monsters and using the wirebug to run the wall in spectacular fashion, there’s not much else that sets Monster Hunter Rise apart from previous installments. It has enough endgame content to keep you occupied long after the credits roll (if you don’t mind a lot of grinding) and multiplayer remains the optimal way to play, but the excitement of my early hunts quickly wore off. Monster Hunter Rise is far from the definitive next chapter in the series. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a refined yet conventional adventure with a few small-scale nuances, then you will be right at home in Kamura Village.

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