A Review Of PlayStation 5 Monster Hunter Rise
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Monster Hunter Rise is the sequel to the hugely successful Monster Hunter World that debuted in 2018. While Rise was released on the Switch in 2021, it has only just made its way onto the PlayStation and Xbox consoles, which will no doubt excite existing fans of the genre, but also give this title the platform to captivate new Monster Hunt fans.
World was ground-breaking in its scope and gameplay and established the lore of Monster Hunter; Rise delivers on what made its predecessor so successful, giving fans what they want: expansive worlds to explore in order to hunt and overcome huge terrifying monsters with a varied selection of weaponry.
Your Quest Should You Choose To Accept It
The story is relatively simple, your village is in danger of attack from Rampaging monsters and you go on 50-minute quests where you are tasked with hunting and killing a type of monster per quest, usually culminating with the hunt and killing of a huge intimidating monster at the end of the quest.
The quests are split into single player and multiplayer, with the single player quest called “Village quests” and the multiplayer quest called “Hub quests”. The story of Monster Hunt is told through the Village quests, which are subdivided into “Urgent”, “Optional” and “Key quests”.
The majority of the story is told through the Urgent quests and here we see the most spectacular and poignant scenes of the game. Key quests come as groups of quests that need to be completed together in order to make further progress in the game.
For a video game with a simple premise, Monster Hunter Rise is far from a repetitive hack ‘n’ slash. Gamers will be faced with monsters of varying scales with differing attack modes, which they will need to observe and learn before formulating a strategy to kill the monster with attention paid to the management of health and stamina, the range of combat styles and the choice of weapons selected.
Battles against these imposing monsters are epic and require patience and determination, but very rewarding once conquered. Gamers also get to ride monsters called Wyvern during battles, and also fight against multiple monsters simultaneously in the Rampage mode, which further helps to reduce the chances of monotony in gameplay. The Palamute, which is your dog-like companion, fights the monsters with you during battles and you can even ride the Palamute if you want, which in addition to the equipment called the “Wirebug”, allows gamers to explore the worlds quickly and more effectively.
Monster Hunter Rise - Surely A Monster Hit with Fans
Monster Hunter Rise does what it says on the tin, it delivers on what made its predecessor very popular and enhances that aspect of gameplay that will satisfy returning fans and new fans alike.
Monster Hunter Rise is not perfect, there could be more variety in the worlds in which the quests are set and there is some clunky handling at times with slow set animation, but overall, this is an enjoyable and rewarding title that defines its genre.