Monster Hunter Rise Review
The hunt never ends and that is all right by me. What is up gamers it is I, Beastgamerkuma here with Monster Hunter Rise. This is a weird one for me coming from Monster Hunter World which makes Monster Hunter Rise makes me feel like I have to go back to hunting school. Why may you ask? Keep reading and join me on this review.
Monster Hunter Rise lowdown:
If you have not played any Monster Hunter game, well that is sad, but the story is pretty easy to get into. Monsters are running amuck and it is up to you the hyped Hunter to save the Village and help expand. Pretty much you are there to keep things in order as Monsters are starting to show up in territories.
You take a tour of the village, get an understanding of your surroundings as well as learning what is new in Monster Hunter Rise. We have new abilities and some abilities are no longer available. This is where if you are like me and came from MH World you will have to unlearn that game to go in fresh. So, let’s do things differently and check the list of what you will not have in Monster Hunter Rise.
- Mantles are gone: That’s right hunter you will not have the luxury of cloth that can help you during your hunts. Nope, that is gone now, get used to it.
- Kinsect Changes: You will not be able to nurture your Kinsect this time, it makes it simple by just purchasing better Kinsect, but I shall miss building them.
That’s pretty much it. It is simpler which is not a bad thing. You will still have your village helper for the story mission and then you have your hub area for the multiplayer missions. I mistakenly got confused and fought multiplayer monsters which are bumped up in difficulty. They are catered for multiplayer for a reason, but it wasn’t too bad since I was still level one.
Going through the village quest will be your right of passage to learn or relearn the ways of rise. You will be at level one for a long time, but do not worry about it. This is your time to explore the village and chat with the locals. They will have a side quest for you to do while you deal with the main quest. Then at times, you will unlock an urgent quest to further along with the game and of course unlock the new siege mode.
What is the siege?
New to Monster Hunter Rise is the tower defense game where you fight waves of monsters and protect the area from destruction. At times there will be great monsters and of course Apex Monster that will rampage through. Set up your siege weaponry and hunker down for battle. It will be you will win this day or be demolished trying.
Upgrades and Customization:
As usual, you will need to fashion armor and weaponry from your kills. This time there is a small change in doing so now that you have an extra mouth to feed. When it comes to your palico and palamute you will convert parts into scraps. Luckily it will not need much to make clothing and weapons for your Cat and Dog. Usually, 5 pieces are fine.
Now, when it comes to their special abilities you can head on over to the buddy board. Here you will utilize scrolls that you obtain to swap out weaponry and abilities as well as layered armor. There will be missions that grant you special items to customize your companions to aid you better in battle.
You can have two items at a time for your dog companion and as many of you well now you can use them for travel. Monster Hunter Rise is making a lot of things easier to do and commute in. Previous games weren’t as easy as this version.
It’s on easy mode:
I get it, Nintendo with Capcom may want more of a broad audience to come to Monster Hunter Rise. What makes it easier? Well, you don’t have to waste stamina running around fields just hop on your dog companion and ride off. Gather items only take one press of the button. No need to keep digging around multiple times on one thing including digging.
The only thing that seems a bit complex is when you eat a meal before a hunt. This time around you will have to pick and choose Dango balls with different perks. You can select up to 3 Dango balls and then set a name for that combo. It is not as appetizing to look at from Monster Hunter World, but still good looking just the same.
Monster Hunter Rise is a beautiful game to explore. I highly recommend going on expeditions to unlock other camps and spend hours exploring. The Eastern style of the environments gives a great tone to the whole journey. As well as the lovely music and exciting music when fighting monsters.
I spent most of the time walking around the village, checking out the hub, and exploring the different lands. It is not always about the hunts you know. That’s what makes the game great where you can go around and do just botany if you wish.
Honestly, there is a bit too much hand-holding going on in this game. It feels way too easy to play even when it comes to getting into multiplayer and adding the wire bug as well as fighting with other monsters has me conflicted. Do not get me wrong I always wanted the feature to take control of another monster and use them in combat, but now it just feels too easy.
The wire bug gives you extra mobility which can make things exciting at the same time. You fight like a ninja and it varies depending on the weaponry. With the Insect Glaive, I get extra ariel mobility. Dual Blades give me a kunai wire attack as well as a back step move. The hammer is a powerful pound attack in two different variations. But you get the picture.
Some are arguing about the little things that make the game dull like no more arm wrestling or drinking, but I can pass on that. I would argue that going into the multiplayer will give you the challenge you desire since it scales the difficulty of how many hunters are involved. But even then it is not that difficult.
Monster Hunter Rise is a nice addition to the series. The intriguing characters and new palico gather missions in the buddy areas are well done. Loading into other areas of the map is seamless and takes so little time moving around the village. Customization is simpler and saves time. Definitely miss the crafting kinsects for the glaive, but seeing some old monsters return is great nostalgia.
Also, a big downer is no in-game mic support, I mean Nintendo I swear this should not be that hard to figure out. Monster Hunter Rise gets 4 paws out of 5. It is available right now which you can get either a physical copy or in the digital eshop. – Beast Out –