- Number of Players
- Action, Adventure, RPG
- Release Date
- 26th Mar 2021
- 26th Mar 2021
- Monster Hunter
- Addons / DLC
- Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)
- Also Available On
- PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S
Review Monster Hunter Rise - A New Apex For Capcom's Beastly Franchise
A new Nintendo Switch classic has risen
This encounter felt fated. Written in the stars. Ever since the Nintendo Switch was revealed in late 2016, one pervasive thought has been: “How great is Monster Hunter going to be?” While we saw the release of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate in 2018, it was just a port of the 3DS title that was...
Review Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak - A Deliciously Difficult, Must-Have Expansion
An expansion with bite
Monster Hunter Rise has proven to be a welcome continuation of the IP's global growth in popularity, following the breakout mainstream success of 2018's Monster Hunter: World and its Iceborne expansion on non-Nintendo platforms. Rise itself brought some interesting evolutions from World, retaining more of the quirky charm we...
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Guide Where To Buy Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Collector's Edition, Pro Controller And amiibo
Update: Out now!
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is out now on Nintendo Switch, with a fancy Collector's Edition, a brand new set of Monster Hunter amiibo, and a special new Monster Hunter-themed Pro Controller all available, too. We'll explain what you can get in the new fancy Collector's Edition and detail all these new products in our guide below,...
Guide Best Monster Hunter Games Of All Time
What's that coming over the hill?
What's the best Monster Hunter of all time? In a series where half of the titles have the word 'Ultimate' fixed on the end, it can be a difficult question to answer. We're not averse to difficult decisions, though, so we've taken it upon ourselves to rank every single Monster Hunter game (yes, in a departure from...
Guide Where To Buy Monster Hunter Rise And The Three amiibo
Rise and shine
Capcom has a host of brand new Monster Hunter goodness on Switch. Monster Hunter Rise combines classic elements of the series with newer conveniences that enable you to traverse the environments quicker and with a touch more style. It's running on Capcom's RE Engine and you can read our review right now (spoilers — we were...
Guide Where To Buy The Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch Console And Pro Controller
With the release of Monster Hunter Rise — a Nintendo Switch console exclusive entry in Capcom's hugely popular series which is really rather good — Nintendo also announced a special edition Monster Hunter Rise Switch console to coincide with the game's launch on 26th March 2021. Yes, it's now out in the wild! As y
Guide Where To Buy Monster Hunter Rise Series amiibo - Magnamalo, Palamute And Palico
When Monster Hunter Rise was revealed in the recent Nintendo Direct showcase, we also got our first glimpse at three tantalising amiibo figurines which go alongside the game. Palamute is a dog companion which you can ride around on during hunts. Palico is a cat-like combat companion and perhaps the most exciting amiibo is...
About The Game
The critically acclaimed action-RPG series returns to the Nintendo Switch!
Set in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, explore lush ecosystems and battle fearsome monsters to become the ultimate hunter. It’s been half a century since the last calamity struck, but a terrifying new monster has reared its head and threatens to plunge the land into chaos once again.
Hunt solo or in a party with friends to earn rewards that you can use to craft a huge variety of weapons and armor. Brand new gameplay systems such as the high-flying ‘Wire Action’ and your canine companion ‘Palamute’ will add exciting new layers to the already robust combat that Monster Hunter is known for.
Whether it’s at home, on the go, online or offline - you’ll always be ready for your next hunt on the Nintendo Switch!
In theory a game that combines the real-time combat and open world of an Adventure game with the stat-building and leveling-up of an RPG should be wildly appealing. Especially when it also removes the RPG genre's text-heavy cutscenes and narrative. Monster Hunter Rise does, indeed, deliver on those positive elements. Unfortunately, despite the new and widely-praised options for quicker traversal of the environment, combat is a cumbersome chore.
Something as basic as positioning your character for continuous properly directed forward attacks is painful. For standard enemies this means your AI-controlled “pals” will frequently finish off the encounter while you’re character is still completing its heavy-attack animation where the monster used to be several seconds ago. Dodging seems to be overly generous for avoiding damage, as well. When facing boss monsters, this meant I found myself wailing on the light-attack button repeatedly and dodging anywhere (the direction didn’t seem to be important at all) to avoid damage when an attack was incoming. It also seems to be ridiculously easy to take a break during combat in order to heal, as your pals keep the attention of beasts while you run away—in addition to beasts frequently retreating all on their own.
For the players that stick it out beyond the early learning-curve I’m sure there are probably thousands of nuances to combat that evolve as you progress, but the game doesn’t seem particularly interested in presenting them to the player initially. Most of the early in-quest text tutorials (and there are a lot) seem to focus on item collection, presenting possible uses for items in scenarios that you won’t have a use for until a later quest.
All of the elements for a smash hit are certainly present in Monster Hunter Rise, but players are going to have to dig and invest a lot of time to find them. Games are supposed to be fun, though, and I definitely didn’t have enough of that in my initial play-sessions to warrant the additional time investment to find it.
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