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Monster Hunter Rise – Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Monster Hunter Rise

Platforms:

  • Nintendo Switch (Mar 26, 2021)

Trailers:

Publisher: Capcom

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 86 average – 87% recommended – 24 reviews

Critic Reviews

AnaitGamesVíctor Manuel Martínez GarcíaSpanish8 / 10

It may not be a step forward, but it is a very solid and clever addition to the Monster Hunter series, and proof that Capcom really knows what's best for it.


AreajugonesCristian M. VillaSpanish9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise is the return of the Capcom franchise to the Nintendo ecosystem, and it does so by offering a great experience for the player. Whether you're both a veteran and a novice, Monster Hunter Rise drinks and feeds the latest news from the franchise, incorporating a number of new features such as the Frenzy and The Machine that keep ip at a very high level.


AusGamers – pikamus – 9 / 10

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DestructoidChris Carter9 / 10

Like a lot of Monster Hunter games, I slowly started to get more and more acclimated to Rise until I hit a positive tipping point. Once it clicked, it was hard to go back to the old ways, before the wirebug opened up combat and the theme was arguably the most on-point it's ever been. Rise should delight fans both new and old, as long as the former group is willing to work a little bit for it.


Digital TrendsJosh Brown4.5 / 5 stars

Post-game updates will ultimately decide whether this is a sure-fire classic or simply a solid stepping stone to something greater, but even at launch, Monster Hunter has never felt better.


Digitally DownloadedMatt Sainsbury4.5 / 5 stars

It might be aesthetically different – completely different, in fact – but the ideas, storytelling tradition, and sense of wonder and awe at the natural world all translate across. In many ways, Monster Hunter Rise represents the purest execution of that idea, and from my perspective that makes it the best game in the series to date.


Easy AlliesBen Moore

The thrill of the hunt radiates strongly in Monster Hunter Rise, which does so much to honor the series' respected legacy.


Enternity.grGiorgos GioldasisGreek9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise is the first title in the series developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch and looks really great on either the TV or the console screen.


EurogamerMartin RobinsonEssential

With smart additions that move the series forward, this is the most accessible, deepest and simply very best Monster Hunter to date.


Everyeye.itAntonello BelloItalian9.5 / 10

Carefully mixing the most successful features of Monster Hunter: World, the "classic" structure of the old episodes, as well as a tasty roundup of novelties and sensational improvements to the quality of life, such as canyne and thread insects, tsujimoto's team managed to synthesize an almost perfect playful formula.


Fextralife – Fexelea – 9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise is an excellent entry into the series that enhances RPG and combat mechanics while also keeping the game accessible to newcomers. A fun, addictive and satisfying experience for the old school and uninitiated alike, MHR will likely be the best game out on Switch all year.


FilmwebAnna RogalaPolish9 / 10 stars

Thrilling and quite refreshing experience. Japanese folklore pours from every frame of this game. And it’s awesome!


Game InformerJason Guisao7.8 / 10

Fighting different beasts is always a blast. However, the time you spend outside of combat pales in comparison to your epic encounters


Game RevolutionJason Faulkner8.5 / 10

Fans who love Monster Hunter exclusively for the hunts will likely welcome the raised emphasis on taking on major monsters as quickly as possible. However, Rise is missing some of the worldbuilding of Monster Hunter: World, which will make it feel a bit emptier for players who prefer to stop and smell the roses.


GameProStephan ZielkeGerman82 / 100

Monster Hunter Rise improves the gameplay of the series in almost all respects, but allows itself to be carved in atmosphere and balance.


GameSpotRichard Wakeling9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise's renewed focus on fully-fledged action represents the series at the peak of its powers.


GamesBeatMike Minotti4 / 5 stars

Instead, Rise is all about hunting monsters. Which, you know, seems appropriate for a franchise named Monster Hunter. Capcom has done a great job bringing this series to Switch, and new features like the Palamute and wirebug make this a more fast-paced experience.


GamesRadar+Hirun Cryer4 / 5 stars

Monster Hunter Rise is a great adventure, providing fascinating new tools like the Wirebug and walking a fine line between arcade and fast-paced HD gameplay. The Rampages are a neat new addition when used sparingly, but a reliance on online hunts to finish Rise's story is a puzzling step.


Hobby Consolas – David Rodríguez – Spanish95 / 100

Monster Hunter Rise is a step forward. In the absence of more content in terms of monsters (the promise of more additions allows us to be optimistic), all its new features make its gameplay the most enjoyable so far. Alone or accompanied, veteran or novice, Rise convinces in all its facets.


IGNTom Marks8 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise mixes classic Monster Hunter ideas with some of World's best improvements and a whole bunch of clever new mechanics of its own.


IGN ItalyDiego CinelliItalian8 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise adds interesting elements to the basic formula of the series, also managing to present its contents to new players in a gradual manner. Yet it can't help but seem, in a sense, an unfinished game.


IGN SpainÁlex ParejaSpanish8.5 / 10

One of the best games of Nintendo Switch. Very agile with a new vision of classic hunts.


Metro GameCentral9 / 10

A fantastic tour de force for the Switch and arguably the best Monster Hunter game ever, with a huge range of features and monsters, both new and old, and great co-op gameplay.


Nintendo EnthusiastJaimie Ditchfield9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise respects your time with tons of content, ample upgrades and rewards for those wanting to get stronger. The game also understands that some players want to take their time with it, with no real sense of urgency to rush to the top of the ranks. I'm excited for the official launch of the game, as I'll be able to enjoy going out on hunts with my friends. Monster Hunter Rise is a game that I'll continue to play for a long time, as Capcom has promised additional content, with the first round arriving sometime in April.


Nintendo LifeSayem Ahmed9 / 10

New mechanics, monsters and a gorgeous setting make Monster Hunter Rise a new high-water mark for the franchise. The Wirebug, Switch Skills, Palamute and carefully thought-out monsters shake things up enough to make the game feel fresh for hunters who have previously spent thousands of hours with the series, and while the package could be slightly intimidating for newcomers, it's arguably the ideal place to get started if you're serious about getting into the franchise. And, with a peerless four-player multiplayer experience, the new Rampage quests are a blast. After spending some serious time with the game, it's very easy to say that Monster Hunter Rise is one of the strongest entries into the franchise to date, and another stone-cold classic for the Nintendo Switch.


Nintendo WireRicky Berg9 / 10

For a certain type of player, Monster Hunter Rise is a Switch essential. If you’re both patient and attentive, and can handle massive opposition in the face of dedication, you will thrive. Though it can feel like taking on an iceberg with a butter knife at times, those behemoths are whittled down eventually and those moments can feel utterly glorious.


NintendoWorldReportDonald Theriault9 / 10

I put about 280 hours into Generations Ultimate and was playing it even up to the time this review goes live, but for mostly lack-of-PC reasons I never got into World. Monster Hunter Rise has enough content that I feel like I'll be able to go all the way with it, and be able to take on the new hunts as they're delivered. Even those who are just looking for a good action game, and have no history with the series, should jump in. If nothing else, I could use some help with Rathalos.


Paste Magazine – Waverly – 7.5 / 10

There are still moments where Rise leaves me in awe, like when a player jumps over a barrier I assumed would be blocked by an invisible wall. There is still a thrill in the heat of battle being interrupted by a fight between monsters.


PolygonRyan GilliamUnscored

Rise’s gameplay variety and mobility — all fueled by that little Wirebug — make it a must-try game for Monster Hunter skeptics and hardcore fans alike.


Press StartHarry Kalogirou9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise is nothing short of brilliant. It builds off of the solid foundations of World and Iceborne in ways that feel meaningful and add more depth to an already staggeringly deep gameplay loop and progression system. Despite a few minor shortcomings, Rise is another rip-roaring success for both CAPCOM and Monster Hunter as a franchise, that demands the attention of fans and anyone interested by its ever-lasting appeal.


RPG SiteJames Galizio8 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise proves that Monster Hunter World's success wasn't merely a fluke, but the circumstances surrounding its development are clear.


ShacknewsTJ Denzer9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise was beyond anything I expected. The tried and true grind of Monster Hunter's giant beast battles is alive and performing exceedingly well for the Switch’s hardware. Its formula is also thoughtfully augmented with Palamutes, Wirebugs, and Wyvern Riding, all of which I’d love to see stay in the series after this game.


SiliconeraKazuma Hashimoto9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise is without a doubt one of the best Monster Hunter games I have ever played, if not the best outright. It caters to new and veteran players effortlessly, and while some accessibility issues holding it back from outright being a perfect game, it really offers the best of both worlds.


SpaziogamesValentino CinefraItalian8.8 / 10

Monster Hunter: Rise is able to innovate and feel familiar at the same time in an exceptionally well-crafted way.


StevivorMatt Gosper8 / 10

If the clunkiness of Monster Hunter has held you back in the past, Rise could be a good jumping-on point to give the franchise another try. I’m not saying you’re going to be seeing pro strategy videos on YouTube from yours truly any time soon, but I might stick around to solve the mystery of the Rampage after all.


TheSixthAxisDominic Leighton9 / 10

Monster Hunter Rise is an incredible game. While it may not feel quite as ground-breaking for the series as World did, it boasts a stronger and distinctly Japanese identity, and the changes and streamlined gameplay simply focus on the franchise's true stars – the monsters. Rise is easily one of the best games for the Nintendo Switch, and one of the finest Monster Hunters ever.


VG247James Billcliffe4 / 5 stars

While it does feel like a smaller package in terms of grand story presentation, the new additions and quality-of-life fixes make it less grindy to play, with greater flexibility in exploration, navigation, and resource collection adding to the portable possibilities.


VideoGamerJosh Wise8 / 10

It's difficult not to be bowled over as you watch a feline chef and his staff caper through a culinary ritual of song.


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