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Review of Monster Hunter: Rise -- Standing Tall

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Monster Hunter: Rise

All who have played Monster Hunter know the thrill of riding a fire-breathing T-rex like its tail is on fire that too over a lava flowing volcano before you beat the hell out of the dragon. The game series is well known for providing thrill you won't get anywhere else, and Monster Hunter Rise takes you on a totally different level. The scope is also way better than what you've experienced in Monster Hunter World which rather gives you the feeling this is the long awaited foundation, and why, once you spend a week or so playing Rise, you'll never want to look back.

What is Monster Hunter

Are you new to the gameplay and don't know what the games are about? Well, Monster Hunter Rise is basically about capturing or killing gigantic monsters and turning them into useful gear. This time around you get a Japanese theme to enjoy! Each fight or hunt (as it's known in Rise) is a fight between you and the gigantic monster, at times even two, with an unremarkable visual experience.

What do you get from the hunt?

Once you win a hunt, you earn materials you can use to craft equipment that's better than before, so you can hunt more proficiently. Of course, you need impeccable balance and skills to fight with the 14 amazing weapons in hand.

Signs of human life

You can spot signs of human life near the raging volcano's base and midst of a flooded forest with the landscape dominated by a Mesoamerican-style pyramid.

Yes, the 2018 Monster Hunter World was about unearthing a new continent as the intrepid frontiersman so, what's Rise about? Well, Rise is the triumphant return towards the Old World after valuable lessons are learnt.

Enhanced 3DS Monster Hunter Generations ultimate port

The enhanced 3DS title Monster Hunter Generations ultimate port might have already become part of the Nintendo Switch, but Rise is different as it's the first Monster Hunter game in the series built from ground zero for the latest Nintendo console.

As such, Rise is close on the heels of World while reneging some changes and I'd also introduce no some really awesome impactful ideas that boost the focus towards the series heart-pumping action.

The village quests are playable only once while you can tackle the Hub quests solo also, though they are designed for multi-players. For a newcomer, this might not be a welcoming setup as it takes time for the quests progress to get cleared. Plus, you don't get to know if you should alternate between the paths or not. The structural impact is not as substantial, though in the beginning it looks so.

Enhanced 3DS Monster Hunter Generations ultimate port

Monster Hunter DNA

The Monster Hunter gameplay loop is retained, so you hunt down gargantuan monsters, harvest crafting material to create armor and new weapons, and tackle tougher foes. The World coalesced with both the single and multi-player parts giving experience of a whole cohesive World, but Rise goes back to the old ways splitting into Hub quests and disparate Village.

Of course, hunting down the same monster over and over again, is the DNA of Monster Hunter, so repeating the same mission for both Hub quest and Village is inevitable.

Wirebug mechanic offers significant impact on Rise

With that said, the new Wirebug mechanic comes with an affordable verticality giving the most significant impact on the expeditions you face in Rise. This gives you a new tool that lets you zip through the air or as Rise calls it -- Wire-dashing. Wire-dashing literally gives you wings. It lets you move chains together, mix in running walls, and lets you reach places, heights, and traverse to places unreachable and at a rapid pace as well.

The finesse requires some time to get a hang of it, so you'll be shrewd with the forgiving cooldown period of the Wirebug in order to succeed. But, once you get the hang of it, its thrill all the way!

Wirebug Mechanism

Wirebug Mechanism

Wirebug Mechanism

The Wirebug is equally important in combat, as each of the 14 signature Rise weapons comes with its own Silkbind attack. The moves are unique yet, relatively easy to do and range from time-based counter attacks using the Long Sword to the uppercut that leads to the explosive downward strike using the Switch Axe.

Monster Hunter Rise Silkbind attack

You can link different combos to your Silkbind attacks opening up your potential technical levels. The Wirebug also extends further as it has its own defensive maneuvers. For example, the evasive Wirefall move lets you get back on your feet avoiding the monster's follow-up attack after you're pushed or knocked down and the Wire-dash also extends your dodge allowing you to quickly evade the rampaging monster.

Mastering a particular weapon is as rewarding as before, with a customization element added to it. The aptly named Switch Skills enable you to swipe out certain Silkbind and regular attacks, so you can make weapons to reflect your playing style.

Monster Hunter Rise trailer

The Nintendo Switch

Now, the main talk about the Nintendo Switch and Monster Hunter Rise. First off, it's an exclusive Nintendo Switch game built on the advances of World.

Better than World

Oh, and you can play the game anywhere. It's not just a port of the World -- it's way better. If you say World is an impeccable game, Rise just evolved the thrilling formula making the Switch a great experience.

Multiplayer mode is amazing

The multiplayer mode is totally hassle-free, no matter you're playing with friends or online strangers. The wait time reduces when you join online hunts, lag issue reduces on the Nintendo new online infrastructure. The frame rate holds up, no matter, screen is awash with multiple players, beasts, and particle effects.

The monsters themselves are fan favorites -- Diablos, Puki-Puki, Rathian, and other monsters packed with surprises. Same as with Rampage, each monster is yokai and Japanese folklore inspired. A little insight -- The menacing Somnacath is based on the Japanese mermaid (lower body of a fish and upper body of a demon).

The undeniable thrill is as always!

Going head-to-toe with these monsters is the undeniable base of the Monster Hunter gameplay, and Ride though looks like a distinct Monster Hunter game, it's way more fully-fledged action packed then any in the series. The renewed focus only enhances the layered RPG mechanics without disrupting any single aspect of the gameplay. Rise definitely has more approachable changes for newcomers, but by no means experienced hunters get any less thrill throughout the game.

The creature is fascinating to take down before it puts you to sleep by using its siren song. Bishaten is inspired by tengu, an ape-like monster with crows' face and a tengu's fan shaped dangerous tail. The monster not only uses its rear appendage to damage you, but also throws fruit pieces at you, making it yet another peculiar monster.

Monster Hunter Rise Deluxe Nintendo Switch

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