Monster Hunter is a fascinating series, mostly because of how open-ended it is. Nearly everyone’s experience is different. Whether that involves frustration or elation at any given moment is entirely up to you. Even as a veteran, it can be a mix of both! But Monster Hunter Rise has so much personality, and adds several key mechanics into the mix, that it elicits far more joy than suffering, so long as you’re willing to work with it. As is the case with most entries, Rise once again tasks players with literally hunting down various big bad beasties using a variety of weapons and playstyles.
New, fluid movement and attack skills radically expand combat and exploration
Superb skill customization that encourages experimentation
Graphics top the Switch’s previous Monster Hunter installment
Japanese aesthetic and locales make Rise stand apart from previous games
Not enough new monsters
Visual effects can often obscure action, especially in multiplayer
Lacks Master Rank difficulty