This game is rated PEGI 12
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Gore and Spiders.
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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 7 months ago.
You play the game in a pre-industrial fantasy setting where human-like characters give you missions to catch particular monsters. Progression is focused entirely on armour and weapons rather than you character. You craft and equip weapons best suited to the next mission, taking on steadily harder enemies and gaining better loot.
The attraction comes from the enjoyable combat and huge range of weapons (swords, hammers and bows) each with unique attributes and combat manoeuvres. It's like a game entirely made of the boss fights usually found at the end of levels.
You can play on your own (often accompanied by a Felyne or Palico) or with others in the four-player cooperative online modes. This enables your group to hunt down stronger versions of monsters. Together or alone, you work through the main quest from Low-Rank to High-Rank missions.
- Monster Hunter (2004) on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable
- Monster Hunter 2 (2006) on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2.
- Monster Hunter Tri (2009) on Wii then enhanced for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
- Monster Hunter 4 (2013) on Nintendo 3DS.
- Monster Hunter: World (2018) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
- Monster Hunter Rise (2021) on the Nintendo Switch.
Monster Hunter Rise followed the progress made by Monster Hunter World including new animal companions that can be ridden into battle, and Wirebugs that enable vertical traversal as well as climbing certain monsters.
You can play this game in the following styles:
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The hunter, resource collecting, weapon crafting loop is enjoyed by pre-teens and teenagers. It requires resilience and planning when heading out to find the next big monster. More recent games in the series are also enjoyed for their team-work.
Account RatingYou need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
MONSTER HUNTER RISE
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter Generations
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Digital Deluxe
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition Digital Deluxe
Monster Hunter: World
You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can purchase consumable items, weapons and cosmetic upgrades.
You can specify how long you have to hold buttons (but not opt for toggles) and whether weapons are Auto Sheathed when not in use. You can control some buttons but not fully remap.
You can choose Hit Effects: Optional to turn down blood animations. You can choose whether you can see your characters outline when obscured and also adjust the visual representation of hits.
You can chat with other players via the on-screen keyboard, or by using preset shoutouts. There are also present ping shouts in certain circumstances. You can register up to three custom groups of preset shoutouts for easy access during a quest. Automatically translated shoutouts cannot be edited, but your shoutouts will be translated to match your companions' languages. You can also send stickers in the chat. Each sticker has a text box in which you can enter your own message.
Diversity and Inclusion
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