Parents' Guide to

Monster Hunter Rise

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Combat-focused adventure "rises" as a must-have experience.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Best monster hunter game

Loved it awsome game play Suitable only for 10 and up

This title has:

Great role models
age 5+

Nice game

It’s just good not to violent and good

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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One of the rules of nature is that things must evolve or die, and this franchise has shattered the limits of the popular adventure games with vast improvement on its hunting formula. Monster Hunter Rise is the next step in the evolution of the Monster Hunter series, taking everything fans have loved, stripping away some troublesome aspects, and even somehow finding room to cram in some brand-new tricks to keep things fresh. Make no mistake, though, while Rise streamlines some complexity of previous games and is more friendly to newcomers, it's still a game that requires a lot of practice and patience to excel at. Thankfully, the initial difficulty has been dialed back, and players start off well-prepared for battle. This eases new players into the overall experience while offering returning hunters the opportunity to adapt to the new gameplay tweaks.

A noticeable addition is the debut of Palamute companions. Monster Hunter games have long made use of feline Palicos as trusty sidekicks for your hunter. Now, with the introduction of Palamutes, dogs are finally getting their day. Not only do these companions add an extra fighter to the hunting party, but players can ride the back of the Palamute for extra mobility. Another major addition: the new Wirebug utility. This acts as a sort of grappling hook constantly at the player's disposal that can launch players vertically or horizontally a short distance and even enable them to hang in a stationary position above the ground. This doesn't just help with movement, it also adds a whole new layer of tactics when it comes to hunting creatures. It can also be used in combination with weapons to perform new Silkbind moves, which can be used to bind monsters and use them as temporary mounts, able to charge and attack under the player's control. Finally, now that the PlayStation and Xbox versions have been released to join the PC and Switch versions of the game, they highlight what a graphically incredible version of the game could play like. The game looks amazing and runs at an incredible frame rate, and the haptic feedback for the PS5 is understated, but effective, especially when using your ranged attacks. Like the PC version from last year, it also provides the voice chat options for multiplayer hunting parties which were missing on the Switch. While the basic communication options on the Switch can get the job done, nothing beats actually being able to discuss and plan detailed strategies in real time. It's just unfortunate that cross-play functionality isn't completely open for every user as well, so Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC users can group together on raids. That's a minor issue, though. These features, along with all the game's other tweaks, adjustments, and yes, evolutions, come together to make Monster Hunter Rise one of the best entries in the game's history.

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