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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spin-off sequel is rich, fun chapter to franchise lore.

Game Nintendo Switch , Windows 2021
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While the main series is a bona fide hit with fans, its also known for its intensity and complexity, while this spin-off is an easy game to jump right into. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin walks players through the basics of being a Rider right away. Combat is turn-based, with players controlling only their own actions and giving some occasional direction to their Monstie partner. Players can even switch out their weapon and Monstie once per turn to gain an advantage. "Battle Buddies," characters with their own Monsties that team with the player in the story, act on their own. This gives players less to manage in battle, but also adds an extra level of strategy when coordinating moves. It's also a great lead-in to the game's new online co-op Expeditions. Here, players can team up with one another and explore for rare monster encounters and eggs. Battles play just like they do in single player, though the Battle Buddy at your side is an actual person. There are options for Versus battles as well, if players feel like testing their Monstie team against others.

The original Monster Hunter Stories reached out with a different, more all-ages approach to the Monster Hunter universe. Wings of Ruin continues this trend, with a bright and colorful, cute anime-style look. It's also much more detailed and expansive in scope than before, thanks to the jump from the 3DS to the Switch. The story is also richer, building unique relationships while adding to the lore of the series. For example, the story highlights tensions that exist between Hunters and Riders, and also expands a bit on the backgrounds of humans and Wyverians. While the first game served mainly as an introduction to the main Monster Hunter games, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin manages to turn the spin-off into a spotlight series of its own.

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