Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Spin-off sequel is rich, fun chapter to franchise lore.

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Positive Messages

Features strong themes of friendship and teamwork, encouraging players to build strong bonds with their "Monstie" partners and be an active part of a positive community. The characters and their Monsties are loyal to one another and work to help each other overcome obstacles. Characters have respect for nature and wildlife that surrounds them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The players are positive characters, showing compassion and care for their Monstie companions and other villagers. The rest of the cast tends to be supportive to the player's character, helping to encourage them on their path as a hero, showing compassion and wisdom, all while working with the fantastic creatures of their land.

Ease of Play

Combat is turn-based and menu driven, giving players plenty of flexibility with their actions as well as time to plan strategies. Players can even swap out Monsties and weapons on the fly without penalty. Players can also expect to deal with a good amount of inventory and equipment management, as well as some more nuanced options for hatching and raising their stable of creatures.


Players regularly participate in combat, teaming up with their party of monsters to fight against other creatures using a variety of weapons and abilities. Attacks are represented with over-the-top animations and special effects; no blood shown on-screen.


The game is set up for additional downloadable content, available for purchase online. Also, if players have purchased Monster Hunter Rise, there's exclusive crossover content available in both titles. The Switch version supports Nintendo's amiibo figures, adding even more content if players purchase the Monster Hunter Stories specific figures. This title is one of the spin-offs of the popular Monster Hunter franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a role-playing adventure game available on the Nintendo Switch and Windows-based PCs. The game is a spin-off of Capcom's popular Monster Hunter series and is also a direct sequel to the 2017 Nintendo 3DS game Monster Hunter Stories. Players take on the role of a grandchild of Red, the hero from the original game. Players collect and hatch eggs to build up a stable of fantasy creatures to help protect the world from a looming threat. Combat is turn-based and menu driven, with a rock-paper-scissors style of advantage in attacks. While humans and creatures do fight and get knocked around with flashy effects, there's never any blood or gore shown on-screen. The Switch version supports Nintendo's amiibo, unlocking additional content with physical figures, and other downloadable content (DLC) is available for purchase.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byAndecidreweye July 15, 2021

This is so unoriginal

The title "Wings of Ruin" Is clearly a ripoff of "Wings of Fire" Nice original name Nintendo.

What's it about?

In MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: WINGS OF RUIN, you take the reins as a young Rider from the village of Mahana. Being a Rider is in your blood, as you are the grandchild of the hero Red, whose Rathalos partner still serves as the protector of Hakolo Island. Strange events have begun to unfold, both on the island and across the sea in other lands. Once peaceful creatures have suddenly started to become aggressive. Monsters have begun migrating to areas they've never been before. And, most recently, Rathalos all over the world have taken flight, vanishing in the skies to some unknown location. Even Guardian Ratha has seemingly abandoned its home, but not before entrusting one special egg to a young Wyverian girl. Inside of it is a creature that legends say could destroy the world with the bat of its wings. But does this creature truly represent the end of the world? Or might its power be the one hope for salvation? It's up to you to find out. You'll collect and raise your stable of Monstie partners as you set out to uncover the true source of the recent chaos. You'll also build strong bonds of friendship with allies and creatures you meet along the way, and learn about the legacy your grandfather left behind, before riding out to make a legacy of your own.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between people and animals. What are some ways that animals can help people overcome obstacles and difficulties? What are some methods that people use to form strong bonds with their pets?

  • How does Monster Hunter Stories differ from the main Monster Hunter series? Does reaching out to different audiences help to expand and strengthen the main franchise, or does it dilute the overall experience?

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