A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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