We know that for a long time, Monster Hunter it was totally a niche franchise, not least because it had very peculiar mechanics and didn’t give as much information to players, something that ended up driving away many newcomers who weren’t in the mood to delve so deeply into a game that they didn’t know if they would even like it. This has changed a little with each release, reaching the climax of popularity with Monster Hunter World, a game available on several platforms and that was much simpler to understand and play than its predecessors.
After that, it is clear that a great curiosity was created about what the next title in the franchise would be like, after all, it would not be an easy task to succeed what has become Capcom’s biggest success in recent years. Even so, the ad for Monster Hunter Rise surprised a lot, since it was a game with a clearly smaller scope and that would be exclusive, at least in the console world, of the Nintendo Switch. Even the promised PC version took almost a year to arrive, so it remains to be seen: what has changed, what remains the same and which edition is the most suitable for each type of player? You can check this out in detail in our review below!
Who needs plot when we have giant monsters?
Something that needs to be said even for those who have questions about the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise is that, in terms of plot and content offered, there is nothing new or unheard of that we didn’t see in the original edition available on Nintendo Switch. Of course, this portable version received several content updates throughout 2021, but all of that will be on the PC since launch.
This includes weapon changes, bug fixes, quests, monsters, events and even collaborative content with other game franchises. Of course, the game should still receive support and updates with new stuff for quite some time, but it’s great to know that PC gamers will be able to enjoy such a full version of Rise from day one.
Hunts were even more beautiful without the limitations of the Nintendo SwitchSource: Capcom/Disclosure
We can also wait for the launch of the expansion Sunbreak simultaneously on Switch and PC, something that will likely become the norm for all new content released for the game. For the curious, it is worth remembering that this DLC was promised for 2022, but the concrete date has not yet been confirmed.
Essentially, whether the content or story of the game was of any importance for you to decide which version of Monster Hunter Rise would buy, rest assured that there will be no platform differences or preferences going forward.
what everyone wants to know
What we have no doubts is that many fans of Monster Hunter Rise are extremely curious to know about the game’s visuals and performance on the PC, as these weren’t exactly the most enviable aspects of the Nintendo Switch version. Although this portable edition of the game was quite impressive, we expected to see something better in computers, since the technical limitations would no longer be an obstacle.
In this version, we can already tell that there have been many optimizations for the PC, which include support for Ultrawide monitors, support for 4K, high resolution textures and no frame rate limitations of any kind. With a PC that had 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1660 graphics card, and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, I was able to play smoothly at the highest settings the game offered and maintained full stability at 60 fps (a rate I held back for own account in the settings).
Because of that, I have nothing to complain about the performance itself, as I didn’t experience any more annoying chokes or crashes. Of course, it’s always good to remember that this won’t necessarily be everyone’s experience, as unlike the Switch version that worked the same on all consoles, here we’re talking about a game that will run on many different hardware combinations. So, it’s good to take a good look at the minimum and recommended requirements to see if your PC is compatible with the game.
The only negative element I noticed is something that was already happening on Switch and that I was sure wouldn’t be present on PC: the shadow effect that sometimes forms a strange texture on the characters’ skin at certain angles. At the time I was playing the portable version, I thought this was caused by the console’s limitations, but clearly it’s something that ended up being carried over to this port. I don’t doubt that it’s something that can be fixed in an update, but it’s good to keep in mind that this little problem could show up for now.
Other than that, a nice aesthetic addition is that you can apply some filters to the game image, leaving it black and white, Japanese-style, movie-like or old-fashioned, and much more. It’s something more superficial, but it can spice up the game of those who have zeroed the title on Switch before.
Portability vs performance
Knowing more about the content, look and performance of the game on PC, it’s clear that you may be wondering if it’s worth buying this edition or sticking with the Switch itself. This depends on a few different elements, as gamers who prioritize stable performance, more detailed textures, and an online connection that doesn’t necessarily rely on Wi-Fi will definitely do better with the Monster Hunter Rise not computer.
Those who like the portability option, who don’t want to buy the game again, or who don’t care so much about textures or the occasional drop in frames, may not have much reason to not enjoy the game on Switch. Remember that the game will not have cross-play or cross-save, that is, you will not be able to play with people who have the Rise on another platform and will not even be able to take your saved data from the Switch to the PC and vice versa.
It’s wonderful to play Monster Hunter in portable mode, but PC stability is not to be thrown awaySource: Capcom/Disclosure
This is another aspect you have to take into account, as if your friends are planning to continue playing on Switch or are going to pick up the PC version, it’s good to be aware of this before making your choice.
A Monster Hunter for All Audiences
As we mentioned at the beginning, the franchise Monster Hunter has gotten simpler with each new iteration, something has become even more evident with Rise, whose mechanics, weapons and missions are far more accessible than we’ve seen in other titles in the series. While it’s not that interesting for veterans who like more of a challenge, it’s an element that might appeal to newcomers or those looking to finally step into the world.
Even because the maps are much more contained and with a much greater vertical exploration than World, you won’t spend so much time wandering aimlessly, looking for clues or getting fed up when a monster runs away. This, combined with the fact that you have a dog that works as a mount and creatures that appear very clearly on the map, make the whole experience very straightforward and straightforward.
Players who are tired of walking in Monster Hunter World will be grateful for the existence of the new canine friendSource: Capcom/Disclosure
The quest hub, that is, the village where you and other hunters meet to pick up quests, feed, buy items, craft armor and weapons, is also still pretty easy to navigate. As the area is much smaller than in World, you won’t feel so lost, but of course there are countless tutorials that suddenly pop up on the screen to explain you the details of everything, something we advise you to read carefully if you are a total newcomer to the franchise.
Overall, this simplicity more helps than hinders the experience, but we still felt that combat could pose a greater challenge. As many of you may know, quests can be played in single player or multiplayer mode, with group quests specifically designed to be more difficult. The problem is that an experienced hunter can still calmly kill any creature completely alone even under these conditions. It’s certainly not going to change for this game in the future, so we can only hope that this feedback from critics and fans will make Capcom keep that in mind for sequels that are sure to come in the next few years.
It is worth it?
It’s always complicated to analyze a port, especially a game that I’ve played for over 100 hours in the original version and that doesn’t offer that many changes. In a way, it really felt like I was just enjoying it more. Monster Hunter Rise again, which can be both good and bad at the same time. On the bright side, we have the fact that the game has always been and remains fantastic, but now there is more stability and prettier textures. In the negative part, there is the simple element that there is nothing new for anyone who has already zeroed the game on Switch and there is no cross-save if someone would prefer to migrate saved data to the PC.
In the end, we can’t deny just one more hunt, can we?!Source: Capcom/Disclosure
Overall, it’s still an essential game if you haven’t played it before, so have no doubt that it’s worth it in this situation. If you already have it on Switch, it’s more a matter of seeing if it’s worth spending extra money on this version, something you can do more for the upgrades or to play with your friends who don’t own the Nintendo console. Anyway, Monster Hunter Rise it’s awesome and you just can’t deny a new chance to try out a weapon you’ve never played with before.
Nota do Voxel: 95
- The textures are much more beautiful and detailed
- Performance is pretty stable, even at the highest settings and in intense battles
- Possibility to play online via cable instead of relying only on Wi-Fi, ensuring a much more stable connection
- All updates released on Switch are now available in PC version
- At times, the shadows create strange textures on the characters’ skin.
- There is no cross-save or cross-play between the PC and Switch versions, so you won’t be able to bring your saved data or play with people from other platforms