Monster Hunter Rise is the latest entry in Capcom's long-running series and it's exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, at least for now until it eventually releases on PC next year. While the game takes many elements from the title that came before it, Monster Hunter: World, the game still manages to stick to its own path, adding in the Wirebug mechanic that allows players to traverse around the multiple locales in a way that's never been done before.
There are also new interchangeable Silkwire attacks for every single weapon, Palamutes to ride around on (which are basically just dogs), and a bunch of brand-new monsters for players to face off against. Fans of the series, as well as newcomers, are more than likely going to be interested in how the game compares to World and if it's worth picking up on day one. Thankfully, the review embargo for Monster Hunter Rise has been lifted and several gaming outlets have published their reviews for everyone to dig into. So far, most of the reviews are very positive, with the game currently sitting at an overall Metacritic score of 86 with 50 critic reviews. For comparison, Monster Hunter: World's PS4 and Xbox One release has a 90 on Metacritic.
Before the release of Monster Hunter World in the west back in 2018, many people would consider Capcom's action-RPG series to be niche compared to the company's other juggernaut properties like Resident Evil. Not only are the games pretty complex and deep for new players, but they also take up dozens upon dozens of hours to fully complete, with most hardcore players spending hundreds of hours on each entry. Monster Hunter Rise is the latest title however and players are wondering just how long it takes to beat the story.
Typically, Monster Hunter games will have the main "story" to follow, which usually involves fighting almost every large monster in the game and watching the narrative play out with dialogue and cutscenes. And of course, once that's finished, players will have access to a multitude of other quests that can be completed in multiplayer and there will be DLC monsters to fight against as well since the game will be getting free title updates post-launch.
For the players out there that aren't interesting in grinding and farming for the best gear out there, it's been confirmed that the main story of Monster Hunter Rise can be completed at around 20-30 hours, depending on player skill and how often players complete other tasks. The information was revealed in an exclusive interview with well-known Monster Hunter YouTuber, Arrekz, and Capcom's Ryozo Tsujimoto and Yasunori Ichinose.
Even though the main campaign can be completed in only 20 or so hours, there will still be plenty of content for fans to sink their teeth into. While there are no G or Master rank quests in Rise, there are other quests separate from the story to complete and there's also the brand-new Rampage mode which will have exclusive rewards that cannot be found in the normal hunts. And as mentioned previously, the game will get multiple free updates to bring players back into the Switch game.
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