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Monster Hunter Rise on PC review: Better, but something’s missing

Monster Hunter Rise It was one of the best games of 2021, considering almost all the improvements Capcom made to the popular RPG series. Monster Hunter World And bring them into a softer bundle on the Nintendo Switch. The series was only beginning to thrive with its portable entries on PSP, so this new title made for the Switch felt right at home.

However, if you are familiar with it GlobalismAnd rise It was a noticeable technical step backwards. It’s one of the best looking games on the Switch, but it’s still a game on the Switch – it runs on a TV at ~720p at 30fps, and the environmental design is much simpler than it was in Globalism.

That’s why I was interested in taking a look at the PC version of the game, which will be released this week. how do you want Monster Hunter Rise Playing when free from limited Switch hardware? The news is mostly good on that front, but in another way the port is a missed opportunity.

Capcom’s PC ports tend to be pretty good, in my experience – although I didn’t play it last year Resident Evil Village on PC, and I know very few people have issues with – and rise It is another strong example. There is a fairly detailed list of advanced graphical settings for tweaking, and the game works great on a super fast screen, even though the scenes are still 16:9.

I didn’t find myself diving too much into the menus, because rise It runs at its highest setting at 60fps and beyond at 3440 x 1440 HD with my GTX 1080 card. Sure, it’s a Switch game, but my PC is about six years old, so I’ve been working to improve performance. While some PC ports look at you, Final Fantasy VII Remake – It requires much more powerful hardware than its original consoles to function well (and even so you may have issues), I believe Monster Hunter Rise It should be fine on most fairly modern computers. There’s also a free demo on Steam if you’re not sure.

The trade off, of course, is that rise It is a less impressive game visually Globalism. It still looks good at higher resolutions, and the PC version has improved assets like sharper textures, but the complexity of the environments and the density of foliage in particular takes a big hit. That’s only partly how the levels are designed, so it’s no surprise Capcom hasn’t fixed it rise Exactly, but set your expectations accordingly. rise It looks more elegant than amazing.

What is disappointing Monster Hunter Rise On PC, though, I’ve already played a lot of it on the Switch. after the original Globalism and his Iceborne Expansion, this represents the third largest monster hunter A sequential game coming to PC several months after its console release. These are huge games that can be played for hundreds of hours, and the prospect of starting over and moving forward with easy early missions will not be attractive to most experienced players.

This wouldn’t be a big deal if Capcom allowed transferring saves between PC and Switch, as seen in other big games like Witcher 3And Civilization VIAnd Hades, And Divinity: Original Sin 2But the company Says It is “unable” to implement the feature. While there may be technical challenges involved, it’s especially unfortunate because Capcom has been ahead of the curve in this regard when dealing with transfers between the Wii U and 3DS versions of the Monster Hunter 3. Capcom clearly understands that it’s great to make progress on the go and keep improving the hardware when you’re at home — you can install your Switch on a TV, of course, but it’s not the same experience as this PC version.

Monster Hunter Rise It’s a great game even better on PC, but it’s hard to recommend if you’ve already played it on Switch and don’t have unlimited free time. If you can get a Steam Deck pre-ordered, though, this might be the perfect game to christen with anyone looking to get into the series. It’s a pity that monster hunter Enthusiasts who already jumped rise You must start from scratch. I hope Capcom launches the future monster hunter Games on PC at the same time as consoles, or find a way to include cross-save functionality – ideally both.

Monster Hunter Rise It launches on PC on January 12th.

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