During the recent Tokyo Game Show, developer Capcom revealed that PC gamers will finally get their hands on the excellent Monster Hunter Rise on January 12, 2022. To whet everyone’s appetite, Capcom will release a demo on October 13 that will feature Rise’s flagship monster, the brutal Magnamalo, several other fan-favorite critters, and a few tutorial missions. Capcom has given PCMag early access to the demo.
Much like the Nintendo Switch demo released earlier this year, this PC demo gives you organized armor and weapon sets, as well as a limited number of monsters. That said, there is more than enough content to get a clear idea of what Rise will be offering next year. Packed with expanded movement capabilities and a host of new attacks, this upcoming $ 59.99 PC game offers Monster Hunter World fans plenty of new tactics to learn and enjoy.
New world, new tips
The Wirebug is the most recent and impactful change in the Monster Hunter meta. Wirebugs serve as a Spider-Man-style grappling hook that puts you out of harm’s way and in the air to set up incredible attacks. Alternatively, they can just get you back on your feet if you take a monstrous hit. Wirebugs run on a short payback and you start the demo with two charges. It takes about five seconds for your bug to cool down, so Wirebug dashing cannot be easily abused. Yet astute hunters can derive incredible use from it.
You can find additional Wirebugs scattered around the map, and they temporarily increase the number of Wirebug dashes you can perform. Rise has an impressive verticality; much more than it seems. Wirebugs are the key to accessing these greater heights, alongside new wall running and hunter jumping techniques. You can parkour and wall-run over mountainous terrain that would have been just background details in previous games, and Rise packs these alcoves and peaks with a unique endemic life that helps you on your hunts.
Rise retains the streamlined systems of Monster Hunter World, including faster resource gathering and easier monster tracking. The areas of the map are noticeably larger and more extensive than those in World, giving the game a classic Monster Hunter feel. However, the areas are always filled with sights to see and valuables to grab. Beyond simple ore and fish, the world of Rise is home to a vast collectible endemic ecology of life that aid in combat.
For example, you can throw harmful toads at monsters to weaken them. Jewel-like Spiribirds are scattered around areas, and they give you health, stamina, and offensive and defensive boosts that last until the hunt ends. They give the action an arcade-like, energized feel. Some of these useful effects and creatures exist in World, but Rise greatly expands their abilities and usefulness, making them all useful during difficult hunts.
Of course, no hunt would be complete without your companions. The classic feline hunters, the Palico, fight alongside you and provide support when needed. New to Rise is the Palamute, agile dogs that serve as an offensive assist, as well as an agile mount that gives hunters spectacular mobility.
Bust the beasts
Due to the increased mobility of Wirebugs, you can effectively perform jump attacks with all weapons. But Wirebugs are also used in Rise’s new Silkbind attacks. These skills allow you to use Wirebugs to strengthen attacks or propel yourself in new ways. For example, Lance has a Silkbind attack called Twin Vine which attaches you to your target monster with silk. With this tether in place, you can launch yourself at the monster from great distances, giving you a safe and powerful maneuver to close the gap. Charge Blade obtains a Silkbind called Peak Performance, which anchors your shield to the ground with silk. It boosts your defense and quickly charges your special gauge when attacks are successfully blocked. With 14 weapon types and plenty of Silkbind attacks, the Rise demo has plenty of tools to explore. The full game will feature the abilities present in this demo, along with many more that can be earned and customized before each hunt.
Monster Hunter 4 and World’s mounting mechanism have been replaced with Wyvern Riding. Silkbind attacks debuff monsters the same way jump attacks did in previous games, leaving them in a prone state. Once you are prompted to ride them, however, the system changes dramatically. Your hunter jumps onto the monster’s back and your Wirebugs bind its limbs together, allowing you to manipulate the monster like a puppet for a short time, or while the beast has stamina. You can smash it against the walls to stun it, but you can also use this system to fight other monsters in the field. Rise integrates the World’s Turf War system which sees rival monsters roaming and encroaching on each other’s territory, triggering battles. With the new Wyvern Riding system, you can take advantage of these rivalries to marry monsters to counter their own prey.
Can your PC run Monster Hunter Rise?
Monster Hunter Rise looked great on Nintendo Switch and made excellent use of Capcom’s RE engine to bring the colorful fantasy world to life. The 30fps limit and low display resolution was a good compromise given that you could play the game on the go. Still, Rise on the Switch was a visual downgrade if you were used to playing Monster Hunter World on PC. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. The Steam demo includes various visual options including resolution settings, aspect ratio adjustment, frame rate, frame rate limits, and Vsync. The visual changes are immediately noticeable and are a welcome improvement over the Switch game.
To play Monster Hunter Rise on PC, Capcom suggests a gaming PC with at least an AMD FX-6100 or i3-4130 processor, an AMD Radeon RX 550 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1030 graphics processor, 8 GB of RAM, 23 GB of storage space and Windows 10 64-bit operating system. According to Capcom, those specs should let you run the game at 1080p resolution and 30fps on low settings, although that can change. That said, Capcom recommends playing Rise with a gaming PC hosting an AMD FX-8300 or Intel i5-4460 processor, or an AMD Radeon RX 570 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor. This should allow your platform to run in Rise at 1080p / 30fps on medium settings, although this is also subject to change.
On my gaming desktop with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, Monster Hunter Rise moved at over 100 fps with 1080p resolution. The only noticeable drops in frame rate occurred during the 30fps cutscenes.
Fresh, flashy and improved
Monster Hunter Rise offers all the great action that fans of Monster Hunter World have come to expect, but adds plenty of upgrades that make the experience incredibly fresh and engaging. With the visual improvements to the Steam version, along with all the post-launch support included in the package to give the game longevity, Rise is shaping up to be a great addition to any Steam gamer’s catalog. Look for the PC debut of Monster Hunter Rise on January 12, 2022.
Monster Hunter Rise (for PC)
The bottom line
Monster Hunter Rise blends the best elements from previous series entries and delivers a streamlined, action-packed monster slaying experience.
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